The filmmaker Yasmin Ahmad touched the hearts of many Malaysians with her films and TV commercials. Since her death five years ago, her family and friends have worked to celebrate her life and work – first through the publication of a book, and then the opening of a museum at Kong Heng, Ipoh.
On Saturday 15 November, the museum will host a festival of music and readings. There is also an exhibition curated by artist Stanley Wong, who was a friend of the filmmaker. Special guests include Yasmin’s parents and the actress Sharifah Amani. On Sunday 16 November, there will be a screening of Yasmin’s films.
According to Jovian Lee, one of the organising team behind the festival and the museum, the idea to open to space at Kong Heng came from Yasmin’s mother. The museum is dedicated to Yasmin’s life and work, spanning photography, film, scripts and more. However, it will also showcase the artwork of others. “It’s not a museum like a regular museum,” says Jovian. “It’s intended to be a place of inspiration.”
Ipoh was chosen as a location for the museum because of the filmmaker’s love for the small town, which she also turned to as a filming location. One of the future plans for Yasmin at Kong Heng is to introduce an augmented reality tour of these film locations in Ipoh. Currently, a selection of Yasmin’s quotes are displayed at Plan B, Kong Heng.
The festival runs from 11am – 4pm on 15 and 16 November. The museum is open throughout the year on Saturdays and Sundays, 10am – 4pm.
Yasmin at Kong Heng, Old Block Apartments, Jalan Sultan Yussuf, Ipoh. Find out more here.