M for Malaysia, a documentary feature film about the election that brought hope to the nation, is set to screen at two international film festivals – CAAMFest37 and DocEdge New Zealand.
M for Malaysia follows the then 92-year-old Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on the campaign trail for 16 days leading up to Malaysia’s 14th General Election on May 9, 2018, when Malaysians voted out a government that had ruled them for 60 years and voted in a new one headed by Tun Dr Mahathir.
Shocked by the corruption of the previous government, the former premier had come out of a 15-year retirement to lead the Opposition Coalition of Hope (Pakatan Harapan), to victory and become the oldest Prime Minister in the world.
The story of this triumph is one of unlikely coalitions, impossible odds and almost impassable barriers. But it is also the story of the tenacity and resilience of a people who rallied around Pakatan Harapan in order to effect change in the most democratic way: through the ballot box.
M for Malaysia will be making its world premiere at the Centre for Asian American Media Festival 2019 (CAAMFest37) in San Francisco on May 15, the largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films.
It annually presents approximately 130 works in San Francisco and Oakland, United States.
Following that, M for Malaysia is slated for a series of screening at DocEdge New Zealand: May 30 and June 2 in Auckland, and June 14 and 16 in Wellington.
DocEdge New Zealand is an Academy Award-qualifying festival for feature and short documentaries. It celebrates the best in domestic and international documentary films.