• Year: 2017
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Country: Malaysia
  • Language: Malay with English Subtitle

Film Director(s)

Shafie Dris

Film Synopsis:

The orang Asli population which consists of 18 tribes makes up of only about 0.5% of the 30 million total population in Malaysia. The culture and life of the orang asli is strongly tied to the land and its environment. The British colonizers then introduced Act 134 which was supposed to protect the orang asli from the communist threat then. But in fact this Act actually took away the right of the orang asli to land and gave more power to the authorities to control their land. This film highlights several examples of land cases in different parts of Malaysia and the struggle of the orang asli network, the JKOASM to defend their ancestral lands including their relentless efforts to advocate their case to the different government bodies and the national human rights committee.

Freedom Talk: Southeast Asia(SEA) Land Rights-Ground Wars and Court Battles

“Land is life, without land there will be no life” is a popular slogan and dictum of many different indigenous peoples in the SEA region. But history records a sad tale of indigenous peoples having to defend and battle for their ancestral and customary lands for the past hundreds of years. Today this tragic trend continues to plague indigenous communities across the region. In this session land rights activists from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines will share stories, exchange experiences and identify similar concerns and trends, and recognize the differences in their situations of land struggles across the SEA region. Exchange views and reflect together with representatives from the indigenous communities with regards to this life and death situation for hundreds and thousands of indigenous peoples in the region.

Film Screening

  • Date: 7 September 2017
  • Time: 2.30pm - 4.00pm
  • Session: 19

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