The man be­hind ac­claimed films ‘Buno­han’ and ‘In­ter­change’ is pro­mot­ing Kuala Lumpur as an in­ter­na­tional city of the arts.

New Straits Times - - ENTERTAINMENT - DEN­NIS CHUA has the story

FILM­MAKER Dain Said has zoomed his cam­eras on the strug­gles, re­la­tion­ships and emo­tions of ev­ery­day folk in small towns and cities in Buno­han and In­ter­change.

Now, he has set his fo­cus on Kuala Lumpur life in Cities of Love Malaysia, an in­ter­na­tional ini­tia­tive that aims to in­stil and en­hance love for the coun­try’s cap­i­tal.

Dain has been ap­pointed Kuala Lumpur city man­ager of Cities of Love Malaysia, which has “KL I Love You” as its theme.

It is part of the Cities of Love fran­chise, which cov­ers 20 cities, in­clud­ing Paris Je T’aime (Paris I Love You) and New York I Love You.

Cities of Love, which started in 2006, com­piles a col­lec­tion of mo­tion pic­tures per­tain­ing to every host city, and Kuala Lumpur is the 20th city to be part of the fran­chise. Other cities in­clude Shang­hai, China, Malmo, Swe­den, and Rot­ter­dam, the Nether­lands.

“This move­ment cul­ti­vates arts prac­ti­tion­ers whose love for Kuala Lumpur can trans­form it into a city of the arts.

“It cov­ers ur­ban space, mi­gra­tion, di­ver­sity, his­tory, mythol­ogy, youth, life­style and busi­ness,” Dain told the New Straits Times re­cently. “Through sto­ry­telling in film, mu­sic, dance, vis­ual arts and po­etry, KL I Love You em­pow­ers Kuala Lumpur res­i­dents to pro­mote their city glob­ally.”

Dain met the founder of the global ini­tia­tive, Em­manuel Ben­bihy, in Taipei, Tai­wan, dur­ing the screen­ing of Buno­han five years ago.

“He sug­gested that I helm the Malaysian chap­ter of this project, and I fig­ured what a great idea it would be to bring pos­i­tive change,” he said.

“It is timely that we host KL I Love You as it unites peo­ple to build a com­mu­nity that loves its home­town and wants to see it on the map.”

Dain said KL’s in­volve­ment was in line with the United Na­tions’ World Ur­ban Fo­rum, as well as its New Ur­ban Agenda, both of which were sup­ported by Malaysia.

“It will bring in­ter­na­tional film­mak­ers to Kuala Lumpur, and they will di­rect films about as­pects of life in the city,” he said, adding that his main duty was to unite cre­ative works and pro­duce a col­lec­tion of sto­ries about the na­tion’s cap­i­tal.

“It will take un­til later next year to come up with this an­thol­ogy, in­volv­ing an av­er­age of 10 films by 10 di­rec­tors. Af­ter that, other Malaysian cities may join in the project.”

Dain hopes KL I Love You will en­able Malaysian and for­eign di­rec­tors to train film­mak­ers and dis­cover new ac­tors.

“It’s ex­cit­ing to work with an in­ter­na­tional team on home ground.

“Not only will it pro­mote Kuala Lumpur glob­ally, it will also make Malaysian tal­ents fa­mous in the world.”

For more de­tails, visit www.kliloveyou.com.

Em­manuel Ben­bihy

Dain Said

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