Director: Dain Said
Runtime: 108 min
Language: Malay, Hokkien with English subtitles
Rating: PG13 (Disturbing Scenes)
WINNER OF 4 AWARDS INCLUDING BEST
ACTRESS & BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS
Malaysian Film Festival 2013
Banned in Malaysia for more than a decade, this horror film is based on the gruesome true story of the murder of Malaysian politician Mazlan Idris by Mona Fandey, a pop singer-turnedwitch doctor. Dukun details the case of Mona’s fictional counterpart, the mysterious and seductive Diana, whose services were sought by a politician seeking immortality through ritual sacrifice. After she is accused of murdering the latter, straightlaced lawyer Karim’s desperate search for his missing daughter leads him to become entangled in Diana’s case as her defender. Combining horror tropes with a bizarre courtroom drama, the film is a fascinating exploration of greed, corruption and female sexuality that is reflective of contemporary social mores in Malaysia.