Directed by : Amanda NELL EU

  • Year of production : 2021
  • Country : Malaysia
  • Length : 90 minutes


12-year-old Zaffan starts to experience horrifying, physical changes to her body. Struggling to maintain being normal at school, Zaffan is in denial of her inevitable changes and tries to cover her grotesque self. Her body however reaches a state where she is no longer able to hide it, and she is humiliated in front of her whole class. Zaffan’s friends turn against her and attack her, when all hysteria breaks loose – one by one teenage girls drop to the floors in fits, turning it into an epidemic spread of mass hysteria across the school. Rumours about Zaffan’s monstrous transformation have made everyone fear her. In an attempt to drive away the demon inside, Zaffan is forced into an exorcism using extreme methods of shame and torture. And like a tiger who has been dragged out of its habitat and poked because we fear it, because we don’t know it, Zaffan finally stands up and decides to reveal what she has been hiding – her true self, her wrath, her rage and her beauty, to everyone.


There are so many structures in a young girl’s life that govern and suppress what every woman essentially has in her, this wild nature. This intuitive and fierce individual must be found once again and celebrated. She can take up any form, she is both beautiful and ugly, frightening and reassuring. She can be woman or man, but most importantly she is a wild beast. This story is a parable about the struggle to reveal your wild nature, individuality and independence, and to embrace the strength that it gives you. Zaffan is experiencing something in herself that is inherently who she is and something she cannot change. Her journey is how her community perceives her and the choices she has to make to either stay hidden in fear and shame or express her own power and freedom.


Amanda NELL EU - Director


Language film : Malay
Working budget: 834 000 €
Financing acquired: 388 000 €



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