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by michelle tam
Thoughtful gesture: A user looking at the Google doodle of Yasmin on her computer.
PETALING JAYA: Overjoyed and pleasantly
surprised – that was the reaction of Yasmin Ahmad’s friends upon seeing a Sepet-
style Google doodle of the well-loved filmmaker.
Yasmin, who died on July 15, 2009, was well-known for her touching Petronas advertisements and award-winning films such as Rabun, Sepet, Gubra, Mukhsin, Muallaf and Talentime. She was 51.
Filmmaker and singer-songwriter Pete Teo said the doodle was an “amazing and beautiful gesture”.
“I think she’s the most important Malaysian filmmaker in the last 20 to 30 years,” he said in a phone interview with The Star.
Asked what Yasmin would have thought of the doodle, he said the modest personality would be “embarrassed but have a good laugh”.
Actress Sharifah Amani, who played Orked in Sepet and other key roles in Yasmin’s films, was grateful to Google for the “sweet and lovely honour”.
“I think she would have liked it. Yasmin was Internet-savvy and had her own blog,” she said.
Writer, publisher and filmmaker Amir Muhammad said it was a “very nice coincidence” as he was discussing a Yasmin Ahmad retrospective with a foreign film festival organiser just minutes before the doodle popped up on the Google homepage yesterday.
“The moral of the story is that you can’t keep a good woman down,” said Amir.
Independent filmmaker Benji Lim also applauded Google for honouring Yasmin on her birthday.
Lim met her while working as a runner on the Arvind Abraham-directed film S’Kali, in which Yasmin had a cameo role.
Freelance producer Bahiry Yeusuff also found the doodle “gorgeous and surreal”, as Yasmin was a constant source of encouragement.
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