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M For Malaysia has been nominated for the 92nd Academy Awards in the International Feature Film Award category. — Filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: The film documentary M For Malaysia has been nominated to represent Malaysia at the 92nd Academy Awards next year.

Produced by Project M Media, it will be competing for the prestigious Oscar statuette in the International Feature Film Award category.

In a press statement issued by film distributor Astro Shaw, the 93-minute documentary chronicles Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s political comeback via the 2018 general election which swept his coalition Pakatan Harapan PH to power by toppling the Barisan Nasional which had been in power for 61 years.

(File pic) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the best option was for the country’s sovereign wealth fund, Khazanah Nasional Bhd, the major shareholder in PLUS, to manage the toll concession company to settle its debts. (NSTP/EIZAIRI SHAMSUDIN)

It is co-directed by the prime minister’s granddaughter Ineza Roussille and Dian Lee.

“I’m very proud that M For Malaysia will be representing Malaysia (at the ceremony which is happening on Feb 9), I hope that this nomination would open more doors for local documentaries to be accepted beyond our borders,” said Ineza in the statement.

Ineza Roussille. Filepic

Lee added: “We’re proud to have this work by fellow Malaysians being accepted onto a global platform. Never in our wildest dream that this documentary would go this far. We’re also indebted to the co-operation given by Astro Shaw in its marketing and distribution.”

Dian Lee. Filepic

Lee meanwhile shared this news on her Instagram: “Interrupting my Busan feed with some @theacademy announcement! M for Malaysia is officially selected by Finas (Malaysian Film Board) to represent Malaysia in “International Feature Film” (formerly known as Best Foreign Feature). I would like to take this opportunity to thank every Malaysian who showed up at the ballot box last year. We made history because of Malaysians’ will and courage for change. This documentary is made possible by the people of Malaysia. We are simply the storyteller.”

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