Saturday, August 30, 2008

"Pecah Lobang" Documentary

A friend of mine, Poh Si, who is also the founder of is launching her documentary about Muslim transsexual sex workers in Kuala Lumpur.

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“Pecah Lobang,” which means “busted,” explores what it’s like to be a Muslim transsexual sex worker in Malaysia.

Shot in the Chow Kit red light district, the documentary revolves around Natasha, a Muslim Mak Nyah, who refuses to live life as a man. Unable to secure employment because of discrimination, Natasha turns to sex work and lives in constant fear of the police and religious authorities.

Crossdressing is a crime under Syariah law for Muslims and the penalties are severe. But it wasn’t always so. How did Malaysia become so heavy-handed on the transsexual community?

A religious scholar, a physician who conducted sex change surgeries, a sociologist, three attorneys and an outreach worker explain how it all came to be.

The documentary, "Pecah Lobang," will be screened at the Malaysian Freedom Film Fest next month.

There will be a panel discussion after each screening.More about the film

Look forward to seeing you.

Schedule:Kuala Lumpur (6 Sept. 2008) - 8:30 p.m.The Annexe Gallery Studio Theatre

Johor Bahru (13 Sept. 2008) - 8:30 p.m.Tropical Inn Johor Bahru

Kuching (20 Sept. 2008) - 8:30 p.m.Old Court HouseJalan Tun Abang Haji Openg

Penang (27 Sept. 2008) - 8:30 p.m.Wawasan Open University (WOU)
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