Memory as Resistance: Grandma Kong Defending her Village

22. Memory As Resistance
Year
2015
Runtime
20 mins
Language
English
Subtitle
Bahasa Malaysia
Theme
Director
Chan Seong Foong & Victor Chin
Country
Malaysia
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Synopsis

Grandma Kong has lived all her life in the historic Kampung Hakka in Mantin, Negeri Sembilan. At 80 years old she wants to live out her remaining years in the only home she’s ever known. But, the threat of demolition now looms over the village thanks to a questionable land grab by local officials and a private developer. However, the villagers of Kampung Hakka have banded together, and are determined to fight for their right to stay on their land. Through Grandma Kong’s memories we get a glimpse of the community spirit and culture that forged Kampung Hakka and remains despite the pressures of development and modernisation. Memory as Resistance: Grandma Kong Defending Her Village is not just about Grandma Kong and her neighbours. Rather, it is a link to our shared roots that pushes us to imagine a future that embodies the same tenacity and gotong-­royong spirit of Kampung Hakka.

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