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.
- 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)
- Diary for Prasana (BFM, 18 August 2017)
- After graduating, I wanted to find ways to use what I studied to complement my understanding of society (Malaysiakini, 26 August 2017)