Aiman is a 28-year-old Malay correctional officer who is recently transferred to the territory’s top prison. He lives with his older sister Suhaila in a modest housing estate.
At his new workplace, Aiman begins to take an interest in a 65-year-old sergeant named Rahim.
Soon, it is revealed that the charismatic Rahim is actually the long-serving chief executioner of the prison. Rahim also takes notice of the principled and diligent Aiman. When Rahim’s assistant suddenly quits, he asks Aiman to become his apprentice. Aiman tells Suhaila of his new job position, but Suhaila becomes upset, as their father was actually executed by Rahim. Aiman knew this all along.
Can Aiman overcome his conscience and a haunted past to possibly take over as the next chief executioner?
Official Selection, Cannes Un Certain Regard 2016
Official Selection, Toronto, Busan, Chicago, Sydnet, London, Tokyo, New Horizons, Dubai
Grand Prix & Critics’ Choice – Festival International de Films de Fribourg 2017
Rising Director Award – Busan International Film Festival 2016
Best Film, Asian New Wave – Qcinema International Film Festival 2016
NETPAC Award – Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2016
Best Narrative Feature – St. Louis International Film Festival 2016
Best New Director – Malaysia International Film Festival 2017
Best Editing – Asian Film Awards 2017
Special Mention, Acting Ensemble – Hawaii International Film Festival 2016
Singapore’s Official Entry, Best Foreign Language Film – Academy Awards 2017