2004. Malaysia. Yasmin Ahmad. 105 min.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 5:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2004. Malaysia. Directed by Yasmin Ahmad. With Sharifah Amani Yahya, Ng Choo Seong. Sepet, which in "Malay" pejoratively means "slitty eyes," was the film that put Ahmad on the world cinema map. The film deftly charts the sweet yet tragic romance between sixteen-year-old Orked—Yasmin’s alter ego—and Jason, a Chinese boy who sells pirated movies. The leitmotifs of teenage and parental love, inter-ethnic relationships, and religious tension and tolerance—themes which Ahmad would further explore in her later works—are already apparent in this, her second film. In Mandarin and Malay; English subtitles. 105 min.