In his twenty-two years as Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad transformed
his country from an agricultural backwater into an industrial powerhouse that would become
the seventeenth-largest trading nation in the world. This remarkable achievement was not without any controversy and Dr. Mahathir’s
extraordinary vision and iron grip earned him both enemies as well as ardent admirers within and outside of Malaysia.
He has been described-typically and paradoxically-as a tyrannical dictator, a bete noir, as well as inspiring,
courageous and an outspoken defender of the downtrodden, the Third World and moderate Islam.
At almost every turn, Dr. Mahathir rewrote the rules. This movie reveals hitherto unknown aspects of this intensely private
but publicly bold statesman. It provides a clear and compelling narrative of modern Malaysia political history as seen through the eyes of its greatest shapers.
It is neither apology nor defense, but a forceful compelling and often exciting account of how Dr. Mahathir achieved what he did in so short a time and why.