Celebrating Yasmin Ahmad

The late filmmaker is remembered at a permanent photo exhibition in Ipoh, Perak.

The late Yasmin Ahmad always had a particular fondness for Ipoh. Through the filmmaker’s movies, most notably Sepet and Gubra, she used various backdrops from in and around Perak’s capital city. This month, Plan B in Ipoh is celebrating Yasmin’s life and films with a photo exhibition as well as screenings of her award-winning films.

“Yasmin loved Ipoh so much, she used it as a location for practically all her films,” said Jovian Lee, who was Yasmin’s colleague, and close friend.

The commemorative Yasmin Ahmad exhibition, aptly named Small Town Big Heart, is a permanent fixture at Plan B. It features a photographic journey centred around Ipoh and super-imposed with witty quotes and anecdotes carefully selected from the book, Yasmin, How You Know?, released last year.

The exhibition is installed all over the Plan B outlet on stretch canvas. The exhibition was lovingly put together by Lisette Scheers, a fellow creative industry veteran.

“Yasmin described Ipoh as one of the maddest places she has ever been to. That was among the reasons she loved Ipoh so. She once met a woman scolding a building with her umbrella, among many other insane people,” added Lee.

Yasmin died aged 51 after suffering a stroke and undergoing surgery for a cerebral haemorrhage in 2009.

There will be screenings of Yasmin’s acclaimed films happening nightly at Plan B (No. 75, Jalan Panglima, Ipoh, Perak) at 7pm, from now to Dec 21, and admission is free. The list of films on rotation are as follows: Gubra (Dec 17), Mukhsin (Dec 18), Muallaf (Dec 19), Talentime (Dec 20), and Rabun (Dec 21). Call 05-249 8286.

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