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Making film, history and heritage

The government has allocated a sum of RM15 million for the sole purpose of encouraging Malaysians to make films of ‘national interest’.

According to a Bernama report, Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Shafie Apdal said that this film project would ‘serve to contribute to the enhancement of national unity and celebrate the many human tales and case studies of courage and endeavour’.

Noble aims, but the underlying and crucial questions here are, whose ‘national interest’ would be served, and whose history and cultural heritage would these films be expected to foreground?

Additionally, it would be interesting to know the composition of the selection panel of experts or group that is expected to address questions such as the above. 

 

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 (Bernama) — The Government has approved the setting-up of a RM15 million fund for the making of films of national interest, said Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.

“We believe that support should be given for the production of films with historical, cultural and heritage themes,” he said in his speech at the welcoming night of the 2nd Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival (KLIFF 2008), here Wednesday night.

Shafie said the development would also serve to contribute to the enhancement of national unity and celebrate the many human tales and case studies of courage and endeavour.

This development alone will increase the local investment for the production of films by at least 40 percent,” he said.

He said within the next three years, it was estimated that the Malaysian film industry would produce no less than 35 mainstream feature films a year.

“This figure does not include the increasing number of digital films, short films, documentaries and animation movies that are coming online due to the increasing demand from various televisions stations and satellite TV,” he said.

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