Haruan: The Snakehead (2014)

Do bad deeds always beget badness?

A dark tale of a magical fish and its flawed human friends.

10-year old Ikan lives with his older sister Salomah and their stepfather Deris. Ikan adores his sister and loves all fish, especially his pet snakehead fish Haruan. Some snakeheads eat their young. Apparently, some humans do too. Like the snakeheads, hungry Deris has no natural predator. Like the snakeheads, Salomah is a survivor. Ikan and Haruan will do anything to save their beloved Salomah. Deris must be stopped, at whatever cost...

Director's Statement

Haruan: The Snakehead is an experiment to find an alternative cinematic platform to discuss taboos with a society which may not necessarily wish to engage them. The film is born out of diasporic anger, and my need to reconcile with unfathomable traditions and social practices in my beloved country of birth.

Rated 18. In English, Malay, Finnish and Arabic. With English subtitles.