We're always on the lookout for 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 here, write to us!
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.
From my point of view, video can become a very powerful tool to build awareness at a community level and can be an effective advocacy tool, particularly if in concert with in-depth research.
Jong Pairez is a freelance visual artist, part-time supermarket employee, and aspiring amateur filmmaker. He is interested in understanding his own condition that affects him as a foreign migrant in Japan.
Indrani Kopal from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, describes herself as a full-time video journalist in Malaysiakini.tv where she learned the importance of using media in a more meaningful approach. She currently works as a multi-media producer for Malaysiakini, an independent, on-line news media organization. Since 2006 she has produced dozens of short documentaries on various social issues, particularly on the plight of the Indian community in Malaysia. She values the fact that she is capable of persuading and convincing people to act upon the messages highlighted in her films. Her defining moment came when her short film, 'She's My Son', was selected for best short documentary in a local competition.
Maruli’s videos are about the social and political injustice that occurs almost everywhere in Indonesia. He mostly works with communities who suffer from violence enacted by the State or other authorities. His motivation is to give these communities an outlet to express their feelings and thoughts.
Seelan Palay from Singapore describes himself as an “artist and activist”, his films having a strong focus on the socio-political climate in his home country. One of his most notable works is a 45-minute video exploring the reality of authoritarian Singapore.
Chi Too from Malaysia is a tree-hugger with a video camera and EngageMedia's feature filmmaker for February. After a long childhood obsession with the leatherback turtle, he was deeply disturbed to learn that it was near extinction when he was 12. It was then that he realised that something was very wrong.