EN - A portrait of the abandoned children of Cheras, who live in a suburb in Kuala Lumpur. Their ancestors came to Cheras to build a new future 30 years ago when the place was still jungle and swamp. Now it’s an urban landscape and the children live amidst a concrete playground.

FR - Semalu, qui signifie plante sensible au Malais, est le portrait cinématographique des enfants abandonnés du Cheras, une banlieue de Kuala Lumpur,  en Malaisie. Un territoire en voie de modernisation. Au sein du paysage bruyant en construction, nous voyons la nouvelle génération en train grandir. Les ancêtres de ces enfants sont arrivés là pour y construire un nouvel avenir. Il y a 30 ans, ces territoires étaient encore formés par la jungle et les marais. Bien loin de cette nature, le nouveau paysage deviendra la future résidence urbaine des enfants. Semalu est un voyage à la fois sombre et magique à travers leur aire de jeu en béton.

Info

Title Semalu
Original title Semalu
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs , Experimental
Genre Documentary, Experimental
Year 2013
World première / first public presentation 2013-05-13

Credits

Photography Jimmy Hendrickx
Editing Jimmy Hendrickx
Sound Simon Blu Wasem

Technical specs

Running time film 19'40"
Release format HDV
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D

Partners

Supported by KLEX Kuala Lumpur Experimental Filmfestival, SICKL

Festivals

2013: Directors Lounge Berlin (GE), Cannes Short Film Corner (FR), international short film festival Berlin (GE),Experiments in Cinema New Mexico (US), Centre Georges Pompidou Hors Piste Tokyo (JP), EcoZine (SP), Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest (MY), Salón Internacional de La Luz (CO), CinemAmbiente Environmental Filmfest Turin (IT), West Virginia Short Film Festival (US), Tabor Film Festival (KR), International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City (MX), 9th Cologne International Videoart Festival (GE), Sydney Experimental Filmfestival (AU), Cairo Video Festival (EG), International Debut Festival St.Petersburg (RU), Religion Today Trento (IT), KLEX Experimental Filmfestival Kuala Lumpur (MY)

Awards

2014: Golden Ladybug Award - Sremfilmfest (RS), Night Award - Festival Signes de Nuit Paris (FR)

2013: Best of Show Award - West Virginia Short Film Festival (US), Best Experimental Film Award - Tabor Film Festival (HR)

Flanders six at Interfilm Berlin

Shorts by six Flemish filmmakers have been invited to interfilm, the International Short Film Festival in Berlin. Among the selectees is Sahim Omar Kalifa’s festival favourite Baghdad Messi. Not only one of the longest running German short film festivals after Oberhausen, interfilm Berlin is also a prime European short film festival and runs from 12 till 17 November.

Name of the FathersThe competition programmes of the Confrontations section not only see Kalifa’s Baghdad Messi but also screen This is Ronald by Jules Comes and Timothy Wennekes’ short Name of the fathers.

Published on Wednesday 23 October 2013

Hendrickx wins in Croatia

Jimmy Hendrickx’ short documentary Semalu has won Best Experimental Film at the 11th Tabor Film Festival in Croatia (13-16 June 2013). Nicolas Provost’s final film in the Plot Point trilogy, Tokyo Giants, was also awarded at the fest with a Special Mention.

Still from Jimmy Hendrickx's SemaluSemalu had its European premiere at 9th Berlin International Directors lounge, festival for contemporary media and film. The experimental documentary is a cinematic portrait of the children of Cheras, a new suburb in Kuala Lumpur.

Published on Thursday 20 June 2013

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Director Jimmy Hendrickx
Producers Jimmy Hendrickx, Kristian Van Der Heyden
Writers Jimmy Hendrickx
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