What is 18? This mysterious number is but one of a prominent crop of graffiti that has popped up around the streets of Kuala Lumpur.
Sprayed at strategic urban spaces and applied with a seemingly socio-political agenda, the 18? graffiti and its like (eg “Legalize ganja”, “Ada apa dengan National Service?”, “Pertahankan Hak Asasi”, etc) brazenly takes its place alongside advertising banners and billboards in our urban sightlines.
What does it mean? What is it selling? Why? Who did it? 18? - the documentary - attempts to uncover the mystery behind the graffiti.
November 25 , 2005
:: 18? wins Gold in the Short Film: Documentary award of the 10th Malaysian Video Awards.
July 10, 2005
:: 18? is the runner-up in the amateur category of the 2005 Freedom Film Fest.
June 22, 2005
:: Benjamin McKay's review of the 2005 Singapore International Film Festival for Senses of Cinema website has this to say about 18? (in the final para): "But in concluding this report let me just mention one more short film that rose up and hit this reviewer in the face at SIFF 2005, for the film itself better answers the question I so arrogantly pondered, and the good news is that you the reader can share this little gem with me, for in the spirit of the film, it has no copyright. I am talking about Malaysian director Danny Lim’s 18? (2004), a film that in a quirky 18 minutes takes us to the streets of Kuala Lumpur to investigate the search for the space to criticise and to create and along the way addresses several interesting questions about who an artist might well be and what role art may have in a critical engagement with a given society."
June 19, 2005
:: A Kakiseni.com reader going by the handle "borjois" made this gobsmacking comment to the Kakiseni article on Malaysian Documentaries: "Aku baru saje tengok Danny Lim yang cun tu di rancangan Shortcuts yang pelik tu. Rupa-rupanya dokumentari dia boleh dimuat-turun secara percuma di http://danlim.twofishy.net/18/. Baik hati dia, walaupun Cina tapi bukan tamak."
April 16 , 2005
:: 18? screens at the Singapore International Film Festival Fringe. Somebody commented on 18? here at the SgFilm Forum.
January 1, 2005
:: Download 18? at this link! 60MBs, .avi file. Feel free to make copies.
December 9, 2004
:: 18? screens at the Jakarta Film Festival, as part of a segment on Malaysian Documentaries.
November 9 , 2004
::Kakiseni runs a review of Malaysian Documentaries.
November 6, 2004
:: The Star publishes a review of every entry in KSFM's October 25 edition of Malaysian Documentaries.
:: The Sarawak Film Society screens 18? along with the entire programme of "Malaysian Documentaries" in Kuching.
October 25 , 2004