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The Pillar of Strength

Director: Ayie Ibrahim

Malaysia  I  7min, 31 sec  I  Indigenous People: Iban Tribe
(Borneo, Sarawak) 2021



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The Pillar of Strength

Ayie Ibrahim I  Malaysia  I  7min, 31 sec
Indigenous People: Iban Tribe (Borneo, Sarawak)
(Philippine Premiere)

When human beings value the life of nature, where they respect and learn from it, then it can strengthen the loving relationship between nature and human. The Pillar of Strength is a narrative storytelling about the people in the Borneo archipelago who adhere to the belief of their ancestors that the God of War, 'Sengalang Burong,' who comes from heaven as a respected and dignified god, who has a spiritual energy that is considered to be an intermediary between human life, animals and nature.

Rentap is the son of an Iban tribal warrior in the Borneo island where his father was a respected warrior and held fast to the hereditary beliefs of his ancestors. When an accident occurred while hunting in the jungle, Rentap got the encouragement from the War God ‘Sengalang Burong’ who helped him identify his origins and led him to take responsibility as an Iban child who set an example to his people by holding the slogan ‘Agi Idup, Agi Ngelaban’.

Ayie Ibrahim is currently holding a number of positions including as Producer, Animation Director and animator at his own Creatvtoon Studio and as a senior lecturer for drawing & animation at University Technology Mara, Malaysia since 2009. He also work as Toon Boom instructor & Online Trainer under Toon Boom Inc. Canada.

His love for the art and long experience in the field of animation led him to build up his own studio since 2010 with the purpose of expanding the local industry and putting Malaysia on the world map as a source of content creation and development.

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