Malaysian Gods

  • 70'
  • Malaysia
  • 2009
The title of this documentary, banned in its home country, refers to the unhealthy way in which Malaysians look at their (currently ruling) politicians. Amid Muhammad goes back to 20 September 1998, the birth of the first protest movement in his country. The 'Reformasi' started after the dismissal of Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who then organised a demonstration and demanded that the prime minister resign. This resulted in his arrest; he had allegedly been guilty of corruption and (very taboo) homosexual acts. In chapters, preceded by often ironic inter-titles with historic information, Muhammad looks back on the last 10 years. Just as in his previous films, he does not use archival footage, but makes interviews at locations that were important then - not with those directly involved, but with ordinary people who live there and work there. In Tamil, the language of the smallest ethnic minority, he goes looking for what has changed since.


Director
Amir Muhammad
Country of production
Malaysia
Year
2009
Festival Edition
IFFR 2010
Length
70'
Medium
DV cam
Language
Tamil
Producer
Amir Muhammad
Production Company
Da Huang Pictures
Sales
Da Huang Pictures
Screenplay
Amir Muhammad
Cinematography
Shan
Editor
MS Prem Nath
Music
Couple