Going Gonzo for ideas! My latest column at The Malaysian Insider!


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Going Gonzo for ideas

By Zan Azlee

FEB 26 — Being in a field where you always have to come up with new ideas everyday is not something easy. I try to come up with one feature-length documentary film idea every year and that becomes the big project for the next twelve months. But in between, I have all kinds of video, television and writing projects that I have to work on throughout the year too (including this weekly column!).

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I’m a Muslim filmmaker and I make Islamic films. My latest at The Malaysian Insider.


Another week… another column at The Malaysian Insider.

I’m a Muslim filmmaker and I make Islamic films

By Zan Azlee
FEB 19 — I’m a Muslim and I make films. I guess that constitute me as a Muslim filmmaker. It doesn’t even matter if my films are about Islam or not. Well, my films are mainly about myself anyway (and from all the complaints I get from readers, so is this column, apparently!) and indirectly, my films become about Islam too.
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I shot and edited a video interview with that other Malaysian angkasawan for The Malaysian Insider


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Oooohhh…. polygamy!!!! My latest at The Malaysian Insider.

The time I shot a documentary about polygamy

FEB 12 — Recently, I’ve been busy running around shooting a short documentary about polygamy for a Dutch television station. It came about when I discovered an article about the Ikhwan Polygamy Club, started by the family of Ashaari Muhammad (AKA Abuya), the former leader of the so-called cult Al-Arqam. I found it interesting and since they are based in Malaysia, I immediately pitched it to the Dutch producers and they agreed to commission it.
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Making films is dangerous for your reputation… my latest column at The Malaysian Insider


Responsible filmmaking

FEB 6 — When you make films that deal with real events and people, there are always sensitivities that are of concern. The responsibility that comes with being a non-fiction filmmaker is tremendous. So tremendous that I almost quit years ago when I was criticised for not being a responsible filmmaker.

I made a documentary film about people who travel in public busses entitled ‘The Black, White & Grey’. It was a documentary centred around the chats I conducted with random people in a bus. One of the passenger I spoke to was a teacher who spoke to me about his private life (ie: sex life). Then he tried to hit on me!
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