Film Synopsis

One night, a boy collecting cicadas in the forest disappears. There is a rumour that the village is being stalked at night by child kidnappers sent by big hospitals in the city to gather human organs. As the villagers are not sure whether the boy has been kidnaped by the stalkers or by the forest nymph, they organise a village defence party to guard at night. While the village grapples with the fear of kidnappers, the church announces the arrival of a miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary sent by the Pope, warning of an approaching apocalyptic darkness that will last 80 days. Through the 10-year-old boy Kasan, who suffers from night blindness, and his father Nengsal, who is the security head of the village, we witness the unfolding of unprecedented events and how they affect villagers’ lives.

The Asia Pacific Screen Academy expresses its respect for and acknowledgement of the South East Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of country, including the custodial communities on whose land works are created and celebrated by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. We acknowledge the continuing connection to land, waters and communities. We also pay our respects to Elders, past and emerging. We recognise the integral role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and First Nations peoples continue to play in storytelling and celebration spaces.

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