Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Gasp! Exactly one week before "Muallaf" opens in Singapore, on the 27th of November.


muallaf opening

Before the first opening credits of "Muallaf" appear, before you even hear any sound, these Chinese words fade on, on the extreme right of the screen, quietly, white characters against black.

That's the time my heart started pounding when I saw the film on big screen, for the very first time, at the Pusan International Film Festival in Korea.

Almost throughout the film, my eyes stayed fixed to the screen. Occasionally, my gaze would dart around the cinema theatre, whenever there was the slightest cough or clearing of throat, at the remotest corner of that dark hall.

At the end of the screening, there was applause. I heaved a sigh of relief. (I was told that at the Tokyo International Film Festival, where "Muallaf" won a prize, the applause went on for quite a while.)

Soon, these moments will arrive in Singapore, inshaallah. And my heart starts to pound again, just thinking about it.

May Allah bless our little film. Ameen, ya rabbal aalameen.

63 comments:

amethyst said...

i wish i could be there

ladyM said...

dont worry too much kak yasmin...stay cool and all the best for the opening day...

yasmin said...

i won't be there on the 27th, ladyM. but inshaallah i'll be attending the 1pm, 3pm and 5pm screenings on saturday the 29th.

yunosar said...

Very minimilist and deep. Muallaf will do great! dont worry..we'll pray for you.

an--ew said...

good luck yasmin,..
may the film generates waves...

Ja said...

Yeah.....orang singapore pon tgh countdown nie!!! Its next week! WeEeEee~

fei.pang said...

Kak yasmin,

Such a pity I can't make it for the Saturday shows! =(

Are you still coming for the 1pm show on Sunday?

Pang

andy gomes said...

i've been looking forward to muallaf since the day i found out that kak nani shaved her head for that role. bila nak release kat malaysia? dah terdesak ni....haha=0
by the way kak min, are you in singapore now in conjunction with the movie's release=) no grand opening at malaysia izzit. i will surely be there=0

Anonymous said...

the success of muallaf is because it's such true that's never been done before

Dandelinoid...... said...

x wat screening kat korea ke kak yasmin...

pasti tayangan 1st day kalau ada disini...

Jumping Jane. said...

MasyaAllah, how long would it be screened kat Temasik Aunt Min? I wanna go there to watch, after my finals though. InsyaAllah.

kokoro said...

hello kak yasmin ahmad,i really cant wait to watch this movie!! and thank u so much for coming down to s'pore and let us watch ur film.

so if you attend the screening,does that mean you'll be watching the movie with the audience too?

lionel said...

muallaf will do fine considering all your movies did great as well. really wish we'd be able to catch muallaf here.

kokoro said...

so this is ur new blog no wonder i left a comment on the old blog there's no reply.
i was talking bout how 'wasurenagusa' film sounds interesting and there's a slightly similar story bout this women who was born during the ww2.her mom is chinese father japanese soldier i watch on tv it's based on true story.
will it be ok for me to tell you these stories?

Anonymous said...

Hi Yasmin,

I am certain the audience in Sing will enjoy it thoroughly as I did in Amsterdam....

I still think (besides the deep and thought provking message) cinematographically, Muallaf is stunningly poetic.

Did you get my text messages? Sorry to have missed you at Sepet (I came to watch the Sunday am show). was 1 of 3 who were bonkers enough to get up to go to the cinema on a Sunday morning.

glad I am bonkers. glad I went!
Hope all is well at your end.

Love. Nina (not so Beautiful) in Amsterdam

@znur said...

I am SO gonna be there on sat to watch this movie! :)

yasmin said...

salaam, all.

yes, fei.pang, i plan to be there on sunday too.

kokoro, yes, i would like to watch the movie with the audience!

nina!!! i miss amsterdam!!!

see u there @znur!

nikamir said...

best lah dapat pusan! now muallaf will be hot stuff throughout the whole of Asia! hopefully. Malaysians are missing out yet again.

nhr said...

