At the film screening last night, quite a few of the cast and crew explained that they they got out from the racist mindset that they were raised and schooled in when they got involved in theatre.
Of course, you can say that this is luvvie propaganda.
But then I suddenly remembered how the Education Ministry (then headed by Anwar Ibrahim, who was also a big cheese in UMNO) ceased drama competitions in national schools in the 1980s. We all though it was due to some sanctimonious squeamishness (after, theatre sometimes involves *gasp* both boys and girls on stage, and some of them might not be wearing the purdah). But the reality might be something less silly and more sinister: The Ministry (as the representative of UMNO) didn't want kids to start understanding each other. Because once they did, there was a chance that they would stop being suspicious and fearful. Hence destroying the raison d'être for all racialist parties, no?
Two decades on, I am slapping me forehead, I am.
Do catch GADOH if there's a screening near you: