The UNESCO World Heritage city of Georgetown, Penang, harbors not only historical buildings, but also some of Malaysia’s last traditional craftsmen, such as Mr. Lee Beng Chuan, who still makes joss sticks by hand. Against the tide of mass-produced incense sticks flooding the market this Chinese New Year, 80-year-old Lee is determined to make a special 12-foot high dragon joss stick entirely by hand. The process of crafting a joss stick and Mr. Chuan’s life story highlights the unique cultural connection joss sticks have for the Malaysian people.
Screening time: Saturday, May 16, 8:45 pm (Session 5)
Length: 24 min.
Director: Chew Han Tah
Producer: Kang Ming Sze
Producer Web site: www.finas.gov.my
Distributor: National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS)
Distributor Web site: www.finals.gov.my