Bukak Api was made to heighten HIV/AIDS awareness amongst the sex-worker community in Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur, portraying the subculture as honestly as possible. The film was a community ... See full summary »

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Bukak Api was made to heighten HIV/AIDS awareness amongst the sex-worker community in Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur, portraying the subculture as honestly as possible. The film was a community effort which brought together various agencies, residents, brothel owners, sex-workers, film students and production houses in support of the need for community-friendly information. It is an example of Pink Triangle Malaysia's working approach of community development for HIV/AIDS education, support and care. Bukak Api or "to open fire" is street lingo among sex-workers to mean "to have sex with a client". Written by amirmu

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Sincere and provocative
24 May 2001 | by (Selangor, Malaysia) – See all my reviews

This is a sort of film I never expected to be made in Malaysia - a sympathetic view of prostitutes (especially transvestites) as they ply their trade and face harassment. Some parts are a bit melodramatic and the lighting could have been brighter (then again, maybe things were dim on purpose?) but there is a strong sense of purpose and community here. Kudos to director Osman and his team. I'd love to see the reaction if this is ever aired on our oh-so-proper TV channels!


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