Monday, May 26, 2008

"Mukhsin" specially selected for screening in MoMA, New York.

"Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world.

The Museum of Modern Art manifests this commitment by establishing, preserving, and documenting a permanent collection of the highest order that reflects the vitality, complexity and unfolding patterns of modern and contemporary art.

Central to The Museum of Modern Art’s mission is the encouragement of an ever-deeper understanding and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art by the diverse local, national, and international audiences that it serves."

Starting May 28th, "Mukhsin", along with "Ling yi Ban" from China and "Senkyo" from Japan, will be screened at the museum, as part of a special program called "ContemporAsian".

Only three films were chosen from the whole Asia. Which, to me, is both an honour and a blessing, alhamdulillah.

Here's how they described me and our film. It's quite cute.

"Called the Godmother of the new Malaysian digital cinema, Yasmin Ahmad creates films that draw from experiences close to her own life.

Her Orked trilogy is set in the world of today's most culturally diverse societies—providing ample opportunity for conflicts of color and creed, prejudice and taboo.

Mukhsin, the third film in the trilogy (but the earliest in the story's chronology), portrays the filmmaker's alter ego, Orked, and her best friend, a boy named Mukhsin, as they enter adolescence and their relationship changes character.

Portrayed with deep humanism and a liberating sense of humor, Mukhsin completes the trilogy's multidimensional portrait of a woman from childhood to adolescence to marriage."

Not bad for a film that was described by last year's chairman of the jury at Festival Filem Malaysia as "filem yang tak ada pembaharuan".

What can I say? Allah is great.