THIS WEEK in meek: CORBIS CREATIVES BEHIND THE LENS on 30 Sep & 1 Oct! FREEDOM FILM FEST 2009 returns on 2 to 4 Oct MONDAY NIGHT MOVIE presents SECRET LOVE IN PEACH BLOSSOM LAND on 5 Oct!
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CORBIS CREATIVES BEHIND THE LENS ASIA 2009 Photography Exhibition – Two days only
Havana Man Enjoys Rum and Cigar, by Rupert England Wed 30 Sep & Thu 1 Oct, 11am to 8pm Presented by Corbis Corporation Admission Free
Corbis’ Creatives Behind the Lens is a photography competition first started in Europe in 2006. Partnering with D&AD and Creative Review respectively, creatives from Paris and London competed on their photographic talents. In 2009, Corbis brings this exciting photography competition to Asia, inviting anyone working in the creative and publishing industries to submit up to three photographs. Close to 1,000 entries were received. The pictures were judged first by a local panel of esteemed industry professionals in China, Hong Kong and South Asia, and then by a regional panel including Jens de Gruyter, Vice President of Creative Photography, Corbis; Bentham Liu, Chairman, Greater China of Conde Nast and Tay Guan Hin, Regional Executive Director JWT. Submissions were reviewed for their creativity and visual impact.
The winning images have so far been in exhibitions in Shanghai and Hong Kong in August and September and will be published in a Creatives Behind the Lens book. The competition is supported by several prominent media partners including AdAsia, Campaign Brief Asia, China Advertising, Milk X Magazine, Market Builder Media and Longyin Review.
FREEDOM FILM FEST 2009 Film Screening Fri 2 Oct to Sun 4 Oct Check schedule below for screening times Presented by KOMAS Admission Free but with conditions, please refer below*
Back for its sixth edition, the annual KOMAS Freedom Film Festival will be screening yet another harvest of local and international documentary feature and short films dealing with the topic of human rights, social and environmental justice. Held in four cities this year – KL, Penang, Kuching and Johor Bharu – FFF adopts the themes encompassed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which express our aspirations for genuine justice, peace, equality and democracy. Most of the screenings will include Q&A sessions with the filmmakers.
Among the highlights of this year’s FFF includes the premiere of the three winning documentaries of FFF2009’s Justin Louis Award. This year the winners are “Al-Fatehah Memali” by Rahmat Haron, “No Silver Lining: The Perak Crisis” by The S-ploited, and “Kayuh” by Soh Sook Hwa. The winners have been selected by panel of judges Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan, Haris Ibrahim, Fiona Lawson-Baker and Anna Har.
For inquiries and reservations of passes, please email email@example.com or call 017-3749887, with the following information:
1. Name 2. Tel 3. Email 4. Title of film/time of session that you would like to watch 5. Number of passes needed 6. In which state (KL, PG, JB, or KUCHING)
FFF will be held in four cities this year: KL, Penang, Kuching and Johor Bharu.
2-4 OCTOBER 2009, The Annexe Gallery, Central Market KL 9-11 OCTOBER 2009, Han Chiang College, Penang 23-25 OCTOBER, Sekolah Menengah Chung Hua No.1, Kuching 30 OCTOBER-1 NOVEMBER, Tropical Inn, Johor Bharu
Disclaimer: The selection of films and program of the festival are the sole responsibilities of the organising committee of the Freedom Film Fest. The venue providers are not involved in this process of selection and cannot be held accountable.
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS Don’t forget to catch the festival highlights!
COMMUNITY VIDEO FORUM & SCREENINGS (Friday, 3.30-6.30pm) Community Video Forum & Showcase will be a sharing session of experiences and video showcases between community filmmakers and activists from Malaysia and around the SEA region who use video for community organising. Pre-registration required as seats are limited. Priority to NGO and community activists.
LAUNCH CEREMONY & OPENING FILM (Friday, 8 pm) The 6th FreedomFilmFest2009 will be launched with the screening of AT STAKE, a brave and eye-opening documentary tackling taboo issues faced by Indonesian women. This anthology covers issues of female genital mutilation, unmarried women’s experiences at the gynecologist, prostitution, and the sexuality of a migrant worker. Producer NIA DINATA, who is the director of the movie “Berbagi Suami” and also a renowned Indonesian feminist will be present in KL for Q&A session after the screening.
PREMIERE OF FFF2009 WINNING FILMS! (Saturday, 7pm) AL-FATEHAH MEMALI by Rahmat Haron This film 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 the 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.
KAYUH by Soh Sook Hwa This film is a first-hand account of a 100-strong contingent of cyclists in the JERIT cycling campaign 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.
