North American premiere
Documentaries from the Edge

Saudade

Directed by Russell Morton

Credits  

Official selection

Singapore International Film Festival 2021 Sheffield Doc Fest 2021

Director

Russell Morton

Writer

Russell Morton

Cast

Megan Barker, Jason Dehamel, Trevor Nonis, Bunny Rodrigues, Sara Frederica Santa Maria

contact

Independent

Singapore 2020 20 mins OV Kristang Subtitles : English

SAUDADE is an aural and visual archive narrated entirely in Kristang — a creole language that emerged in 16th-century Portuguese colonial Malacca. The film reimagines rituals and choreography characteristic of early Eurasian kampongs in three acts: a song and dance of the Jinkli Nona, a scene between a shrimp fisherman and his wife, and a cross-cultural encounter with the Orang Minyak (Oily Man). Using folklore and myth as narrative anchors, filmmaker Russel Morton weaves his personal identity and allegorical storytelling into cinema to examine the origins of Eurasians in the Malayan region. – Celia Pouzet