Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Nordic Film Fest + Freedom Film Festival Roadshow @ Taylor's

5th May 2010,

I remembered it was the week where class just resumed after my semester break. A wonderful wednesday with a workshop in the LT12 at Taylor's Lakeside Campus. It was a hectic week as it was also the week where the Nordic Fil Fest was having movie night for 4 days in a row with some really awesome none english language movies.
Unfortunately, I only went for one film called 'Forbidden Fruit'. The best part is that they serve dinner in between two movies! That describes the picture above, after the movie, everyone was just sitting, eating and yacking away...

Alright, shall run back to Freedom Film Fest the workshop/roadshow.


The attendance was pretty impressive, it filled up alot of the place in LT12. If you don't know, LT 12 is the only lecture theater with a lake view. Don't even dream that you lecturers will pick that place for class, too much distraction!

The short talk was given by a speaker from Komsas (Pusat Komunikasi Masyarakat). Their are an established NGO working in the field of training, education, and advocacy of human rights issues in Malaysia. Every year, they will usually organize a film proposal competition where participants video can be documentary/docudrama/animation/graphic on Human rights stories. Don't degrade it yet, chosen proposal will be awarded RM6000 to make their video come alive! According to my sources, sorry to inform that this year dateline is close. I am not sure if is extended or not. Check their web: www.freedomfilmfest.komsas.org

When I first enter, they already started playing video from the past winners. Honestly, I think the whole talk was more of watching the past winners work! Which wasn't really that bad, some were really really good. One documentary out stand all the other videos titled 'Kayuh' (by Soh Sook Hwa) were amazing. I'm sure for those who went for the talk will still remember 'kayuh basikal pun boleh kena saman...'. I would totally categorize that as the quote of the day! It is stuck in my head until now! 'Kayuh' was a campaign call "JERIT" for the proposal on the embellishment of ISA (Internal Security Act). There were one point of time that Malaysians were so hyped up about abolishing ISA as it seems that ISA was no longer relevant to Malaysia because it was originally created to counter communist.


Omgosh, a total flashback! During my foundation years in Taylor's, I had this one class call Malaysian Media History (MMH) and hot lecturer (it's True!) Miss Natasha taught us for the semester. Many times in class, we discuss on the Media Act/Laws and as well as the things that we can or cannot do. Simply just call it ethics will do. ISA, OSA, defamation and etc were the few hot topics for class. It was just so coincidental (or maybe Miss purposely discuss that topic because it was the latest news during that time). Everyone was so scare to voice out (maybe is just me) because everywhere, everyone is saying, 'don't simply say anything or they will catch you to ISA' or 'you want to be tortured in ISA izzit?' Hahaha, gosh, I am finally applying what I learned in class.Oh, by the way, the documentary was so drama! Police here, police there, bicycle dirampas, and most of the riders are between the age 14-18! So young already be an activist, clap hands for them.

A few other videos where like Food not Bombs, Rumah Roboh and etc. There is even internship spot if anyone is interested. One of the guy from Komsas that tagged along the speaker, Lee was an intern last year and now he is volunteering in Komsas. I've went and talk to the speaker, Miss Maisarah. According to here, Taylor's was their 5th roadshow this year and it is their 7th year organizing this competition.

At the end of the talk, they were selling some relavent CD/DVD like 'Gaduh' (a really good movie on racism in Malaysia), other documentaries and etc.

Alright, I shall get ready for class now. I better not be late for Dr. Vijaya's class.

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