Be free: The Freedom Film Fest is back

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  • Wednesday, 03 Sep 2014

Two Brothers from Thailand.

This year's theme: Freedom.

Freedom Film Fest returns for its 11th year, from Sept 6 to 13 at PJ Live Arts, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya. The festival will showcase 37 new and award-winning documentaries and films from around the world which touch on human rights.

Anna Har, the executive director of Pusat Komas – the organiser of the festival – stated in a press release that the titles selected this year reflect the festival’s theme: freedom.

“We will highlight the different freedoms that have been fought for ... (and) cover issues faced by (different) communities.”

Among the documentaries, three are from Malaysia: Anur Nak Ke Sekolah, Fight Thru Cartoon and Lebuh Agraria.

Those who want to check out the films can choose between three different types of tickets priced at RM20 (weekend day-pass), RM30 (full weekend pass) and RM10 (weekday one-day pass).

Some of the films and documentaries in this year’s festival are:

In The Past, Present And Future (Indonesia) 

People’s homes in Jakarta, Indonesia, are demolished to make way for a metropolitan city. One such homeowner decides to film and document his daily activities as he faces eviction and the bleakness of his future.

Warisan (Malaysia)

The changes in Kuala Lumpur’s landscapes are impressive, from a small tin mining town to a bustling city. But the transformation comes at a cost – many historical grounds, buildings and villages are in danger of being wiped out. Filmmaker Wong Siew Ki concentrates on how some people fight the good fight to preserve these sites including Kampung Bandar Dalam, Kampung Railway and Jalan Sultan.

Shattered (Malaysia)

The 13-minute documentary looks at how lives are forever altered for the sake of economic development.

Article 18 (Myanmar)

Set in 2012, during Myanmar’s reformation period, when Article 18 of the Peaceful Assembly Act was passed which restricts peaceful assembly. It also documents the arrest of student leader, De Nyein Lin and pro-peace activists, May Sabae Phyua and Phway Yu Mon.

Banned Expression (India)

Set in Tibet where over 100 activists were captured and tortured.

A scene from Wade, Get Out! from the Netherlands.

Wade, Get Out! (the Netherlands)

A group of young people uses rap music and peaceful demonstrations to create a nationwide protest against a political move by President Abdoulaye Wade, which violates the Senegal Constitution.

Seed Of The Fight (United States)

A four-minute short which shows the stark reality of child labour through two contrasting dialogues.

To Singapore, With Love (Singapore)

A documentary of Singaporean political exiles who left the island in the 1960s and have yet to return.

Di Ambang (Malaysia)

Focuses on undocumented Filipino migrant families living in Sabah.

Anur Nak Ke Sekolah (Malaysia)

In just 25 minutes, director Mohd Affendi shows how a child with cerebral palsy is denied education and how the child’s parents go to the ends of the earth to right this terrible wrong.

To Light A Candle (Britain)

About a minority group in Iran who is systematically imprisoned, tortured and killed by the Iranian government.

Two Brothers (Thailand)

A short film about two brothers who disagree about everything. So their father teaches them about the absurdity of selfishness.

Two Brothers from Thailand.

Eight Months (Turkey/France)

It has been eight months since Halit’s son left home to fulfil his military duties. Every day, Halit wonders about the fate of his son.

Jalanan (Indonesia)

A look at the gritty realities of Indonesian life through the lives of three street musicians Boni, Ho and Titi. This 108-minute film was seven years in the making and it features their original musical compositions.

The Questioning (China)

An intense real-life recording of civil disobedience by Zhu Rikun as he is questioned and interrogated during a “room inspection” by local police at his hotel in Jiangxi, China on July 24, 2012. Zhu Rikun is a bastion of China’s independent documentary movement and an avid supporter of human rights activists.

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