Yasmin Ahmad passed away on the 25th of July 2009 at the age of 51.
Yasmin was an internationally renowned filmmaker. Her TV commercials won multiple awards throughout the world. Her feature films were screened or competed in international film festivals such as San Francisco, Berlin, Hong Kong, Singapore and Busan. In 2006, Tokyo International Film Festival honored her by featuring all her films in a special retrospective program. Her hitherto most popular feature film – ‘Sepet’ – became an instant classic of Malaysian cinema when it was released in 2004. Often based on recurring themes of youthful love in the face racial or religious intolerance, Yasmin’s films were occasionally controversial, often thought provoking, but always beautiful and humane. Deeply loved for her vivacious personality as much as her humanistic vision of Malaysia, an entire nation mourned when she died. Yasmin was the most important filmmaker in Malaysia for generations. She is missed by millions of Malaysians.
‘Chocolate’ was her last film.
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