Public Service Announcement (PSA)

A Community, Fighting, by Zoe FitzPatrick

Synopsis: This short film marks the 20 year campaign sparked by the news that a waste company had arrived armed with plans to build a large hazardous waste incinerator at the end of a then undeveloped cul-de-sac in Ringaskiddy, the industrial heartland of Cork.

As news percolated around Cork Harbour, concern and opposition, evident from the outset, consolidated, galvanised and continued to go from strength to strength over the course of the years that saw a community stuck in a battle that they didn’t invite. The campaign, at the time of completion of this film, is still ongoing.

This film is a visual representation of the time that has passed – from protests, to fundraisers, to court battles, at the heart of it a community subject to much struggle. However, they have not let that stop them and have truly shown the strength in numbers and staying power.

Duration: 00:04:25

A Coral’s Journey from Reef to Lab, by Jihad Wajdi Mohd Erfino

Synopsis: Coral reefs are dying at an unprecedented rate with projections predicting them to be extinct in the coming decades. The reef ecosystem is vital to sustaining 25% of the planet’s marine life and millions of people. Thus, marine researchers are desperate to find new ways to save the world’s reefs.
Could the answer lie in a coral’s genetic material: its ribonucleic acid or RNA? RNA can give us a clue to which corals grow faster, which is important in reef rehabilitation efforts.
The problem is that once the coral is out of the seawater, its RNA is at risk, breaking down every passing second. Researchers at Rawa Island in Johor must strategise on how to get the coral from reef to lab. With the clock ticking, will they succeed?

Duration: 00:01:00

Gardener of the Sea, by Mok Man Ying

Synopsis: Rising seawater temperatures caused by a changing climate are triggering outbreaks of algal blooms, smothering coral reefs leading to its decline worldwide.
Could a marine animal save the reefs?
Unlike other colourful and magnificent marine creatures such as fish, turtles and sharks, sea urchins are the least favoured animal to see in the sea. Its black and sharp thorn-like spikes and frightening appearance often mislead people to portray them as the villains of the reef. But in fact, this misunderstood creature might be the key to keeping coral reefs healthy.
Researchers from Universiti Malaya stalk sea urchins to help unravel the secret beneath the spikes to answer the question — villain or hero?

Duration: 00:01:00

The Broken Garden of the Sea, by K.L. Chew 

Synopsis: Coral reefs teem with life. Often called the rainforests of the sea, the intricate branching coral structures are home to millions of animals and plants – from brightly coloured sea anemones to fish, crabs and prawns. Seafood is an essential source of protein for billions of people, mostly in developing countries.
However, raging storms made stronger by changing climate are breaking corals branch by branch. With little time to recover, the integrity of the coral reefs is at risk.
But what if there is a coral branch that can be used to grow corals that are less prone to damage? Researchers from Universiti Malaya dive to seek answers to save Malaysia’s coral reefs.

Duration: 00:01:00

Public Service Announcement (PSA)

Convergence, by Manolo Mendieta

Synopsis: The unraveling of our divergence and the journey to converge back with nature.

Duration: 00:02:24

The Seed, by Mauro Altschuler

Synopsis: How far are we ready to put our own future at risk before assuming the responsibility we have and learning to respect our mother earth?

Duration: 00:01:46

Midang Midang, by Sarah Lois Dorai

Synopsis: Midang Midang is an old Kelabit courtship song, handed to musician Alena Murang by her grandaunty Tepu’ Ira. The Kelabit people are native to Borneo, with population of 6000 people their language is threatened, meaning it could disappear with Alena’s generation. This music video is a contemporary adaptation of the song and its story, a project by indigenous creative youths of Borneo and their teams.

Duration: 00:03:26

Public Service Announcement (PSA)

A Community, Fighting, by Zoe FitzPatrick

Synopsis: This short film marks the 20 year campaign sparked by the news that a waste company had arrived armed with plans to build a large hazardous waste incinerator at the end of a then undeveloped cul-de-sac in Ringaskiddy, the industrial heartland of Cork.

