Lau Kek Huat’s fi lm, “Absent Without Leave” (2016) was banned in Malaysia due to its communist overtones. The film recounts the story of his grandfather’s experiences during the communist insurgency in Malaya. In response to the ban, the fi lm was made available for a week for private viewing online. It garnered more than 100,000 views in that short time. This film has won major awards internationally including Best Chinese Film at the Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival and the Audience Choice Award at the Singapore International Film Festival.

In this masterclass, Lau will be sharing with us his latest documentary, “Firefl y” (22 mins), a story based on his research of ethnic Chinese Malaysians who arrived in Malaya in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The film also includes a surprising revelation about the first film ever banned in Malaysia. We will also get to hear him share his unique approach to making documentaries and dealing with censorship.

This screening and talk are supported by Taiwan Docs in collaboration with the Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival (TIDF), Taiwan Film Institute and Public Television Service Foundation.


  • Date: 30 September 2018
  • Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm
  • Session: 7 Get Passes
  • Venue: The School

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