The last of the Bidayuh ring ladies finally on film

Publicity material for the documentary.

KUCHING, Dec 23: Production company Ng Picture will be teasing the first-ever film documentary on the Sarawak Bidayuh ring ladies soon.

Ng Picture said in a press statement that it would be a first all International Borneo produced film that would be released and distributed by International Distributor Looking Glass Film with commissioning by NHK Japan, KBS Korea and PTS Taiwan Broadcasting TV Channel.

“The documentary features the last remaining five Bidayuh ring ladies from Sarawak.

“Now, we are at the post-production stage, and the film will be released in September 2019.”

The media preview will be this coming Dec 29 at the Old Courthouse here.

Ng picture is owned by a Sarawakian and the production team is consisted of Sarawakians and Sabahans.

The production crew in a group photo with some of the subjects of the documentary.

The documentary follows Peluk Apeh, the last of the famed Bidayuh ring ladies, from her ancestral home in the world’s oldest tropical rainforest to a modern setting.

Peluk struggles to adapt to her new environment and longs for the vanishing world she left behind. But her new life also brings new opportunities when a famous Malaysian fashion designer Leng Lagenda discovers Peluk and the ring ladies and creates a Ring Ladies collection.

Together, they embark on an astonishing journey of personal discovery. With the mission of preserving the ring ladies’ heritage, together these two very different women introduce the unique culture of the ring ladies through fashion to the modern world.

“The documentary would feature their journey to achieving their goals. It has been a four-year journey to compile this documentary and most of our production cost are self-funded.” — DayakDaily