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Story tellers: Ida Nerina (left) and Low Ngai Yuen are two women behind 'Ikal Mayang: Telling Women Stories'.
Malaysia women directors to showcase their work at Busan International Film Festival.
EARLIER this year Ikal Mayang: Telling Women Stories was launched to celebrate International Women’s Day in March.
Ikal Mayang: Telling Women Stories is a film project by WOMEN:girls, an initiative established three years ago that provides a platform for women to speak up and have their stories told.
The project brings together 15 women directors who tell their stories in a series of short films.
With Datin Sofia Jane, Nanu Baharudin, Sharifah Amani, Elaine Daly, Fauziah Nawi, Mislina Mustaffa, Vanidah Imran, Aida Fitri, Carmen Soo, Junaidah M Nor, Shamaine Othman, Dira Abu Zahar, Susan Lankester, Melissa Saila and Ida Nerina on the helm as the directors, Ikal Mayang: Telling Women Stories is now going international.
It will be shown at the upcoming 18th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) 2013 in South Korea from Oct 3 to 12.
The anthology feature film, which runs approximately 70 minutes, comprises six short films that were selected to represent original works by (mostly) first time Malaysian women filmmakers, and will be showcased at BIFF in the segment A Window On Asian Cinema.
A Window On Asian Cinema features brand new and/or representative films by talented Asian filmmakers with their diverse points of view and style.
The titles of the six Ikal Mayang: Telling Women Stories shorties include Jerat Suami (directed by Dira Abu Zahar), 1-800-BABY (Sofia Jane), Pantang (Vanidah Imran), Odah ( Junaidah M. Nor), Berat Sebelah (Melissa Saila) and She (Ida Nerina).
In a press statement, executive producer of Ikal Mayang: Telling Women Stories as well as president and the brains behind WOMEN:girls Low Ngai Yuen, emphasised on the need for women’s voice in the country.
“Let’s increase women’s share of voice and let women’s dreams, pains, joys, aspirations and how they make the choices be heard and known.
“This will reduce, if not stop, the stereotyping of women over the mainstream media,” Low said.
“As a producer, it’s awesome to have the opportunity to share a part of our little project of love with the world,” added Lee Su May, executive producer of Ikal Mayang: Telling Women Stories and founding partner of Garang Pictures.
The journey of Ikal Mayang: Telling Women Stories began when 800 people gathered to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 with a private screening of 15 short films directed by 15 non-traditional female directors in Kuala Lumpur.
Creative director of Ikal Mayang: Telling Women Stories, and the founder of Big EyEs Entertainment Ida Nerina, said: “I am so elated and extremely excited that our hard work has paid off.
“Out of 15 short films, which we produced, six wonderful Malaysian stories will finally be watched by thousands of film enthusiasts at this prestigious festival.”
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