Put down that knife! Suicide is not the answer even if you did miss my interview on BFM!


For those of you who are contemplating suicide because you missed my interview on the BFM show ‘In Conversation’… UNTIE THAT NOOSE!! Life is still worth living because you can stream or download it right HERE!!

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So you want to be a documentary filmmaker and journalist (Part 2)


And the ultimate syok sendiri session comes to an end with part 2 of my article this week!

So you want to be a documentary filmmaker and journalist (Part 2)
By Zan Azlee

NOV 26 — Being a university lecturer for the past six years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and interact with a lot of young people who want to do what I do for a living. The thing about being with them is that it always gives me a positive feeling about myself. Selfish, I know!

But seeing their enthusiasm for life and their fire to pursue their ambition just reinforces the reason why I do what I do. So this two-part article will be my way of giving back to them. Hopefully, it will inspire them (or at least make them question if this is really what they want to do!).

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With the money I made from that sale, I decided to make another feature-length documentary. This time, I decided to go a bit further. I titled the film “I’m Muslim Too!” and went to four countries in the Middle East (Iran, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan) to see how young people lived their lives in their respective countries. The film was also shot solo-journalism style.

I went to Iran and interviewed a heavy metal band called Arsames. Then I headed to Syria to search for the Hezbollah video game Special Force, and to Jordan to visit the annual Jerash Arts Festival. I also went to Beirut in Lebanon to experience a little bit of war and to see how Palestinian refugee kids spend their days.

Being from Malaysia, I had never experienced war and in my mind, I might have romanticised it a bit. When I got in to Lebanon, there were military checkpoints lining every street. Tanks and soldiers were everywhere. Turn on the television and you would see “live” coverage of bombings, shootings and fighting just 20 kilometres from the city. It was terrible and it scared me.

“Hey! Answer my question! Who are you!”

And I was jolted back to reality… [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

*Part 1 can be read here

I’ll be on ‘IN CONVERSATION’ on BFM (89.9FM) today at 7pm


I’ll be appearing on BFM (89.9FM) on the show ‘In Conversation’ today (Thursday, 25 Nov 2010) at 7pm. Listen to me talk about my life, inspirations, writing and filmmaking career! After listening, you can all start trying to be like me! Muahahaha!!

So you want to be a documentary filmmaker and journalist (Part 1)


So you want to be a documentary filmmaker and journalist (Part 1)
By Zan Azlee

NOV 19 — Being a university lecturer for the past six years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and interact with a lot of young people who want to do what I do for a living. The thing about being with them is that it always gives me a positive feeling about myself. Selfish, I know!

But seeing their enthusiasm for life and their fire to pursue their ambition just reinforces the reason why I do what I do. So this two-part article will be my way of giving back to them. Hopefully, it will inspire them (or at least make them question if this is really what they want to do!).

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Five heavily-armed and hugely-built Lebanese soldiers grabbed me by the arms and dragged me out of the small coffeeshop. Screaming in Arabic, they also grabbed my bag and my camera. I was stunned as they shoved and prodded me across to their military checkpoint.

As we entered the premise, another soldier ransacked my bag. I was then brought into an empty room with nothing but a chair in the middle of the room. They sat me down and left me alone. I was trembling, when their superior, a large and rotund man, came in holding my passport which had been taken from my bag.

“Where are you from? Who are you?” he barked.

As I sat there scared and trembling, I asked myself, how the hell did I get myself into a situation like this? My mind started to wander… [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

Week after week, I churn out articles. What am I? A factory robot?


Week after week, I churn out articles. What am I? A factory robot?

Yet another change in media consumption
By Zan Azlee

NOV 12 — I used to read books at night in bed. It started when I was a kid and it became a ritual right into adulthood. I can’t fall asleep otherwise. A book usually takes me two weeks’ worth of nights to finish but I’ve noticed that my bedside table has had the same book, unfinished, for the past six months. Then I noticed something else on my bedside table. Something new. And it has been there for the past six months too. It happens to be my iPad.

I’ve also started noticing that sometimes I don’t really read in bed. I would plug in my earphones (so as not to disturb the wife) and start browsing for videos. Before you start snickering and accusing me of viewing anything blue in nature, let me declare that interest died a long time ago along with my youthful college days. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]