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Jom Gadoh


Can I convince you to go and watch Gadoh?

Gadoh is a new movie set in a local national school. I think it’s fair to stop at that sentence because we all know what schools are like – the bullying, the tensions, the teachers and the, many-a-times, close mindedness of the administration.

Well, Gadoh captures all that and more.

I won’t tell you too much about it because I think it’s one of the movies where you have to watch it to really get what it’s all about. But the premise is this: a fight breaks out at the school canteen (as it does) and the local papers pick it up. The headmaster is embarassed (naturally) and as such, has a meeting with his teachers to find a solution.

One teacher suggests a theatre club, to foster goodwill and unity … and then things happen.

The film is directed by Brenda Danker and NamRon for KOMAS, the communications centre for Human Rights behind the extremely popular (and okay lah, a bit subversive) Freedom Film Festival. Gadoh is their first film which is not a documentary.

What I liked most about the show is not just how raw and edgy it is, but how it’s straight to the point. There is no beating around the bush, and there is no attempt, in my point of view at least, of being politically correct. And we know how much more real these kinds of shows are.

The kids in school do the things they do – they smoke and they fight, and say the things they really do – they swear (shock horror!).

I really enjoyed it for what it is. The topics it addresses – from the concept of punishment, to unity, to education – is spot on. The acting wasn’t all that bad either; I had some friends in the show and am very happy for them.

I’m not sure what KOMAS’ plans are for more screening – I caught the premiere on Friday night at HELP University College – but I hope they do try to show it more often. Otherwise, I know they have made DVDs of the show so maybe you can pop by their website and contact them on how to purchase the DVD (can’t cost more than a pirated Hollywood movie, methinks).

I would go out to say that this is a MUST WATCH, more so than many other local films that we rave about. But that’s just my point of view. Watch it and let me know what’s yours. :)

12.23pm Malaysian time (+8 GMT)

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