NO SILVER LINING: THE PERAK CRISIS by The S-ploited What happens when “frogs” jump over to the other side? In Perak, when 3 elected representatives of the Pakatan Rakyat ‘hopped” over to become BN friendly, it started a political wrestling match for power between the two opposing political alliance.
No Silver Lining: The Perak Crisis FULL SCREENING SCHEDULE FRI 2 OCT 3.30pm COMMUNITY VIDEO FORUM & SCREENINGS *Pre-registration required as seats are limited. Priority to NGO and community activists.
8pm FREEDOM FILM FEST LAUNCH AT STAKE – Screening followed by Q&A with producer Nia Dinata by Iwan Setiawan & Muhammad Ichsan / Lucky Kuswandi / Ucu Agustin / Ani Ema Susanti SAT 3 OCT 11.30am to 1.30pm KONGSI DALAM GELAP by Melissa Saila HIDE AND SEEK by Lim Hendry HALF SOCIAL, HALF INDIVIDUAL by Mohammad Reza Shams 8760 JAM PASCA 8 MAC by Ahmad Mukhlis Bashah / Fariz Zainudin 2pm DI BAWAH LANGIT by Fiqtriey-al Haqimiey WHY DEMOCRACY IS BETTER? by Mat Blackwell
2.30pm OUTFOXED by Robert Greenwald 4pm BURMA VJ by Anders Østergaard ALL THAT YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND by Choon Hiong Ho 7pm FFF AWARDS NIGHT AND SCREENINGS
NO SILVER LINING: THE PERAK CRISIS – Recipient of FFF2009 Justin Louis Award by The S-ploited
AL-FATEHAH MEMALI – Recipient of FFF2009 Justin Lois Award by Rahmat Haron
KAYUH – Recipient of FFF2009 Justin Louis Award by Soh Sook Hwa
SUN 4 OCT 11am FREEDOM OF INFORMATION by Faisal Mustaffa FLOW by Irena Salina WATER by Dominic Allen 2pm DELAYING JUSTICE by Hillary Chiew ORANG ASLI YOUTH IN THE MOMENT by Lesly Leon Lee 5pm PRISONERS OF A WHITE GOD by Steve Tichtag 8pm IN CONVERSATION WITH SUZY by Hazuan Hashim / Phil Maxwell JIHAD FOR LOVE by Parvez Sharma
SECRET LOVE IN PEACH BLOSSOM LAND Selected & Introduced by Liew Seng Tat Film Screening
Mon 5 Oct, 8pm Presented by The Annexe Gallery Admission Free, bring your own snacks
Monday Night Movie is a series of monthly film screenings at The Annexe Gallery, with titles chosen and introduced by guest curators. Our fourth title is “暗戀桃花源” (Secret Love In Peach Blossom Land) (1992)selected and introduced by Malaysian filmmaker Liew Seng Tat.
Running time: 103 mins. Mandarin with English subtitles.
“Secret Love In Peach Blossom Land” is a Taiwanese film written and directed by Stan Lai, featuring Christopher Doyle as director of photography. It’s a gentle comedy about two theatrical troupes who find themselves in a pithy battle for the same rehearsal space. The two plays being rehearsed and the actors – one a period bawdy satire, the other a contemporary political romantic tragedy – at first seem as though they could never meet eye-to-eye. But through a series of mishaps that reveal the inadequacies and pretentions of both plays, the collision between the two plays results in something much more meaningful and magical.
Stan Lai is a highly influential award winning US-born Taiwan-based playwright and theatre director, also known for his award-winning feature films. He has been described by the BBC as “probably the best Chinese language playwright and director in the world” and his plays have been performed throughout the Chinese-speaking world. He is the writer and director of “Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land”, often touted as the most successful contemporary Chinese play. The film version of the play won the Caligari Prize at the Forum, Berlin (1992); the Best Picture and Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival (1993); and Singapore Film Festival (1993).
ABOUT THE PRESENTER Liew Seng Tat has been actively involved in the Malaysian independent film scene since 2003. In 2004, he set up Da Huang Pictures with Amir Muhammad, James Lee, and Tan Chui Mui. In 2007, his first feature film “Flower In The Pocket” made its world premiere at the 12th Pusan International Film Festival and won the New Currents and the KNN Audience Awards. The film has also won the VPRO Tiger Award at the 37th International Film Festival Rotterdam 2008, "Le Regard d’Or" (Golden Gaze) Award at the 22nd Fribourg International Film Festival 2008, and the Jury prize (Lotus du Jury) at the 10th Deauville Asian Film Festival 2008. He is currently working on a film script called “In What City Does It Live”.
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