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Original Title: Songlap
Director: Effendee MazlanFariza Azlina Isahak
Malaysia | Malay
2011 | 100min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic and English
Format: 35mm
Set in the teeming postmodern metropolis of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian indie Songlap is a tough and gritty urban story about two brothers, Ad (Syafie Naswip) and Am (Shaheizy Sam) who scrape together a meager life as brokers and couriers for a black market baby trafficking network.

The brothers, who seem to have raised themselves on their own, care deeply for each other. Ad, the older brother, does his best to put away extra money in the hopes of creating a better life for both of them. Am has dreams of winning a dance contest and using the prize money to start a new, more honest and honourable life. Both dreams are hopeless – Am is a terrible dancer and Ad is caught in the grips of his gambling addiction, spending much of his time and all of his money trying to settle his debts with local loan sharks. Things turn for the worse when Ad’s best friend dies of an overdose and he begins to feel responsible for the dead man’s sister. Hawa (Sara Ali) is pregnant; after running away from home she falls into the net of the baby-trafficking network. Ad wants to get her to safety, but it becomes clear that defying Mama, the ruthless head of the organisation, might be a deadly choice.

Songlap is a gripping, edge-of-your-seat tale of redemption that boldly declares this filmmaking duo an exciting force to behold in the burgeoning Southeast Asian cinema.

-Teresa Cavina

Director,  Effendee Mazlan, 

Director,  Effendee Mazlan

Fariza Azlina Isahak and Effendee Mazlan were born in Kuala Lumpur. Effendee worked as an assistant director while Fariza acted in various independent productions, as well as the Hollywood film Anna and the King (1999). Together they wrote and directed the TV series Kami, and made their feature directorial debut with the critically acclaimed Kami: The Movie (2008). Songlap is their second feature.

Fariza Azlina Isahak

Fariza Azlina Isahak

Cast and Crew

Effendee Mazlan, Fariza Azlina Isahak
Shaheizy Sam, Syafie Naswip, Sara Ali,Omar Abdullah, Fang Chyi, Normah Damanhuri
Production Company
Primeworks Studios, Red Films
Lina Tan
Executive Producer
Lee Mee Fung, Ahmad Puad Onah, Lina Tan
Fariza Azlina Isahak
Wong Hui Lynn
Haris Hue Abdullah, Siew Ming Chai
Art Director
Angie Choo
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