SOKA Gakkai Malaysia (SGM), a non-governmental organisation that promotes peace and culture, paid tribute to the late Yasmin Ahmad recently.
The tribute, called “Love Stories to Malaysia: Works by Yasmin Ahmad — In celebration of Humanity and Peace” saw the screening of works by the filmmaker and storyteller.
The event was held in conjunction with SGM’s September theme, “month of peace”, to spread the message of peace in society and promote good moral values through a series of community activities.
SGM Youth representative Chia Kok Peng said the organisation had always wanted to pay tribute to the charismatic filmmaker.
“This is the first time we have held such a tribute for a local film industry personality and we were deeply moved by number of people who willingly came together for Yasmin.
“Although most of them might not know about Yasmin, I am sure many of them have seen her works through TV and movies.
“Her works have touched our hearts and reminded us that our differences are our strength.
“We hope through the screening of her works, we will continue to discover the pride of being Malay-sians as colour-blindness and racial unity were constant themes in Yasmin’s creations,” he said.
Also present as guests of honours were Yasmin’s sister, Datin Orked Ahmad, and her friends from the advertising and filmmaking scene, such as Ho Yuhang and Jovian Lee of Leo Burnett.
They also shared their experiences and Yasmin’s aspirations with the audience.