PETALING JAYA: A planned screening of the movie Lelaki Komunis Terakhir at a local festival will not be taking place after all.
The organisers of the Cooler Lumpur Festival said in a Facebook post that the Film Censorship Board (LPF) sent them a notice informing them that the original ban from 12 years ago still stood and they were prohibited from screening it.
The letter dated Oct 5 was sent to the Festival Director Hardesh Singh and was signed by LPF secretary Yusniza Yusuf.
The movie, written and directed by filmmaker Amir Muhammad, was originally approved to be screened without cuts in 2006, but its public screening was overruled by the Home Ministry at the time due to objections over "sensitivity".
It is presented as a travelogue through the towns (around 2006 when the film was made) that Chin Peng had lived and operated in decades ago.
Hardesh had told the Star Online that they had decided to host a closed screening for any ministers or VVIPs interested in watching the documentary on Thursday (Oct 4).