Bukak Api – Banned Movie
Posted February 4, 2007on:
This brave Malaysian movie (with English subtitles) has been featured in many film festivals locally and abroad, but deem to be unsuitable for the home audience for telling too many home truths and showing the reality of Kuala Lumpur ‘s nightlife. It’s a documentary-style slice of life plot based on actual accounts of transsexual sex workers told in a series of episodes. Through the myriad of characters, we are introduced to Chow Kit and the colourful sex worker community in Kuala Lumpur.
The story revolves around a small group of transsexual sex workers under the care of Kak Su, a semi-retired “mamasan” who runs a tailor workshop in Kuala Lumpur’s red-light Chow Kit district. She looks after the girls in her area as best as she can. Together they deal with the challenges of being sex workers in a very traditional society, where police raids are frequent occurrences, and hormone treatments, drug use, brutality, abusive customers, HIV/AIDS awareness and deep religious guilt are part of the lifestyle – a subculture of squalor and glamour filled with contradictions and hypocrisy. Rejected by their families, they depend on each other, where friends are the only people one can trust and where only love and affection can fuel community spirit and action.
A hard, depressing, unflinching look at the lives of Kuala Lumpur’s sex worker community, particularly transsexuals – “BUKAK API” is a movie likely to make you ponder about our home truths!
Bukak Api is proudly brought to you by PT Foundation, and is the first film directed by acclaimed film director,Osman Ali. Most of the cast members are volunteers of PT Foundation.
(contain an explicit contents..watch at your own risk)
**er…mmg panaz..x sangka director malaysia wat filem camnih..huhu…