Temubual antara Beth Yahp dengan Fahmi Reza, pengarah filem 10 Tahun Sebelum Merdeka dalam majalah Off The Edge, Januari 2008.
Di bawah merupakan intro asal yang ditulis oleh Beth Yahp untuk artikel tersebut, tetapi tidak sempat dihantar sebelum cetakan.
FAHMI REZA’s documentary 10 Tahun Sebelum Merdeka premiered at KOMAS’ Freedom Film Festival in September this year, and in the short time since then has already collected a garland of accolades from viewers and reviewers, as well as winning the Festival’s ‘Most Outstanding Human Rights Film’ prize.
Made on a shoestring budget and the goodwill plus donated labour of a posse of friends, it was propelled by one man’s curiosity about the hidden alternative history of the Malayan rakyat’s struggle for independence in 1947, which led to no mean feats: a country-wide hartal (general strike) supported by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, no less, and a proposed (but ignored) People’s Constitution.
By 1948, as Fahmi’s film reminds us, many of the leaders and members of the multi-ethnic coalition that spearheaded these remarkable events, had been arrested under British Emergency laws (such as an earlier version of the ISA) and their story swept under the carpet of a revised version of Malaya’s history.
Beth Yahp caught up with Fahmi at the cafeteria of the Universiti of Malaya in October after a screening at the Law Faculty attended by a scattering of law students, and following that over email and chats. She also attended several full-house screenings of his film, which were followed by lively and often astounded discussions. Asked how they felt after one screening, the students replied: ‘Terkejut.’ ‘Tak puas hati.’ ‘Tertipu lah…’
Beth and Fahmi’s conversation was conducted in English and Malay, some of which was later translated into English. As Fahmi remarked, ‘Borak-borak pun boleh jadi interview di magazine…’ But that’s how stories and ideas get passed on. As Fahmi also says, ‘You can’t copyright ideas.’
See Fahmi’s blogspot: http://10tahun.blogspot.com/ for more stories, ideas, songs, comments, newspaper articles and photos about this little-known part of our history.
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