Asian Cinema Fund 2018
- Script Development Fund
- Production Support Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
- ACF Showcase
- AND Programs
2012 Script Development Fund Projects
Aiman is a 28-year-old Malay correctional officer who is recently transferred to the territory’s top prison. His parents have long passed away, leaving only his older sister Suhaila as his sole family member. At his new workplace, Aiman seems to take an unusual interest in another colleague – a 65-year-old Chinese sergeant named Koon. Aiman begins following and observing him from afar. Soon, it is revealed that the charismatic and jocular Koon is actually the long-serving chief executioner of the prison, and one of the most prolific in the world. Koon also takes notice of the smart and diligent Aiman, and the two strike up an unusual friendship. When Koon’s assistant suddenly quits after a botched execution, the powerful and influential sergeant begins to make plans for Aiman to become his new apprentice. Can Aiman overcome his conscience and a traumatic past to become the next chief executioner?
The mandatory death penalty in Singapore for cases of drug trafficking remains in the law books. But this film isn’t about that. While researching on capital punishment worldwide, I realised that there is a missing character in the narratives made. We seem to have neglected the perspective of the executioner. What does it mean to be empowered to kill? How does he see himself in the moral and ethical equation? These are some of the questions that haunt Aiman, our protagonist. It has been a fascinating (often tormenting) journey trying to put myself in his shoes. At a much more visceral level, it has forced me to examine the issues surrounding the capital punishment – issues we have all too often chosen to put out of sight and out of mind.