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Raya is the titular character of Raya and the Last Dragon, which sees her travel around the region to reunite its people and attempt to save the world in the process. But aside from bearing the weight of humanity on her shoulders - she's got another burden to bear. South East Asia is a region that is home to 11 countries and million people. There are dozens, if not hundreds of different cultures in this region, which begs the question - what exactly is a South East Asian identity and can Disney's latest heroine really embody it? The movie is set in Kumandra - a fantasy land that's home to five tribes - each of which has its own distinct culture, inspired by different places in South East Asia.
Director Don Hall told the BBC the decision to film in the region was inspired by a trip the filmmaking team took there. The film doesn't take place in today's timeline, but rather imagines what the region might have looked like thousands of years ago. It's clear that bits of South East Asia are peppered through the film. Raya wears a hat that looks like the Salakot - a Taken heroine name headgear in the Philippines. Her loyal sidekick and also her form of transportation is named Tuk Tuk - a cheeky reference to a rickshaw that is a popular mode of transportation there.
And her fighting technique is inspired by Silat - a traditional martial arts form practiced commonly in Malaysia and Indonesia. Producer Osnat Shurer said they tried "to look at what are the underlying ideas that are shared Some online complain that the movie is essentially picking and choosing bits and pieces from different cultures in the region and throwing it together into one film.
But Malaysian-born Adele Lim, who is the co-scriptwriter for the movie, says it goes "deeper". It was much deeper than that," she said. One Indonesian Twitter user told the BBC however, that she felt it was "impossible" to represent all of South East Asia, and felt the movie should have just "focused on a certain culture" in particular. But the filmmakers say that the movie is simply "inspired" by the region - and was never meant to focus in on just one culture or country.
We don't want to tell a story where the bad guys are from Thailand and the good guys are from Malaysia. So this felt like the way to do it. He pointed out that the colonisation of the region also added to the different cultural lenses each country is shaped by. Vietnam, for example, was colonised by the French, and Indonesia by the Dutch. Those in Vietnam for example, might know more about France than Thailand. He adds that many in South East Asia do not view themselves as being "South East Asian", in the same way one might view themselves as being "European".
One example he brought up is the way countries in South East Asia compete to claim dishes as their own. I think there's that sort of national competition going on," said Prof Lim. Prof Lim also points out that it is "unfair" to put the burden of accurately representing an entire region on one film. I think if you start to impregnate the film with too many ideas that you project onto it, then it's rather unfair," he said. That is definitely the way many others are choosing to look at it - pointing out that the film, while perhaps not perfect, is a step in the right direction.
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