Saturday, July 25, 2009
a story on the Storyteller
Yasmin Ahmad had long been known for her ground-breaking TV commercials for national oil and gas company Petronas with their themes of racial harmony and familial ties.
In 2003, she broke into movies with her first feature film, Rabun, a TV movie produced for TV3.
But it was 2004’s Sepet, her first cinematic release, that won her international accolades and awards such as the Grand Prix at the Creteil International Women’s Film Festival in France. Later that year, the film also picked up the Best Asian Film award at the Tokyo International Film festival.
Since then, she has made four other feature films, all of which had been screened at international festivals.
Her biggest moment came in 2007 when Mukhsin (2006), her ode to childhood love, garnered two awards – the Grand Prix from the Kinderfilmfest International Jury and a Generation K-Plus Crystal Bear Special Mention at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival, one of the top three film festivals in the world.
Her latest film, Talentime, has been selected for this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival, which will be held from Oct 17 to 25.
Yasmin had just embarked on two international projects, a Japanese film called Wasurenagusa (Forget Me Not) which will feature a Malaysian-Japanese cast, and Go Thaddeus!, a Singaporean production about the short but inspiring life of the late Singaporean triathlete Thaddeus Cheong.
Last November, she was inducted into the inaugural Malaysian Advertising Hall of Fame by the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia.
Article is edited from
original source: By RIZAL JOHAN and ALLAN KOAY
The Star Online
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