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Maureen Perkins

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824837303

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824837303.001.0001

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Refusing the Cultural Turn: Amir Muhammad’s Politics of Surfaces

Refusing the Cultural Turn: Amir Muhammad’s Politics of Surfaces

(p.15) Refusing the Cultural Turn: Amir Muhammad’s Politics of Surfaces
Locating Life Stories

Philip Holden

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the account of Amir Muhammad, one of the new generation of filmmakers in Malaysia who have come to prominence in the last ten years, and whose cultural production has been variously defined as “indie,” “new wave,” or “alternative,” operating largely outside of state-sponsored and commercial production and distribution systems. Most of Amir's films are documentary in nature, and they are often shorter than a conventional feature film. Some of them focus on a historical event or a personage in Malaysia. For instance, The Big Durian deals with an incident in which a soldier ran amok in Kuala Lumpur on October 18, 1987 and The Last Communist narrates the life of Chin Peng, Secretary General of the Communist Party of Malaya.

Keywords:   Amir Muhammad, filmmaker, The Last Communist, The Big Durian, Malaysia

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