Sunday, August 2, 2009

No CCTV Sunday #7 Yasmin Ahmad 1959 - 2009

Yasmin Ahmad was a multi-award winning film director, writer and scriptwriter from Malaysia.Her television commercials and films are well-known in Malaysia for their humor, heart and love that crosses cross-cultural barriers. Her creativity could be seen in many TV commercials and evoked emotion of the viewers.

Funeral (2009) for the Singaporean Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports.

July 23, 2009, Yasmin suffered a stroke and remained motionless, seated, she was resting her head on the table, with her hands cupping her face, while attending a meeting. On Saturday, July 25,2009, more than 48 hours after the surgery, Yasmin Ahmad was pronounced dead at 11.25pm. Yasmin Ahmad was laid to rest at the USJ 22 Muslim Cemetery in Subang Jaya, Selangor. Her husband, Abdullah Tan Yew Leong, their immediate families, hundreds of fans, friends, industry colleagues and personalities gathered to bid her farewell.

In the film industry, Yasmin drew much controversy in view of her openness and boldness in analyzing social issues. She has been targeted by critics since her first movie, “Rabun” was screened in 2003 followed by “Sepet” (2004), “Gubra” (2006), “Mukhsin” (2006), “Muallaf” (2008) and Talentime (2009).

Sepet(Chinese Eye) (2004)

Yasmin earned rave reviews for “Sepet” which won the Best Film Award and the Best Original Screenplay Award at the Malaysian Film Festival 2005. “Sepet” also bagged several international awards, namely the Asian Film Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2005, the Grand Prix Award at the Creteil International Women’s Film Festival in the same year. “Gubra” won the Best Screenplay award at the Malaysian Film Festival 2006. “Muhsin” won the Generation kplus – Best Feature Film and the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Grand Prix award at the Berlin International Film Festival. “Mukhsin” also won the Best Asean Film at the Cinemanila International Film Festival 2007. “Muallaf” won the Asian Film Award – Special Mention at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2008.

Yasmin, we all Malaysian will miss you a lot especially in the coming Hari Merdeka, Aidilfitri, Chinese New Year and Deepavali celebration.

Tan Hong Ming In Love (2007) Petronas Merdeka Day commercial

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