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!).


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]

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