Netflix announced that it’s adding three movies by the late Malaysian director Yasmin Ahmad to the platform this month.
The new additions are Talentime, Rabun and Mukhsin – all of which will premiere on the streaming platform on December 18. In a statement, Netflix said it would bring the films to a “global audience”, potentially indicating a worldwide release on the platform.
Netflix also praised the director’s “legacy of shining a light on important social causes creatively and successfully” with her thought-provoking films and touching commercials for Petronas, among other organisations.
Rabun, her 2003 debut film, is about a couple (played by M. Rajoli and Kartina Aziz) who return to the countryside after a life in the city. The film was inspired by Ahmad’s parents.
Mukhsin is the prequel to Yasmin Ahmad’s films Sepet and Gubra, as well as the last film of the Orked trilogy. It revolves around 10-year-old Orked (played by Sharifah Aryana) and her first love Mukhsin (played by Mohd Syafie Naswip). The film also won Best Feature Film at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival in 2007.
Yasmin Ahmad’s final film, Talentime, tackles multiculturalism and racism in Malaysia in the backdrop of a high-school love story. The lead characters Melur and Mahesh are played by Pamela Chong and Mahesh Jugal Kishor, respectively. The film also features music by Malaysian composer Pete Teo.
Months after Talentime’s March 2009 release, Yasmin Ahmad suffered a stroke. She underwent a neurosurgery procedure, but died more than 48 hours later, on July 25, 2009.
Back in October, Netflix also added titles from Singapore, including the 1996 local favourite Army Daze and Singapore’s 2015 Oscar entry 7 Letters.