Freedom Film Festival 2009
2 OCTOBER – 1 NOVEMBER, 2009
1. Al-Fatehah Memali by Rahmat Haron,
Al-Fatehah Memali portrays the journey of singer-songwriters, Black and Meor, trying to comprehend a massacre that happened in 1985 in Kg. Memali, Kedah. Their journey brings them to a village where they meet survivors and witnesses of the tragedy to uncover a forgotten story of injustice for most of Malaysia, but one forever etched in the hearts of those in Memali.
2. No Silver Lining: The Perak Crisis by The S-ploited, aka Khaizan
Sharizad binti Abd. Razak (Sherrie) and co-director Seira Sacha Abu Bakar What happens when “frogs” jump over to the other side? In Perak, when 3 elected representatives of the Pakatan Rakyat ‘hopped’ over to become Barisan Nasional friendly, it started a political wrestling match between the two opposing political alliance. No Silver Lining seeks to make sense of the issue, and the aspirations of the people of Perak.
3. Kayuh by Soh Sook Hwa
Kayuh is a first-hand account of a 100-strong contingent of cyclists who rode from Alor Setar and Johor Baharu to Kuala Lumpur for 16 days in order to address 6 major concerns of marginalized groups in Malaysia. The filmmaker, a participant in the cycling campaign herself, attempts to put a human face to the 6 demands contained in a memorandum that was handed over to the the Parliament at the end of the journey.
The three winners received a grant amounting to RM5,000 each to create their films based on their proposals. The HYPERLINK “http://freedomfilmfest.komas.org/competition/judges/”panel judges for this year includes; Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan, former president of BAR Council; Haris Ibrahim, practicing lawyer and blogger; Fiona Lawson-Baker, producer of Al-Jazeera English; and Anna Har, creative director of Big Pictures Production and board member of KOMAS