Festival Edition 2016

What Lies Beneath

The FreedomFilmFest 2016 theme “What Lies Beneath” cast the spotlight on underrepresented human rights and public interest issues through the powerful medium of film. It is a call for everyone to dig deeper into the many urgent issues that individuals, groups, society and humanity are facing today.

Here are some of our highlights:

Premiere of Moving Voices, an animation series on life in Jinjang

We initiated this project to record the voices of this seldom-heard community and to make them into short videos so that more people will become aware of their situation. This project was done in collaboration with BFM Radio and students of the DASEIN Academy of Art. Together we produced 6 short animated real stories of residents in an urban poor temporary longhouse settlement community in Jinjang Utara (North) in Kuala Lumpur.

Suka duka Rumah Panjang Jinjang jadi inspirasi animasi

Masterclass with world renown expert Marcus Vetter

This masterclass covers the journey of a documentary – from the first idea to the final festival strategy. ‘The Promise’ which is a case study based on the true crime story was screened during the festival in conjunction with this masterclass.

South East Asia Video Activist Network Meeting

We invited 25 filmmakers from the Southeast Asia Region as special guests. The countries that was represented was Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Myanmar.  These filmmakers screened their films during the festival and also took part in a 3 day Southeast Asia Video Activist forum/meeting. This forum aims to strengthens the network of social film makers in the region and possibly be the catalyst for future collaborations and co-productions within the region.

News Coverage

  1. Life Of Jinjang Utara Long House Occupants In Animation Movie (Lifetstyle & Youth Bernama, 29 August 2016)
  2. Uncovering Humanity (The Edge, 15 August 2016)
  3. The Team behind FreedomFilmFest (VOIZ,Asia)

Films Screened at this edition

  1. 10 Billion-What’s On Your Plate by Valentin Thurn
  2. A Question For My Father (Pertanyaan Untuk Bapak) by Yatna Pelangi & Mayk Wongkar (ID)
  3. A Syrian Love Story by Sean McAllister (FR)
  4. A Very German Welcome by Carsten Rau & Hauke Wendler (DE)
  5. Among The Believers by Hemal Trivedi & Mohammad Ali Naqvi (PK)
  6. Big Stories Small Town by Nadira Ilana & Bindang Mantakag (MY)
  7. Birthday by Supamok Silarak (TH)
  8. Heartware by Claire Low Mu Hian (SG)
  9. I Am Chut Wutty by Fran Lambrick & Vanessa de Smet (KH)
  10. Karatagan Ciremai by Ady Mulyana (ID)
  11. Kenya: A Guide Book to Impunity by Lucy Hannan (KE)
  12. Mom From Jambi (Email Dari Jambi) by Anggun Pradesha & Rikky M Fajar (ID)
  13. Moving Voices: Stories From The Block (MY)
  14. My Martyred Son (Ang Matir Kong Anak) by King Catoy (PH)
  15. Nyalon by Ima Puspita Sari (ID)
  16. Out of Fashion (Moest Valjas) by Jaak Kilmi & Lennart Laberenz (EE)
  17. Radical Grace by Rebecca Parish (US)
  18. Rising From The Shadows (Bangkit Dari Bayangan) by Norhayati Kaprawi (MY)
  19. So Close So Far, The Ancestral Forest by Doan Hong Le (VE)
  20. The Borneo Case by Erik Pauser & Dylan Williams (MY)
  21. The Dissapearing Hills by Yeo Kai Wen (MY)
  22. The Forgotten Struggle: A Story of West Papua by Wensislaus Fatubun (ID)
  23. The Naked DJ by Kan Lume (SG)
  24. The Promise by Marcus Vetter & Karin Steinberger (US)
  25. Unsilent Potato by Sein Lyan Tun (MM)
  26. Vein by Htet Aung San, Ko Jet & Phyo Zayar Kyaw (KH)
  27. Voyage to Terengganu (Kisah Pelayaran ke Terengganu) by Amir Muhammad & Badrul Hisham (MY)
  28. When Women Fight by Emmanuela Dwei Shinta (ID)

In the Blog

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The 2016 Award Winners

Best Feature Film

A Syrian Love Story by Sean McAllister
Among the Believers by Hemal Trivedi & Mohammed Ali Naqvi (Special Jury Prize)

Best Short Film

Unsilent Potato by Sein Lyan Tun
Stories from my Father by Ashleigh Lim (Special Jury Prize)

Best Feature Film South East Asia

Emak dari Jambi by Anggun Pradesha & Ricky M.Fajar