Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
This Malaysian drama examines the tragic results of conflicts that center on generational, cultural, and class differences between islanders. The story begins with an embittered wandering laborer, Kakang, who acts out his rage by burning buildings. He is first seen being cast out of a village by frustrated officials who suspect him of the crimes, but are unable to prove it. His sons must lie for their father to keep him from being killed. Kakang's youngest son does not want to lie in front of his neighbors, and when he hesitates, he is later severely beaten by his father who believes that his strictness is good for the boy. The family moves on to a new village where Kakang begins working for a wealthy Malay landowner. Again, Kakang cannot keep from venting his rage, and more trouble erupts between himself and his youngest son. Interestingly, the story is based on American author William Faulkner's story, Barn Burning.
class-clash, culture-clash, fire, generation-gap, lies, parent/child-relationship