Armed with the tagline “Voices of New Malaysia” and themed by politically sensitive subject matters such as racism, paedophilia, and corruption, 15Malaysia consists of 15 short films that feature Malaysian celebrities and politicians in principal acting roles. The anthology’s massive popularity upon its Internet release in 2009 heralded a decade of viral political filmmaking that culminated with the fall of the BN government in 2018.
Pete Teo is an award-winning musician, actor, and filmmaker. His recent work include principal roles in the Hollywood blockbuster Ghost In The Shell as well as A Family Tour by Chinese director Ying Liang. He is currently co-producing and co-directing a feature film with Liew Seng Tat entitled The Girl With No Head.
“It is easy to forget how much Malaysia has changed in the decade since 15Malaysia was first released. The fear of speaking out publicly against political abuse and bigotry, so insidious in Old Malaysia, seemed to have dissipated in the so-called New one. To the extent that 15Malaysia contributed to this development, I am immensely proud of it. That these raw little political films continue to provoke even now speaks for the universal power of cinema and the talents of the filmmakers who made them. Thank you all for your voices.”
A teenage Chinese witness to a racially motivated assault is being driven to the police station. A quiet reminder of the dangers of inter-communal suspicion and conflict.
A laugh-out-loud film about a Chinese boy’s misguided attempts at opening an Islamic bank account.
A haunting portrayal of a paedophile preparing to hunt, interspersed with metaphors on the state of Malaysian politics.
A comedic re-enactment of how one politician tries to entice another to switch party allegiance as DVD pirates look on.
Malaysia’s most influential spiritual leader Nik Aziz offers commentary on the virtuous and Islamic way to conduct ethical commerce in his inimitable style.
A man finds himself without small change in a cheap brothel. Many arguments ensue and problems faced by the Malaysian common man are discussed humorously.
An overzealous public relations consultant advises the current minister of health on how to discourage unhealthy lifestyles in Malaysia.
A quiet tale that reminds us that, despite the multifaceted contradiction of Malaysia, life goes on—even if not all of it is sweet.
An Indian boy is asked to build a model of his house at school. A tale on the social economic plight faced by many Malaysians.
A rojak seller’s take on Malaysia’s multi-faceted socio-political tapestry. Made entirely with CGI special effects.
Two secret lovers rendezvous in a plush hotel room while TV news is read in the background. A dark take on apathy in Malaysia.
A very silly slapstick comedy demonstrating the proper Islamic way to slaughter chicken.
An edgy and powerful science fiction story of a society where everything is perfect, except no one is allowed to speak.
The controversial head of UMNO Youth plays a taxi driver who is asked his views on some current Malaysian talking points. He ends up offering a keris to a Chinese boy as a gift.
A modern, poetic and beautifully constructed ode to Malaysia—its common people, places, and enduring spirit.