Two heart-rending movies to watch


A stirring movie can be a powerful instrument to raise awareness of social issues that we are not usually attuned to. Here are two commendable Malaysian efforts – Abang Adik, a low-budget film focusing on the plight of the stateless, and Pendatang, a crowdfunded film touching on ethnic relations. Try and watch both if you can over Christmas and the New Year.

Congratulations to the producers and casts. Hopefully, these two films will inspire more indie filmmakers to explore other critical social issues.

What do you think of these two movies?

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25 Dec 2023 2.02pm

The National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) has suggested that the independent film “Pendatang’” be screened in schools.

Finas chairman Kamil Othman said the film could encourage meaningful conversations about biases.

24 Dec 2023 6.30pm

An uplifting version of “Little Drummer Boy”

Come, they told me
A newborn King to see

24 Dec 2023 10.54am

Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year to all readers.

2 Jan 2024 8.46am

Abang Adik became the first Malaysian film to take top honours at Italy’s Far East Film Festival – winning the Golden Mulberry Audience Award, the Black Dragon Critics’ prize, and the White Mulberry Award for Best First Feature.

The film also gained victory at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards last month when Wu was named Best Actor.

28 Dec 2023 4.14am

Arguably the best Malaysian film of 2023, Abang Adik has made the No.1 spot in the best 30 Asean films of 2023 list by website Asian Movie Pulse.

The hit film directed by veteran producer Jin Ong beat five other entries from Malaysia, 10 from the Philippines, four from Vietnam, five from Thailand, one from Singapore and four from Indonesia.

26 Dec 2023 1.02pm

only here, is 2Rs here and there. Over 60 years after independence, it is still 2Rs. Other countries in SEA, are moving forward and will overtake us inspite of Vietnam war, cambodia war, suharto era and east timor. Look at China, they are talking about AI and have space station. Even India over take England, France and Germany – land spacecraft on moon.