A Conversation with Amir Muhammad
Interview by: Benjamin McKay
 Literally: New Malay. It was a term made popular by the former Deputy Prime Minister and Prisoner, Anwar Ibrahim
 Petronas is the Malaysian national oil and gas corporation and the owners of those distinctive twin towers that are such a feature of the Kuala Lumpur skyline.
 Amir Muhammad, Kam Raslan and Sheryll Stothard, Generation: A Collection Of Contemporary Malaysian Ideas, Hikayat Press, Kuala Lumpur 1998.
 Tokyo Magic Hour (Dir: Amir Muhammad) 2005., Malaysia/Japan.
 Chuck Stephens, ‘Now and For-IFFR’ in Film Comment, New York, Vol.41, No.2, March-April, 2005.
 6Horts (Friday, Mona, Checkpoint, Pangyau, Lost, Kamunting) (Dir: Amir Muhammad), 2002, Malaysia.
 Salleh ben Joned, Sajak-Sajak Salleh: Poems Sacred and Profane, Pustaka Cipta, Kuala Lumpur, 2002.
 The Internal Security Act or ISA is common to both Singapore and Malaysia and is a legacy of the British colonial period and the fight against communism. People can be detained without charge and interrogated under the ISA for up to 60 days.
 Dari Jemapoh Ke Manchestee, (Dir: Hishamuddin Rais), 2001, Malaysia.
 Mona is based on the real life case of a notorious murderess.
 Mekanik (Dir: Othman Hafsham), 1983, Malaysia.
 The Big Durian (Dir: Amir Muhammad), 2003, Malaysia.
 The film is a ‘documentary’ with actors that tells the true story of the case of Private Adam who ran amok in KL in 1987. His amok triggered a city-wide panic as rumors circulated that racial riots were taking place. Kuala Lumpur remembers clearly the riots of 1969.
 My Beautiful Washing Machine (Dir: James Lee), 2005, Malaysia.
 Sepet (Dir: Yasmin Ahmad), 2005, Malaysia.
 The Year Of Living Vicariously (Dir: Amir Muhammad), 2005, Malaysia/Indonesia.
 Literally: What’s With Indonesia?
 Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? (Dir: Rudy Soedjarwo), 2003, Indonesia.
 Gie (Dir; Riri Riza) recently released, Indonesia.
 Chin Peng, My Side Of History, Media Masters, Singapore, 2003.
 UMNO is the United Malays National Organisation, the founding party of independent Malaysia and the leading party in the ruling coalition known as the Barisan Nasional.
 Lit: pig.
 Can be found in the anthology, Generation: A Collection of Contemporary Ideas.
 Bomoh: traditional healer
 a highly successful Malaysian singer