Published: Friday December 6, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday December 6, 2013 MYT 9:23:07 AM

Freedom films

Former mass killers in Indonesia are proud to reenact their horrific acts in the documentary The Act of Killing.

Former mass killers in Indonesia are proud to reenact their horrific acts in the documentary The Act of Killing.

THE KOMAS FreedomFilmFest (FFF), Malaysia’s only annual human rights film festival, is back for its 11th year from Dec 7–15 and will be going on simultaneously in Petaling Jaya, Kuching, George Town, Kota Kinabalu, JohorBaru, Seri Manjung (Perak), Seremban, Mantin ( Negeri Sembilan) and Singapore.

This year’s theme, Switch On People Power, is an acknowledgement to the growing peoples’ movements for greater democracy and justice in the South-East Asian region.

The festival will run over nine days and showcase 50 new and exciting documentaries and short films from South East Asia, featuring themes on democracy and equality.

One of the highlights is The Act Of Killing, a compelling documentary film by Joshua Oppenheimer, described by The Guardian as “Unforgettable, unmissable, horribly brilliant.”

It is a journey into the memories and imaginations of people who killed several hundred thousand alleged communists in 1965 in Indonesia.

Many of them remain proud of what they did and willingly re-enacted their horrific acts in a surreal, cinematic journey.

The documentary has won more than 30 awards since its release earlier this year.

Other intriguing films include Entablado (which means “stage” in Filipino), the politician’s tool for gathering large crowds during election campaigns.

The film reveals what goes on behind the glamour, hype, and empty promises offered by politicians at such events.

Even A Bird Needs A Nest is a French film set in Cambodia, and examines how a group of daring women, led by the charismatic Tep Vanny, continue to protest and resist the government grabbing their land to hand over to powerful companies for “development”, while residents are forcibly evicted and asked to live in squalid relocation camps.

The Malaysian films will celebrate “The Power of Ordinary People”.

They include: Tanpa Wajah by Wong Tay Sy (a movie about ordinary women who dared stand up to a male-dominated society to improve their lives and community for a better future for their children), Shattered Peace by Siti Nurbaiyah Nadzmi, Home by Michael Lourdes Arjunan, The Tailor Of Pertama by Badrul Hisham Ismail, and A Stray Hero by Hisyam Salleh.

For full details, please see The festival is for members only. You can register online at the said website or register at the festival counter at least 20 minutes before screening times.

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Entertainment, Politics, Human rights, Justice, Documentary


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