Dukun Sends Shivers Down the Spine

LESSONS FROM THE REEL

Dukun Sends Shivers Down the Spine

The pursuit of power makes grown men weak in the knees and feeble of mind. After 12 years of stewing on the shelves, Dukun – from award-winning director Dain Said – is finally released. AWANI Review’s Zakiah Koya attended the premiere.

You know that at the maiden screening of Dukun the movie, it is not going to be just another Malay movie when a prayer precedes proceedings. Not a taped minus-one supplication of the doa but a live recitation by a real ustaz, specially engaged for the occasion beseeching divine providence. Dukun was rumored to have been loosely based on a high-profile murder in 1993. The case involved a politician who had engaged a woman bomoh (shaman) Mona Fandey, who killed the former in a ritual....

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