An independent production funded by the people
Crowdfunding campaign has ended at 11:59pm on 15th October 2022
‘Don’t Rock the Boat’ aims to start conversations about Malaysian Indians and their sense of belongingness in 21st century Malaysia. This is significantly important not only to understand the community's current place in Malaysian society but also as a reference point for the community to view a social portrait of themselves as Malaysians. The documentary film aims to create an understanding of the community's place in this country. In order for this project to succeed, funding will be required in making sure the production and dissemination of this documentary film achieves its goals.
‘Don’t Rock the Boat’ had successfully achieved its crowdfunding campaign's goals. The funds will be used mainly for traveling around Malaysia to interview a diverse group of Malaysian Indians from all walks of life. To ensure the documentary film is of high quality, the funds will be used to finance professional post production processes. This will include editing, post production, colour grading, audio processing, mastering, translations and subtitling. My vision for the documentary is to make it available for anyone and everyone to watch. Funding from this campaign will also help in organising and promoting public premiere screening and roadshow screening in Malaysia’s major cities as well as making it available to watch online in the future.
Every donor in this campaign have helped play a part in the aim to start conversations about the Malaysian Indian community. Below is a showreel that serves as an example of the ideas and vision for the documentary. A Frequently Asked Question section is at the bottom of the page for answers to more of your questions. Should you need further details please contact us via the Contact tab.
Will I be able to watch it online?'Don't Rock the Boat' will be made available to watch online once public screenings are completed. We are expecting to make it available for streaming by end of 2023. Online platforms where the documentary can be viewed are to be confirmed at a later date.
When will the documentary be released?'Don't Rock the Boat' is currently in full production phase. This involves filming interviews at location in all 14 states in Malaysia. This will take about 7 months. Once principal photography has ended, it will go through an intensive post-production period of about 2-3 months. We are planning to have a public premiere screening around April 2023.
What will happen to funds not used at the end of the project?Any excess funds from the crowdfunding campaign will be donated to social enterprises and non-governmental organisation that help enable Malaysian Indian communities to uplift their standards of living. We consider this project as a non-profitable project.
Are there any rewards or gifts for contributing to the crowdfunding campaign?We would absolutely love to provide rewards, gifts or a token of appreciation for your kind contribution. However, this project is an independent project that is running on low budget. Hence we will not be able to provide rewards for contributing. Nevertheless, your contribution will help us significantly in making the project's mission and vision a reality. It also gives you the opportunity to be part of an effort in forming a narrative for the community.
What is the minimum amount I can contribute to the crowdfunding campaign?In order to streamline the contribution amount, the minimum contribution is RM10. We would definitely welcome any amount more than RM10.
How will the funds from the crowdfunding campaign be used?The funds from the crowdfunding campaign will be used mainly for travel and accommodations to all the locations required for filming. This will include transportation costs, flight tickets (including East Malaysia) and accommodation. The fund will also be utilised to hire professionals for the project. This includes post-production team, translators and subtitle writers, legal advisors, accountant, events company for marketing and promotion and venues for screening. Below is a breakdown of how the funds will help the project.