Meniti Senja / The Twilight Years (2020)

By Lily Fu


FreedomFilmFest2020 Film Grant Winner

Reflecting the breakdown of traditional family values in modern Malaysian society that marginalizes the elderly, Meniti Senja explores the alarming rise in the elderly being left to fend for themselves in aged care centers- removed from the comfort of homes they knew and children they raised. Recounting the stories of people who were once mothers, fathers, grandparents – now slowly aging amidst strangers within the walls of a care home in Puchong, this film tells their heart-breaking stories of abuse, exploitation and abandonment. Age eventually catches up with everyone and by 2030, Malaysia’s population >65 will increase to 15%. Are we witnessing our own fates in a not too distant future?

Ayahku, Dr. G / My Father, Dr G (2020)

By Loh Jo Yee, Hidayah Hisham & Dominique Teoh


FreedomFilmFest2020 Film Grant Winner

In a country where possession of cannabis is punishable with death, Siti finds herself pulled into the unfamiliar world of lengthy legal proceedings and prison visits when her 60 year old father is arrested for using medical cannabis to treat his chronic illnesses. In her journey to save her father from the death penalty, Siti finds herself succumbing to fear and anxiety as she navigates through her own personal challenges – all the while fearing that she might never see her father again. All in all, ‘Ayahku, Dr. G’ is a story about a daughter’s quest for her father’s justice from a law that puts punishment before public health.

The Shades of Love (2020)

By Jessica Lee


FreedomFilmFest2020 Film Grant Winner

The Shades of Love is an intimate journey into the loves, lives and losses of 3 sex workers in Singapore. As an ordinary day in this city unfolds, the voices of these women take us beyond the everyday we dwell in, into the lived experiences they inhabit. Moving beyond the one-dimensional perception of sex workers, these women are also lovers, daughters, therapists, entrepreneurs, and educators. By shedding light on the humanity, dignity, and power of this marginalised and underserved community, their stories teach us one thing – love and life come in various shades.

Petani Bukan Pemalas (2020)

By Nurfitri Amir


FreedomFilmFest2020 Film Grant Nominee

A rural smallholding padi farmer from Alor Pongsu, Azhar rues the bitterness of an exploitative system where farmers like him are shortchanged with expensive commercial seeds that increasingly yield poor harvests despite all their hard work and dedication. Angered by the declining harvests and rising costs, Azhar takes matters into his own hands by cultivating rice seeds, an age-old farming practice long since forgotten after the government started aggressively marketing commercial seeds. However, he faces a battle to correct government-sown misconceptions of farmers being failures due to laziness and unwillingness to learn modern techniques. Matters come to q head and Azhar must decide it’s time for farmers to band together to seek justice and demand change to their common livelihoods.

Di Luar Bayangan - Kisah Que Lin (2020)

By Goh Choon Ean


FreedomFilmFest2020 Film Grant Nominee

A human rights activist produces a contemporary shadow play about death and abuse in custody, while in the midst of her journey to make sense of the injustice that takes place behind and beyond the bars.
Di Luar Bayangan / Beyond Understanding is a series of short films about death and abuse in custody. Each story highlights a different journey, from perspectives of victims, their families, lawyers, activists, and human rights workers.

Di Luar Bayangan- Kisah Chandran (2020)

By Jason Ong Aik Lee


A phone call that brings to the lost of a father in a family. A tragedy in custody. Committed crimes or not, do these people behind the bar deserve such inhumane treatment? A shadow play inspired by the true story of Chandran Perumal, and based on actual court transcripts.
Di Luar Bayangan / Beyond Understanding is a series of short films about death and abuse in custody. Each story highlights a different journey, from perspectives of victims, their families, lawyers, activists, and human rights workers.

Selai Kayu Yek (2020)

Producers – Analisa Atang, Arni Natasya Ibrahim, Linda Ibrahim, Diana Tan, Lungey Uda, Maranisni Mohsin, Tasya Robut, Niwani Sari, Nora Kantin, Rosdila Ngah Roslan, Rosita Dollah, Selindang Seliman, Sherry Tan, Siti Suhaili Pian, Sylvia Othman, Yaliyana Lenab


Aleh, a young Orang Asli woman, struggles to find support from her village when her family’s ancestral land is encroached. In fear of losing her land that she also uses to grow ubi kayu, she seeks out famous Orang Asli YouTuber ReaN to expose and share her story. But ReaN refuses at first as she believes that their community should pursue a better life in the city instead of farming on their land. Aleh and ReaN eventually realise that they share similar struggles because of their identity. Together, they find their voice and speak out.

