2009. Malaysia. Yasmin Ahmad. 120 min.
Friday, May 7, 2010, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2009. Malaysia. Directed by Yasmin Ahmad. With Pamela Chong, Mahesh Jugal Kishor, Mohd Syafie Naswip. Against the backdrop of a school’s talent competition, Ahmad’s last film winningly orchestrates a multicharacter, multithread story that is full of fun and music, sorrow, and quiet optimism. The entire process of auditions and practices is infused with Ahmad’s typically humanist touches, as the students, with the support of their families, strive to show who has the greatest talent—and biggest heart. The rich tapestry of Malaysia’s diverse peoples, cultures, and religions—woven together through many of the the filmmaker’s favorite themes—has never been rendered more vividly. In Malay, Tamil; English subtitles. 120 min.