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Ipoh Museum Immortalizes Yasmin Ahmad’s Legacy

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Five years after her passing, the spirit and legacy of legendary local filmmaker Yasmin Ahmad will be commemorated in one of her most beloved cities, in the form of the Yasmin at Kong Heng space here.

The space, opening its doors for the first time on 18 Oct., will celebrate Yasmin’s remarkable body of work in the form of her photography, filmography, as well as creations devoted to her by other artists.

Organising committee chairman David Lok said it was a natural choice to pick Ipoh as the site for the museum, as Yasmin held great love of Ipoh, and filmed many of her movies in the city.

“Given the fact that many of her films were shot there, we feel the people of Ipoh will be pleased to have a museum in their town honouring Yasmin.

Besides the space itself, there are also ongoing plans to create an ‘Augmented Reality’ series for the museum, using the city’s landmarks where Yasmin shot her movies — such as the state mosque, the Ipoh railway station, the Datuk Sagor food court and SMK St Michael’s Institution — featured in films like Muallaf (2008) and Talentime (2009).

All the landmarks are near the museum.

Lok said the theme of the museum, much like Yasmin’s personality, was evolving, but stressed the facility was dedicated to getting a “feel” of what was important to Yasmin via her films, TV commercials and her life.

The Yasmin at Kong Heng space is at 89-91, Old Block Apartments on Jalan Sultan Yussuf, and is open from 10am to 6pm on weekends.

Admission for children under 12 is free, while entry for adults is subject to a minimum donation of RM3 for maintenance costs.-The Malay Mail Online

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