JUICE is extremely pleased to announce that our favourite breakout local film of last year, Mentega Terbang, will be available for the general public to stream on Viu starting January 19 2023.
To refresh your memory, JUICE received the honour of attending a private screening of the film last year and we were wowed by the sheer quality and impact the film had on its audience.
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For those who have not read our review or seen the film, Mentega Terbang follows a 16-year-old Malay-Muslim girl, who is deeply interested in mortality and the afterlife due to her dying mother.
The film discusses faith and religion at length while sparking debates on the evergreen question: What happens after we die?
Despite discussing heavy topics in the film, Mentega Terbang manages to approach this daunting feat with grace and masterful storytelling that left audiences emotional and pensive.
JUICE is elated that many more Malaysians (and other international Asian audiences) will get to experience this film for themselves now that the film will transition from private screenings to an online release.
The film initially debuted in Indonesia in the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival in 2021 as well as closed for the Aceh Film Festival in 2022. Both screenings of the movie ended with roaring applause and burning questions from the audience.
With that, the filmmakers asked themselves, “If the reception in a neighbouring country that shares many values with Malaysians is so wildly positive, why not allow the mass Malaysian audience to enjoy the film as well?”
Of course, the Mentega Terbang viewing experience remained intimate for awhile due to the fear of backlash.
According to one of the producers, Tan Meng Kheng (pictured above on the left), “Initially, I was incredibly uncomfortable and scared that there would be major backlash from our audience members, but we’ve been pleasantly surprised that the reception so far has been overwhelmingly positive.”
But after our support and the support of many other viewers, the filmmakers are confident in this decision to share their work with anyone who is interested in a story of kinship, friendship and faith.