A conversation with a Malaysian Film

Azmyl Yunor

AS a film buff – I wear glasses not because I strained my eyes being studious or a bookworm but because as a teenager I used to watch rented VHS tapes of films in the dark too near to the TV screen– I am always excited when a new Malaysian film that explores new themes or territories emerges, especially if it’s by an emerging filmmaker.

As an artist I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know and collaborating with some of the Malaysian New Wave independent filmmakers – a scene that was kickstarted by the seminal core quartet of the late Yasmin Ahmad, Ho Yuhang, Amir Muhammad and James Lee, who led the charge in the early 2000s  and whose artistic visions and interpretations of Malaysia were more in line with the complex soul of the nation than most mainstream cinema that preceded the movement.

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