Film Festival Discussion: Gubra (Malaysia)

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2006
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Shukuri, Elyna
Sharifah, Amani
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An in-depth discussion of Yasmin Ahmad's film "Gubra", from Malaysia, with its producer Elyna Shukuri and award-winning actress Sharifah Amani, after a screening at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
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An in-depth discussion of Yasmin Ahmad's film "Gubra", from Malaysia, with its producer Elyna Shukuri and award-winning actress Sharifah Amani, after a screening at the Hawaii International Film Festival. The Center for Southeast Asian Studies launched a new initiative to develop a Southeast Asian film program at the University of Hawaii beginning in Fall 2006. The starting point for this fledgling program was a new partnership with the Hawaii International Film Festival designed to highlight the cinema of Southeast Asia. The partnership was developed in the belief that film provides an engaging form of communicating culture across borders, and as the very nature of a film festival is to provide the venue for this type of educational activity, the partnership with the HIFF was seen as a way to help position both the Center and HIFF as leaders in bringing new and engaging film and film industry leaders from Southeast Asia into focus in the US. Over the course of the festival the Center hosted a number of directors, actors, producers, archivists, and film critics who engaged in educational forums following selected films. All told there were 23 films with Southeast Asian themes, 15 of which were feature films from Southeast Asia. Much to the great joy of Southeast Asian film fans at the festival, films from the region garnered three of the top festival awards, including Love For Share (Indonesia, Nia Dinata) which captured the Golden Orchid for Best Feature Film. Other award winners with Southeast Asia roots included 4:30, (Singapore, Royston Tan) about a latchkey kid who steals from his family's tenant. which took home the NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film. Majidee (Malaysia, Azharr Rudin), shot in a single eleven minute take and focused on working class men in Malaysia, was honored as Best Short Film.
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