Please help pass this on to our fellow Malaysians:
Will you support a crowdfunding project for PENDATANG, a feature film about racial extremism?
What Is PENDATANG?
PENDATANG Is a script by Lim Boon Siang that we received as part of our first screenwriting competition in 2019. It is a dystopian thriller set in a Malaysia where the different races are not allowed to mix, by force of draconian law. The story starts when a Chinese family moves into their new house and discovers a small Malay girl hiding there. Should they just ‘get rid’ of her or risk their own safety by trying to smuggle her back to “the Malay area”?
Since this is a Malaysian story that is made by Malaysians for other Malaysians, we thought of getting backers from the public instead of relying on large companies or corporate sponsors. This would enable the movie to be made and screened, without commercial or bureaucratic considerations.
What Does PENDATANG Aim To Achieve?
It primarily seeks to entertain, as it's a solid script that has the potential to be a riveting movie. But along the way, we believe the themes of the film will be able to spark conversations about the direction in which we are headed, as individuals and members of a larger collective such as a society and nation.
The film aims to share one of many perspectives on the possible impact and danger of racial politics on the lives of ordinary people. This is a story of our collective fears and what can happen if we allow these fears to shape our lives. It is also a story of hope, of humanity, and how individual courage can overcome the deepest racial divides.
To get viewers to see and think from a humanity standpoint on issues that directly affect our lives.
How Does PENDATANG Make A Difference?
We believe there are many untold stories in Malaysia; some are held back due to lack of funding or fear of censorship (whether official censorship or market restrictions). PENDATANG is a story that deserves to be seen. That is why we will make the movie available for free on Youtube without ads and will not profit financially. If our crowdfunding succeeds, it will encourage many others to try this route to get their films made and indirectly encourage them to make films that are truthful to their visions, be it arthouse, experimental or commercial projects.
The success of this film will open up the possibilities of future films with strong, relevant and impactful stories being made independently by filmmakers and scriptwriters, funded directly by the public. This will also show that there can be support beyond the traditional government and commercially-led production and funding structures for the on-going creation and production by independent Malaysian creators.
Risks & Challenges
Everyone who read it thought it was a terrific script with a strong speculative premise and well-rounded characters. But we also thought that getting it funded and released through conventional channels would be a challenge due to its themes of racism and extremism. So it remained KIV for three years.
We choose ‘Fixed Funding’: if we don’t raise at least RM300,000, any money pledged would not be charged to the backer – and the movie won’t get made. We feel this is the fairest solution. Trying to shoot PENDATANG for less than that amount would require reducing the scope of the script and production which are already tight and minimal. And we won’t want to take your money for such a compromised product.
If you're interested in supporting this campaign:
1. Do click on the link to pledge directly to Indiegogo *https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/p...ovie/x/46853#/*. *You can use a debit or credit card. The amounts that have perks are US$10, $100, $250, $1,000, $3,000 and $10,000. Click on “Back It” and then “Claim This Perk”.
2. You may pledge under your own name or choose a creative pseudonym later.
3. You will only get charged after the campaign period ends (6 October) IF we reach our target (RM300K+ the 5% fee for Indiegogo). If the target is not reached, no one gets charged.
Founder, Kuman Pictures
KUALA LUMPUR: Kandungan filem atau drama dalam platform over-the-top (OTT) seperti Netflix, Viu dan Amazon Prime, tidak tertakluk kepada rangka kerja pelesenan dan tapisan di bawah Akta Komunikasi dan Multimedia 1998 (Akta 588).
Timbalan Menteri Komunikasi dan Multimedia, Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin, berkata ia berbeza dengan perkhidmatan penyiaran awam dan swasta dalam negara seperti Astro.
Meanwhile busloads of young Malay students are being sent to watch Mat Kilau as we speak. :hmm: