Malaysian rapper Namewee’s film ‘Babi’ is banned in Malaysia but makes waves overseas

Controversial Malaysian rapper Namewee’s venture into filmmaking earned his film four nominations at various international film festivals.

IMAGE: Malay Mail

He announced on his Facebook page that Babi received two nominations at the Open World Toronto Film Festival for Best Director and Best Actor.

The film also received nominations from the Around International Film Festival Berlin (Best Feature Film), International Thai Film Festival 2020, and the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2020 (Best Original Film Song).

What is Babi?

The film’s title, Babi, directly translates to “pig” in Malay. It is seen as a derogatory term, commonly used towards the Malaysian-Chinese community.

The film is based on an alleged race-war that started innocently in a Malaysian high school in 2000.

The incidents escalate and turn so violent to the point that government authorities get involved to cover them up.

According to Namewee, the film is based on a real-life event in 2000.

Due to international acclaim from such a variety of film festivals, Babi will hit theatres on 20th November, 2020, in Taiwan.

However, Namewee claims that the film has been banned in Malaysia. This is probably due to its provoking nature.

Have a look at the trailer here:

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Cover image sourced from Facebook / Namewee