Tuesday, May 27, 2008

KAMI the movie (coming soon)

The story kicks off with Abu’s escape from juvenile center and his reunion with Ali and the girls to celebrate the final paper and the last day of SPM exams marking the end of high school …

…and the beginning of their journey to taking their first steps in making life altering decisions.

But the day soon ends hinting at the impending future looming ahead. Having botched up yet another internship interview, Ali knows he cannot keep putting off a possible position in the family business. Sofie realizes she needs to deal with her mother’s ongoing attempts at grooming her into the perfect trophy wife. Abu senses his freedom is temporary and must eventually come to a decision about taking up the offer of his counselor to continue with his studies. Adii begins to grapple with the strain of becoming more than what is expected of her. And Lynn knows she needs to come clean with Ali about her past and with her mother about her future.

As they continue to fill their post-SPM break with sneak-outs, gigs, gate crashing, run-ins with a drug dealer, dodging authorities from the juvenile centre they realize they can no longer avoid coming to terms with self-doubt, relationships, parental pressures and the angst of living the banalities of life in the suburbs.

With the future of adult responsibilities closing in on them, the five friends take their first steps dealing with their personal conflicts, accompanied by a soundtrack emanating from cruising car radios, record/CD players and gigs that serves as background music to define the most confusing time of their lives – the teenage years.

Character Description

Lynn is a small town girl who dreams of pursuing journalism and traveling around the world. In her spare time she writes her own fanzine called KAMI under the pseudonym Teka Teki. Independent and streetwise, Lynn makes extra pocket money by selling her fanzines and her homework to the kids at school. But in an attempt to gain more cash to replace her old computer she unwittingly gets herself embroiled with a drug-dealer named Boy forcing her mother to make the decision to move the family to KL.

As they adjust to life in the big city, Lynn soon finds herself making new friends.

There is Ali who apart from struggling with a lack of self-confidence that gets in the way of making and performing his own music also finds himself tempted to go back to his pill-popping days to help cope with his parents’ crumbling marriage due to his father’s failing business.

More comfortable portraying herself as the airhead flirt Sofie is in fact the smartest of the group, aching to be taken seriously for her brains rather than her looks. But growing up in her mother’s two failed marriages and having to put up with her mother’s ongoing attempts at grooming her into the perfect trophy wife feed on her insecurities and eat into her brief but intense relationship with Ali.

The joker of the group, Abu is Ali’s steadfast friend and the girls’ willing ally whose tragic past leads him into a self-destructive cycle of petty theft and gang fights that all but severs his relationship with his father.

Adii, Ali’s cousin, is the rock that holds the group together doing her best to deal with the embarrassing situations she is put in by her mother’s hearing problem. But the mysterious disappearance of a guy she met on the Internet holds her back from moving on fully with her life.

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