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M for Malaysia is a 2019 Malaysian documentary film directed by Dian Lee and Ineza Rousille.[1] It documents the 2018 Malaysian general election. It is released on 12 September 2019 in Malaysia.[2] It was selected as the Malaysian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.[3]

M for Malaysia
Directed by
  • Dian Lee
  • Ineza Roussile
Produced by
  • Dian Lee (executive)
  • Marina Mahathir (executive)
  • Nazreen Hara Raj (coordinating)
  • Ineza Roussille (co-producer)
  • Ruby Yang (creative)
StarringSee below
Music byRendra Zawawi
Edited bySebastian Ng
Project M Media
Distributed byAstro Shaw
Release date
12 September 2019
Running time
92 minutes


The film documents the 14th general elections (GE14) in May 2018, from campaigning to election night, which saw historic moments as Pakatan Harapan took over the government and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad becoming prime minister for the second time.

The film also touches on sensitive issues and controversies during Mahathir Mohamad's first presidency such as Operation Lalang and Reformasi movement involving Anwar Ibrahim; the corruption of Najib Razak; Mahathir Mohamad's personal life and family. It features interviews of several politicians including Wan Azizah and Lim Guan Eng.



The film is the directorial debut of Dian Lee and Ineza Rousille. One of the directors, Ineza Roussille is Mahathir Mohamad's granddaughter.[2]

Release and receptionEdit

M for Malaysia was released on September 12, 2019 in Malaysia.[4] Prior to its Malaysian theatrical release, the film was screened at the CAAM Festival 2019 in San Francisco and DocEdge Film Festival 2019 in New Zealand and will be screened at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in October.[5]

In critic reviews, states that the film is mostly without bias and not a propaganda film.[6][7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 'M For Malaysia' heads to 2 international film festivals New Straits Times.
  2. ^ a b Oscar-winning director lends expertise to ‘M For Malaysia’, a documentary on GE14 The Star.
  3. ^ "93 Countries in Competition for 2019 International Feature Film Oscar". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  4. ^ Atas Permintaan Ramai, Lokasi Tayangan Filem Dokumentari M for Malaysia Ditambah! Astro Gempak.
  5. ^ "M for Malaysia Kembalikan Ingatan Saya Tentang..." - Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Astro Gempak.
  6. ^ "M For Malaysia Review: A Surprisingly (Fairly) Unbiased, Emotionally Moving Documentary".
  7. ^ "A look at M For Malaysia". Rojak Daily.

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