Free monthly screenings of local movies

Participants during a Wayang Di-Atas screening session.

PASSIONATE about films, a young lecturer is holding free screenings of local movies for Ipoh folk.

Lecturer Muhamad Farid Abdul Rahman, 25, who co-founded Wayang Di-Atas (WDA) with a group of friends in August last year, holds the monthly screenings at PeaceBeUponYou store in Jalan Sultan Idris Shah.

He said WDA aimed to share insights on each film with the audience.

“Every film reflects elements like the community, religion, race and politics.

“We will let the audience watch the film first before discussing it later,” he said, adding that the sessions were mostly held at night.

“We also want to raise awareness and appreciation towards local films,” he added,

Muhamad Farid said they usually screened more local films rather than international ones.

“We will decide on a theme and screen a related movie.

“Among some of the memorable sessions we have had was during Festival Kolektif where the directors of the films joined the session,” he said, adding that they also screened independent short films.

“Some local directors and film critics who have joined us include Dain Said, Amir Muhammad, Abror Rivai, Emir Ezwan, Al-Jafree, Hassan Muthalib, Danial Kadir and Norman.”

Muhamad Farid said the idea to set up WDA came during his university days.

“I joined a club called Wayang Budiman that was created by one of my lecturers who wanted to educate the public about the art of making films.”

“We are blessed that PeaceBeUponYou store owner Adam Jalaludin has offered us a space.”

Details of their next session can be found on Instagram with the handle Wayangdiatas.

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