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Dain Said


“Like certain other filmmakers that I like in Malaysia, I think I make films that are not easy to categories, nor fall neatly into the existing poles in Malaysia of (for the sake of understanding as I don’t really subscribe to terminologies) ‘mainstream’ and ‘art-house’.”



Dain Said is a Malaysian filmmaker and a film studies graduate from Westminister University in London. His final year project, SURABAYA JOHNNY, explored Indonesian history during the 1965 period and was screened at the London Film Festival in 1989. On his return to Malaysia in the early 90s, Said established himself in the television industry, directing commercials locally as well as in Indonesia, China and India. In 2004, he moved away from commercials and into long form and experimental works. His media installations have been screened at the Biennale of Sydney and the University of British Colombia Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. A commissioned work is on permanent display at the Burj al-Arab, in Dubai. In 2007, he was a recipient of the Nippon Foundation’s Asian Public Intellectual fellowship, during which time he researched the role of films and propaganda in Indonesian history. His first feature film, DUKUN (2007) was deemed too controversial and remains virtually banned… read more

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I'm dying to see Dain Said's Dukun! Dying to see Umie Aida as the creepy notorious Mona Fandey. Malaysian government should releases it soon.


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