Queen of the South Sea

Trailer for a short film about a millenary multi-generational love story.

The Queen of the South Sea is an animated short of millenary love inspired by the ancient Javanese legend of the Queen of the South Sea. She is also known as Nyai Loro Kidul, and her mythical presence is still very much alive today in the Indonesian City of Jogjakarta. The legend explores the relationship between the mythical queen and the rulers of the Mataram Sultanate near the Southern Java Sea.

This animated short is part of the Merapi Project a project that explores the science, the life and the culture about the Merapi Volcano in Java, Indonesia. The interdisciplinary project has an educational orientation, and it uses traditional storytelling to explain technical concepts and explore some of Merapi’s mythical legends.

The Queen of the South Sea is an animated short directed by Isaac Kerlow.
Produced by the Earth Observatory of Singapore
Total running time: 6m 10s, color
Voice-Over: English, also available in Indonesian, Spanish, and Tamil
Subtitles available: English, German, Spanish, Indonesian, Tamil
Formats available: H264 or DCP
Aspect Ratio: Academy Format, 4:3
Film Completed: November 2018


Screenings and Awards

The Queen of the South Sea is scheduled to be premiered at the Cambodia International Film Festival in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

April 2019
The Louisiana International Film Foundation, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

March 2019
Cambodia International Film Festival, World Premiere, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Athens Animfest, Athens, Greece


Directed and Produced by Isaac Kerlow
English Narration by Lok Meng Chue
Artwork and Animation: Jegannath Ramanujam
Music: Sergio Moure
Editing: Izzah Anati, Isaac Kerlow
Voice-Over Recording: Damian Wadell
Written by Isaac Kerlow and Jegannath Ramanujam
Audio Remix: Gabriel Serrano
Production Coordination: Inet Jade, Jingqin Tioranu, Karen Lee
Special Thanks: Earth Observatory of Singapore, National Research Foundation, Ministry of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Ke Yi Xiao Productions, Soundsnap