Born to an English father and a Malay mother, Leila ‘Anjung’ Keats is an unprecedented figure in local history and considered to be one of the pioneers of Malaya. However, shortly after her death, the archivist investigating her life finds some curious inconsistencies. Of particular note is an art piece of mysterious origin whose maker the archivist is eager to discover, as well as an untitled ghazal beginning with the cryptic refrain – give me your hand. As he reads Leila’s journals, the archivist is increasingly drawn into the details of her life.
Is truth subjective? Are the margins of history wide enough to contain the depth and breadth of a human life? Three Inches Of Alive explores the nature of history and the individual’s place in it, questioning the objectivity of collected facts.