The launch was an emotional experience for many in the audience. For Orked, who was present at the launch, the tears flowed freely as she spoke about her beloved sister.
It is impossible not to fall under Yasmin's spell as you turn the pages of the book. You want to fall at her feet and worship this goddess. You want also to hug her tight and feel the warmth of her heart, the purity of her soul. You hope that some of it will rub onto you - this essence of Yasmin.
As you reach the last page of the book, you feel a certain closeness to Yasmin. You can almost smell her fragrance. I have never met her, but after reading all the intimate anecdotes that her friends and family share in the pages of the book, you know that Yasmin is the kakak we all wish we had, the big sister who would not mince words if we deserved a good shelling, who would be quick to hold out a caring hand if we tripped and fell.
In conjunction with the Malaysian book launch this weekend, there will be a two-day screening of Yasmin's films at Berjaya University College of Hospitality at Berjaya Times Square, Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur.
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big presentation to big shots.
All proceeds from the sales of the book, priced at RM35, and tickets at RM20 for each day, go to Mercy Malaysia for the Yasmin Ahmad Fund for children. (Do read 'A Heart of Gold' - Mercy Malaysia's first anniversary tribute to Yasmin. She was only 51 when she left us on July 25, 2009.)
Sept 8, Saturday
• 1pm, Rabun
• 3pm, Sepet
• 5pm, Gubra
Sept 9, Sunday
• 1pm, Mukhsin
• 3pm, Muallaf
• 4.30pm, Talentime
Above: Of all the heart-warming TV commercials that Yasmin directed, this was her personal favourite.
Above: Yasmin's creative work was always focused on togetherness and inclusiveness. I am sure Yasmin would want all of us to celebrate our National Day (31 August) and Malaysia Day (16 September) in the same spirit of oneness as captured in this 2008 video that she directed.
Postscript: Attended Day 2 of Yasmin's Film Fest. It turned out to be a Tear-Fest! Watched ""Mukhsin", "Muallaf" and 'Talentime'. That's me with Yasmin's younger sister, Orkid, and Jovian, editor of "How You Know?" Photo taken at the film-fest.