Every month, we seek out interesting filmmakers from the Asia Pacific to inspire our community. Collected here is a list of all the creative individuals we've previously interviewed. If there's someone who you think should be featured by us, write to us today!
We interview Arvind Raj, a video journalist working with Free Malaysia Today, one of the country's most popular independent online news portals.
This month we chat with London-based filmmaker/photographer Adithio, who is in Indonesia to work and play hard.
We interview Ho Choon Hiong, a filmmaker from Singapore who has braved the country's restrictive media laws to present the other side of its story.
EngageMedia interviews Shafie Dris, an activist and filmmaker who is at the forefront of the indigenous (Orang Asli) rights movement in Malaysia.
King Catoy is a prolific and award-winning human rights filmmaker from the Philippines. He was one of the founding members of Southern Tagalog Exposure, an independent multimedia collective, and later the Executive Director of Mayday Multimedia. He was also the cinematographer and editor of various documentaries tackling the issues of migrants and the urban poor, and is currently part of the video program of PinoyMedia Center. We present to you an interesting insight into his journey and experiences.
Cyntia is one of Papuan Voices filmmakers based in Jayapura. While she spends most of her time facilitating indegenous Papuan women traders, she still manages to make some videos to help achieve her goals.
Mark Taylor is a filmmaker based in Sydney, Australia. He has worked in East Timor, Indonesia and Latin America. He works as a media educator for CuriousWorks, a Sydney based non-profit organisation that assists communities to tell their stories using accessible digital technologies.
Mahamasabree Jehloh is a video-activist using independent media to cover the violence and human rights violations from inside the conflict zone of Patani, in Southern Thailand.
Meet Sathis Kumar Krishnan from Penang, Malaysia. With his friends, he joined the Citizen Journalists Malaysia (CJMY) and has been an active citizen journalist for the past two years. He has produced over 140 videos, and has won the best video award from CJMY for two consecutive years.
Nova Ruth is a vocalist, activist, designer and entrepreneur who is committed to bringing Indonesian culture to a global audience. Together with collaborator Grey Filastine, Nova created a contemporary rendition of the Indonesian song Gendjer Gendjer. Here we talk to her about the song’s controversial history and what motivated her to give the tune new life.
Kiki Febriyanti is a freelance videomaker. Her most recent video 'Yup, It's My Body' is about the body image issues faced by young women. It's an official selection at the IAWRT 8th Asian Women's Film Festival 2012 in New Delhi, India. During her travels, Kiki regularly interviews other female filmmakers and she's planning to make a feature film on the topic.
Videomaker Tan Kai Swee is part of Citizen Journalists Malaysia - a dynamic network of journalists bringing vital new voices and perspectives out of Malaysia. He tells EngageMedia what inspires him to get behind the camera
Heidi Douglas is an Australian filmmaker with an environmental bent whose work earned her a place among the Gunns 20 - a group of activists who were sued in a multi-milion dollar action by the Tasmanian timber giant, Gunns. She now runs film production company Dark Lake Productions.
Pusat KOMAS is a human rights centre set up in August 1993 to empower indigenous people, the urban poor, workers and civil society organisations to advocate for human rights in Malaysia.
FX Making is part of the young group called Papuan Voices who tries to document the various people's stories in Papua through video camera lenses. He dedicates his life to fight social injustice using the medium that he loves, audio-visual.
FX Making adalah bagian dari kelompok pemuda dari Papuan Voices yang mencoba mendokumentasi berbagai persoalan kemasyarakatan di tanah Papua melalui lensa kamera. Dia mendedikasikan hidupnya untuk berjuang secara sosial melalui media yang mulai digemarinya, audio-visual.
Once a print and radio journalist, Ucu Agustin soon recognised the potential of video documentary to be a more convincing way to provide information to larger audiences. Ucu focuses on health and women's issues and she sees the job of improving people's social conditions as simply part of being human.
Terry Narcissan Tsui is a member of the Hong Kong based Autonomous 8a, a shared space for activists to develop and realise projects of social concern. Terry regularly produces and uploads videos about migrant worker struggles in Hong Kong. Terry believes the credit for his videos should be attributed to the dedicated people who struggle for the liberation of those at the grassroots.
Another Camp Sambel alumni, Sancho Alves Nahac, known as Chamot, brings hope and motivation as a filmmaker and a person. Living in remote Timor Leste, far away from the capital of Dili, hasn't stopped Chamot from producing films and distributing them to audiences across the Asia Pacific region.
Jamie McMechan is a full-time wharfie and activist. He is also a one-man band filmmaker who owns a small business called "PowderKeg Video Production", and part of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) Film Unit, a role which has taken him to various places in Australia and overseas like Cuba and Timor-Leste.