Yasmin Ahmad: Auteuring a New Malaysian Cinematic Landscape

Lee, Yuen Beng (2015) Yasmin Ahmad: Auteuring a New Malaysian Cinematic Landscape. Wacana Seni : Journal of Arts Discourse, 14. ISSN 2180-4311

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Since P. Ramlee, no other filmmaker but Yasmin Ahmad has been capable of creating a significant impact in Malaysian cinema. She achieved this through her films that have persistently challenged not only the conventions of Malaysian cinema, but also daringly exposed societal taboos and its hypocrisies on the cinematic screen. All her six films differ from the conservative, unadventurous and conventional Malaysian films that revolve around the tiresome, "tried and tested", monotonous entertainment containing elements of love (suka), sadness (duka) and humour (jenaka). Her films, which are criticisms about the failings of the Malaysian society and in particular the Malays, employ cosmopolitan themes of humour, love and humanism to move beyond merely focusing on race and ethnicity. In doing so, her films paradoxically employ the "sensitive" issue of interethnic relations to highlight the struggles faced by common Malaysians within and between cultures and religions. By highlighting the everyday problems faced by everyday people, Yasmin Ahmad has extensively altered the Malaysian cinematic landscape by removing demarcations along racial, ethnic, religion, cultural, age and gender lines. This allows her films to move beyond being focused on multiculturalism and to contest more socially, culturally and politically issues closely related to Malaysians

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993-1999 Motion pictures
Divisions: Pusat Pengajian Komunikasi (School of Communication) > Article
Depositing User: Administrator Automasi
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2018 04:22
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2018 04:22
URI: http://eprints.usm.my/id/eprint/38735

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