A reminiscent and new way of watching cinema is making its way… to the back alleys of KL!
Backlane Cinema will be bringing us Pop-up cinemas at various alleyways in KL! Here are 5 reasons why you should drop by and catch some awesome local film screenings!
1. “Wayang Pacak” Style
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Everyone needs somebody who’s willing to teman you to watch local indie films in a downtown KL alley on a Saturday night. I totally found my Sanbody hahahaaa; she even cuts satay into pieces for me (and lets me finish the super yummy tempeh), sits with me on the sarong-covered floor (even though there were chairs around), and lets me speak my mind (and layaning all my questions and convos) for the night. Definitely good good time spent with good good company (and amazingly good local films) ❤️
Also known as “Portable Cinema”. Wayang Pacak started since the 60’s – 70’s where films are screened using only a projector and a white makeshift screen. It also used to be how citizens get informed of the latest news! Bring your own mat – that’ll ad on to the fun!
2. Explore historical back alleys of KL!
Backlane cinema is also supported by Think City and Citi Foundation to relive the historical and often unexplored back alleyways of KL! This will surely be a walk down memory lane.
3. Catch local and indie films!
Backlane cinema is also a collaboration with REXKL and Filemmakers Anonymous so you’d be able to catch many local films! Backlane Cinema’s first session – “The Cities We Live In” featured local films, such as, Emir Ezwan’s RM10, We Jun Cho & Mahen Bala’s The Apprentice, Mien Ly’s Selam 2.0 and many more. Try supporting the local film scene – it’ll definitely be eye-opening!
4. Exclusive Q&A sessions with local filmmakers!
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Contemporary artist Gan Siong King’s essay film The Boy, His Bike & The Map, about urban cycling advocate Jeffrey Lim and the KL Bicycle Map Project, and filmmaker Emir Ezwan’s RM10, a one-take film following the journey of a RM10 note as it changes hands through the night in downtown KL, are part of the five short films about the capital city that will be shown at the new public screening series Backlane Cinema this weekend. The first edition of Backlane Cinema, themed “The Cities We Live In”, will be presented at Lorong Bandar 13 in KL (the alley next to the Ruang by Think City building) on May 25, starting 7pm. Read more at https://www.star2.com/culture/2019/05/24/backlane-cinema-film-screenings-kuala-lumpur/#hHbTPRGy6kjM5vtl.99
Film nights also may feature special appearances of local filmmakers along with exclusive Q&A sessions!
5. Admission is free!
Screen nights are completely free of charge! It’ll be the perfect movie night out – just remember to bring mosquito repellent and a portable fan!
Backlane Cinema holds screenings every 2 weeks starting May 25th. You can check out BackLane Cinema’s Facebook Page for more updates!