The United Nations Declaration on Human Rights says that “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care.”
But despite that, many of us are struggling to provide for ourselves. Take a seat at any food stall in Malaysia and you’ll likely hear conversations lamenting the rising cost of living, the ever increasing price of food and petrol, the struggle to finance housing and pay for healthcare and most notably – stagnant wages.
An increase in the wealth of the nation doesn’t seem to have translated to a better quality of life for the majority. Globally, economic gaps continue to grow as the very richest amass unprecedented levels of wealth and the poorest suffer. The world’s richest 1% are on course to control as much as two-thirds of the world’s wealth by 2030.
So what’s driving this and who’s to blame? – and how do we hold those who undermine our human rights to account?
This year FreedomFilmFest will focus its attention on these very issues using the power of documentary film as a means to spark debate, identify problems and look for alternative solutions as to why “Harga Naik, Gaji Maintain”.