“Sakit itu sementara”
…unless you’re watching Adiwira Ku. So. I made some new friends in the cinema today. I’ll explain.
I had convinced my friends to watch a local movie, Adiwira Ku. I had good reason to look forward to this — I am interested in the topic, and the response online has been generally supportive.
Unfortunately, Adiwira Ku did not live up to expectations; and mind you, I would have been happy to accept even a mediocre film. That’s how much I wanted to see a film on the topic.
Adiwira Ku is based on a true story of a Teach For Malaysia volunteer, Cheryl Ann Fernando, and her experience leading the troubled students of rural school SMK Pinang Tunggal to a victory in the state-level choral speaking competition. I have very nostalgic memories of my competitive choral speaking days in school, and I was so onboard when I discovered there would be a local film on the subject.
First off, the good: Adiwira Ku‘s casting of students in the film is spot-on. Whoever did the casting work on the show should get a pat on the back. Many of the actors playing the young students are convincing, charismatic, and the strength of the film. I could feel like I was back in school again — not only that, I felt like I was back in a co-ed school, and I have no idea what that’s actually like. The youthful insecurities, the uncontrollable bursts of angst, the power relationship between each other and with teachers, those elements draw me back to my teenage years. If you need a reason to watch the film (besides “support your local film industry!”), this is it. Support the young performers.
[ And if you’re going to watch the film, you should read the rest after you’ve watched the film. Warning, spoilers ahead. And bitterness. ]