By Amanda Nell Eu
Malaysia / Taiwan / Singapore / France / Germany / The Netherlands / Indonesia / Qatar
The first amongst her friends to hit puberty, Zaffan, 12, discovers a terrifying secret about her body. Ostracised by her community, Zaffan fights back, learning that to be free she must embrace the body she feared, emerging as a proud, strong woman.
Having graduated from the London Film School with an MA in Filmmaking, Amanda has directed short films based in the UK and also Malaysia. Her short “Lagi Senang Jaga Sekandang Lembu“, premiered in competition at the Venice International Film Festival (2017). The film has continued to travel and win awards in many other international festivals, including receiving a Special Mention at the International Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand (2018).
Amanda is an alumna of Berlinale Talents Campus and Locarno Filmmakers Academy. In her work, she likes to explore the female body and identity within the context of South East Asia.
Cast & Crew
Director / Writer – Amanda Nell EU
Photography : Jimmy Gimferrer
Sound : Lim Ting Li
Editing : Carlo Francisco, Manatad
Music : Gabber Modus, Operandi
Producer– Foo Fei Ling
Co-producers – Patrick Mao Huang, Fran Borgia, Juliette Lepoutre, Pierre Menahem, Jonas Weydemann, Ellen Havenith, Yulia Evina Bhara
Production – Ghost Grrrl Pictures (Malaysia)
Coproduction – Flash Forward Entertainment (Taiwan), Akanga Film Asia (Singapore), Still Moving (France), Weydemann Bros. (Germany), PRPL (The Netherlands), Kawankawan Media (Indonesia)
Festivals and Awards
Cannes Critics’Week 2023 – Grand Prize