Gawai Home

Agan (a divorcee-father of two daughters, Syasha & Manin) is unable to return to the longhouse to celebrate Gawai as Manin is getting sick. Syasha mocks Manin about this, and Agan decides to give them chores to defuse the situation. As Syasha is cleaning, Manin watches a documentary on Miring & Ngajat. Manin asks Syasha to Ngajat but she doesn’t comply, leaving Agan to console a crying Manin and performs a mock miring to make Manin feel better. Agan has been trying to reach his ex-wife to no avail. Manin did not get better and a big fight between them breaks out. Each to their room, Syasha tries to contact her mother but realises that the mother doesn’t care. She realises that her family has always been there for her and should appreciate them. She puts on her Ngepan with the help of her father and they suprise Manin with a ngajat performance and celebrate Gawai the next morning. As they enjoy, knocks are heard on the door .

  • Sydney Augustine
    J A U H
  • Hazim Shahidan
  • Sydney Augustine
  • Wilfred Isaac
    Key Cast
    "Agan/The Father"
  • Desharlyn Mynda
    Key Cast
  • Mercyvelle Charisse
    Key Cast
  • Hairee Francis
    Key Cast
    "Clinic Doctor"
  • Aedryana Lata George
    Key Cast
    "The Mother"
  • Ashweein Narayanan
    Production Manager
  • Hazim Shahidan
    Assistant Director
  • Fivyana Zureana
  • Davis Jatan
    Camera Operator
  • Maximilian Lenjau Lannau
    Camera Operator
  • Herman Syah
    Director of Photography
  • Mohd Syed Adib
  • Kai Aria
  • Rosydi Datong
  • Pici Parnia
    Props & Set Manager
  • Joy Liew Li Si
    Make-Up Artist
  • Adrian Anggang
    Production Assistant
  • Mohd Razeeq
    Offline Editor
  • Sydney Augustine
    Online Editor
  • Kai Aria
    Subtitle & Translation
  • Doria Norris
    Iban Language & Cultural Consultant
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Rumah Gawai
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    25 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 14, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    13,445 USD
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Director Biography - Sydney Augustine

Self-taught videographer based in Kuching. Company founder of Ensera Sdn. Bhd.

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Director Statement

I think Gawai content rarely touches the nuances of a more broken family dynamic. It's mostly fun and togetherness but not everyone has that luxury of a functioning family to return to during festivities. I wanted to share that.