Sunday, July 26, 2009

Good Bye Yasmin Ahmad

Time: 4:05 a.m.
Venue: Home
Mood: kinda sad?
Currently: just found out that Yasmin Ahmad passed away.

again, i was blog-hopping, till i reach U-Jean's blog. Yasmin Ahmad passed away? quoting;

Yasmin Ahmad dies

KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 —Renowned film and advertising director Yasmin Ahmad died here at about 11.25 pm last night.

Her death was confirmed by Media Prime Group Chief Operations Officer Datuk Seri Ahmad Farid Ridzuan, who was at the Damansara Specialist Hospital, when contacted by Bernama.

Yasmin, 51, collapsed while presenting a working paper at Sri Pentas, the headquarters of the private television station TV3 on Thursday and was rushed to the Damnsara Specialists Hospital.

She was reported to have suffered a stroke and brain haemorrhage - Bernama

    A brief background of Yasmin Ahmad, for those who don't know her.

    Yasmin Ahmad (1958 - 2009) was a critically-acclaimed multi-award winning film director, writer and scriptwriter from Malaysia and was also the executive creative director at Leo Burnett Kuala Lumpur. Her television commercials and films are well-known in Malaysia for their humour, heart and love that crosses cross-cultural barriers, in particular her ads for Petronas, the national oil and gas company. Her works have won multiple awards both within Malaysia and internationally.

    A graduate in arts majoring in politics and psychology[2] from a British university[3], she worked as a trainee banker in 1982 for two weeks. After that she worked for IBM as a marketing representative while moonlighting as a blues singer and pianist by night. Yasmin began her career in advertising as a copywriter at Ogilvy & Mather. In 1993 she moved to Leo Burnett as joint creative director with Ali Mohammed and eventually rising to executive creative director at Leo Burnett Kuala Lumpur.

    Her first film was Rabun in 2002. Yasmin's films have won many international awards and praise from the critics and public alike. Most of her films have been screened at the Berlin, San Francisco, Singapore and Cannes (film market) international film festivals. Her films were featured in a special retrospective[4] at the 19th Tokyo International Film Festival in October 2006. An April 2007 retrospective[5] of her feature films was sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Hawaii, and the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

    She suffered a stroke and was admitted to hospital. She was pronounced dead at 11.25 p.m, 25th July 2009.

    source: Wikipedia

    oh well, she went to my dream school. but she went to the Honolulu branch. i wanna go to San Francissco branch. anyway, i do respect her work. i'm not saying this because she's gone. but i said this because i studied her film. awesome lady.



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