Freedom Film Festival, Malaysia’s annual human rights film festival returns on 20th to 27th August 2016 at PJ Live Arts, Petaling Jaya with over 30 local and international documentaries and short films such as; The Borneo Case, The Disappearing Hills, The Promise, 10 Billion: What’s On Your Plate, A Syrian Love Story and many more.
The festival is also set to open with the premiere screening of three local films including the Freedom Film Fest 2016 Film Grant winners; Unlocking Bengoh and Stories from My Father. Directed by Nova Goh, Unlocking Bengoh follows the director’s journey as he discovers the true cost of relocation that three indigenous families have to endure in the name of development. Whereas Stories from My Father by Ashleigh Lim Chun-Ling tells the story of a daughter who uncovers her father’s past of being detained without trial under the Internal Security Act. Another film that will screen on the opening night is Voyage to Terengganu by Amir Muhammad and Badrul Hisham Ismail.
Additional screenings will be held in several major cities in Malaysia including Johor Bahru (24th September), Muar (25th September), Penang (30th September to 2nd October), Ipoh (8th October), Kota Kinabalu (15th October) and Kuching (5th November). International screening will also take place in Singapore from 19th to 20th November 2016.
Keeping with the theme of ‘What Lies Beneath,’ this year’s lineups reflect the festival’s objective to raise the awareness on underrepresented human rights issues. Besides film screenings, the festival also features Awards Night, Masterclasses, Freedom Talks, and Southeast Asia Video for Change (V4C) Forum, which is intended for Malaysian and regional activists who use videos for activism and community organising in their respective Southeast Asian countries.
Organised by Pusat Komuniti Masyarakat (KOMAS), a pioneering NGO in Malaysia dedicated to using creative and participative methodology in human rights education, the festival aims to create a vital platform to showcase outstanding human rights documentaries and seek to build the culture of documenting or telling stories about social realities via screenings and discussions.