Freedom FilmFest 2011

by Yerry Nikholas Borang August 18, 2011
Malaysia's annual human rights filmfest is back!! Get updated and informed on issues that matter in our country and around the world. Be the first to watch the premiere of 3 winning documentaries from the FreedomFilmFest2011 competition. A total of 20 outstanding local and award winning international human rights films will be showcased.

Event details

When

October 01, 2011 01:00 AM to
October 02, 2011 12:00 PM

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Details on how you can book your invites and synopsis of all the films will be on our website http://freedomfilmfest.komas.org/. Please “like; our freedomfilmfest fb page https://www.facebook.com/freedomfilmfest to stay updated on the latest news.


FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS:

PREMIERE of FFF2011 proposal competition winners films (Saturday Oct 1, 8-11pm)

“Huruf J” BY Afiq Deen 
What happens when your status changes from “married” to “divorced”?. What has this very personal issue got to do with Human Rights? Afiq Deen gives us his creative take on this painful and ironic issue that is so prevalent in Malaysia and yet still very much hidden behind closed doors. 

“Selamatkan Kg Baru?” By Tengku Aliff Fikri 
The best nasi lemak in Malaysia(some say) comes from a place called Kampung Baru in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. But little is known of its unique status as the last remaining Malay Agricuture Settlement(MAS). This status is now the point of conflict of many groups who all claim to have the interest of the community at heart. Filmmaker Tengku Aliff Fikri unravels the real story behind this controversy which is shrouded by much nostalgia and emotions.

“"Lot, Umah Am"(Laut, Rumah Saya)” By Liaw Pey Wen
For most Indigenous People , the land and forest is tied up to their identity. But what if your indigenous identity is not tied up to the land but rather to the sea? This documentary gives us a peek into the lesser known lives of the Indigenous Orang Seletar who have for generations called the Straits of Johor their home. 



PREMIERE of "JALAN PINTAS" (Sunday, October 2, 11am)

JLN. PINTAS is a fiction that revolves around the character of Bakar who by taking a shortcut (which is the meaning of the title) became a victim of delusional promises of Kuala Lumpur. Tracing the course of a one-day journey of his life - we see a life of a man caught between hopes and responsibilities. 

Directed by Namron and written by Fared Ayam, the film stars new comer Auf Razak, alongside a star studded cast featuring appearances by Bront Palarae, Sharifah Amani, Mislina Mustafa, Zahiril Adzim and Beto Kusyairi.

Meet the crew and cast at this premiere screening and let them share with you the inspiration behind this fully independent Malaysian film. 



INTERNATIONAL AWARD WINNING FILMS

"Blood in the mobile" By Frank Piasecki Poulsen 2010; 82min 
We love our cell phones and the selection between different models has never been bigger. But the production of phones has a dark, bloody side. By buying so-called conflict minerals the phone companies are financing the civil war in DR Congo that, according to human rights organisations, has been the bloodiest conflict since World War II. The illegal mine industry is controlled by armed groups. The war will continue as long as armed groups can finance their warfare by selling minerals that end up in our phones.
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2010
One World Festival Prague 2011
Awards: Cinema for Peace Award for Justice - Berlin 2011

"Into thin air" By Mohammadreza Farzad 2010; 27 mins 
A documentary film about the 'Bloody Friday' massacre, which took place on September 8th in 1979, the same month the director of the film was born. It concentrates on an excerpt of less than a minute of this horrifying footage which documents the shooting of innocent people, who had been unaware of an official curfew, by soldiers in Jaleh Square in Teheran.
Grand Jury prize, Tehran International film festival
Best Editing prize, Tehran International film festival
AlJazeera International Documentary Festival
Berlin International film festival 2011
Montreal World Film Festival, 2011


HOT NEW MSIAN FILMS

"Ulu Bengoh Daarum Pin" (Upper Bengoh under water) By Joachim Leong 2011; 20 mins 
Building of the controversial Bengoh dam will forcibly displace 1500 residents from their ancestral homes. However, contrary to popular expectations, the recent election results showed that the Bengoh residents did not use their ballot to express their unhappiness. The film ventures into the soon-to-be-submerged villages- accessible only by foot- to discover why they chose the same candidate who supported the very project that would forcibly displace them. 
http://bengohdry.blogspot.com/
Film Premiere

Countdown to a Toxic Future By Jonathan Wong and Raymond Lim 2011; 20mins
Kuantan faces an unprecedented urgency because an Australian company is setting up a rare earth processing plant within its vicinity. Against the will of the people, this high-risk plant will be leaving behind a huge amount of hazardous waste. The repercussions would be unimaginable should we fail to halt the plant. Time is running out. Inaction has its price.
Film Premiere

SCHEDULE/VENUE

Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Oct 1-2
Wisma Bentley Auditorium, Mutiara Damansara(near the Curve)

Seberang Perai, Pulau Pinang
8 October
Venue TBC

Georgetown, Pulau Pinang
9 October 
Dewan Sri Pinang

Johor Bahru
22 October
Tropical Inn, Jalan Gereja

Kuching, Sarawak
29 October 2-11pm 
Old Court House, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg

If you have any inquiries or interested to be a volunteer, please email us at freedomfilmfest@komas.org