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A film produced by two Malaysian women is currently in the running to win an Oscar
From left: Cheyenne Tan, Bruce Franks, and Poh Si Teng.
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On Tuesday, 13 January, The Academy announced the nominees for the best Documentary Short Subject on Twitter.
The official Twitter account wrote, “Congratulations to the Documentary Short Subject nominees!”
Among the five documentaries listed, one of them is ‘St. Louis Superman’, which was produced by a US-based Malaysian duo.
The 25-minute documentary was produced by Penang-born Poh Si Teng and Cheyenne Tan from Sarawak
Producer Poh Si Teng in India as a freelance multimedia journalist covering the world’s biggest democracy.
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Co-Producer Cheyenne Tan at the red carpet of the ‘St. Louis Superman’ premiere at Tribeca Film Festival.
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It follows the story of Bruce Franks Jr, a battle rapper and Ferguson activist who uses protests and opposes police violence in the United States. He ran for the Missouri House Of Representatives in 2016 and, out of all odds, won.
The documentary also looks into his resignation, which was allegedly due to mental health struggles and the loss of friends and loved ones to gun violence.
According to Mashable Southeast Asia, the film also won best documentary at the 2019 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and was part of the official selection at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.
Directed by Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan, ‘St. Louis Superman’ will be judged against four other titles
They include ‘In the Absence’, ‘Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)’, ‘Life Overtakes Me’, and ‘Walk Run Cha-Cha’.
These five documentaries were chosen from a total of 96 different films considered for the category.
The awards ceremony will take place on 9 February.
Teng also shared a video of her reacting to the good news on Facebook. Watch it here:
She is seen screaming and laughing in disbelief as she discovers that the film has been nominated for the prestigious award.
Way to make Malaysia proud. All the best for the Oscars!
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