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Video streaming platform iflix has unveiled its first original documentary, Bangkit: 11 Days That Changed A Nation, about Malaysia’s dramatic 14th General Election in 2018.

Bangkit iflix 10 Jan 19The film, streaming now, uses first hand accounts of the 11-day campaign that shocked a nation, culminating in the topping of the ruling government and the dawn of a new Malaysia.

Narrated by voting station volunteers, journalists, political analysts, activists, members of the public and political party members, the Justin Ong directed documentary features archived news footage, social media content and personal videos from the frontlines. iflix, which targets viewers in emerging markets across Asia and the Middle Eastand the Middle East, said this latest production affirms its commitment to bring local audiences compelling and relevant content with “hyper-local originals”.

“Although the mainstay of iflix Originals are our entertainment offerings such as premium drama series and stand-up comedy, when we witnessed the real-life drama of the Malaysian general elections unfold before us, we felt compelled to tell its story. After all, GE14 was a rare instance of the truth being more remarkable than fiction,” said Mark Francis, global director of original programming, iflix.

“As a local video entertainment platform headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, we felt we simply had to bring a story of this national importance to our Malaysian viewers, and to do so in a way that perhaps traditional news broadcasters would not.

“Bangkit: 11 Days That Changed A Nation puts the events surrounding the election and its results in a unique light, because it shuns political discourse, and rather, chronicles the story of individuals who bore witness to or had some role to play in the days leading up to May 9th. In fact, the film plays out more like a thriller, than a current affairs special and because we humanise the story, it packs a real emotional punch as well,” added Francis.