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Bunohan : Tanah Air
Bunohan : Tanah Air

Dain Said’s portrayal of the Malay world takes the periphery as the centre stage of his drama. The three channel videos are dedicated character studies of three male siblings who were the chief protagonists and antagonists of his feature film Bunohan: Tanah Air. Each of the screens situates his principal characters within different landscapes that bring their psychological profiles into relief. They are not only figures that are shaped by their environments; their personalities are amplified by the space they operate within. These nuances inform the decisions of each character in the film. Though related by blood, the three-screen projections also suggest that each of them is alienated from one another, each acting upon their own private universe that carries larger moral consequences.

3-channel video installation
8 min 23 saat
Credit Line:
Collection of ILHAM Foundation
© Dain Iskandar Said
About Dain Iskandar Said

Dain Iskandar Said (b. 1957, Kuala Lumpur) is a filmmaker. A graduate from the University of Westminster in London, Said established himself in the television industry, directing commercials locally as well as in Indonesia, China and India. In 2004, he moved away from commercials and into long form and experimental works. His media installations have premiered at the Biennale of Sydney, the UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver and been commissioned for permanent display at the Burj al-Arab in Dubai. In 2007, he was a recipient of the Nippon Foundation’s Asian Public Intellectual fellowship, during which time he researched the role of films and propaganda in Indonesian history. His feature film, BUNOHAN (2011) premiered at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival and has received numerous international and national accolades including the NETPAC Award at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival in 2011 and the Golden Hanoman at the 9th Netpac Asian Film Festival (JAFF) in 2012.

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