‘Rakyat Jaga Rakyat’ (trans. ‘the People Take Care of the People’) (2022)
dir. Areena Ang
‘Rakyat Jaga Rakyat’ is an experimental split-screen video that emulates the ultimate precious object: a family photo book.
Moving from the personal to the wider community, the film illustrates the fast-moving conditions of flash floods and
climate change phenomena in Malaysia. It seeks to highlight moments of resilience and collectively of a country that has
not only been abandoned by its government, but by the stakeholders of ecological imperialism. Sourcing the artist’s own
intimate family photos, ‘netizen’ self-uploaded Youtube vlogs and lo-fi news videos – it ruminates on what is at stake of being lost.