Chep and Burn are top students in Sekolah Menengah Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin Mukarram Shah, an elite school in Kedah. Head Boy, Burn, is the school’s golden boy and his best friend, Chep, is feared and respected by the younger boys for his quick temper and skill on the hockey field. The school is well respected for its strong academic and sports record. However the discovery of a dead prostitute in the abandoned railway tracks near their school unravels the status quo and we discover a less golden world of bullying, sex crimes and violence. Best friends William and Asif go from innocence to experience as they are forced to deal with the repercussions of the murder. But who is responsible for the murder and will they be held accountable?
Air Con challenges and interrogates the hypocritical habit of turning youth into scapegoats in times of moral panic. Ultimately, it casts a gentle albeit unflinching gaze at the perilous path of male adolescence, and interrogates the heartbreaking ways in which society often expects boys to become men.
Written by Shanon Shah
Directed by Jo Kukathas & Zalfian Fuzi
Produced by Susie Kukathas
Introducing Amerul Affendi, Dara Othman, Firdaus Che Yahaya, Hazarul Hasnain, Nick Davis, Ryan Lee Baskaran and Zahiril Adzim. With Nam Ron, Chew Kin Wah, and Ismadi Wakiri.
Presented in Bahasa Malaysia (Kedah dialect) and English.
With English Surtitles.
For Mature Audiences.
3-6 July 2008
RM 42, RM 27 (students, seniors)
Preview: 2 July 830pm RM 22 only
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