Sunday, July 26, 2009

Yasmin the Storyteller (7 January 1958 - 25 July 2009)

A visionary filmmaker of unparalleled storytelling ability, someone so blessed with the ability to reach into our hearts and minds to produce films of a quality that has never before been matched, Yasmin Ahmad, born 1958, has passed away a few hours ago.

I am very upset that the person I have always wanted to work with is gone.

I am still in shock.

And I am heartbroken.

"Kaulah satu-satunya di antara berjuta insan teristimewa. Patah tak tumbuh lagi, hilang belum berganti... kerana kau tersendiri. Kau kebanggaan kita, kau budayawan bangsa. Engkau... LAGENDA."

It is a truly monumental loss for Malaysia. I remember watching 'Sepet' and 'Gubra' and I understood how significant those films were to the Malaysian collective. I understood how significant she was as a director. Her movies were leagues above the rest in the Malaysian film industry and her advertisements were always superb.

May she rest in peace, and may God watch over her soul.

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