Multiple award-winning film, Redha has been officially selected by the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) through its International Film Festival Committee to compete in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Academy Awards next year.
Inspired by a true story, Redha highlights the struggles of a family who had to confront the harsh realities of raising a child disabled by a condition they hardly know about. The father’s inability to accept the truth causes friction within the family, but the mother’s determination helps to raise their only child.
"It is a great honour to learn that FINAS has chosen Redhato represent Malaysia to the Oscar. This film is more than the voices of families living with autism – it is about family, it is about the people we might know, it is about us,” said Tunku Mona Riza, the director.
The film boasts impressive track records in other international film festivals, having scored the Best Actress and Special Jury awards at the Philippines' World Premieres Film Festival 2016, Merit Awards in Los Angeles Awareness Film Festival, and the Main Award at the 12th Kazan International Muslim Film Festival's Main Competition.
Furthermore, Redha is also set to represent Malaysia to the 4th Casa Asia Film Week in Barcelona and the 10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in Brisbane, Australia in November 2016.
The Academy Awards is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognise excellence in cinematic achievements. Previously, only three films have been selected to represent Malaysia namely; Puteri Gunung Ledang (2005), Bunohan (2013) and Lelaki Harapan Dunia (2015).
A scene from Redha.