Stream time: talking French and M'sian cinema, Habsah Hassan’s lyrical insights

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  • Saturday, 09 Jul 2022

Cinephile Wong Tuck Cheong, president of Kelab Seni Filem, discusses French cinema and the Malaysian New Wave in Alliance Francaise's '5 Questions To ...' online series. Photo: The Star/Raja Faisal Hishan


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If you can't get to Ilham Gallery in KL for one of the most talked about exhibits this year, then this online series will help you get your way around the gallery ... virtually.

Writer, researcher and founder of indie publishing house Cloud Projects Sheau Yun Lim moderated this online session last month in conversation with four artists who are part of the Ilham Art Show 2022. The participating artists - Chong Yan Chuah, Dhavinder Singh, Minstrel Kuik and Leon Leong - offer viewers an insight into the works of art they have produced for the exhibition. The Ilham Art Show, which runs until Oct 31, features the works of 31 artists in response to an open call last year.

Artists In Conversation: Ilham Art Show 2022 can be streamed via the gallery’s Youtube channel.

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Since the 1970s, the legendary lyricist and writer Habsah Hassan has been responsible for penning the lyrics to more than 1,000 songs that have achieved tremendous success in the Malaysian pop music industry. Top singers such as the late Sudirman, Khatijah Ibrahim, Jamal Abdillah and Siti Nurhaliza, to name a few, have all sung songs by Habsah. In this short video project by Finas, Habsah shares her thoughts on the lyric-writing process, and how it has close ties to the most illustrious of literary traditions.

Fragmen: Muzik Satu Legasi - Kata-Kata, in Bahasa Malaysia, can be streamed via Finas’ Youtube channel.

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Jejak Seni Malaysia, by the National Art Gallery, is a statewide mapping project for Malaysia's visual arts ecosystem. This art mapping includes public works, art lanes, associations, art communities, galleries, studios, and residences. It identifies art operations and management services, art educational institutions, and art material shops involved in the national visual arts platform. Bicara Seni Kata is a virtual talk series where local art activists share their experiences and perspectives. In this episode, researchers who have collaborated with one another over the course of the pandemic to collect data on the Federal Territories’ art ecosystem will be featured.

Bicara Seni Kita: Jejak Seni Malaysia Edisi Wilayah Persekutuan can be streamed for free via the National Art Gallery’s Facebook page.

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5 Questions To is a programme presented by Alliance Francaise Kuala Lumpur (AFKL) that aims to encourage viewers to learn more about French language and culture.

In this 40-minute episode, AFKL's cultural coordinator Asma Manssouri speaks with Wong Tuck Cheong, president of the Kelab Seni Filem and the manager of the Malaysian Public Library, Research and Development Centre. This episode is also released as part of the 20th edition of the French Film Festival.

Wong, a respected name in the world cinema appreciation circles, discusses French cinema and the Malaysian New Wave, the significance of preserving cultural heritage, and the indispensable function of a film programmer.

5 Questions To Wong Tuck Cheong can be streamed via AFKL’s Youtube channel.

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Date and Time: ends July 15

Adam Ashburn’s Showreel is a love/hate letter to Malaysian cinema. This experimental satire effort, directed by Roger Liew, features an ensemble of theatre actors, namely Aaron Teoh, Arjun Thanaraju, Putrina Rafie, Ali Alasri, Nabil Musawir and Yiky Chew with Wong Chun Yiu, Aryana Sofea, and Amir Rahim as Adam Ashburn.

This dark comedy examines the state of Malaysian filmmaking. The plot centres on first-time actor Adam Abu Bakar, who stumbles onto a movie audition that catapults him to popularity, as he is quickly cast in the lead part of Malaysia's most ambitious actor's reel.

Adam Ashburn’s Showreel, ticketed, can be streamed via CloudTheatre.

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