Saturday, January 06, 2007

Mukhsin - another Malaysian pride!

Dapat SMS just a while ago dari Yasmin. As usual, if there's an SMS from her, aku berdebar-debar sikit. Yerlah...she usually messages not frivolous stuff like from this other person, but things yang ada ler worth sharing.

So bila baca, let out this whoop of joy in the Internet cafe as I was updating my blog, because it was a bit of good news yang memang aku bangga sangat!!! For those of you anticipating the showing of Mukhsin in local cinema, be proud of the fact that the film has been selected to compete in the 57th Berlin International Film Festival which will be held from 8th to 18th February 2007.

Memang kebangaan ler tuk aku, cause Yasmin's films never cease to amaze, not just at home but also abroad. Ni baru kata mengharumkan nama negara...but oh... yeah...I forgot...pencemar budaya lak kata orang kita, kan?

Oh well..whatever rocks your boat.

Apapun, congratulations to Yasmin and also her talents and crew responsible for Mukhsin. Whether or not they come hope with a Bear (I believe that's what they call their trophy), is irrelavant. Janji, we get to share a little of our Malaysian culture and heritage through film...and what better way than through an innocent love story.

Mukhsin di calonkan untuk pertandingan dalam kategori Generations. For those yang malas masuk link, this is a slight explaination of the Generations category.

Since 1978, the Berlinale has dedicated a special section to films, which see the world from the point of view of children and young people: Generation.

The section began as the Kinderfilmfest and has been complimented by the youth film competition 14plus since the Berlinale 2004.

The section was renamed for the Berlinale 2007 in order to do justice to its specific programme structure. The section's competitions are now known as Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus.

Every year, the Berlinale awards three Crystal Bears to the best films of the section. In the Generation Kplus competition, the winners are selected by an eleven-member Children's Jury.
The seven jurors of the Youth Jury award the Crystal Bears for the best feature films of the Generation 14plus competition.

In addition, an international expert jury awards the Grand Prix of the Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk (German Child Support Organisation) worth 7,500 Euros to the best feature film in the klpus competition.

The Special Prize of the charity, which has a value of 2,500 Euros, is awarded to the best short film in Kplus.

Special appeal: the diversity in the audience Generation is not just a platform for a flourishing segment of the film industry and its films, but attracts a very diverse audience.

Every year, more than 35,000 moviegoers attend the screenings in the Zoo Palast, CinemaxX Potsdamer Platz, Filmtheater am Friedrichshain and in the Colosseum Filmtheater in the Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg.

In the cinemas, professional guests, directors and actors meet up with children and young people of every age group. These encounters contribute to the special appeal of the section.

Both praise and criticism for the films are expressed during moderated discussions in the cinemas immediately after the screenings, making a visit to this section a unique experience for audiences of all generations.

A broader understanding Generation stands for a broader understanding of films for children and young people.

Alongside high-quality children's or youth films, the programme contains productions that have their own appeal for younger viewers, without having been specifically conceived for this target audience.

With a programme that consciously and passionately presents films from diverse backgrounds, Generation encourages the film industry to shed its fear of young audiences."

I don't know how many Asian films will be shown as well, but still no less praise for Mukhsin's nomination. So, here's a shout out for Mukhsin...may it open some eyes, minds, and hearts...

PS. Happy birthday Yasmin!!!!