Meet Our Team
DIRECTOR, PRODUCER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Dian is an accidental producer/director. As a mother of 3 children, Dian has yearned for a Malaysia that is all inclusive regardless of race and skin colour, a Malaysia that her children have a chance to thrive on an equal playing field and a society that is based on meritocracy and justice.
Leading up to the 14th General Elections, Dian was involved in various efforts to raise voter awareness including a campaign to help students return to their hometowns to vote. This sparked her journey to document Tun Mahathir’s inspiring efforts to overhaul the decayed political system with the initial intention of preserving his indomitable spirit for the future elections to come. As a result, she reached out to her friend Marina Mahathir, to initiate coverage of Tun Mahathir’s election campaign to document his efforts. The rest as they say is history.
Dian lives in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. She is an entrepreneur as well as a yoga teacher. She graduated from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) with a BA in communications.
DIRECTOR AND CO-PRODUCER
Ineza is a 31 year old documentary filmmaker based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She has worked on documentaries for the past 8 years and has chosen to focus on documentaries for Non-Governmental Organisations, including on LGBT, Women and Children’s rights. This has involved working with groups like UNICEF, the Joint Action Group on Gender Equality (JAG) and Justice for Sisters. She believes marginalised communities in Malaysia deserve to be heard, and aims to enhance their voices in whatever way she can.
When not working in film, Ineza is an avid fan of Manchester United, and LEGO. When she has time, she also attempts to practice her woodworking.
M for Malaysia is Ineza’s first feature documentary.
Marina Mahathir is a writer and human rights activist, especially on gender equality. She has been involved in several non-governmental organisations, including heading the Malaysian AIDS Council for 12 years. Additionally she has co-produced the award-winning TV series 3R: Respect, Relax, Respond as well as the feature film Gol & Gincu, which won the People’s Choice Award at the Malaysian Film Festival in 2006. Marina has been a newspaper columnist for over 25 years writing on social and political issues and compilations of her columns have been published in three books. She is currently pursuing a Masters’ degree in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction in the United Kingdom.
Filmmaker Ruby Yang has worked as director, producer and editor on a range of feature and documentary films exploring Chinese themes. She won an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject for The Blood of Yingzhou District in 2007. She is also known for her feature documentary Citizen Hong Kong and the award-winning documentary My Voice, My Life.
With filmmaker Thomas F. Lennon, Yang founded the Chang Ai Media Project in 2003 to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in China. Since then, its documentaries and public service announcements have been seen by hundreds of millions of Chinese viewers. Together they made a trilogy of short documentary films about modern China, including The Blood of Yingzhou District, which won an Oscar, Tongzhi in Love, and The Warriors of Qiugang, which was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Short Subject category in 2011.
Yang lived and worked in San Francisco for many years, relocated to Beijing in 2004, and now lives in Hong Kong. In 2013, she was appointed Hung Leung Hau Ling Distinguished Fellow in Humanities by the University of Hong Kong. Her recent feature documentary My Voice, My Life was named one of “Hong Kong’s five most-notable films of 2014” by The Wall Street Journal. Ritoma is her latest documentary.
Yang is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She now heads the Hong Kong Documentary Initiative (HKDI) at the University of Hong Kong, which aims to nurture the next generation of documentary filmmakers in the region
A complete listing of her films is on IMDb. Ruby Yang’s website is www.yangruby.com.
Rendra Zawawi is a Malaysian award-winning music composer, songwriter, producer, and musician who has had his work featured on international shores including the US, UK, Japan, and the Southeast Asia region. The LA-based composer is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production.
As a composer, Rendra has accomplished his leading role as a composer for
feature scores like the epic fantasy “Temenggor”, and the horror film “Suraya by Feisk Productions, as well as the award-winning shorts “Antidote” and “Saptapadi” playing in festivals worldwide. His work on the Ola Bola’s theme song “Arena Cahaya” has won him “Best Film Song” for the Malaysian Film Festival 2017 and Golden Horse Award 2017.
Apart from working on his personal projects, Rendra also works with Emmy-winning composer and mentor Mac Quayle, – working on shows such as USA Network’s Golden Globe Winner “Mr. Robot”, FOX’s “American Horror Story”, “FEUD: Bette and Joan”, “9-1-1”, “American Crime Story”, FOX’s “Scream Queens”, as well as NETFLIX’s “The Politician”.
Rendra is an active member of the Television Academy of America (Emmys), and is one of the founding member Amplitone Productions, a music production company based in Los Angeles.
Sebastian Ng graduated from the Los Angeles Film School, Hollywood in 2007. He was nominated for the Student Editing category at the 2008 ACE Eddie Awards. Since returning to Kuala Lumpur, he has worked primarily as an editor and writer on a range of media, including short films, advertisements, reality shows, and TV programmes.
Previously he spent 4 years working at the Academy Award-winning visual effects studio, Rhythm & Hues, as a digital production coordinator. He is credited in such films as X-Men: First Class and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.
Sebastian is also a playwright and stage director, having staged short and long-form plays both in the UK and in Malaysia.