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This paper presents an overview of Malaysia's emergent independent film industry, which draws from the rich cultural influences that exist in this nation. The paper examines the industry's roots in Malaysia and outside factors that impacted its development, such as movies from India. Then it shows how various ethnic groups in Malaysia have pushed directly or indirectly for independent films that are not necessarily in the Malaysian language. In fact, the paper draws parallels between the need for independent film and the lack of political awareness regarding the needs of ethnic minorities in the country. Independent film is described as a way for these groups to freely express themselves in their own languages. The paper concludes by stating that the cinematic boom which has emerged in recent years suggests a positive outlook on responding to various divides in Malaysian society.
From the Paper:"Still, the cinematic boom which has emerged in recent years suggests a positive outlook on responding to such divides. During an interview, one of the leading figures in Malaysia's current independent film boom, director Amir Muhammad would comment on the unique disposition taken by many young directors in addressing core social and civil conflicts. Its history of colonial occupation and, subsequently, its flirtations with ethnic conflict, would be measured by a relative long-term stability. This balance is approached with critical regard but some degree of emotional restraint which suggests an independence derived less from sociological and political impetus than from a mere need for expression."
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Cite this Descriptive Essay:
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