LOCALS and foreigners alike were moved by the poignant messages contained in the late Yasmin Ahmad's 2004 romantic comedy-drama Sepet.
They applauded its thought-provoking portrayal of inter-racial relationships, family and love during a special screening at The Star Pitt St in George Town, Penang.
Student Max Kuan, 16, said such themes were worth remembering especially with the country's 58th National Day just around the corner.
"There is nothing wrong with being with someone of a different race, as we shouldn't judge another based on skin colour," he noted.
Kuan, who is waiting to start college, also praised Yasmin's directing, saying it had excellent flow and many tear-jerking moments.
Also present was Sudanese artist Ammar Khalifa, 29, who revealed he was a big fan of the celebrated Johor-born filmmaker's works.
"This one carries a beautiful message that Malaysians should always keep at heart.
"Most of all, it was tastefully done," he added.
Zimbabwean design student Nishant Rana, 23, said it gave foreigners like him, a better appreciation of how the country's diverse communities live together in harmony.
"Love is amazing and goes beyond all boundaries."
The screenings on Thursday were part of a series themed Celebrating Merdeka with Yasmin Ahmad, on every Thursday at 3pm and 7pm throughout August.
It kicked off on Aug 6 with Talentime (2009), and continues this Thursday with Gubra (2006).
The final instalment on Aug 27 features Mukhsin, released in 2007.
The programme will culminate with a movie marathon on Aug 31 from 9am to 9pm, featuring all the flicks mentioned above, as well as Yasmin's other works Rabun (2003) and Muallaf (2008).
The screenings are free, but the public are encouraged to RSVP via the Facebook event page by looking up Celebrate Merdeka with Yasmin Ahmad.