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KLEFF Announces This Year’s 9 Official Selections

KLEFF Announces This Year’s 9 Official Selections

Films about Malaysian environmental issues dominate the Official Selections Line Up

24th August 2016, Kuala Lumpur – The 9th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) announces nine of this year’s official selections ahead of their October festival date.

Among the films selected as official selections are “No Haze without Fire” – a film produced by Indonesian NGO, Sawit Watch which tells the story of the annual haze that occurs in Indonesia and how it impacts the ASEAN region and questions the future of sustainable palm oil farming, “The Disappearing Hills” – a film about the massive highland destruction in Cameron Highlands that has caused an unprecedented ecological collapse of the Central Forest Spine of Malaysia, “Ulin” – a film about the threat of logging and plantation companies on the ancient lowland forests of Borneo.

Other films that have been selected as Official Selections include the following:

Power to Change: The Energy Rebellion – Directed by Carl A Fletcher, this film takes the audience on a journey through Ukraine where thousands of people are fighting for the energy revolution. This film is a story of the transition to a future that dispenses with fossil fuels and nuclear energy. A touching and moving film, the message is very clear – to be sustainable, we must fight for it. Watch the trailer here.

SEED: The Untold Story – Directed by Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz, the film follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers and indigenous seek keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle lost connection to our most treasured resource and reveal a culture connected to seeds. This film features Vandana Shiva, Dr Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winoa Laduke and Raj Patel. Watch the trailer here.

Freightened: The Real Cost of Shipping” – How does shipping gifts, and presents through the cargo shipping industry affect the planet? In this film directed by Denis Delestrac, Freightened takes us on a journey to reveal the audacious investigation the many faces of world-wide freight shipping and sheds light on the consequences of an all-but-visible industry. Watch the trailer here.

The Climate Changers – The Climate Changers» is a short documentary about civil society engagement during the historic climate conference (COP 21) in Paris in December 2015. Journalist Samuel Schlaefli and filmmaker Esther Petsche joined activists and visited them in their ateliers, in cultural centres, hostels and on the streets to document their fight for climate justice. The mobilisation in Paris showed: The fight against climate change has evolved into a full grown global grassroots movement that unites people with all kinds of different backgrounds and motivations. No longer are those global citizens willing to wait for solutions by their national leaders. They take the streets to promote their vision of a more just, a more peaceful and sustainable world. Watch the trailer here.

A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity – A feature-length documentary directed by Jordan Osmond and Samuel Alexander, A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity takes us to Gippsland, Australia, where residents have fully embraced the notion of a simpler existence far from the maddening crowds and stress-inducing cityscapes. Part of a 12-month experiment known as The Simpler Way Project, the inhabitants of this community all share a common commitment to social change and environmental preservation. Watch the trailer here.

A Last Stand For Lelu” – A great injustice is being done on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert, B.C., the sacred and traditional territory of the Lax Kw’alaams people for over 10,000 years. The B.C. provincial government is trying to green light the construction of a massive LNG terminal on the island – Pacific Northwest LNG, backed by Malaysian energy giant Petronas, without consent.The Lax Kw’alaams are the keepers of Lelu Island and its connected Flora Bank, a massive sand bar that is part of the Skeena River estuary and known by fisheries biologists as some of the most important salmon habitat in Canada. Watch the trailer here.

“We’re thrilled to announce these Official Selections ahead of our official program release date, and we’re especially excited that some of the representatives from each film will be attending the festival and participating in talk-backs and Q&As. In addition, we will also have local environmentalists and advocates who will also be curating some of the films. This is our ninth annual festival; we are ecstatic to establish Kuala Lumpur as a place for environmental film,” said Fadly Bakhtiar, KLEFF’s festival director.

The Kuala Lumpur Environmental Film Festival (KLEFF) will take place October 14th-16th, 2016 at Publika Solaris. KLEFF is a FREE three-day event that features environmental documentaries, adventure films, and other media work with ecological themes. The festival will also include discussions with visiting filmmakers, workshops, and after parties.

Learn more about KLEFF at www.kleff.my.

 

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL KUALA LUMPUR ECO FILM FESTIVAL

Now in its 9th year, the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival, is a not-for-profit and all volunteer-run festival supported by environmental NGO, EcoKnights features environment-themed documentary, feature, animated, archival, experimental and children’s films from around the world. KLEFF showcases ground breaking films, traversing the relationship between humans and their environments, challenging the way people think about the natural world and inspiring them to discuss, explore and act on important environmental issues. The films will be shown at various venues around Kuala Lumpur, including art spaces, cafes, universities, high schools, corporate officers and community theatres. Filmmakers and special guests will discuss their work at the festival. Most screenings are free to the public and include discussion with filmmakers or scientists on emerging environmental concerns and issues.

The Festival’s signature programs include the Green Market, Film Making Workshops, the KLEFF Awards Night, Green Vibes and more. The Festival hosts a number of juried cash awards, as well as audience awards.

The KLEFF’s official host venue is Publika Solaris. More information can be found at www.kleff.my.

ABOUT ECOKNIGHTS®

EcoKnights® is a non-profit environmental organization that champions sustainable living and supports a community of film makers, and environmentalist who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. EcoKnights’ Board of Committee Members, staff and constituents is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race and sexual orientation. EcoKnights serves the community through development-led interventions from education and awareness programs to research; and public participation programs to consultation. EK’s partners range from government agencies and communities to corporate agencies and NGOs. For more information about EcoKnights, log on to www.ecoknights.org.my.

For further information, kindly contact:

Fadly Bakhtiar, Festival Director, fadly@ecoknights.org.my, 017 227 9270.

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