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M’sian wins New Talent Award

A MALAYSIAN filmmaker has been recognised as one of the best new directors at the National Film Festival For Talented Youth in the United States, reported Sin Chew Daily.

Mickey Lai, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting (Hons) from Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, was presented with the New Talent Award for her film The Cloud Is Still There (pic).

The short film was part of Lai’s coursework in completing her master’s degree in Film and Television Production at London’s MetFilm School.

It tells a story of a Christian woman and her relationship with her Taoist mother, which is based on Lai’s life experiences.

Lai said she wanted to highlight the different ways the mother and daughter prayed to God in a bid to save the terminally-ill grandfather.

“I wanted to explore the conflict in many Malaysian Chinese households with different beliefs. I wanted to produce a film that tugs at the heartstrings of viewers, ” she said.

The Cloud Is Still There won Lai best film director in the South-East Asia Short Film Festival in September and had been nominated in the Norwich Film Festival and the National Film Festival For Talented Youth.

> As many as 200,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are expected to close for good at the end of the conditional movement control order, said Datuk Michael Kang.

The SME Association of Malaysia president told Sin Chew Daily many businesses were seriously affected by the first MCO in March and they would no longer be able to service loans due to the impact from the latest restrictions.

The worst affected, he said, were those in the hospitality sector, event management, arts and craft, and shopping malls.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

[Source: “M’sian wins New Talent Award” published by TheStar.com.my]

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