Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Gasp! Exactly one week before "Muallaf" opens in Singapore, on the 27th of November.
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.