Freedom Film Fest 2012

Established in 2003, the Freedom Film Fest (FFF) is the brainchild of Malaysian NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation), Pusat Komunikasi Masyarakat (KOMAS). FFF has been the platform for activists and film makers to showcase their films and also to advocate issues of importance such as human rights to the public. The festival has toured around Malaysia, including the states of Selangor, Penang, Johor, Sarawak and Sabah as well as the separated yet inseparable Singapore, which was a part of Malaysia for less than two years since 1963.

The Singapore leg of FFF this year will be held this Sunday, 28th October 2012, from 11am till 10pm at The Substation, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 189936.

Admission is free.

I look forward to all the films and here are my special picks:

1.

Call Me Kuchu
Directors: Malika Zouhali-Worral & Katherine Fairfax Wright / 2012 / 90mins, screening at 1pm
English with Bahasa Malaysia subtitles

Synopsis: in Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato – Uganda’s first openly gay man – and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the legislation while combatting vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes their movement to its core and sends shockwaves around the world.

The film is a winner of the Teddy Award of BERLINALE Best Documentary; the Amnesty International Human Rights Award at the DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL as well as HOT DOCS CANADA’s Best International Feature.

Yes the awards add to the mileage of recognition for the film, but how long more is needed before homosexuality becomes “just another type of relationship”?

2.

FFF 2012 winners, there are three films and screening starts at 3pm

Rights of the Dead
Director: Tricia Yeoh / 2012 / 30mins
Bahasa Malaysia with English subtitles

M-C-M’: Utopia Milik Siapa?
Director: Boon Kia Meng / 2012 / 30mins
Bahasa Malaysia with English subtitles

The Slient Riot
Director: Nadira Illana /2012 / 30mins
Bahasa Malaysia with English subtitles

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