Can't wait for the opening for the movie! but I think I'll wait till the 29th so I have a chance to meet you. :D

kamal said...

it would be great

The Yoga Instructor said...

Dearest Yasmin,

I love you.
And love is an understatement.

I admire you for making me not ashamed of having been going to the cinemas again to watch Malay movies (although I had to walk out on Senario The Movie and Jangan Pandang Belakang after 15 minutes. God knows, I tried).

I thank you for portraying Malaysia beautifully in your ads, for capturing beautiful Malay values in your movies, that I am not proud to say - most of the time more beautiful on silverscreen than what we know happening and for making lines from Malay movies memorable again.

I am a Malay Muslim (soon to be banned?) yoga teacher in KL that's having the trial time of my life by MY own people that can't seem to stop keeeeeeep telling me (in my blog) ways to 'be a good Muslim' by listening to our Muftis, to cover up, to not live with non-Muhrim when all I am trying to do is, to 'be a good person' with big dreams to make Malaysians look better and live longer.

(I am) On the brink of giving up 'blogging' (before I become the words they have been putting in my mouth),

I thank you for lending me some strength from meaningful quotes you often paste here, for your lovely words and wonderful insights and for many more inspirations you never know.

Thank you.
May God bless us all and forgive all cruelty we have done to each other.


Peace, love and light,
Ninie Ahmad
http://theyogainstructordiaries.blogspot.com

yasmin said...

gosh, ninie. i don't know what to say. i wish i knew what rasulullah s.a.w would have to say about your yoga and my films.

someone wrote on my blog that i had no right to utter the words "alhamdulillah" because i don't wear the hijjab. i told them if i can't say those words, than i can't recite the fatihah, and if i can't recite the fatihah, then i can't do my solat, and if i can't do my solat, i'd be very, very sad and lost.

why do they judge people so easily? do they think they will gain allah's pleasure by condemning a fellow muslim like that? and why do they always comment anonymously?

oh well, allah knows best.

i read in al-baqarah that there will be many who will say they believe and worship allah, but in truth, they don't. and they don't even know that they don't believe! na'uzubillah. was the koran referring to these people?

allah knows best.

ZARA 札拉 [사랑해~] said...

Salam...

kak min!
That's must be one of the precious moments right?

To see people appreciate what u've done and share that with others.

Oh My....
I do want to go, but the schedule...but, don't worry, I already asked my friend who really crave on your films go there and take your photos and autographs (perhaps) for me...

Good luck Kak Min...

May ALLAH bless u!

kokoro said...

oh kak yasmin that would be wonderful!! super excited bout the movie and hopefully get to meet you!

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iYus said...

Assalammualaikum, Bu Yasmin.
Saya di Jakarta. Saya nonton Gubra di Astro Kirana. I was very impressed. Later I found that there's your other film : Sepet. Saya titip teman yang di Kuala Lumpur untuk membelikan saya DVD Sepet dan Gubra. He bought me Mukhsin also. I have to say, those are my favorite movies.
Saya mau tanya, Bu Yasmin. Your films are very very very great. Why don't you promote them in Indonesia ? Why can't I find DVD of your films in Jakarta ?

Hope I can see your movie in pawagam here. Can't wait for that day. Thank you.

faiezspeaks said...

Yasmin! Me, again... the Malaysian you met during Muallaf showing in Amsterdam! (yes, the one who shamelessly accept your drink coupons :P)

Just to let you know, I can't keep Muallaf out of my head! The impact wasn't as soon as I finished watching the movie, the impact came later... when I'm alone, with myself and had the chance to think. It was beautiful and meaningful, it was such a liberation.

It's only right you won the award for Muallaf. All the best to you, may God give u strength and good health to continue inspire us with your films!

