Singapore – The 26th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) will open with Panay (太陽的孩子), a heartwarming Taiwanese film that casts a spotlight on an aboriginal community. Directed by inter-ethnic duo Cheng Yu-Chieh and Lekal Sumi, the film’s opening will be held at Marina Bay Sands on 26 November, marking its international premiere at SGIFF.

Winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2015 Taipei Film Festival, Panay conveys a rare sensitivity and captures an authentic perspective of the life and predicaments faced by Taiwan’s indigenous communities on land rights. The film marks the screen debut of singer-songwriter Ado’ Kaliting Pacidal, together with award-winning actor Bokeh Kosang; they are supported by a stellar young cast of first-time actors including Dongi Kacaw and Rahic Kulas.

The compelling storyline follows a mother’s return to her hometown upon leaving behind her city job to care for her ailing father. Through a series of trying circumstances, the film’s protagonist, Panay, reconnects with her children amidst a journey of self-discovery and the quest for her roots.