Little boys losing their innocence… and my new documentary about Sybil Kathigasu on ASTRO

Below is an excerpt of my latest column in The Malaysian Insider. Go read lah! Please??

A little boy loses his innocence

By Zan Azlee

APRIL 30 — Once  upon a time, a little boy wanted to be a documentary film-maker. He wanted to tell stories which he wanted to see and hear.

To tell stories he felt were not being told, or not being told the way he wanted to see and hear them. So he learned the trade and tried to gain as much experience as possible.

The naïve little boy promised himself that he would always stay true to his principles. If he felt that a story interested him and it might somehow benefit people to watch it, he would tell it.

He also promised himself that nothing would come between him and the stories he wanted to tell. [Click to read the rest of the article]

Who is Sybil?

On another note, a documentary I directed/produced under Firdaus Maju Productions for ASTRO will be out on TV (ASTRO PRIMA) this Sunday (2nd May 2010) at 6pm. It’s called SUATU KETIKA… SIAPA SYBIL?. Do you know who Sybil is? I had good help from my posse (Hilmi and Fatul! Props yo!) Go watch lah! Please??

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Indonesians and Malaysians talk about films in Berkeley

(Left-Right) Zan Azlee, Dr Marshall Clark, Elyna Shukri, Jajang C. Noer and Dr Sarah Maxim, director of Centre of Southeast Asia Sudies

So I’m still in California for the Islam Today Arts & Culture Festival at UC Berkeley and I recently was part of a panel discussion which consisted of the late Yasmin Ahmad’s producer, Elyna Shukri, veteran Indonesian actress, Jajang C. Noer, and moderated by Dr Marshall Clark from Deakin University in Australia.

It was a great discussion of course! So great that I had to write about it in my latest column at The Malaysian Insider!

Malaysia and Indonesia — how we make films

By Zan Azlee
APRIL 23 — I’m still suffering from the cold winds of the San Francisco Bay area. Most recently, after the screening of my films and lecture at University of California, Berkeley, I was part of a panel discussion entitled ‘Making movies in Indonesia and Malaysia”.

Aside from me, the other panellists included the late Yasmin Ahmad’s producer, Elyna Shukri, and veteran Indonesian actress, Jajang C. Noer. It was moderated by Dr Marshall Clark from Deakin University in Australia.

First of all, I was a little intimidated being in the presence of such experienced industry professionals. Elyna had produced some of Malaysia’s most thought-provoking films in recent history, while Jajang has starred in more films than the years I have been alive! [Click to read the rest of the article]

Neglect no more! New episode of that Pattani film on FATBIDIN.TV!

I know I’ve neglected FATBIDIN.TV for some time. I’ve received so many messages from all of you asking me for new episodes (kinda touching that there are followers!).  You gotta understand… a guy has got to eat! But fret no more! A new episode is up!


Part 13 of 15
Did you know that in some places, the Malaysian media is the more trusted one?

Rainbow greetings from San Francisco!

Rainbow greetings from San Francisco! I’m attending the Islam Today Arts & Culture Festival at UC Berkeley. My films have screened and I also gave a lecture there. Everything’s good and thank god for good lobster!

Outside the screening venue in Berkeley. Notice the huge crowd gathering around me trying to catch my films!

I gave a lecture to a group of students at the University of California, Berkeley. It was fun and we had a laugh!

These are the professors... Prof. Jeffrey Hadler and Dr. Sarah Maxim.

Lobster babyyyy!!

And.. here’s this week’s column for The Malaysian Insider.

How much did that film cost?

By Zan Azlee
APRIL 16 — Here I am at the San Francisco Bay Area, with the freezing cold wind blowing in my face, giving me extremely chapped lips.
I came here to attend the Islam Today Arts & Culture Festival, organised by University of California, Berkeley’s Centre of Southeast Asia Studies.
They were screening two films of mine, and had invited me to give a lecture and be part of a panel discussion.
[Click to read the rest of the article]

Now I’m off to The Castro!

The Islam Today Arts & Culture Festival in San Francisco gets a dose of Fat Bidin!

Looks like FAT BIDIN is gonna rock the San Francisco Bay area!

Two of my films (I’m Muslim Too! and The Life & Times of an Islamic Insurgency) will be screening at the University of California, Berkeley’s Islam Today Arts & Culture Festival. So I’ll be heading to San Francisco this Friday and will be there for a couple of weeks. I’m pretty excited since I’m also scheduled to give some talks over there.

So if you’re in the vicinity next week (12th to 22nd April 2010) and would like to get a good look at my beautiful face, come on over! Check out the website and schedule here.

Oh… other Malaysian films that will be screening there aside from mine include Yasmin Ahmad’s (Gubra and Muallaf) as well as Amir Muhammad’s (Village People Radio Show and Malaysian Gods).

My report on Malaysian polygamy for VPRO TV in Holland

Yo yo! What can I say? I’m going to sound like a broken record but… I’ve been so BUSY!! Been lecturing at the university (one of the heaviest semesters I’ve ever had!)… and trying to complete a historical documentary for ASTRO… before going to San Francisco for the University of California, Berkeley’s Islam Today Film Festival at the end of this week! Damn!!!!

But still I managed to complete a report for Dutch TV station VPRO’s Metropolis TV. It’s about polygamy in Malaysia… I shot a polygamous Muslim family… four wives and 17 kids! It went on air in Holland last Saturday… but you can watch it online by clicking here.


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