20 Feb 2017 – Adiwiraku, a highly anticipated local independent movie is set to be screened in major cinemas nationwide come 9 March 2017. This two-hour biopic directed by Eric Ong tells the true story behind a teacher who left the comfort of her home in Kuala Lumpur to teach in a rural school in Sungai Petani, Kedah.
Adtwiraku stars local model and actress Sangeeta Krishnasamy who plays the role of Cheryl Ann Fernando. Others in cast include Xavier Fang, Wan Azlyn, Farra Safwan and Adnin Zidane. “”hat makes the movie even more special is that it features some of the actual students from the school.
The movie centers on the joys and struggles of an English teacher who is determined to set up a choral speaking team and get her students ready for the district level competition. Along the way. she deals with poverty and dropouts but strives to get her students interested in learning English.
Director Eric Ong said he was so inspired by the determination of Cheryl Fernando that he turned her struggles into a movie. He said, “She was teaching high school students who couldn’t read and write. instead of complaining, she took matters into her own hands and found ways to change the situation for the better. This story is very inspirational.”
According to actress Sangeeta Krishnasamy, Adiwiraku is her tribute to the many teachers out there who go to great lengths for their students’ future. “The beauty of teaching is that you don’t just get to their minds, you get to their hearts”, she said.
Adiwiraku is a semi-finalist in the Equality International Film Festival and Finalist for the Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne 2017. Adiwiraku is also supported by EduNation Malaysia, the largest free online resource for secondary and primary school.