As news percolated around Cork Harbour, concern and opposition, evident from the outset, consolidated, galvanised and continued to go from strength to strength over the course of the years that saw a community stuck in a battle that they didn’t invite. The campaign, at the time of completion of this film, is still ongoing.

This film is a visual representation of the time that has passed – from protests, to fundraisers, to court battles, at the heart of it a community subject to much struggle. However, they have not let that stop them and have truly shown the strength in numbers and staying power.

Duration: 00:04:25

A Coral’s Journey from Reef to Lab, by Jihad Wajdi Mohd Erfino

Synopsis: Coral reefs are dying at an unprecedented rate with projections predicting them to be extinct in the coming decades. The reef ecosystem is vital to sustaining 25% of the planet’s marine life and millions of people. Thus, marine researchers are desperate to find new ways to save the world’s reefs.
Could the answer lie in a coral’s genetic material: its ribonucleic acid or RNA? RNA can give us a clue to which corals grow faster, which is important in reef rehabilitation efforts.
The problem is that once the coral is out of the seawater, its RNA is at risk, breaking down every passing second. Researchers at Rawa Island in Johor must strategise on how to get the coral from reef to lab. With the clock ticking, will they succeed?

Duration: 00:01:00

Gardener of the Sea, by Mok Man Ying

Synopsis: Rising seawater temperatures caused by a changing climate are triggering outbreaks of algal blooms, smothering coral reefs leading to its decline worldwide.
Could a marine animal save the reefs?
Unlike other colourful and magnificent marine creatures such as fish, turtles and sharks, sea urchins are the least favoured animal to see in the sea. Its black and sharp thorn-like spikes and frightening appearance often mislead people to portray them as the villains of the reef. But in fact, this misunderstood creature might be the key to keeping coral reefs healthy.
Researchers from Universiti Malaya stalk sea urchins to help unravel the secret beneath the spikes to answer the question — villain or hero?

Duration: 00:01:00

The Broken Garden of the Sea, by K.L. Chew 

Synopsis: Coral reefs teem with life. Often called the rainforests of the sea, the intricate branching coral structures are home to millions of animals and plants – from brightly coloured sea anemones to fish, crabs and prawns. Seafood is an essential source of protein for billions of people, mostly in developing countries.
However, raging storms made stronger by changing climate are breaking corals branch by branch. With little time to recover, the integrity of the coral reefs is at risk.
But what if there is a coral branch that can be used to grow corals that are less prone to damage? Researchers from Universiti Malaya dive to seek answers to save Malaysia’s coral reefs.

Duration: 00:01:00

Public Service Announcement (PSA)

Convergence, by Manolo Mendieta

Synopsis: The unraveling of our divergence and the journey to converge back with nature.

Duration: 00:02:24

The Seed, by Mauro Altschuler

Synopsis: How far are we ready to put our own future at risk before assuming the responsibility we have and learning to respect our mother earth?

Duration: 00:01:46

Midang Midang, by Sarah Lois Dorai

Synopsis: Midang Midang is an old Kelabit courtship song, handed to musician Alena Murang by her grandaunty Tepu’ Ira. The Kelabit people are native to Borneo, with population of 6000 people their language is threatened, meaning it could disappear with Alena’s generation. This music video is a contemporary adaptation of the song and its story, a project by indigenous creative youths of Borneo and their teams.

Duration: 00:03:26

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The Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) is Malaysia’s first and longest-serving platform promoting sustainable living through showcases of environmentally-themed films and programs. Since 2008, KLEFF’s mission is to accelerate mainstreaming of sustainable living and stewardship of the environment through the power of audio visual materials and activities.

During the festival, KLEFF hosts the screening of more than 50 films reaching to an audience of more than 5,000. With the collaboration of partners and sponsors, KLEFF is gradually becoming the nation’s celebrated grassroots cultural and environmental event.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, KLEFF has evolved from a physical festival into a digital festival through its online screening platform KLEFFlix.

The Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival is a not-for-profit program organized by local environmental NGO, EcoKnights.

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