THE David v Goliath showdown in the 14th General Election (GE14) was worth documenting, regardless of the outcome, said executive producer of the M for Malaysia documentary, Marina Mahathir.
Speaking at the film’s gala premiere, Marina said the initial idea was to capture the campaign process regardless of whether Pakatan Harapan emerged victorious.
The 90-minute documentary, which recounts the formation of an unlikely coalition between former political adversaries and their unprecedented victory, captures the key moments that transpired during the campaign and PH’s eventual victory on May 9, 2018.
M for Malaysia was produced and directed by Dian Lee and Ineza Roussille.
“Dian and I first decided to capture the GE14 campaign regardless of whether Pakatan Harapan won, simply because we saw a David vs Goliath battle well worth documenting,” Marina said.
“We found a crew within 24 hours and sent them to follow Dr Mahathir everywhere he went,” she added.
Marina’s daughter came onboard on Day 3 and shadowed her grandparents till the day of the polls.
A week after May 9, they discovered that they had 90 minutes worth of footage, which they later turned into the documentary.
“We all know that a gem of an idea, if well executed, can be something immensely inspirational,” she said.
“So, it was the PH coalition that made the first change of government in 61 years,” she said while adding that the victory surpassed their wildest dreams.
The proceeds from the sale of the M for Malaysia soundtrack CD, which is available on the website, will be channelled to Undi 18, a non-partisan organisation under the umbrella of the Malaysian Students Global Alliance.
She lauded the organisation which is run by young people for their efforts in encouraging and educating young voters.
M for Malaysia is also the first Malaysian documentary to be screened in 37 cinemas, opening nationwide from September 12.
“Let us all make Malaysian movie making history together,” Marina said.
M for Malaysia was screened at the CAAMFest in San Francisco and DocEdge in New Zealand in May.
It will also be featured in the Busan International Film Festival in October.