My documentary, Cavebirds (working title), aims to examine the concept of home and family heritage through the business of bird’s nest farming in my father’s homeland of Malaysia.
Nestled within plantations, and interspersed throughout the towns and villages of Malaysia, lies a growing industry unseen and unheard of by many: swiftlet bird’s nest farming. Since the 1990′s many homes have either been converted or built to raise these prized birds whose nests, made entirely out of hardened saliva, can potentially turn a huge profit. One among the many investors in these bird houses is my father, a retired Chinese Malaysian immigrant who has spent more than half his life in Montreal, Canada. The film intermixes my father’s story with the peculiar life of these swiftlet birds, thus weaving together a narrative about home, family tradition and migration.
Current images samples:
This is the link to the blog : http://like-a-cavebird.tumblr.com/
January – February 2012: Malaysia trip 1 – research and development – on a whim
January – February 2014: Malaysia trip 2 – further development and production
September – October 2014: Malaysia trip 3 – further development and production (home stretch!)
Funding: Canada Council for the Arts Production Grant 2012-2015
I wish to acknowledge the generous support of family members, friends, mentors and collaborators who continue to guide and inspire me.
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voting is open October to 6th to 20th 2014
The Cuban Hat Pitch is a crowd participatory competition where I get to pitch my film to a live audience, plus producers and anyone else viewing online. This first vote is the first step in getting into the top 5. Participating in this competition will help me see my film through post production and completion. Take a minute, have a look at the video pitch and vote! You will have to enter your email, and then confirm the vote in your inbox. This is the first round. And if I make it into the second round, tune in on November 17th 2014.
Thanks to all who voted – Voting is now closed. below is the video pitch that I had submitted:
Ginger Garden Presentation on August 27 2015 @ the Simone de Beauvoir Institute in Montreal, Canada
The video below is to accompany my 5-minute presentation: