Sunday, July 26, 2009

RIP Yasmin Ahmad, 1958-2009

Acclaimed Malaysian filmmaker Yasmin Ahmad passed away from stroke yesterday aged 51. She is best known for her groundbreaking films, 2004's Sepet (Chinese Eye) and 2006's Gubra (Anxiety), which garnered controversy by depicting a relationship between a Chinese boy and Muslim Malay girl. Despite the multicultural nature of Malaysia and the government's message of harmony and tolerance, intercultural and particularly interfaith marriages are sensitive topics.

Ahmad was also well-known for her advertisements, which espoused messages of community and acceptance with heart and humour. I blogged several weeks ago about her ads for Petronas, including the wonderful and award winning Tan Hong Ming ad.

Below is another of her commercials. It's really quite touching.

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