Jagat to make its North American Premiere at the New York Asian Film Festival 2016

Published by Mila Ismail @ 14/06/2016

Photo credit: Jagat's official Facebook page

Shanjhey Kumar Perumal’s debut feature film, Jagat (Brutal) is set to make its North American Premiere after it was selected to be screened at the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) 2016 which will be held from 22nd June to 9th July 2016 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the SVA Theatre.

The 15th edition of the film festival will feature a full plate of unhinged, genre-bending films that showcase the vibrant range of talent from all over Asia. Garnered as “an absolutely stunning feature” by NYAFF, Jagat will be screened on 26th June 2016 at the Walter Reade Theatre, alongside renowned Asian blockbusters including South Korea's A Violent Prosecutor and Hong Kong's The Mermaid.

Set in the early 1990’s, a critical period in Malaysian Indian history, Jagat tells the coming‐of‐age story of Apoy, a boy who grew up in a Tamil community in Malaysia. Appoy is a spirited kid who would rather watch gangster flicks than his grades. Desperately trying to keep his son on the right track, Appoy’s hard‐working father becomes increasingly abusive, as the boy is inexorably drawn to the criminal lifestyle of his uncle, a henchman for a local gang.

Praised by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jagat is described as a film with “the tang and intensity of personal experience, is saturated with style and charm, and is a little rough around the edges. But those rough edges only heighten the panache and impact of the film, which signals the arrival of a major cinematic talent.”

Jagat first made headlines in Malaysia last year when it managed to enter the local cinemas' box office, throwing aside the fact that it was facing a huge competition from blockbuster movies like Star Wars: The Force Awakens which was released at the same time. The film was also the first Tamil language Malaysian movie to run in the nation's cinemas for eight weeks, consecutively throwing off the assumptions of the cinemas being biased towards Tamil films.

Since 2002, the annual New York Asian Film Festival has connected New York’s most passionate film lovers with the most exciting films, directors, and actors from Asia. 

Photo credit: NYAFF's official Facebook page