:)

kokoro said...

hi kak yasmin on sat if there's a autograph session,would you mind telling me your fave poetry book or anything that you recommend so that you can sign on it and that i will think of you when i read it.
sorry for asking too much qns!

andy gomes said...

dear kak yasmin,
i dont believe in luck and so...i will wish you all the best n may the blessings of God be upon you n your new movie. (i only believe in god's blessings). i have a question about gubra.....i personally think that the scene when kiah actually said "saya tak perlu buat kerja ini dah, kak mas' was the best scene in the movie but what happened to her later. did she die???....curious.

andy gomes said...

dear kak yasmin,
i dont believe in luck and so...i will wish you all the best n may the blessings of God be upon you n your new movie. (i only believe in god's blessings). i have a question about gubra.....i personally think that the scene when kiah actually said "saya tak perlu buat kerja ini dah, kak mas' was the best scene in the movie but what happened to her later. did she die???....curious.

chico said...

talk about no more yoga for muslims..
so sad..it's like my fellow indian friends cannot eat chinese fried rice and my malay neighbours no longer allowed to visit my house during chinese new year..

ZuL said...

salam..aunty yasmin

fistly when i see muallaf release date on 27 november 2008..i thought it is the malaysian relase....somehow just planning with my friends to watch it several times in order to spends our time during our university semester break...now actually it will only relase in singapore...even utusan malaysia quoted you that you even know date for malaysian release date.

very dissappointed la..cannot see muallaf in my own country...

what happen lah with this country...first politics now films...and after that what??..economy??

i hope aunty yasmin, you will give your best ever efforts to bring muallaf here so i can become the first audience on 11 am at tgv klcc to watch it...

salam,

Syarifah said...

Ms Yasmin,

What do those chinese characters mean? my mandarin is reaaallly bad, I can only identify one character (bu4) but not the rest. lol!

Really excited to watch your show on Sunday. too bad I've got exams before then, can't be apart of the crowd that gets to see it first on the 27th. Orang OZ pun nak turun watch the show with me! I think your films dah berhijrah there too...

lhp said...

Advance online ticketing is now open!

You need a valid credit card or debit card to secure your seat(s).

Please go to http://tickets.cathay.com.sg/index.aspx

yasmin said...

the chinese characters mean "in the name of god, the most compassionate, most merciful"

SAICHI said...

i cant wait for muallaf to be shown here and ur new Talentime if i wasnt mistaken.even my sister in dubai keep asking me whether Muallaf is out on cinemas(bless her)BTW,all of your film from sepet to mukhsin are so deep in meaning. and there's certan parts that i cant seems to understand the underlying meaning behind the act.if i could only ask you myself. but they're awesome. u've done a brillaiant work.

Jia E said...

sigh... we can't even enjoy 'Malaysian' film in Malaysia...

apiz said...

u've done fantastic job... can't wait to watch muallaf... wishing u all the best n hope more wonderfull movie on d way... :)

SER said...

WARGH!!!!! NAK TENGOK!!!!! Watched the trailer kat youtube, but somehow, tried to increase the volume to maximum pun macam tak boleh dengar =( tak puas!

pleaaaaseeeeee pleeeeaaaseeeeee usahakan? =D

(nothingness) said...

finally! the release is getting close!

in the film ... ani and ana - there was a scene where they went to bed, and they seemed so alone. but in fact they really were loved by so many, some who would even unexpectedly risk their lives for the girls.

perhaps love made them stronger people? or perhaps they've always been strong because they are kind and loving? i'm not sure, but that was a powerful scene.

enjoy the film!

Jumping Jane. said...

aw aunt Min, i just realized something, you have finally see yourself a filmmaker. remember when u asked us how would one consider him/herself as a filmmaker?

one giant leap! :)

YTSL said...

And what if one is in Hong Kong? Kak Yasmin, was hoping to see MUALLAF at the recent HK Asian Film Festival and on-going HK Asian Independent Film Festival but no luck. Will it appear at next year's HK International Film Festival? Sure hope so!

