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PRESS STATEMENT/KENYATAAN AKHBAR
(Singapore Screening Jan 2000)

DARI JEMAPOH KE MANCHESTEÉ ( Dari Jemapoh Ke Manchesteé) opens for
midnight screening at PRINCESS BEDUK CINEMA and CAUSEWAY POINT
WOODLANDS in SINGAPORE.

PRINCESS CINEMA BEDUK
Friday 7th Jan at 11.45 pm
Saturday 8th Jan at 5.00 – 11.45 pm
Sunday 9th Jan at 5.00pm

CAUSEWAY POINT WOODLANDS
Sunday 9th Jan at 9.00pm

GENERAL SCREENING BEGINS ON 13th January 2000

VERSION ORIGINAL/ DIRECTOR’s CUT WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLE

DARI JEMAPOH KE MANCHESTEÉ is a debut road movie by Hishamuddin Rais.

Constructed within the classical road movie genre, this film takes the audience into the hopes, dreams and desire of the today’s youth. A Malaysian film by birth but Dari Jemapoh, narrative wise could be identified from rural Kuala Pilah, to urbane Absolut sipping Swedes in Stockholm, to post-Berlin Wall youth in Munich, to well discipline 12–storey-HDB-youth in Singapore or to the radical chic youth of post Suharto Jakarta.

Malaysian tropical landscape is exploited cinematically to give the ambience of hope and freedom. Without sounding over pretentious this film is about the young people everywhere. Youthful folly, quirky and at times black humor are used to blend the serious issue raised by Hishamuddin Rais.

“I made this film as part of paying my homage to the Malaysian youth. I left the country for twenty years. When I came back home I tried to recapture some of the images and sound of the seventies. I am not looking for some nostalgic moments nor searching for my lost youth. DARI JEMAPOH KE MANCHESTEÉ is about living and hoping that things could change for the better if we work hard enough.”

Made with low budget tradition with borrowed money with hope as our collateral.

This film has a World Premier at the 11th Singapore Film Festival. It has gone to various international festivals around the world. Again we have chosen Singapore as the vanue for general public screening. The current political and cultural climate in Malaysia before the general election was considered not economically conducive for showing any local made film.

DARI JEMAPOH KE MANCHESTEÉ is scheduled for general screening in Malaysia sometime around March this year.

“I sincerely hope the Singaporean audiences both the young and not the so young could enjoy my film. Infact one of my main character, LINI is a Singaporean rocker. It was by design that I wrote this character to reflects the influence of Singaporean Pop Yeah Yeah of the sixties generation on the Peninsula Malaysia. Infact, I have chosen Kassim Selamat and The Swallows, a Singaporean rock band of the sixties to have a cameo role in my film. I was heavily influence by The Swallows. La Obe by The Swallows is the theme song for my film. La Obe was the first rock sound from the Pop Yeah Yeah generation to reach the German top chart in 1966.

As a continuation of our close cultural relationship I have taken the underground-grungy sound of Force Vomit, a contemporary Singaporean underground rock band. The film has an English subtitles”

“The Youth Is Striking Back – they wanted their space. DARI JEMAPOH KE MANCHESTEÉ is a cinematic space for every on to enjoy the visual pleasure”.

   

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