Talentime (Malaysia)

May 14, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Center for Korean Studies, 1881 East-West Road Add to Calendar

Talentime | Malaysia (2009, 120 min) Malay, Tamil, English w/English subtitles | Director: Yasmin Ahmad

Movies and TV shows about the high school experience often share a handful of common themes and story-lines. From young love, to clique clashes, to teachers both good and bad… it seems teenagers experience the same highs and lows regardless of geography. Which brings us to that venerable Malaysian high school institution… the talent show. Students and teachers vie for spots in the annual show, and while some of the latter provide comic relief in their auditions two students in particular have more serious intentions and talents.

There are plenty of laughs to be sure, but there’s also some heavy emotions. A death leads to strong commentary on the wasteful ridiculousness of fighting over religious, cultural, and social differences. Those differences also play into a painful clash between two of the families over a budding romance as well as some biting comments about class distinctions. And a second death leads to a final scene that’s as emotional as it is beautiful. | Rob Hunter, filmschoolrejects.com | This is the final film of the semester. See you all again in the Fall!

Ticket Information
Free and open to the public

Event Sponsor
Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Mānoa Campus

More Information
956-2688, cseas@hawaii.edu, http://cseashawaii.org

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