PETALING JAYA: Fresh on the heels of the revival of Dain Said’s movie Dukun, the makers of Lelaki Komunis Terakhir are trying to bring their movie to a public audience.
For different reasons, both movies spent more than a decade in cold storage.
This year the Cooler Lumpur Festival will screen Lelaki Komunis Terakhir which was written and directed by filmmaker/publisher Amir Muhammad.
The movie was originally approved without cuts by the country's Film Censorship Board (LPF or Lembaga Penapisan Film) in 2006, but its public screening was overruled by the Home Ministry at the time due to objections of "sensitivity".
Lelaki Komunis Terakhir is a semi-musical documentary road movie based on the life of Chin Peng, the last leader of the banned Communist Party of Malaya.
It is presented as a travelogue through the (then present-day) towns (around 2006 when the film was made) that he had lived and operated in several decades ago.
“We believe the film has attracted unfair criticism purely on the basis of its title and no one who seems to have an objection to it, has actually seen it,” said Cooler Lumpur festival director Hardesh Singh.
“Since no one seems to be able to make a final call, I think it’s best we let the new government decide what their stand is.
"Thereafter we intend to proceed with a public screening as it was always deemed fit for public screening by LPF to begin with,” he added.
“We have decided to host a closed screening for any Ministers or VVIP’s interested in watching the documentary before finally deciding on the fate of this 12-year-old movie.
"This will take place on Thursday 9pm, October 4th, at Black Box Publika (Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur),” said Hardesh, who wrote the original score for the movie.
The organisers will then proceed with a public screening during the festival weekend. The time of that screening has yet to be determined.
When asked about the revival, Amir said simply “We are screening this for all Malaysians, as it is about Malaysians.”
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