Friday, December 24, 2004

The Censorship Board's final decision.


chop, chop, chop!
Originally uploaded by yasmin the storyteller.
They're not banning "Sepet". But instead of chopping off nine parts, they've reduced it to eight.

My producer's verdict: This is a deliberate insult. To us, to our film, to Mingguan Malaysia, to the Malay Mail, and to you. If they're not going to let up on at least four of the eight cuts, we just won't release it here. Full stop. We'll try for Indonesia instead, so help us God.

But you know what? If all this bru-ha-ha is going to make the Malaysian Censorship Board realise how unfair they can be sometimes, then perhaps it's worth us losing our chances of a theatrical release here. Perhaps "Sepet" can pave the way for other films after it.

If that were the case, then at least our film may not have perished for nothing. Let's hope that it does not perish at all, inshaallah.