Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Sight & Sound, April 2006


The current issue of the British film magazine Sight & Sound has an article by Tony Rayns on the Berlin Film Festival and includes the following words and of course I am right chuffed:

"The Forum...[had] a scattering of engaging titles. The smartest and wittiest was Amir Muhammad's The Last Communist, a sort-of documentary about Chin Peng, the leader of the long-banned Communist Party of Malaya, who remains on Malaysia's 'wanted' list. The film explores the mainly rural locales in which Chin Peng grew up and began his struggle and winds up in Baytong, just across the border in Thailand, which is home to a small community of Malay communist exiles. Along the way, it pauses to interview present-day residents of those places - and to feature a series of newly composed songs performed by the rotund Zalila Lee, parodying propaganda anthems ancient and modern. Chin Peng himself is conspicuous by his absence. As usual, Amir's real subject is Malaysia now, a site of evasions, contradictions, repressions and forbidden desires; this essayistic delight confirms him as the only visible heir to the Chris Marker tradition."

7 Comments:

Blogger XMOCHA! said...

wow, this is so cool!

7:18 pm  
Anonymous Ann said...

Can't wait for the docu.Btw bro, I read your column on today's NST (13/4) and that irritatingly smart girl, she really impressed me. but bro, im sorry but I couldnt see the point of the article. it sort of, hanging. so what happen to that girl? and where in the world is sg bangar?

and bro, keep up the good work!

9:32 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ah amir, good to see you 'writing' again...

2:10 am  
Blogger Amir said...

Erm, the whole NST page was meant as a spoof lor. "Air Bangar" was made popular by the late Johan when he too wrote for the NST. Did you really think Mawi might become deputy of MIC?

11:59 am  
Anonymous Ann said...

spoof.parody. right.right. adehhh...wakanabebb laa..heheh

5:53 pm  
Anonymous Ambient Noise said...

"this essayistic delight confirms him as the only visible heir to the Chris Marker tradition"

Sweet lord in heaven......

Chuffed, indeed.

1:28 pm  
Blogger bibliobibuli said...

wow! so pleased for you

and the nst article was really funny

9:22 am  

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