Ramadan is the time of year where we call upon self-reflection and truly appreciating the world around us. The month of Ramadan leading up to Hari Raya Aidilfitri carries the important message that we should let our hearts be filled with love, compassion and passion, and let the mind be filled with wisdom.
In schools across Malaysia, we all learn the importance of nilai-nilai murni, the virtues that are deemed morally good and are valued as a foundation of principle. With Ramadan well underway, here are some nilai-nilai murni refreshers, brought to life in some of our favourite Netflix shows.
Keberanian / Courage from Self Made Inspired by the life of Madam C.J. Walker
Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer stars as Madam C.J. Walker, the trailblazing African American washer woman turned hair care entrepreneur who was America’s first female self-made millionaire. Against all odds, she overcame post-slavery racial and gender biases, personal betrayals, and business rivalries to build a ground breaking brand that revolutionised black haircare, as she simultaneously fought for social change.
Through the ups and downs, the one thing that remained was her mission to improve the lives of her children, herself and all black women in a time where these groups had little power. Failure after failure, Sarah never gave up. She had the courage to forge her own path, overcame all challenges and ultimately found success.
Gigih / Persistence from Cheer
Cheer follows competitive cheerleaders of Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. Led by Monica Aldama, the small junior college has won 14 National Championships since 2000. The stakes on the mat are high, but for these athletes, the only thing more brutal than their workouts and more exceptional than their performances are the stories of adversity and triumph behind the team members themselves.
Over the course of six episodes we watch these cheerleaders face injuries, sacrifice, personal setbacks and triumphs, all leading up to one nail-biting and adrenaline pumping final competition at the National Championship. Amid all the trials and tribulations thrown, the one thing that keeps the team striving for more is their sense of unity and team spirit. Cheerleaders train together, compete together and win or lose together.
Mengakui kesalahan sendiri / Admitting to our own mistakes from Miss Americana
Miss Americana is a raw and emotionally revealing look at international country singer turned pop princess, one of the most iconic artists of our time, during a transformational period in her life. The film reveals the story of how the singer navigates the difference between who the world wants her to be, and who she wants to be.
She combs through key moments that have happened to her, from being the wholesome American girl that could do no wrong, to the 2009 VMAs where Kanye West stole the mic in the middle of her Best Female Video acceptance speech, to the trending #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty on Twitter in 2016 after another feud with Kanye. She admits her oversight for “the need to be thought of as good” which in turn led to a few bad decisions and a whole lot of snakes. Coming to terms with her wins and losses has shaped the evolution from the young girl constantly looking for validation to the woman who is finally at peace with herself.
Sedia memaafkan / Readiness to forgive from Marriage Story
Marriage Story is Academy Award nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach’s incisive and compassionate portrait of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together, starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver.
The film takes us through the marriage of Nicole and Charlie and shows us key moments where they both struggled with choices that the other made. It reminds us that harbouring resentment against others will ruin a relationship. While Nicole and Charlie’s marriage don’t last, they embark on the journey of understanding that eventually leads to acceptance and forgiveness.
For more shows coming to you this season, check out this Netflix’s #DudukRumah watchlist: