Category Archives: film

The Afghan National Police protecting demonstrators from the Taliban


Police keeping the peace during a deomnstration in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Police keeping the peace during a demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan (Photo by Zan Azlee, 2011).

Demonstrations happen on a regular basis in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, because they are still building their country and their government. It is actually a welcome sight because they are fighting for democracy.

I managed to witness a protest where opposition politicians and their supporters protested in front of the president’s office because they felt several members of parliament were illegally voted into offie and demanded for their sacking.

The photo above is of the Afghan National Police assisting the demonstrators and keeping them safe from the traffic and, of course, from any terrorist attacks (ie: the Taliban).

I even recorded the demonstration on video and interviewed several protestors and members of parliament.

 

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A short film about Skateistan and Afghan skateboarder, Merza Muhammadi


Merza Muhammadi, one of the best skateboarders in Afghanistan and an instructor at Skateistan.
Merza Muhammadi, one of the best skateboarders in Afghanistan and an instructor at Skateistan. (Photo by Zan Azlee, 2011)

Skateistan is an NGO started by Australian skateboarder, Oliver Percovich, in Kabul, Afghanistan back in 2007. The objective of the organisation is to engage youth is a positive manner.

I managed to meet up with Percovich when I was in Kabul and he brought me on a tour of the facilities and introduced me to Merza Muhammadi, one of the trainers.

Muhammadi was working on the streets when Percovich met him and took him in. Now, he’s one of the best skateboarders in the country and helping to teach other youth.

Check out the video of Skateistan I shot below.

 

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BFM 89.9 Radio interviewed me and Indrani Kopal about documentary filmmaking


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BFM 89.9 Radio produced a story on the subject of documentaries in Malaysia. This is in the wake of Malaysian filmmaker Indrani Kopal’s win for Best Student Documentary in Cannes.

They interviewed Indrani and me (even though I didn’t win an award!) to get an insight of documentary filmmaking. I sound so articulate, if I do say so myself! Muahaha!!

So go listen to the podcast lah! Go listen now!

The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 11) – Watching Back To The Future in 2015


The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 11) – Watching Back To The Future in 2015

Zan and Aizyl are old farts (Zan is an older fart by a decade!) and they talk about watching one of the greatest movie series ever made on this planet… BACK TO THE FUTURE! But, of course, being the intellectual geniuses that they are, they are discussing how an audience today would react to a film which was first made in 1985.

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A documentary on the Myanmar village in Langkawi that was rumoured to have been harbouring Rohingya refugees


Yusop Saad and his son sitting in front of their home. (Photo by Zan Azlee)
Yusop Saad and his son sitting in front of their home, in Kampung Bukit Malut, Langkawi. (Photo by Zan Azlee)

Last week, AstroAwani.Com published my multimedia feature on Kampung Bukit Malut, the Myanmar village in Langkawi which was rumoured to be populated by Rohingya refugees.

[Read it here: No Rohingya in this village]

Of course, being the awesome multimedia journalist that I am, I also produced a 30 minute TV documentary! And if you missed the broadcast on 501 Awani, fear not because it’s on YouTube.