Director: Edmond Yeo
Year: 2017
Duration: 102′
Language: Original Version – Catalan Subtitles
Genre : Crime


Hui Ling’s life will truly begin as soon as she makes it to Taiwan. Or so she thinks. Right now, she is at the Thai-Malaysian border, working odd jobs and saving money. Determined to make it even when she loses all her savings, she accepts her boss’ offer for quick money as a human trafficker. As she descends into the darkness of her sordid trade, she witnesses the atrocities perpetrated against the Rohingya immigrants. Her beacon of light through this is Wei, a young hospital worker who believes that she is a woman from his past. Aqerat is a sweeping tale of displacement and morality in contemporary Malaysia.

Director’s Biography

Edmund Yeo is a Malaysian filmmaker living and working between Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo. His short films KINGYO (Venice, 2009) and Inhalation (Sonje Award at Busan, 2010) secured his reputation as a filmmaker to watch. His debut feature River Of Exploding Durians (2014) premiered in Tokyo IFF. His sophomore feature Aqerat (Tokyo, 2017) won Best Director in Tokyo. He is currently working on his latest film, Ashamed (2018).

Festivals and Awards

2017: Jogja- NETPAC Asian Film Festival – Best Film
2017: Tokyo International Film Festival – Best Director


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