FCCM screened the documentary "The Silent Riot" followed by an interesting Q&A with the director Nadira Ilana, who herself is from Sabah, and producer Anna Har from Pusat KOMAS. The event was held on Wednesday, August 28, at Paradiso Cine-Lounge at Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Synopsis of "The Silent Riot"
What happens after the end of a political reign? After serving two terms as Sabah’s government, Barisan Nasional led Parti Berjaya is unexpectedly toppled by newcomers Parti Bersatu Sabah, with the cooperation of the United Sabah National Organisation. On the night the 1985 state election results are announced, the secret coalition between PBS and USNO falls apart at the seams, leading to an overnight power struggle that takes place at the State Palace. This coup would become the precursor to dramatic demonstrations the following year. An incident that is rarely talked about today – making this – The Silent Riot.