YTSL said...

P.S. Where can one get (legit) DVDs of your films in Hong Kong? Ho Yuhang's RAIN DOGS is available in many places but, alas, none of your films that I can see... :S

lhp said...

http://www.moviexclusive.com/review/muallaf/muallaf.htm

hamzah said...

salam kak Yasmin..don't worry about what other might said..about you and your films..about you and islam...as long as the quran is your guidance..then you should be safe...insyallah...most of them just said something without reffering to the quran...just based on their own thought and what they heard instead of what they read in the quran...well take care..ALHAMDULILAH FOR MALYSIA FILM INDUSTRY TO HAVE A HUMBLE PERSON LIKE YOU...ALHAMDULILAH and salam

Jun said...

Dear Kak Min ,

love you always , kak ..

my family and i never cease to pray for your safe being and good health ..

alhamdulillah and congratulations for "Muallaf" dear kak.

Jun

Anonymous said...

i can't wait to watch muallaf...i just adore ur movie...

Anonymous said...

Hey kak min! just wana ask, will nani be there too on the 29th?

Taufik Shukri said...

assalam alaikum

semoga Allah merahmati kalian semua..
muallaf = saudara baru muslim
saya tak sabar nak tonton filem ini. moga ada dakwah dalam filem ini dapat tarik kawan-kawan kita jadi saudara baru muslim.
insha Allah

yasmin said...

nani will be there on saturday, inshaallah

andy boy said...

kak min,
people of singapore are exited.
malaysians on the other hand.... we will only have to wait and stare with green eyes...hahaha. kenapa tak release kat malaysia dulu? are you facing problems with the censorship board again? orang- orang kita kan kolot sikit=)

andy boy said...

kak min,
it's me... andy gomes (not andy boy). people of singapore are exited.
malaysians on the other hand.... we will only have to wait and stare with green eyes...hahaha. kenapa tak release kat malaysia dulu? are you facing problems with the censorship board again? orang- orang kita kan kolot sikit=)

andy boy said...

kak yasmin,
lupa nak bagitahu... yesterday i auditioned for a role in this non-commercial movie that will be premiered at a "festival film"... so said the casting director. he also said that great directors (including you) will be watching it when its released. so just in case i landed a role... dont forget to watch it ok. i'm looking forward to some constructive criticism.

yasmin said...

salaam, jun and hamzah.

sometimes some folks come in here with the intention of hurting or insulting me. but when i get comments like yours, sejuk sikit hati. thank you. alhamdulillah.

andy boy said...

kak yasmin... are you online?

the Razzler said...

Kak Min ..

I am sure "Muallaf" will be another success story in Singapore!! :) :)

yasmin said...

inshaallah.

cerebrator said...

I look forward to the film and meeting you in person.

Timely too.. my exam's over by this weekend! Wooo!

Thank you!

kirana said...

hi kak yasmin, will you be attending the screening on 30th? if yes, which show?

yasmin said...

kirana, i'll be attending the 1pm show, inshaallah. and sharifah will be there too.

kirana said...

kak yasmin, that's great! luv sharifah!

Al-Majnun said...

Salam,

Am a fan of the film from singapore... just caught it, and masya Allah, i teared many a times just seeing how you weave the whole concept of love, and forgiveness and openness of Islam... although the movie is not about Islam per se, I believe the sentiments about how pure and simple the religion is, and how it shares the many universal tenets of peace, love and forgiveness with other religions was very well-portrayed...

thank you for this wonderful feast for the eyes and heart... and may Allah bless your efforts at da'wah...

thered said...

Hi Kak Yasmin, i'm ur new fans after watching some of your previous works especially Sepet as strongly recommended by my friends.

In short, i just would like you to know that, as a Malaysian myself while working in S'pore, am very proud of you. I hope that you could produce more film like the one of Sepet asap. Looking forward to talk to you again....God blessed.