Reel Asian Film Festival Screening: A Time To Swim

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Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Thursday, November 15, 20187:00PM - 9:00PMInnis Town Hall Theatre
University of Toronto
2 Sussex Avenue
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The registration for this event is now CLOSED. Rush tickets will be available but entries are not guaranteed.

Please arrive 30 minutes before the show at the Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. (entrance off of St. George Street).

Canada/Malaysia 2017
English, Malay with English subtitles
PG • Toronto Premiere

Ashley Duong (in attendance)

Mutang Urud
Noeli Urud
Agan Urud
Natasha Blanchet-Cohen

Official Selection
2018 CAAMFest
2017 LA Asian Pacific Film Fest

Much has changed in Sarawak, Malaysia since Mutang Urud was exiled to Montreal, Canada, more than 20 years ago. A renowned activist for Indigenous rights, Mutang has started a family and now lives as a stay-at-home dad. Filmmaker Ashley Duong follows Mutang as he travels with his family back to Borneo to reunite with his village relations, their travel visa contingent on Mutang staying away from the local politics.

The remote village in Sarawak, however, is not like he remembers it. His cousins who once fought for the forest alongside him have joined forces with the logging companies that are destroying it. Despite the threat of a lingering arrest warrant, Mutang can’t deny his activism. A Time To Swim traces Mutang’s search for belonging in a village where everyone is related, yet the very idea of home and heritage seems to be slipping away. – KE

Ashley Duong is a Montreal-based filmmaker and multimedia storyteller working to amplify marginalized voices. A Time to Swim is her feature-length directorial debut. She has also recently produced Land and Legends, an interactive podcast about the connection between the landscapes and myths of the Kelabit.

This screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by Takashi Fujitani, Professor of History at the University of Toronto where he holds the Dr. David Chu Chair and is Director of the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies.

Please note, registration opens 30 minutes before showtime. Please arrive early as all tickets become void as of 15 minutes before showtime.


a man facing away from the camera stands on a small boat and casts a net towards the water.

Main Sponsor

Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies


Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Cinema Studies Institute

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