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The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 8) – Lelaki Harapan Dunia (with guest Liew Seng Tat)


The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 8) – Lelaki Harapan Dunia (with guest Liew Seng Tat)

Malaysian film Lelaki Harapan Dunia, which courted controversy (unintentionally) when it was released in the cinemas in Malaysia, recently won the Special Jury Prize at the Fajr International Film Festival in Iran. We speak to it’s director Liew Seng Tat.

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Does the tudung (head scarf) really have a role?


 

Way back in 2005, Liew Seng Tat (yes… the one of the ‘Lelaki Harapan Dunia‘ fame!) and I worked together on a documentary shot in Terengganu. It is called ‘Tudung’ and is about girls in tudungs (heard scarfs). Damnn… it got so much views on YouTube! Almost as much as that Gangnam video! Hahaha!!

It screened in a few film festivals back in the day too:

– 2006 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
– 2006 Hawaii International Film Festival
– 2007 Singapore Indie Documentary Film Festival

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The re-release of ‘Popiahs, murtabaks and a patriotic donkey’


 

Twelve years ago, I started making my own independent short films. In recent years, I think I’ve kind of lost the plot a little bit. So, in an attempt to reflect and prioritise what’s important, I’m re-releasing some of my old works (mid-life crisis!).

‘Popiahs, murtabaks and a patriotic donkey’ is probably the first short film I made… way back in 2003. It’s a video-essay about Malaysia’s obsession of always wanting to break records. I had watched Amir Muhammad‘s 6horts at The Actors Studio beneath Dataran Merdeka a year before and it made me feel like I could do it too. Not too bad for a first attempt I think. It even got invited to a few festivals:

– 26th New York Asian-American International Film Festival 2003
– The Emergency Filmmaking Project 2003 (Singapore)
– Cyberjaya Digital Video Competition 2003 Gold Award (Humour and Spoof)
– 2004 Eksperimento Film & Video Festival (Philippines)

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Oh… and if you want to own my short films, I have a compilation DVD called ‘R.A.H.M.A.N. and other short films’ on sale really cheap at The Fat Bidin E-Store! Heheh! Wink wink!

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Sabahans could be Earth’s saviours!


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Sabahans could be Earth’s saviours
By Zan Azlee

The movement and collection of heat and carbon dioxide caused by pollution and global warming shows a worrying trend for countries near the equator. Satellite images show that it is heading towards the equator where most of the world’s forests are, and that includes Malaysia, and more specifically Sabah and Sarawak.

The reason why the forest areas are the places heat and carbon dioxide gathers is because only the forests have the natural ability to actually treat the problem. And what is more interesting, studies have shown that the areas where most of the world’s forests are, are also places that have the most numbers of languages spoken.

This study was made known to me yesterday, at the start of the 2013 Borneo Eco Film Festival in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, by speaker and festival organizer, Agnes Agama. I’m convinced the study, conducted by Terralingua.Org, is true seeing that the Amazon has so many different tribes and ethnicities and different languages.

And I am even more convinced when I see Sarawak and, more specifically, Sabah where there are also many different ethnicities and languages. It also seems totally logical without an ounce of coincidence that the responsibility of saving the earth falls on areas that have such wide biocultural diversity.

If you have ever been to Sabah, then you would know that the relationship amongst people of different races and religions is different than in Malaya. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

Journalist Tim Pool, TIME magazine’s Person of the Year 2011


Social media journalism
By Zan Azlee

JUNE 22 — Recently, on the invitation of the British Council and FINAS, I attended the Sheffield Documentary Film Festival in the United Kingdom. While there, I took every opportunity to engage with other documentary film-makers and journalists who were in attendance.

Among those I was looking forward to meeting was Tim Pool, the journalist who garnered fame after live-streaming the Occupy Wall Street protests last September. He live-streamed the raid on the Zuccoti Park protest for 21 hours non-stop, which immediately turned him into one of the most well-known journalists of the moment.

His coverage was picked up by several news organisations and he was even nominated as one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine. He was scheduled to hold a talk in Sheffield on his experience covering the OWS movement as a social media journalist.

The talk was informative and also exciting as he screened several clips from his “live” coverage of the protests in New York. I sat down with him after the crowd left. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]