According to a spokespersonof Red Films, the co-producer and distributor of the film, the ministry issuedthe company a letter last Friday to ban the film "in the interest of thepublic" with no further details given. It has since filed an appeal to the ministry.
The digital film, which premieredat the
In response to the ban,Muhammad today writes in his blog that he knows "the subject of communism istaboo in
In his words, the film is "asemi-musical road movie documentary tracing the towns in which Chin Peng(exiled leader of the banned Communist Party of Malaya) lived... It does notinclude any interviews with, or even photographs of, Chin Peng himself. Thedocumentary features interviews with people who live in those same present-daytowns".
Muhammad, a pioneeringMalaysian film-maker, is currently attending the Los Angeles Asian Pacific FilmFestival where The Last Communist is beingscreened. Following its
Meanwhile, the film willopen in neighbouring