Nasi Bungkus Cinema

Nasi Bungkus Cinema

Nasi Bungkus Cinema (or “Packed Lunch Cinema”) began as a series of lunch-time screenings showcasing the work of Arts and Social Sciences students. Since its inception, there have been regular screenings throughout the year, with student films taking on a range of topics including subject matter closely related to units taught within the school, such as environmental concerns, issues relating to race and ethnicity, gender stereotypes, and freedom of speech. Some of the films and students have gone on to achieve great success, such as Fikri Jermadi who won the Best Short Film award at the 2009 Malaysian Film Festival, Weiyan Low, whose short film The Color of Ideas, which he made while at Monash, was screened at the Bangkok International Film Festival, Sheril Bustaman, whose Come Hell or High Water won an Audience Choice Award at the June 2014 Malaysian Shorts film screening, and Bradley Liew whose work has been shown at the Cannes Film Festival. In recent years Nasi Bungkus Cinema has expanded to include films made by local filmmakers, including works by Amir Muhamad, Woo Ming Jin, Liew Seng Tat, Dain Said, Fahmi Reza, Ida Nerina, Sharifah Amani and Khairil Bahar, who have all come to screenings to discuss their work.

Upcoming Nasi Bungkus Cinema screening

Nasi Bungkus Cinema: LABOURING FIGURES
Date: Tuesday, 17 April 2018 
Time: 12pm - 1pm 
Venue: Room 9-5-08 

Have you ever wondered about the lives of some the people whom we encounter fleetingly for years as they service us in myriad ways? For most of us, they would appear to be shadowy labouring figures devoid of history.  

Borne out of this curiosity, this documentary follows the trail of one such individual, Rani, who vends food in the Air Panas wet market that my mother and I have been frequenting for many years.   It brings to light some of the intersections in our different and yet entangled life trajectories.

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Nasi Bungkus Cinema is currently being run by Dr Jonathan Driskell (