‘Ikal Mayang’ aimed at giving women a platform to share their stories.
THE voices of Malaysian women were heard thousands of miles away at Busan, South Korea.
Six short films by local non-profit organisation, Women: girls, premiered at the 18th Busan International Film Festival earlier this week.
Ikal Mayang: Telling Women Stories, a short film project helmed by Women: girls chairman Low Ngai Yuen, is aimed at giving women a platform to share their stories through film.
“We started Ikal Mayang with one objective: to give women a voice through film. We came from humble beginnings; we are now in Busan and that is testament.
“Ikal Mayang will keep the momentum to increase women’s share of voice and let women’s dreams, pains, joys, aspirations and how they make the choices be heard and known,” she said in a press statement.
The titles of the Ikal Mayang shorties are Jerat Suami directed by Dira Abu Zahar, 1-800-BABY directed by Datin Sofia Jane Hisham, Pantang directed by Vanidah Imran, Odah directed by Junaidah M. Nor, Berat Sebelah directed by Melissa Saila, and She directed by Ida Nerina.
“I did not know what to expect. But once I started to walk, all I thought of was home and how blessed it was for me to represent my country and all my sisters,” Sofia recounted her experience as she walked the red carpet at the prestigious Asian film festival.
“Malaysia has the potential to ‘make it’ out here, out there, anywhere if we set our minds to it; to be recognised for our talent. I’m truly blessed and hope that this inspires others to do the same.”
Ikal Mayang started as a project organised in conjunction with the International Women’s Day this year. On March 8, a screening of 15 Ikal Mayang short films directed by female directors was held. Shot over 30 days, the initiative boasted a 105-strong cast.
For more information, visit womengirls.org/ikalmayang/.