Is Hari Raya even Hari Raya if you don’t bunch up together with your family and friends in front of a TV? Raya food-comas call for TV time and this year, KASUT might just be the movie to watch with your raya squad.
I came across Zan Azlee’s article in my Twitter timeline on Friday. It wasn’t hard for the title to catch my attention. Bullying was making its annual run for the headlines but this year was most distressing. There were immediate, affirmative responses from the police force, institutions and government; one major case saw significant judiciary progress. Why this still happens is – unfortunately – a popular narrative on social media; the country trying in vain to understand these seemingly evergreen aggressive behaviors among our youths.
When Watsons Malaysia dropped Legenda Cun Raya, an ad for the upcoming festivities, I didn’t think much of it though I was intrigued as it was 15 minutes long. It looked expensive so I gave it shot. A few moments into the ad, a woman in a selendang goes into the palace singing so beautifully to see if she is the one the Orang Kaya is dreaming of. She pulls away her shawl to reveal herself to the hero and everyone else at the court. Harum Senandung’s face was painted pitch black and the everyone in the commercial reacted in disgust and shock. There’s nothing else to describe what’s going on here. It’s not been a year since a comedian parodied Usher using [...]
We live in a nation of censorship, where information is kept hidden from the eyes of the public in order to stifle its ‘bad influence’, sometimes even at the expense of necessary truth. Just this year, there are issues such as the Pangrok Sulap exhibition controversy and Lena Hendry, to name a few, are examples of such hidden truths; a hundred of voices silenced.
At the same time, we complain about the state of our film industry – filled with contrived, boilerplate storytelling. Daring to be different would only result in being shunned by the crippling problem of ‘low audience demand’ or outright [...]