If you ask Malaysians about what they suppose brings them collectively as a group, you’ll most likely obtain ‘meals’ as a unanimous reply, and so they’re undoubtedly not fallacious. However within the shadows lie an unsung hero of Malaysian heritage that not often will get placed on the highlight, that are movies created by native filmmakers.
A former filmmaker, Bea Leong has created a tremendous initiative the place she would present our native movies at a random KL backalley for everybody to get pleasure from – and ANYONE is welcomed to affix! This can be a cinematic expertise like no different, to not point out how ‘uncooked’ it might really feel.
By the way in which, did we point out that it’s free? 😀
Bea Leong, spoke to WORLD OF BUZZ about why everybody ought to expertise it and the way she got here up with the concept.
You don’t have to pay anything for the screening!
Imagine being surrounded by gorgeous graffiti and painted murals with the sunset beaming through KL’s classic building tops, all while watching some good local flicks.
Besides chairs, the place has traditional mats or tikars for you to lounge on. But do be prepared by bringing your own just in case there’s more crowd!
That’s not all because according to Bea, attendees get a little tour of downtown KL and since the screenings take place in different locations, folks get to learn a little more about different parts of town.
Since the public doesn’t have to pay anything, how do they survive? Well, this is only sustainable because the team received a grant from Think City, who is working with DBKL to empower individuals & businesses to collectively revitalise places such as historic buildings, laneways and other public areas.
This whole project is done by the amazing BacKLane Cinema team which comprises of team behind REXKL & Filemmakers Anonymous btw!
How the it all began
One day, Bea’s friend and REXKL team member, Shin Tseng had asked her if she wanted to try anything out with the space behind his cafe (The Geographer Cafe @ Jalan Tun HS Lee). Bea had always wanted to put up ‘wayang pacak’ or portable cinemas around town, the dream also aligned with Effa from Filemmakers Anonymous which brought about the partnership, so that opportunity only seemed golden. “There is something about being outdoors watching a film, sitting on mats, instead of going to a cinema in a shopping mall.”
And thus, the idea was born.
BacKLane Cinema’s subsequent look shall be on the 13th of June (keep tuned for the placement) and shall be popping up each fortnight!
At present, this enterprise is simply based mostly within the streets of Kuala Lumpur however Bea has formatted it in such a means that anybody from wherever can use this initiative to create their very own model in different cities.
For future places, do try BacKLane Cinema’s Fb web page. Additionally, when you’re eager to volunteer, be at liberty to drop them as message too!
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