When you watch a film, the way you consume and process it depends on your personal perspective, beliefs and cultural background. Basically, it is something very subjective.
So when I watched film auteur Liew Seng Tat’s latest feature film ‘Lelaki Harapan Dunia’, my opinion of it might not be as objective as others because I have been friends with him for more than a decade.
We started making short films at the same time and we have even worked on films together where we commented on the environment that we live in, our beautiful country of Malaysia.
We are good friends. He was even my ‘pengapit’ when I got married, looking very handsome in a Johor teluk belanga baju Melayu and songket. He played the role well delving into the culture of my ethnicity.
He has been fascinated with Malaysian culture, and told me many stories about Malay culture that even I have never known. I am not his only Malay friend. He has many.
When he followed me back to my father’s hometown in Muar, I brought him to see my late aunty’s house which is considered one of the last traditional Bugis houses in the country. He was very fascinated.
So it was no wonder he decided to make the film ‘Lelaki Harapan Dunia’ which is about a small Malay kampung whose villagers wanted to lift a kampung house as a gift for a newly married couple to build a home.
Seng Tat was influenced by the old and extinct Malay tradition of ‘angkat rumah’ where many years ago, when villagers wanted to move house, they literally moved their house, with the help of the entire kampung of course. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]