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Gadoh, a film produced by Komas, tells a story of a group of teenagers who fought each other along racial lines – a cycle of hatred and violence further escalated by their environment and school system.

What was to be a quick resolution to improve the school’s bad image was taken as an opportunity for one teacher who believed that real change was possible. She ropes in the help of an old friend and reluctant maverick theater activist for this arduous task.

Is there hope amidst the cycle of discrimination that surrounds us?

Watch Gadoh for their story and what it may very well tell us about ourselves.

Movie Info: Duration: 70 mins

Director: Brenda Danker, Namron

Producer: Anna Har Production

Company: Big Pictures Productions

Supported by Pusat KOMAS

Starring: Namron, Nicholas Liew Davis, Zahiril Adzim, Amerul Affendi and Maya Tan Abdullah

Language: Bahasa Malaysia with English/BM subtitles

Poster design by: Alexdrina Chong, Lucid Design Collaborative Studio

Official Home Page: komas.org/gadoh/

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Compared to the long road ahead and the obstacles that are bound to be put up in the face of reform, winning power and taking over the government will seem a relatively easy task, observes Aliran member Farish Noor. Much more difficult will be having to dismantle the structures of power and knowledge that have grown sedimented for so long and overturning the dominant culture of racialised politics that has divided Malaysian society thus far.

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It is ironic that Ahmad Ismail’s racist remarks came just as the fasting month of Ramadhan was beginning. This, being a holy month where patience and forebearance are lauded above all, made the timing of his press conference and abusive remarks all the more pointed and bitter, observes Aliran member Farish A Noor.

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badawiJohn Hilley argues that curbs on the discussion of racial and religious issues not only breed suspicion, resentment and disunity but foster Vision-type notions of national unity popularised by big leaders.Malaysians do know how to debate and disagree civilly. They must reclaim this right.

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