Friday, May 12, 2006

Lelaki Komunis Terakhir To Be Shown To MPs?

UPDATED: Listen to Amir Muhammad talking about his film "The Last Communist" after the screening at the 19th Singapore International Film Festival.

Also, read related post: Your Rough Guide To Current Communism Issues in Malaysia.


Don't have too high hopes. It MIGHT BE only. From Bernama:

Closed-Preview Of Lelaki Komunis Terakhir For MPs

KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 (Bernama) -- A special preview on the banned documentary film "Lelaki Komunis Terakhir" (The Last Communist Man) may be held for Members of Parliament (MP) and media practitioners to ensure fairness to all, said Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

However, he said, the decision to hold the "closed-preview" of the semi-musical film would depend on Home Minister Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad's decision.

The film, directed by Amir Muhammad, is about the former secretary of the Communist Party of Malaya, Chin Peng.

Speaking to reporters at the Parliament lobby Thursday, Rais said initially there was no controversy on the film and believed that its title could have prompted the situation.

The government withdrew permission to screen the film last Friday. The film is scheduled for screening on May 18.

The 90-minute film which contained interviews with certain individuals on Chin Peng was approved by the Film Censorship Board for screening in Penang and Kuala Lumpur, without any editing, last March.

However, Rais, said the permission was withdrawn after certain parties, including the police, reviewed the film.

"To be fair to the industry we should only make a comment if we have seen the film. The rule of fairness demands that if you have not seen the film how can you say the film is anti-security, anti-community... but I do agree the title is repulsive to the community of Malaysia," he added.

The move to hold the "closed-preview" of the film was made following a request by Opposition leader Lim Kit Siang.

In Amir's blog, he predicted that it was the title which might have got the movie banned. He got it correct:

Perhaps the objections are to the title? Well, Malaysia did once ban Daredevil and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers because of the words ‘devil’ and ‘morphin’ (which sounds like morphine) respectively. But that was in the past. The current Censorship Board seems determined to not make Malaysia an international laughingstock for ill-advised bans such as those. Do we want to return to those times?

Now, at least someone is talking sense in Barlimen Zoo. But again, don't have too high hopes. The film will sure be strongly criticised by ADHDs, Cyclops and Alpha Male (Marnkeys) and the ban might not be revoked. Nevertheless, I'm crossing my fingers hoping to see this documentary being screened.

Meanwhile, here's a screenshot of some scenes from the film. Visit Red Film's website for more information on this film.

I'll bet it will be just some Lao Ah Peks having fun singing karaokes together; no blood baths, no glorifying communism, nothing controversial.

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