Monday, 23 February 2009
Off to Mexico
This week, four of us will be flying the flag at FICCO in Mexico City, which is having a focus on recent Malaysian cinema by showing 14 feature-length films, including three of my oddball documentaries: The Big Durian, Lelaki Komunis Terakhir and Apa Khabar Orang Kampung. Sharifah Amani, Liew Seng Tat and Khoo Eng Yow will be there, too.
This will be the longest flight of my life (30 hours, including two stopovers) but I decided to go for it because I just love being surrounded by the Spanish language! Swoon!
As is usually the case whenever a foreign festival wants to spotlight Malaysian cinema, no cooperation at all was received from the Malaysian embassy. This is in marked contrast to how the embassies of, say, Thailand, Indonesia and especially Singapore operate. Oh well. It's a good thing the festival managed to get their own sponsors. So there's no reason to gripe :-)
This is one of my favourite Spanish songs (the singer is actually Brazilian):
Unfortunately the video seems to cut off; luckily I have the original double CD of his Greatest Hits!