Midang Midang (Leaves in the Sun)

Midang Midang (Leaves in the Sun)

  • 2019 -
  • Bingo Captioned Charter Docos Under The Skin Documentary Drama For My Fathers Kingdom Fukry Huahua Impact Kia Manawanui Long Time No Sea MFF2020 MRFF NATIVE Slam V Nga Matauranga Nga Putake Nga Raurekau Patutiki Sembradoras de Vida Short Documentary Short Drama Shorts Wairua Shorts Whakapapa Whanau Whenua
  • - 3 m 26 s

Alena Murang showcases a contemporary take on an old Kelabit courtship song “Midang Midang”, from the pre-Christian era, handed to Alena by her grandaunt Tepu’ Ira. It is of a young girl, sitting watching the leaves of fruit tree drying in the sun, as she calls out the name of the men whom she would like to shield her from the cool wind.

Each film department was led by a Kelabit youth, as a form of expressing their heritage in a contemporary way, supported by their respective teams.

This video is a collaboration between Alena Murang and Project Room production house, led by their in-house director Sarah Lois Dorai. It was important to Alena and Sarah to shoot in their homeland, where the song and the language came from – Bario highlands. The costumes were by Sarawakian designers and craftswomen. Kelabit people of Borneo are about 6000 people with our language listed as “threatened”, spoken by 3000 people and declining. We are part of the Austronesian language group.

Screening Information
Long Time No Sea

4:15 pm
Friday 25 September 2020
The Civic Theatre

  • Language Dayak Kelabit
  • Subtitles English
  • Indigenous Nation Kelabit
  • Country Malaysia
  • Director Sarah Lois Dorai
  • Indigenous Key Creative Alena Murang
  • Indigenous Key Creative Bio Alena Murang is a musician of the Kelabit tribe of Borneo, one of the first and few females to play the sape'. Working closely with her cousins, she works at documenting the oral traditions (Stories and songs) from the few elders that remember them. These songs are rearranged and she also has original songs, in the indigenous Kelabit and Kenyah languages, which are listed as "threatened". Based in Malaysia, Alena performs at festivals across the world.