This annual human rights film festival will be screening 20 local and international films focusing on themes such as the rights of a child, politics of identity, environment and activism, women and religion, elections and democracy, sexuality rights, popular resistance, and inter-religious relations.

Not only will members of the public be able to watch these very rare films, but they will also get to discuss and exchange views on the themes and subjects depicted in the films as discussions will be held after each film screening.

Many of these films we will be screening have won awards and have been featured at different international film festivals around the world. These include “The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan”, a great piece of investigative reporting on organised sex trade of boys in Afghanistan and “Into Thin Air” a film which examines a particular incident during the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran where thousands of protesters came out onto the street not knowing that a curfew had been imposed.

"Into Thin Air"

Another notable award winning film, “The Imam and the Pastor” brings to life the astonishing reconciliation between Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye, who then ended the ethnic-religious conflict and become instigators of peace in Kaduna, Northern Nigeria.

We will also be featuring several Malaysian documentaries depicting current issues in our country. “Aku Siapa?” by Yati Kaprawi invites a deeper discussion on the reasons why Muslim women in Malaysia wear the hijab and “Countdown to a Toxic Future” by Jonathan Wong and Raymond Lim which gives us an insight to the concerns of the community in Kuantan affected by the building of a rare earth processing plant in their vicinity.

In line with FFF’s objective to support young activist and social filmmakers, we will also be featuring several first time filmmakers namely lawyer Joachim Leong (Ed: Joachim is a LoyarBurokker!) with his film “Ulu Bengoh Under Water” and college lecturer Andrew Ng and Evelyne Teh who directed “In Search of a Malaysian Identity”.

"Ulu Bengoh Under Water"

One of the main highlights of the festival will be the premiere screening of the winning films of the FreedomFilmFest 2011 film proposal competition. Film maker Afiq Deen will premier “Huruf J”, a film about the challenges faced by divorcees in Malaysia. Liaw Pey Wen, a print journalist will present her first film entitled, “Lot, Umah Am” about the struggles of the Indigenous Orang Seletar fishermen living along the Straits of Johor. One of them will also be receiving the “Most Outstanding Film award of the FFF2011 at the Awards Ceremony in Petaling Jaya on October 1st 2011.

"Lot, Umah Am"

This year, our FFF film screenings will be graced by filmmakers and producers from Thailand who will be screening three award winning short films in our event. We will also be welcoming Miss Hana Kulhankova, Director of the prestigious human rights film festival “One World Festival” in Europe who will select the winner of the “Most Outstanding Human Rights Award”. They will join other regional and local filmmakers & activists in a special event “Tikar Talk” where human rights filmmakers will convene to exchange ideas and views on the theme of “Films and Political Change”.

The FreedomFilmFest 2011 will start off in Selangor State on 1-2 October 2011 at the Wisma Bentley Auditorium, Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya. We will be taking the event to several other locations in Penang, Perak, Johor and Sarawak in the entire month of October.

FreedomFilmFest is organised by human rights NGO, Pusat KOMAS and funded by the European Union. We are co-organising with the Selangor and Penang state governments for screenings in their respective states. For full schedule of films, venues and synopses and to get your free invite, please log on to Meanwhile, the general public are encouraged to follow FFF2011 updates via Facebook and Twitter.

Kindly contact the assistant coordinator of FreedomFilmFest, Mr. Yow Chong Lee at 03 – 7968 5415 / 013 – 3378 978 or email to [email protected] for any inquiry.

Reproduced on behalf of Pusat KOMAS

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