Klinik Ku Hutan (2020)

Producers – Arni Natasy Ibrahim, Linda Ibrahim, Lungey Uda, Maranisni Mohsin, Rosdila Ngah Roslan, Rosita Dollah, Selindang Seliman, Sherry Tan, Sylvia Othman, Yaliyana Lenab


Deep in a forest in Perak, two young Orang Asli women from the city named Nget and Abong are enjoying the beauty and calmness of nature. But their enjoyment quickly turned into despair when Abong suddenly falls gravely ill. In their quest for healing, they discover their elders’ knowledge in the medicinal properties of herbs and their deep spiritual and physical ties with the forest. They experience true healing when they finally reconnect with their traditional values and identity.

Nasir Jani Melawan Lembaga Puaka (2020)

By Arian Md Zahari


Political documentary Nasir Jani Melawan Lembaga Puaka follows the cult-filmmaker of ‘Kembara Seniman Jalanan’ on his reflective journey looking at the complex culture of censorship in Malaysia. In particular 1992, the year rock musicians were give the short shrift- literally having their hair cropped on stage. Live on-air. What truly went on behind the scenes of this most shocking event in nineties Malaysia, affected the creative output of Nasir Jani in the succeeding years. This intertwining of Mahathirism in its formative period to the ironic culture of authoritarianism – this documentary visualises multiple perspectives of upcoming filmmakers, Amanda Nell Eu and Steven Sarathbabu, grappling and negotiating with the logic of censorship and what goes on behind it.

SULOH (2020)

By Norhayati Kaprawi


Kak Eton, a 40-year-old woman, is left by her husband for another woman. Shattered and alone, she decides to rebuild her life by creating her own world with her two bare hands.

The Great North Korean Picture Show (2012)

By Lynn Lee

North Korea’s film industry is a vital tool in the regime’s vast propaganda machinery. Now, for the first time ever, foreign filmmakers have been allowed into the country’s only film school – an elite institution where young talents are trained to create works that will not only entertain, but help shape the psyche of an entire nation. Kim Un Bom and Ri Yun Mi are two aspiring actors handpicked to become future movie stars. Idealistic and ambitious, they have huge dreams. Their lives are a reflection of how the best and brightest live in the world’s most secretive state. Over at the North Korean Film Studio, Director Pyo Hang is racing to complete the country’s latest blockbuster, a period drama featuring a cast of hundreds. It’s a highly stressful environment and Pyo has his work cut out – he must not only rally his cast and crew, he must deliver a masterpiece that will please his leaders.

Invisible Cities (2007)

By Tan Pin Pin

Invisible City is a documentary about documenteurs. The director interviews photographers, journalists, archaeologists, people propelled by curiosity to find a City for themselves. The documentary conveys how deeply personal their search is and how fragile histories are, hanging on only through their memories and artefacts. Interwoven with the interviews is never seen before footage and photos of Singapore culled from their personal archives. In Invisible City, you witness the atrophy of memory, you see a City that could have been. Invisible City opened in Singapore for a theatrical run on 22 July 2007 where it had a four week sold out run.

Said Zahari's 17 Years (2015)

By Martyn See

An interview with Said Zahari, a staunch anti-colonial newspaper editor who was accused by the Singapore government of alleged involvement in pro-communist activities and subsequently detained without trial from 1963 to 1979. This film is banned by the Singapore government for “undermining public confidence in the Government.”

The Four HDB Blocks of Siglap (2015)

By Tay Bee Pin

“This place was once burnt down.” Metaphorically, it was no child’s play but that was literally true for Siglap’s big fire in 1962. Today, Mr Lim’s old movie ticket is a sentimental memento that reminds him of one of Singapore’s first public housing. Farewell, the four HDB blocks of Siglap.

Orang Singapura (Make it Right for Singapore) (2020)

By Tay Bee Pin

A music video on being a good Singaporean and a homage to Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnman (JBJ), the first opposiiton politician to win a seat in Parliament since Singapore’s indepedence.

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