Maxis premiered three out of five of the Maxis Rojak 360° Projects just in time for Merdeka Day. Members of the media were invited to the premiere at one of the local cinemas, but the films weren’t to be screened on the big screen and instead on one of these:
The first film of the day was titled “Lost & Found” by YouTuber duo, The Ming Thing. Without spoiling it too much, the film is about how Ming and his friends get lost while on a vacation.
The gang realises in the end that all they needed to do was remain calm and pay attention to their surroundings. Similar to the hustle and bustle of every day life in Malaysia, we often get caught up with our work, studies, etc, that we forget to stop and take a good look at what we have around us. This not only includes friends and family members from different cultural backgrounds, but also the beauty of scenic Malaysia as a whole.
The next film screened was Rojak Cow Cow, by Tamil hit movie directors Denes and Vimala of Veedu Productions. The film involved the Indian tradition of bringing a cow into the house as a blessing or a way of house warming.
The cultural elements come into play when the house warming party includes the three main Malaysian races. Moreover, they play a part in getting the cow into the house in one piece, proving that we can get things done when we do it together, regardless of race.
The final film featured was by YouTubers RED People and is titled “Cham Cham”. The film is shown from the point of view of a character who speaks multiple Malaysian languages and dialects. The character is shown hanging out at Malaysian landmark Batu Caves and a selfie picture at the end reveals his true identity.
The film aims to show that it doesn’t matter how we look or sound like, we are still Malaysians through and through.
All the films are now available to watch on YouTube and are best enjoyed with a VR Headset. The other two films from filmmakers Junad Mohd Nor and Barney Chua will be released by Malaysia Day (16th September).