Datuk Gong: Spirit of the Land, is a feature documentary that comprehensively covers the origins, structure, diversity and relevance of the Datuk Gong worship as observed uniquely in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Southern Thailand. A personal labour of love for the past 4 years and counting, the documentary is finally coming together with answers to some of the questions that has brought me across the country many times over. From small shrines under trees to large temples of many shapes and sizes, the Datuk Gong (or sometimes Datuk Keramat) makes his presence known through many different forms.
In the modern context, worship of the Datuk Gong is extremely important in the study of Chinese identity in Malaya (present day Peninsula Malaysia and Singapore). Without a formalized structure or literature to serve as a reference, much of the structure and form of the worship remains undocumented to this day.
Watch the official trailer here.
Datuk Gong: Spirit of the Land is more than just a documentary; It is an education, a time machine for us to retrace the history of Malaya and understand its history for a perspective never before explored. It is a celebration of our Malaysian identity as a dynamic fusion of a diverse range of ethnicity, religions and culture, unlike anywhere else in the world.
Directed by Mahen Bala and produced by Present Tense Media, the feature documentary is scheduled to be completed by 2014.
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