We so love this project by Nadiah Hamzah!
Nadiah is a Masters of Fine Arts (Film & TV) candidate at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She has written and directed more than four short films; and worked as a cinematographer on 10 others.
In 2010, she was awarded a competitive department fellowship, and interned on the upcoming HBO documentary If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise directed by Oscar-nominated director Spike Lee. Her last short film, Sub Rosa (HD/Color/2009) is also currently traveling the festival circuit.
Hujan Panas (Afternoon Rain), her MFA thesis film, is a 20 minute short film that revolves around Zaki, a Malaysian man, whom for the longest time has dreamed about coming to America. He enrolls himself in a business course and finds himself in New York City – and moving into an apartment with two illegal Indonesian immigrants; Ferdy and Mira, in Flushing, Queens.
As he grapples with the harsh reality of living in the city, he finds himself slowly attracted to Mira. She helps him realize the possibilities of starting life anew – possibilities that are threatened by an impending marriage and his awaited return to Malaysia.
Nadiah Hamzah has been living in New York for three years but have never made a Malaysian film set in this city that she's grown to both love and hate. HUJAN PANAS is definitely her passion project before she leaves New York for good at the end of this year! Currently, her producer and she are putting together an amazing cast and crew for a nice, breezy fall shoot come late this September.
This will also be the first immigrant film to feature a Malaysian as the main character, and the whole film will be shot in Bahasa Melayu/Indonesia.
She's currently raising fund for the filming and she's got 12 days to go to meet the US$ 3,500 target. She's collected a pledge of US$2,605 as of today, which will only be cashed if she meets the target within the given deadline.
If you would like to see the film being made, do help spread the word or be a backer through KickStarter.
We wish Nadiah the very best of luck!