Fostering Spirit of Unity through Film “Ola Bola”
The film ‘Ola Bola’, released on the 28th January 2016, raked MYR 16 million by the first week of March 2016 (Malay Mail Online, 2016) and 14 nominations at the Malaysian Film Festival (FFM) (Yeoh, 2016). The film also took away a special jury award for national unity. Films have said to have the power to affect viewers; many newspapers and articles have quoted that Ola Bola has inspired Malaysians to come together as one. In light of this issue, this research paper investigates if Ola Bola truly fosters unity among Malaysians. A textual analysis followed by an in-depth interview with 12 participants were conducted to study their perception on whether the film had inspired them to unite. The findings of the research conclude that the film conveyed the message of unity with great clarity, strongly, and had values to instil in Malaysians to uphold but it wasn’t impactful enough to foster unity.
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