PETALING JAYA: Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said he wants to see more Malaysian films that are thought-provoking and intelligent, in line with Malaysia Baru.
He said this at the premiere gala of the film Rise: Ini Kalilah at 1 Utama, Bandar Utama, on Monday night.
Produced by Fred Chong, the film is directed by three directors – Saw Teong Hin, Nik Amir Mustapha and Prem Nath – and stars Remy Ishak, Sangeeta Krishnasamy, Mira Filzah, Jack Tan, Shashi Tharan and Mark O’Dea.
Rise: Ini Kalilah follows six inter-related stories set in the days leading up to the 14th Malaysian General Election, with each story showing what it means to be a Malaysian.
All these characters come together at one polling station on that historic day – May 9, 2018.
“The storyline is current and relevant, and it will resonate with Malaysians who voted for change. This is a movie for all Malaysians to embody Malaysia’s spirit, create unity and muhibbah,” said Gobind.
He also said there were many talents in Malaysia’s film industry and that it was important to nurture them to elevate the industry.
“I hope Rise: Ini Kalilah will inspire everyone here and beyond to become a better Malaysian,” he added.
Chong said the film was a tribute to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed and his team for achieving the seemingly impossible mission of giving new hope to the nation.
“I believe the entertainment medium should do more than just entertain. It should be a medium to inspire as well.
“Everything changed after GE14. That is why I had to do this film and release it on Malaysia Day, with hopes that the audience will relive GE14 and be inspired again,” he said.
Rise: Ini Kalilah opens in cinemas nationwide on Sept 13.