Netflix’s slate of acclaimed Malaysian films grows with titles by the late Yasmin Ahmad.
KUALA LUMPUR, December 15 – Netflix, the world’s leading streaming entertainment service, brings a slate of powerful Malaysian stories directed by the late Yasmin Ahmad to a global audience with Rabun, Mukhsin and Talentime, to Netflix this 18 December, 2020.
Award-winning filmmaker Yasmin Ahmad was well loved for her soul touching Petronas ads and thought-provoking films that have made an impact locally and internationally. Her legacy of shining a light on important social causes creatively and successfully will always live on in her films and commercials.
Yasmin Ahmad’s debut film Rabun is a quirky and heartwarming one that was inspired by her own parents after her father turned partially blind as a result of diabetes.
Rabun is an enlightening story of Pak Atan (M. Rajoli) and Mak Inom (Kartina Aziz) who return to the country after getting worn out by the hustle and bustle of city life. Upon returning, the couple find that life in the countryside may not be that pleasant after all.
Rabun stars M. Rajoli (Pak Atan), Kartina Aziz (Mak Inom), Ho Yu-hang (Elvis), Norkhiriah (Orked) and Rozie Rashid (Cik Nor).
Mukhsin is the prequel to Yasmin Ahmad’s award winning Sepet and Gubra and the last film of the Orked trilogy. Taking home the Grand Prix of the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk for Best Feature Film at the 57th Berlin International Film festival, Mukhsin perfectly captures the nostalgia of youth and the innocence of first love.
The story takes place in Sekinchan, Sabak Bernam in 1993, and tells the story of 10-year-old Orked’s (played by Sharifah Aryana) first love. Orked who arrives with her elder brother and aunt to spend the school holidays in the village, catches the eye of Mukhsin (Mohd Syafie Naswip). Mukhsin soon becomes tormented by his love for Orked when their relationship remains a platonic one.
Mukhsin stars Mohd Syafie Naswip (Mukhsin), Sharifah Aryana (Orked), Salehuddin Abu Bakar (Husin) and Sharifah Aleya (Mak Inom).
Yasmin Ahmad is known for tackling tough subjects in her films, from multiculturalism to racism. Ahmad’s final film Talentime is no different, bringing a touching portrayal of love, family and the trials of everyday life, set against the soundtrack by Malaysian composer Pete Teo.
Talentime tells the story of a school talent competition that matches two hearts – that of Melur (Pamela Chong), an Anglo-Malay girl, and Mahesh (Mahesh Jugal Kishor), a deaf and mute Indian boy. Melur, with her melodious voice, singing whilst playing the piano is one of the seven finalists of the Talentime competition. Mahesh is enthralled by Melur, but his traditional family objects to their relationship. Another finalist, Hafiz (Mohd Syafie Naswip), fascinates people with his vocal talent while playing the guitar, using music to cope with the pressures of dividing time between school and his mother, who has been hospitalised with brain tumour.
Talentime stars Pamela Chong (Melur), Mahesh Jugal Kishor (Mahesh), Mohd Syafie Naswip (Hafiz), Howard Hon Kahoe (Kahoe), Azean Irdawaty (Embun), Noor Adibah (Cikgu Adibah) and Harith Iskander (Harith).