The 16th edition of the FreedomFilmFest’s theme, Mend the Gap is inspired by United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – that “No one is left behind” – focusing on the urgent need to reduce inequality and increase dialogue and mutual understanding between different groups or communities.
Here are some of our highlights:
Promoting sustainability through a bicycle powered cinema
Festival goers get to find out how much energy is needed to screen one movie by stepping onto one of the specially engineered bikes from Biji-Biji Initiative, highlighting films that promotes sustainable environment.
Dialogue on activism with youth with SUARAM’s School of Activism
The festival opened with screening of Joshua: Teenager vs Superpower (HK) and post screening discussion with Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow. A forum focused to share on how student activist from Hong Kong (Agnes Chow) and Malaysia (Izzah Dejavu) to inspire people to take action and organise a series of major demonstrations to advocate student’s rights was held on the same day. University screenings of the film were also held together with Agnes Chow.
Sex education session with secondary school students
Secondary school students from 26 schools in Klang Valley came to the festival to attend the screening of Kantoi and the discussion titled “Teenage Pregnancy? What’s Next?” organsied together with Federation of Reproductive Health Associations, Malaysia (FRHAM). The forum discussed about the dilemmas of unplanned teenage pregnancies.
Participatory Storytelling workshop with the Orang Asli young women.
This is a unique 5-day participatory storytelling workshop for Orang Asli young women storytellers. Using theatre as a strategy for community empowerment, participants will share their lived experiences of discrimination, gender, poverty and education through creative expressions. At the end of the workshop, the participants shared their stories through a multi-art showcase at the festival.
- Human rights are universal and the need to document violations are important no matter who is in power and holding truth to that power is something that filmmakers in Malaysia will continue to do. (The Star, 16 September 2018)
- My Story My Voice (BFM, 24 September 2018)
- We may not be able to say it is fulfilling but being able to have his story presented and what it meant to his family and friends to help him in any possible way is something we feel strongly about. (Sindie on Menunggu Masa, 2018)