The Dalang's Tale


The Dalang's Tale is an animated short film about domestic violence with visuals inspired by Malaysian traditional wayang kulit or shadowpuppets.

Two stories intertwine: one of a workaholic father and his growing impatience with his young son as they make their way to watch a shadow puppet master or dalang's show and the other of a man who dotes on his son but secretly inflicts acts of abuse on his wife before he disappears after a violent incident.


6min | Malaysia | 2021 

Directors: Irwan Junaidy, Maizura Abas, 'Atiqah Mohd Abu Bakar

Irwan Junaidy has a passion for telling stories and building make-believe worlds, particularly those that are inspired by the people, arts and cultures of South East Asia. He is the co-founder of The R&D Studio, an award-winning development studio based in Malaysia.

He is the producer for WIZARDS OF WARNA WALK (2019) - the first scripted long form, live action television series for The Walt Disney Company in South East Asia and is the director of two animated short films - BATIK GIRL (2018) and THE DALANG’S TALE (2021) that were official selections in over 40 international film festivals.


Writers:  Irwan Junaidy, Maizura Abas | Producers: Irwan Junaidy, Zuhri Aziz, Ervin Han, Bernard Toh | Animation: Julia Azureen, 'Atiqah Mohd Abu Bakar | Music: Andrew Bong | Language: No Dialogue