Bengoh films: a clash of 3 mentalities
|Crossing into a different world & mentality!|
|Turning can be perpendicularly upwards!|
|Visitors are often scared stiff on this fragile looking bamboo bridge, but numerous residents can cross it with heavy loads!|
The making of the film on Bengoh is a story in itself: actually it is a clash of 3 mentalities! The film makers carried with them the `West Malaysian’ mentality to start the film eg why the voters oppressed by the Bengoh dam still return the BN candidate who supported the dam? As the film crew gather they encountered a 2nd mentality: the `Sarawakian mentality’ where the interventions from the Penisular is seen with suspicions-mostly on account of the negative perceptions of the political and economic domination of the West Malaysian government -and their allies in the East, over the East Malaysians. The last mentality is the unspoken one among the natives in Bengoh villages, which try to find their own best survival options ahead of their villages being submerged by the Bengoh dam water! Elections had not figured very much in this search for their best survival options, even though the ruling politicians are worried enough to delay the impoundment of the dam to after the 10th Sarawak state elections!
|How do you make them share the aspiration of electoral reforms? How do they make you share their current aspirations to deal with the forced eviction?|
|Do you know the pressures on their shoulder?|
The disconnects between the `outside’ and the Bengoh villages only appears as the interviews progresssed. The film makers wanted to focus on why the villagers missed the opportunity in the election to express their unhappiness. The villagers are more concerned about their own survival after the dam is impounded. The two concerns overlaps in some ways -but the gap is noticeable as the conversation/inquiries proceeded further. To the villagers: is the elections such a big deal? Was there anyone who showed them how their vote could make a difference to their fate of being moved by force? in fact the villagers never met any of the 4 contesting candidates-including the incumbent from the ruling PBB!
There are lots more that was found by the 2 young urbanite film makers who stepped into a foreign territory with a different mentality and focus. The stories just got complicated. Watch the film itself to find out what most urbanites should probably get to know for their own benefits-especially if they got excited for better society post Bersih march! As a record 2 affected Bengoh villagers were brought to KL to participate in the Bersih march for electoral reforms. Whether that was a helpful experience or not at the ned of the march they asked if Malaysians outside can help them to move house to higher grounds to avoid the dam water. Can you help?
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See more posts on the film here.