Festival Edition 2017

All Human Being Are Born Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights

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This year the festival focused on the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in particular the recognition that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” FFF 2017 screened a total of 39 documentaries and short films. The festival programme included nine workshops, a SEA Video for Change network meeting, FreedomTalks, a series of panel discussion and events related to some of the themes carried in some of the films.

Here are some of our highlights:

Human Rights Concert highlighting songs of freedom

Celebration of songs of freedom with dynamic artists such as Shh..Diam, Alena Murang, Sons of the Soil, Skits and Azmyl Yunor and Orkes Padu

Digital Story Telling for Seniors

New technology gives new opportunities! This workshop aims to encourage life-long learning and
empower seniors to use digital technology to share their stories and take control of their living environment. This workshop was also held in Penang during our Travelling Fest.

First ever IDFA Pitch

A special pitch was held during the festival together with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Malaysia. The winner of the pitch received a trip to Amsterdam to attend the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) & IDFA Academy, an intensive four-day training programme for emerging documentary filmmakers and producers.

News Coverage

  1. Our protagonist breaks down a lot of the stereotypes that we have on refugees… He speaks decent English, he can speak Malay, and he is very empowered (Malaysiakini, 27 August 2017)
  2. Diary for Prasana (BFM, 18 August 2017)
  3. After graduating, I wanted to find ways to use what I studied to complement my understanding of society (Malaysiakini, 26 August 2017)

Films Screened at this edition

  1. A Filmless Festival by Wang Wo (CN)
  2. Abandoned Land by Gilles Laurent (JP)
  3. Ada For Mayor by Pau Faus (ES)
  4. An Insignificant Man by Khushboo Ranka & Vinay Shukla (IN)
  5. Anak Malaysia by Khor Zhen Yee (MY)
  6. Burma Storybook by Corrine ban Egeraat and Petr Lom (MM)
  7. Cuts by Chairun Nissa (ID)
  8. Dawai Dawai by Caroline Parietti & Cyprien Ponson (MY)
  9. Diary For Prasana by Norhayati Kaprawi (MY)
  10. Digital Leader by Adrian V. Eagle (IN)
  11. Evicted! (Year 1) by Ryan Anderson (MY)
  12. Give Up Tomorrow by Michael Collins & Marty Syjuco (PH)
  13. In The Middle of The Night (Sa Kalagitnaan Ng Gabi) by Bryan Kristoffer J. Brazil (PH)
  14. In the Shade of Fallen Chinnar by Fazil NC & Shawn Sebastian (IN)
  15. Journey to Raya Padi by Ewok Perai & Nik Jassmin Hew (MY)
  16. Life as We Know It by Ngwe Ngwe Khine (MM)
  17. Nokas by Manuel Alberto Maia (ID)
  18. Not Covered by Ezat Wagdi (YE)
  19. Nowhere to Hide by Zaradasht Ahmed (IQ)
  20. On The Way of Blossom by Wong Kai Hui (MY)
  21. Please Remember Me by Qing Zhao (CN)
  22. Red Clothes by Lida Chan (KH)
  23. Saving Sungei by Shintaro Tay
  24. Seed: The Untold Story by Taggart Siegel & Jon Bertz (US)
  25. Shadow World by Johan Grimonprez (BE)
  26. Sittwe by Jeanne Marie Hallacy (MM)
  27. Sunday Beauty Queen by Baby Ruth Villarama (HK)
  28. The Big Tree by Th’blay Paw (TH)
  29. The Cresent in Dragon Village (Bulan Sabit di Kampung Naga) by Marjito Iskandar Tri Gunawan (ID)
  30. The First Offering by Mathankumaran Madawan (MY)
  31. The Hope of Honey Hunter by Pinarsita Juliana (ID)
  32. The Opposition by Hollie Fifer (PG)
  33. The Right to Learn (Pagbarug tu Pagtuon) by Arnel Barbarona (PH)
  34. Theater of Life by Peter Svatek (IT)
  35. Village Renaming (Kampung Kita) by Mahamasabree Jehloh & Kwankaew Ketphol (TH)

In the Blog

Related Wayang

The 2017 Award Winners

Best Short Film

Sittwe by Jeanne Hallacy (MM)

Best Feature Film South East Asia

Nokas by Manuel Alberto Maia (ID)