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Yasmin Ahmad: Why She Kicks Ass:
She’s a Malay director whose work is known for being humorous, interracial and honestly depictive of racial dynamics in Malaysia for instance in her short film Chocolate or her feature length Sepet (meaning Slit Eyes, a racial slur in Malaysia, which is centred around a Malay-Chinese couple).
Her best known films are the Orked trilogy, centered around a Malay girl’s various love interests which are portrayed in a sensitive, realistic way. The one time I was privileged enough to attend a screening of Mukhsin with Yasmin Ahmad there in person, she explained how she tried to reflect love in her film in the same way she once read about it in a poem where the most passionate gesture described was the lovers holding hands. 
Throughout the films, Orked is an remarkably realistic female character going through different stages of adolescence in the three films. She’s shown to be tough, sometimes flirtatious and silly, as well as reclusive at times. Her family also play an important part in the films and they’re a great depiction of Malay culture.
Her films have won multiple international awards, including Mukhsin which was shot in just twelve days.

Yasmin Ahmad: Why She Kicks Ass:

  • She’s a Malay director whose work is known for being humorous, interracial and honestly depictive of racial dynamics in Malaysia for instance in her short film Chocolate or her feature length Sepet (meaning Slit Eyes, a racial slur in Malaysia, which is centred around a Malay-Chinese couple).
  • Her best known films are the Orked trilogy, centered around a Malay girl’s various love interests which are portrayed in a sensitive, realistic way. The one time I was privileged enough to attend a screening of Mukhsin with Yasmin Ahmad there in person, she explained how she tried to reflect love in her film in the same way she once read about it in a poem where the most passionate gesture described was the lovers holding hands. 
  • Throughout the films, Orked is an remarkably realistic female character going through different stages of adolescence in the three films. She’s shown to be tough, sometimes flirtatious and silly, as well as reclusive at times. Her family also play an important part in the films and they’re a great depiction of Malay culture.
  • Her films have won multiple international awards, including Mukhsin which was shot in just twelve days.
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    I miss the emotional depth that could only be found in her commercials. She was and still is THE best storyteller.
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