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Amir MUHAMMAD   by admin
Filmmakers 06/13/07 04:44:42 am
Two of Amir's films had been banned in Malaysia.
He is probably making the third one now.

Amir Muhammad is possibly one of the funniest filmmaker in the world --- Or at least, the funniest Muslim filmmaker in the world.

Amir was born on December 5, 1972 in Kuala Lumpur. He has a Law degree but does not use it. He has been writing for Malaysian print media since the age of 14. "that says more about the standard of newspapers here than it does about my own writing!", Amir said.

In 2000, he wrote and directed Malaysia's first DV feature, LIPS TO LIPS.

"The film was so bad, that everyone start to think they could make a better film." Hence the Malaysian New Wave starts from there. More known as "Malaysian Independent Film" movement, James Lee, Osman Ali, Ho Yuhang, Woo Ming Jin, Tan Chui Mui, Deepak kumaran Menon, Liew Seng Tat, Zan Azlee, Khoo Eng Yow had then started to make their first films.

He then make 6HORTS, a compilation of 6 essay film, BIG DURIAN, which was in Sundance, TOKYO MAGIC HOUR, THE YEARS OF LIVING VICARIOUSLY, THE LAST COMMUNIST, and VILLAGE PEOPLE RADIO SHOW. Both his THE LAST COMMUNIST and VILLAGE PEOPLE RADIO SHOW were banned in Malaysia. Not that all his previous films were pass, in fact he had never send them for censorship. Hence, none of Amir Muhammad's films had been theatrically released in Malaysia.

No one could make film like Amir Muhammad. He is sharp and witty, but he is just so funny that you don't know what to do with him. The famous incident was the screening of THE LAST COMMUNIST for the parliament members to review the ban. Expecting interviews with Chin Peng or their side of stories, the ministers were totally puzzled by the film. "It is not violent enough!" One of the minister commented. Or, other comment, "The film is too amateurish."

Chuck Stephens in Film Comment, described Amir as
"the funniest muslim filmmaker working today."

He is now working on " Do You Remember The 20th Day Of September?". On that day, Anwar Ibrahim, who had just been sacked as the deputy prime minister, was leading a thousands-strong rally that called for then prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's resignation. Anwar was arrested a few hours after. Queen Elizabeth was also in town for the Commonwealth Games. "The film would be a one-shot walking tour through Dataran Mederka, it would show the landmark architectures of Kuala Lumpur and it would boost the tourism of Malaysia." Amir said.

A one-shot documentary.

A few years ago, in his director's note of "6horts", he wrote:"There's a Saul Bellow novel in which a dog barks, and the narrator imagines it saying: "For God's sake, open up the universe a bit more!" Reader, I am that dog."


* Lips to Lips (2000)
* The Big Durian (2003) - Special citation, Dragons and Tigers Award in 2004 Vancouver International Film Festival; Special mention, New Asian Currents in 2003 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
* The Year of Living Vicariously (2005)
* Tokyo Magic Hour (2005)
* The Last Communist (Lelaki komunis terakhir) (2006)
* Village People Radio Show (2007)
* Susuk (2007)
*"Do You Remember The 20th Day Of September?

Apa Khabar Orang Kampung?

* 6horts #1: Lost (2002) - Won, Critics prize for Best Asian Digital Film in 2002 Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF)
* 6horts #2: Friday (2002)
* 6horts #3: Mona (2002)
* 6horts #4: Checkpoint (2002)
* 6horts #5: Kamunting (2002) - Won, Silver Screen Award for Best Asian Digital Short in 2003 SIFF
* 6horts #6: Pangyau (2002)
* Digital Compassion 02 (2002) (segment "Petrol-Parking")
* Wait (2004/I)

Amir in Amsterdam train station.

Interviews (Would update constantly):
Criticine - Benjamin Mckay


Get Amir Muhammad DVD here!


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