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  • Genre: Docu-drama
  • Language: English/Malay/Cantonese
  • Directed by: Amir Muhammad
  • Shooting format: DVCAM
  • Duration: 75 mins
  • Year of Production: 2003
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16th Singapore International Film Festival
5th Cinemaya Asian Film Festival ( India )
5th Makati Cinemanila (Philipines)
Yamagata International Documentary Festival
Hawaii International Film Festival
International Documentary Festival Amsterdam

Sundance Film Festival
Bangkok International Film Festival
6th Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente
28th Hong Kong International Film Festival
5th Jeonju International Film Festival
3rd Commonwealth Film Festival
25th Durban  International Film Festival
6th Docudays Beirut International 2004: Documentary Festival


2003 Yamagata International Documentary Festival
New Asian Current Awards (Special Mention)

The Big Durian received the Ogawa Shinsuke - Special Mention prize (New Asian Current Awards) at the recent Yamagata International Film Festival, Japan . The jury citation reads:

"While taking up a historical incident of superficially little relevance, the film reveals a deep social consciousness through a non-serious filmic style. The director uses his eccentric imagination and variety; full means of expression to reach a politically apathetic young audience."

The Big Durian picks up the Special Mention award at the recent 23 rd Vancouver International Film Festival ( Dragons & Tigers). The award is given to a first or second feature.

"For its witty and unusual handling of an incident which ultimately allows deep insights intothe racial tensions in Malaysian society."

On 18 October 1987, a soldier went on a murderous amok with an M-16 in Kuala Lumpur 's Chow Kit district. Due to circumstances peculiar to the time and place, this became the trigger for a citywide panic amid rumours of racial riots. Nine days later marked the start of an infamous Internal Security Act clampdown, "Operation Lalang." The subsequent months also saw a certain shift in the Malaysian public's perceptions of the police, media, judiciary, royalty and political process. The Big Durian is a fiction/documentary hybrid in which 23 Malaysians (some real, some fictitious) talk about how the chain of events affected them ... or not.

Farish A. Noor, Ghafir Akbar, Patrick Teoh, Anne James, Jo Kukathas, Low Ngai Yuen, Namron, Rashid Salleh, Salleh Ben Joned

Screenplay by: Amir Muhammad
Producer: James Lee
Executive producers: Rogayah Shahariman & Sylvia Tan
Associate producer: Lina Tan
Music: Hardesh Singh
Director of Photography: Woo Ming Jin
Animation: Deepak Kumaran Menon
















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