Amir Muhammad wrote and directed the first digital feature film in Malaysia in 2000 and has gone on to become perhaps the most controversial practitioner of independent filmmaking in the country. Unlike most filmmakers of his generation, his films are frequently non-fiction and directly address social political issues that confront Malaysia as a nation. His work has been featured in numerous film festivals including the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival. Two of his films – ‘Apa Khabar Orang Kampung’ and ‘The Last Communist’ – have been controversially banned in Malaysia. A full retrospective of his work was screened at the Pesaro Film Festival, Italy in 2008. Amir is also a renowned columnist for various publications including The Malay Mail and Off The Edge. He recently started his own publishing company Matahari Books and released a satirical collection of political quotations entitled ‘Malaysian Politicians Say The Darnest Things’ to critical and popular acclaim.
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