Mar 9, 2016

Lelaki Harapan Dunia to kickoff Yasmin Museum’s Filmmaker Series

 Yasmin at Kong Heng Museum located in Ipoh will be showcasing  Lelaki Harapan Dunia, during this one-day-only event on 12 March 2016 at 2pm as part of its Filmmaker Series...

Did you know Yasmin at Kong Heng was built in remembrance of the late Yasmin Ahmad. You can find her prized possessions there, as well as on the people and philosophies that have inspired her work. Visitors to the Museum can find her remarkable works in the form of photography, filmography as well as artistic works devoted to her by other artists all there for display.

Liew Seng Tat, who is the recipient of two Best Director awards—at the 27th Malaysian Film Festival and Kuala Lumpur Film Critics Society Awards 2015—says that the best films are those that tell a story about one’s identity, which is usually rooted in cultures and customs. Following in the footsteps of renowned late filmmaker Yasmin Ahmad, Liew’s Lelaki Harapan Dunia seeks to tell a simple, everyday story that transcends cultural barriers while injecting inspiration and humour along the way.

Datin Orked, Yasmin's sister said, “Seng Tat has woven a wonderful story about a long-lost Malay tradition. He conveys a message of unity amongst Malaysians despite their differences—a vision that Yasmin, too, once shared. It’s a perfect fit for Yasmin at Kong Heng’s Filmmaker Series.”

During the one day Filmmaker Series event, members of the public will be able to engage in a casual Q&A session with Liew. Other guests include Pak Hassan Muthalib, a veteran director and pioneer in Malaysian film craft, who will be exploring the significance of films in nation-building and in telling the story of Malaysia’s history, present and future.

Directed by Liew Seng Tat, the 27th Malaysian Film Festival Best Picture winner is a joint effort between Malaysia, Netherlands, Germany and France. 

The slapstick comedy stars Wan Hanafi Su, Soffi Jikan and Harun Salim Bachik, and tells the story of “angkat rumah”, a disappearing ancient Malay tradition that sees villagers moving house by literally lifting the wooden structure and shifting it to a new location. 

The film also shows our nation’s unique cultural identity and demonstrates the gotong-royong spirit of Malaysians.

Entrance to the event is priced at RM5 per person. For further information, please visit the Yasmin at Kong Heng Facebook page.

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