Freedom Film Festival 2011
OCTOBER 1 – OCTOBER 2, 2011 at the WISMA BENTLEY AUDITORIUM, MUTIARA DAMANSARA
Afiq Deen: Huruf J
Afiq Deen, a Penangite is from a broken family and has seen how his mother had struggled as a single parent living in the slum area. Although he has experience writing scripts and making a few short films of his own, this will be Afiq’s first attempt at making a documentary. When asked about the title “The Letter J”, Afiq said that the letter ‘J’ represented the Malay word ‘Janda’ (divorcée) and he chose this title to depict the difficulties and discrimination faced by a divorcée in our society.
What happens when your status changes from “married” to “divorced”? What has this very personal issue got to do with Human Rights? Afiq Deen gives us his take on this issue that is prevalent in Malaysia and yet still very much hidden behind closed doors.
Liaw Pey Wen: Lot, Umah Am
Liaw Pey Wen, a journalist from Johor wants to depict the struggle faced by the Orang Seletar, an Indigenous tribe living by the river banks in Johor Bharu. They are struggling because their livelihood have been deeply affected by the Iskandar Development Project. Pey Wen hopes to uncover and document their stories of strength and survival.
For most Indigenous People, the land and forest is tied up with their identity. But what if your indigenous identity is not tied up to the land but rather to the sea? This documentary gives us a peek into the lesser known lives of the Indigenous Orang Seletar who have for generations called the Straits of Johor their home.