The Sarangu’s World is a research project supported by Arts Council Malta to explore further the world of Filfla by focusing on the mysterious creature in the animation – The Sarangu (the sack man).
Set in 1813 Malta, during an outbreak of Bubonic plague, which left a death toll of 4,500 corpses, the grant provided the opportunity to re-create the environment, context and research documentation of the period through traditional methods of Fine Arts and methodology.
World Building is an important aspect of any storytelling and needs to provide a sense of immersive realism to create depth and richness to draw the public into it. The research led to the eventual development of a graphic novel around the Sarangu – the sack man.
A story revolving around facts, fiction and myth, ‘The Sarangu’s World’ is set as an opportunity to explore further the darker side of Maltese folk and fairytale.
The 1813 Bubonic Plague – snippets
- Sarangu’s World: The 1813 Bubonic Plague
- The role of French war prisoners in the 1813 Malta Bubonic plague
- This is how Manoel Island looked in the 1800s
- How Senglea survived the plague
- How did a quarantine look like in 1800?
- More alchemy than medicine – Maltese folk cure