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New generation of Malaysian filmmakers wins accolades abroad

Cannes award for 'Tiger Stripes' follows victories at Udine for 'Abang Adik'

In "Tiger Stripes" 12-year-old girl Zaffan, played by Zafreen Zairizal, goes through carefree puberty until she discovers that her body is morphing in terrifying ways. (Courtesy of Ghost Grrrl Pictures)

KUALA LUMPUR -- To the average cinema lover in Europe and America, Malaysia resonates mostly as the birthplace of Michelle Yeoh, who in March became the first Asian to win the Academy Award for best actress.

That win was for "Everything Everywhere All at Once," a Hollywood production. This week, an actual Malaysian production took the spotlight as "Tiger Stripes" walked away with a top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

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