Nasir Jani Melawan Lembaga Puaka (2020)

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Nasir Jani Melawan Lembaga Puaka (2020)

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Director – Arian Md Zahari

Malaysia | Documentary | Malay with English subtitles | 23 mins

Political documentary Nasir Jani Melawan Lembaga Puaka follows the cult-filmmaker of ‘Kembara Seniman Jalanan’ on his reflective journey looking at the complex culture of censorship in Malaysia. In particular 1992, the year rock musicians were give the short shrift- literally having their hair cropped on stage. Live on-air. What truly went on behind the scenes of this most shocking event in nineties Malaysia, affected the creative output of Nasir Jani in the succeeding years. This intertwining of Mahathirism in its formative period to the ironic culture of authoritarianism – this documentary visualises multiple perspectives of upcoming filmmakers, Amanda Nell Eu and Steven Sarathbabu, grappling and negotiating with the logic of censorship and what goes on behind it.

92’. Rockers menangis. Langsung dari kaca tivi. Apa yang berlaku di sebalik peristiwa awal 90-an yang cukup mengejutkan di Malaysia ini sekaligus memberi kesan kepada pengkaryaan Nasir Jani pada tahun-tahun berikutnya? Dokumentari ‘Kembara Nasir Jani Melawan Lembaga Puaka’ mengekor perjalanan pembikin filem-kultus ‘Kembara Seniman Jalanan’ ini dalam merenung kompleksnya budaya penapisan di Malaysia. Pertembungan Mahathirisme di awal-awal pemerintahannya sehinggalah budaya autoritarian yang cukup ironis, dokumentari ini juga menanggapi perspektif rencam dari pembikin filem muda, Amanda Nell Eu dan Steven Sarathbabu yang bergelut dan menggelecek dengan logik penapisan serta apa yang berlaku di baliknya.