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KLEFF Jury’s Choice: Must Watch Environmental Films by Malaysian Film Makers

KLEFF Jury’s Choice: Must Watch Environmental Films by Malaysian Film Makers

When the inaugural Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival kick started back in 2008, the festival received eight film submissions by Malaysian film makers. Fast forward to 2018, this number has been steadily increasing over the years with close to 50 film submissions this year by Malaysians.

It’s either because environmental stories are the “in” thing or content, or perhaps Malaysians are now a more conscious lot about environmental issues leading to environmental content becoming more popular today than it was a decade ago. It’s definitely not an easy feat to focus on making non-commercial environment-themed stories, despite it being much needed, as film makers still need to make a living and doing commercial jobs helps pay the bills.

Yet to make a change and difference in society, a film maker’s role sits in an awkward juxtaposition. One can dabble in just commercial works and ignore the woes of the planet, or juggle between both and get your films to advocate for something bigger than just driving through the capitalistic needs of humanity.

In this year’s festival, we are excited to share the KLEFF jury’s choice of Malaysian environmental films to check out at this year’s festival, which will be held from 22nd to 29th October 2018, at Publika Solaris.

1.

Mr. Garbage | 3.29 mins | Friday, October 26th 2018 | Black Box | 7:45 pm

About the film: The journey of how an ordinary technician making extraordinary actions to his community. He protects the Life beneath land, making sure the waters in his hometown clean. Making positive change is a lifelong journey, persistence counts!

About the director: Mark Lee, a commercial film director, with numerous awards under his belt has diversify his craft into humanity and environmental projects as he believes that we and especially the future generations is critically in need to understand the importance in making a positive change towards a greenery space we live in.

2.

Iron Lady | 3.32 mins | Thursday, October 25th 2018 | Black Box | 9:50 pm

About the film: This story travels the journey on how an ordinary housewife undertaking on an extraordinary task in making positive change to her community.

About the director: Mark Lee, a commercial film director, with numerous awards under his belt has diversify his craft into humanity and environmental projects as he believes that we and especially the future generations is critically in need to understand the importance in making a positive change towards a greenery space we live in.

3.

TANDUS | 9.59 mins | Friday, October 26th 2018 | Black Box | 7:20 pm

About the film: “Tandus” is a story about three young man who often waste water in their rented homes. They are Marko, Amir and Syamsul. Each of them had its own way of wasting water. Amir often bathed for a long time until his friend is late to go to work. Syamsul, often washed his car without turning off the water pipes until it gets flooded. While Marco had the biggest mistake, he just let the water wastage to happen, without reprimanding Amir and Syamsul.

One night, they all had a same dream. Their dream is about the three of them in the world of sudden extinction of water, where the earth was turbulent and people were killing each other to get water. A clan called “wethead’ killed people just to take water from them to survive. Three of them had to survive together, scavenging to survive the post-apocalyptic world. Syamsul thought that there is a Water Goddess who made all water disappeared just to give lesson to humanity – which was a silly thought to Marco and Amir.  In that dream, the three of them blamed each other for abusing the usage of water. Untill they were magically summoned to the future where earth is barren and dry like a dessert. They met the Water Goddess who summoned them at the dessert.

About the director: Izaq Yuzaini Bin Ismail is a 21-year old independeant filmmaker who started making videos and short films since the age of 12. Growing up in Kota Kinabalu Sabah,  he is a film student studying at UiTM Puncak Perdana. His hobby is to make short films and joining video contests. One of his goals is to set up a successful production company someday. For now, he is still active in Aras 2 Production, where his team makes short films every month to gain experience. He has won some awards at festivals such as Best Experimental Film, Best Editor, Best PSA and Best Short Film recently.

4.

River of Life Expedition | 7.30 mins | Friday, October 26th 2018 | Black Box | 6:30 pm

About the film: What if you wanted to experience the River of Life up close for yourself? How would you do it? What if you wanted to kayak down the River of Life? Where would you put your kayak in? Where would you take it out? What would you want to document and capture? This short video shows one such expedition led by a Member of Parliament to see what the River of Life project is all about, up close and personal.

About the director: A life-long film buff, Linus Chung made home movies as a child by shooting scenes with a cheap consumer video camera and editing the resultant footage on his family video recorder. He now makes a living and supports his passion for filmmaking by producing and directing modest TV commercials and corporate videos. He recently made a Nokia sponsored feature film entitled ‘A Note of Love’. The film enjoyed a limited but successful release in Malaysian cinemas. He subsequently made a poignant feature documentary that aired on ASTRO TV entitled ‘Mother’. Perhaps his most prominent work to date is an independent animated short film entitled ‘Demolition Frog’ that has to date been screened in over 11 festivals all over the world. Other than making films, Linus also writes articles on cinema and filmmaking for magazines such as Vida, Newmann, Cinema Online and Tell. He is also a trained sculptor and fine arts painter.

5.

Plastic-Free - What Do You Know about Marine Pollution | 4.07 mins | Friday, October 26th 2018 | Black Box | 7:50 pm

About the film: Plastic pollution in our oceans has reached alarming levels, affecting wildlife and ocean health. In 2017, NGO MNS Marine * launched our campaign ‘Towards Plastic-Free Seas’ to raise awareness about this issue. In this film, the directors went out to find out how much Malaysians know about the issue. And they found some surprising answers and in turn, surprise our interviewees with some facts. ‘Plastic-Free: What Do You Know About Marine Pollution?’ is part of the film makers’ on-going campaign seeking to get Malaysians to commit to reducing plastic use, spread awareness about marine plastic pollution, link with other no-plastic initiatives and conduct beach clean-ups.

About the directors: Stephanie Theresa is a filmmaker/photographer who has been a consistent finalist in regional film competitions and has featured in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore eco film festivals. SL Wong has been writing about the environment for over 20 years. An occasional filmmaker, she has volunteered with MNS Marine since 2003

To find out more about the screening times and schedule, click here: https://kleff.my/kleff-2018-announces-this-years-film-screening-schedule/