Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Charity screening: 19 May, Ipoh

One of the organisations that helped us when making Lelaki Komunis Terakhir was the Perak Heritage Society. The Society does not have a website but you can read more about its president here. He took me, Hardesh and Albert on a tour of Papan and even though that sequence has been cut out of the movie (what to do?) it was a very interesting day for us. So it's apposite that we do something in return. Here are the details. If you know people in Ipoh who might be interested, do spread the word.

Film will not be shown in Ipoh

The Star. 25 April.

IPOH: The semi-musical documentary Lelaki Komunis Terakhir (The Last Communist) may be a Perak story but it will not be screened in cinemas here.

However, there is still a chance to catch the film, as the Perak Heritage Society will be holding a special screening at the Syuen Hotel here on May 19 to raise funds.

Amir Muhammad, the director of the 90-minute film, said cinemas in the city here did not have the projection facilities needed to screen the documentary.

“It is a Perak story but it is a shame that cinemas in Ipoh are not equipped to screen it,” he said at a press conference here yesterday.

He said the film, which had received the nod from the Film Censorship Board, would only be screened at the Golden Screen Cinemas in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, beginning May 18.

“It would be good if we could screen it at places where we shot the film like Sitiawan or even in Betong (South Thailand),” Amir said.

“Most of the locations are in Perak such as Bidor, Gopeng, Chemor, and Sungai Siput.”

He added that the film also involved interviews conducted with former members of the defunct Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) at the Peace Village at Betong.

The film, which has drawn opposition from Umno Youth, documents the life of Chin Peng, exiled leader of the banned CPM, from 1924 to 1957.

Amir noted that the film, which cost some RM80,000 to make, had already been shown at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

“The film will also be seen at film festivals in Hong Kong, Singapore, Los Angeles and Toronto,” he said.

Those interested in the special screening can contact Su Win at 012-2886888 or Siak Hong at 012-2976517.


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