EDMUND YEO – The Quiet Side of Malaysian Cinema – A Video Essay

While most of the world would struggle to name a single Malaysian filmmaker, there is one that even most Malaysians don’t know of. That’s because every Edmund Yeo movie has never been shown in cinemas of his home country. In…

EDMUND YEO - The Quiet Side of Malaysian Cinema - A Video Essay

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While most of the world would struggle to name a single Malaysian filmmaker, there is one that even most Malaysians don’t know of. That’s because every Edmund Yeo movie has never been shown in cinemas of his home country.

In this video essay, we take a look at Malaysian director Edmund Yeo and his body of work, to understand the themes and social commentary he infuses into his art, and his thoughts on the filmmaking process and film culture. I hope to have convinced you that Edmund Yeo movies are essential viewing for anyone curious about a side of Malaysian culture we don’t often see on the big screen.

A big thank you to Edmund Yeo, without which this video could not have been made. Check out my hour-long chat with him here: https://youtu.be/f78-0pcyJfs

Edmund Yeo is a Malaysian film writer/director/producer. His award-winning films include short films like Kingyo, Inhalation, and Last Fragments of Winter; and full-length features like Aqerat and River of Exploding Durians. His list of accolades involve awards from the Venice Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, and Busan International Film Festival.

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Music Used
LoFi Type Beat – Blurred, Prod by Zeeky Beats, Available at https://youtu.be/O48JongCvW8

Watch Edmund Yeo short films on YouTube:
Chicken Rice Mystery (2008) https://youtu.be/m88xbvwn1TQ
Fleeting Images (2008) https://youtu.be/2bzuxVUWgu4
Kingyo (2009) https://youtu.be/Myx73HODeBQ
Love Suicides (2009) https://youtu.be/b-gvYajdxSk
Inhalation (2010) https://youtu.be/ubDJewqLGI4
Last Fragments of Winter (2011) https://youtu.be/B1S1LVjrGCY

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Environmental Protest Becomes Rallying Point in Malaysia, Liz Gooch, The New York Times, Available at https://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/19/business/global/green-movement-takes-root-in-malaysia.html

Pasir Gudang chemical poisoning: 2,775 people affected; no state of emergency for now, Channel News Asia, Available at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/pasir-gudang-chemical-poisoning-2775-people-affected-11344716

Rohingya Survivors Speak of Their Ordeals as 139 Suspected Graves Are Found in Malaysia, HANNAH BEECH / WANG KELIAN, Available at https://time.com/3895816/malaysia-human-trafficking-graves-rohingya/

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