The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 5) – Chewie, we’re home!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens! The Fat Bidin Film Club resident know-it-nones, Zan and Aizyl Azlee, talk about the latest trailer to be released promoting a film that will only come out at the end of the year (and the first trailer was released last year!).
Zan and Aizyl finally find a film that they both can agree is an excellent film… Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. However, do take note that Aizyl had not even seen the whole film when this podcast was recorded!
This week’s episode listens to Zan and Aizyl talk about the surrealist film disguised as a realist film, Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo, and directed by Dan Gilroy. Aizyl liked it and Zan didn’t!
This week is part 5 of my multimedia documentary, Guide To Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite, which includes video, still photos an text. As you would know, this is concurrent with the 10-part feature on The Malaysian Insider website, of which you can view part 5 here:
JAN 9 — No matter how much I read and watch the news about Afghanistan, the one thing that always frames my perspective when it comes to the country is its Islamic extremism. And I know that this is how many people around the world perceive it as well. So, during my time in Afghanistan, one of the issues that interested me was the fact that so much of the country’s culture had been suppressed, or even eradicated, by the Taliban during their rule.
And now that the United States has blown the Taliban out of political power, a lot of this culture, which was deemed haram by the Taliban, is making a comeback. I spoke to Ahmad Bilal Raghbat, my local fixer, about this and the first thing that came to his mind was movies.
“I love watching movies but during the Taliban time, cinemas were shut down,” said the big Bollywood fan.
After days of driving and walking around Kabul with Bilal, I noticed that there was actually quite a big cinema in the middle of the city right next President Hamid Karzai’s office. It’s called Ariana and you can hardly miss it due to all the brightly coloured movie posters adorning the walls on the outside. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]
Zan Azlee, a Malaysian KL-ite journalist who has lived all his life in non-conflict zones, travels to Afghanistan to see if he can come up with the best travel guide for the country. With no idea what he is getting himself into, he dodges suicide bombers and IEDs, and even gets embedded with the army, to plan out the best tourist route in Afghanistan. This is a multimedia documentary produced by Fat Bidin Media and directed by solo-journalist Zan Azlee.
Click the thumbnails below to launch the photo essay (Part 5).
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I just like enjoying movies the right way
By Zan Azlee
JULY 23 — Whenever it comes to watching movies, I like to make sure that my experience is the best possible one I can get at the time. So when I go to the cinema, I always make sure I get a nice seat, a good hair band to make sure my hair isn’t in my face and a pretty girl by my side (these days, I just bring my wife). I believe that the surroundings and experience of watching a movie can actually determine whether you will enjoy it or not. [Click to read the rest of the article]