Gently Challenging: The Films of Yasmin Ahmad

When Yasmin Ahmad died in 2009 aged 51 she left a rich legacy in the form a series of feature films that explored life in a multi-ethnic Malaysia.

Following a successful career directing commercials for some of Malaysia’s largest companies, such as Petronas, Ahmad came to international attention in 2004 with her debut feature Sepet. Following the success of this film she would continue to explore a range of social issues facing Malaysian society in a series of acutely observed and gently challenging tales.

As part of HOME’s year-long celebration of women in global cinema we present a small selection of her work.

Previously in this season


Talentime, Yasmin Ahmad’s multi-award-winning final feature, looks at the world of young people and the ways in which they negotiate the possibilities of the future

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Orked, an adventurous, self-confident 10-year-old girl living in a small village in Malaysia, finds frienship when 12-year-old Mukhsin comes to stay.

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Mukhsin + Introduction

Introduction to Mukhsin by Andy Willis, Senior Visiting Curator, Film at HOME.

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