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Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysian director of such films as Sepet (2004) and Mukshin (2007), died recently and suddenly. She seems to have been described variously and ‘controversial’ and ‘sentimental’, but this seems to be because she told Malaysian stories with characters reaching beyond the usual categories of race and culture. I’ve not seen all her films, but to know there will be no more is stark and sad.

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[image: James Lee, ‘Yasmin Ahmad – filmmaker. Sepetang, Perak 13th October 2005’]

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You can get a sense of her voice by reading her blogs, The Storyteller and The Storyteller Pt 2.

There are also a couple of interviews available as podcasts from The Centre for South East Asian Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, which you can also find by searching for ‘Yasmin Ahmad’ on iTunes.