Malaysian zombie flick Belaban Hidup: Infeksi Zombie

The film is catching a lot of attention in Malaysia and beyond for its focus on indigenous Iban actors – also played out in an Iban setting – in what is considered a world-first. The Iban belong to the Dayak umbrella of indigenous people in East Malaysia, situated on the island of Borneo.

It took three years of research, as well as script and character development, to get the film to where it is today.

Directed by Ray Lee Malaysian-Chinese and his wife, Misha Minut Panggau a native Iban, Belaban Hidup originally started out as a short film in , but the show-runners decided to turn it into a full-length feature film after securing more private funding. Let s just say it turned out to be one of the best decisions they ve made throughout production. After all, the international accolades the film has so far received don t lie.

It won Best Horror at the World Film Carnival Singapore on March , , as well as Best Film and Best Horror at the International Symbolic Art Film Festival Saint Petersburg, Russia on March . It also won Best Feature Film at the Canadian Diversity Film Festival. Belaban Hidup is set to make its U.S. debut at the LA Asian World Film Festival.

The film centers around a mysterious organization that recently moved its secret testing facility from Madagascar to Malaysian Borneo, where they offer free medical treatments to the locals. However, these treatments are just a facade for illegal biological experiments that they conduct on unsuspecting victims.

Catching on to what s actually taking place, a group of teenagers manage to escape the top-secret laboratory. But in doing so, they’ve unknowingly spread the infectious zombie virus to everyone else.

The cast consists of Iban, Malaysian, and international actors, including Pablo Amirul, Cassidy Panggau, and Slovakian actress Katrina Grey.

“We decided to make the Iban fight against zombies, and not another warring tribe, because we are not aware of any zombie rights groups that may complain against us,” Lee jokingly explained.

In fact, for many of the Iban people featured in the film, it was their very first time acting on camera.

“I always hope this is the kind of work that I do that will spur more interest among Dayak youths who want to get involved in the film industry, said Minut.

This way, we are also promoting and showcasing the many beautiful places in Malaysia, which can attract tourists from all over the world to visit.”

Belaban Hidup: Infeksi Zombie Fight For Life: Zombie Infection will premier in Malaysian cinemas later this year.

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Hi I'm Haley, I joined Zombie Guide Magazine to help my writing career. As are most of you, I'm an aspiring author who's been fascinated by zombies ever since I saw them. My first introduction was Shaun of the Dead actually, not the most common movie to get started on, but a start non the less. Currently in the process of studying for a business degree, but working even harder to become a full time writer, or YouTuber. Who knows?