PETALING JAYA: The semi-musical documentary Lelaki Komunis Terakhir (The Last Communist) has received the nod from the Film Censorship Board and will be in theatres this May.
The 90-minute documentary showcases the life journey of Chin Peng, the exiled leader of the banned Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) from his younger days until now.
It also includes a 20-minute interview with several former CPM guerillas at their village in southern Thailand.
The documentary, directed by Amir Muhammad, was approved early this month without any censorship and will be shown at the Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) in Mid Valley Megamall and One Utama in Klang Valley, and at Gurney Plaza in Penang at the end of May.
“I’m happy that it has been approved without any censorship. This is the first time that a local documentary will be shown in theatres,” the 34-year-old Amir told mStar Online on Saturday.
A year ago, it was reported that Umno Youth had opposed any efforts to film “Chin Peng’s struggles,” which was considered as a “crime towards the people and Government of Malaysia.”
Its information chief Datuk Azimi Daim was quoted as saying: “The murders, cruelty and mercilessness of Chin Peng and other CPM members towards the people of Gerik, Bentong, Gua Musang and near the Thailand border, are still fresh in the minds of Malaysians including the Chinese and Indians.”
The documentary itself, did not include any interviews with its main character, Chin Peng, although more than 80 people were met during the process of making the documentary.
Among the issues mentioned by former CPM guerillas in the interviews was the Government’s obstruction in allowing them to return home, their experiences and the ideological turbulence they went through.
“I expected (if there is censorship), a few dialogues (in the interview) would be cut off,” Amir said, explaining that a few parts of the documentary were expected to be seen as “problematic” by the authorities in the early stages.
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