Whether you are stuck in traffic or KLIA2 immigration queue or happily put in your Raya destination, it’s a perfect time to get into the mood by watching the handiwork of Malaysian creative industry: the Raya short films and adverts. We spent a good while going through this year’s candidates and here are our four favourites. Selamat Hari Raya!
1. Hypp Inspirasi
Hypp TV’s is a clever take on settling your differences for the festive season. Two brothers fall out because they fancy the same girl – the final twist is hilarious.
Astro has done well between tear-jerking and bearable amount of emotion. The short film is the true story of the father who started the Autism Café Project.
BSN’s “Selamat-kan Hari Raya” falls into the category we call “1 Malaysia adverts”. It is a story of two friends – Raj Singham and Chong – who become neighbourhood vigilantes while everyone else is away for the festivities.
This clip falls firmly in the “soppy festival genre” with a sparkle of hope. Points for the colours and the joyful undertone.
5. Malaysia Airlines
Malaysia Airlines has put a lot of effort into this one: beautiful scenes from countries across Asia celebrating Eid. We recently visited Xian and loved seeing that beautiful city featured in the ad. This one wins the “Traveller’s choise” =)
Wyang Sayang is a beautiful clip that balances nicely between the past and present Malaysia, and shows a side of a marriage that is not often portrayed in the festive adverts.