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[Press Release] KLEFF 2017 Announces This Year’s 10 Official Selections

[Press Release] KLEFF 2017 Announces This Year’s 10 Official Selections

21st August 2017, Kuala Lumpur – The 10th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) announces ten of this year’s official selections ahead of their October festival date.


Among some of the official selections for this year are two films that focus on wildlife conservation. These two films are “Big Pygmies, Little Giants” and “Operation Sumatran Rhino”.

Big Pygmies, Little Giant

Film Type: Feature Film

Director: Howard Jackson

Theme: Wildlife Conservation

Running time: 63 minutes

Country: Malaysia

Synopsis: Big Pygmies, Little Giantsis a wildlife film directed by Australian Howard Jackson and is the sequel to “Big Dreams, Little Bears” (premiered in KLEFF in 2014) featuring the efforts CNN Hero, Dr Wong Siew Te, in his efforts to move captured sun bears into a protected forest through the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC). The trailer of this documentary can be viewed here.



Operation Sumatran Rhino

Film Type: Feature Film

Director: Chris Annadorai

Theme: Wildlife Conservation

Running time: 44 minutes

Country: Malaysia

Sypnosis: Directed by Chris Annadorai, this film is a wildlife conservation documentary which showcases the Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA) in their do or die mission to save Malaysia’s critically endangered Sumatran rhino in which there are less than 100 of them remaining in the world, with just a few left in Malaysia. The trailer of this documentary can be viewed here.


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


Lessons from Disaster

Film Type: Short Documentary

Director: Nor Haffizah Binti Razak

Theme: Natural Disaster

Running time: 27 minutes 5 seconds

Country: Malaysia

Synopsis: Ibrah From Disaster (Lessons From Disaster) focuses on catastrophic events that have hit the Asian countries such as the Tsunami in Aceh Indonesia, the Tohoku Earthquake in Japan and the Haiyyan Typhoon in the Philippines. Following this increasingly threat of nature has made us explore the possibilities of many other destructive naturaldisasters.  The Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM) in collaboration with Kyoto University has held a workshop titled “International Workshop Toward Building RegionalPlatform For Disaster Risk Reduction In Asia” it is a golden opportunity for Malaysia to learn from the experiences of other Asian countries who have been suffering from major disasters.  Ibrah From Disaster (Lessons From Disaster) is a documentary that can educate viewers to be more sensitive and prepared for various threats of natural disasters if they are repeated.



Film Type: Feature Film

Director: Ed Antoja

Theme: Animal Rights, Sustainable Lifestyle

Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Country: Spain

Synopsis: Ed is commissioned to make a documentary intending to change those habits of society that are harmful to animals. But completely alien to the animal protection movement, he will realize that to carry out the project, he must first convince himself. A project that will forever change his lifestyle, or perhaps not.



Film Type: Short Documentaries

Director: Linda Booker

Theme: Waste, Plastic

Running time: 32 minutes 45 seconds

Country: United States

Synopsis: Used once and tossed, billions of plastic straws wind up in landfills and streets finding their way to oceans. A viral video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw in its nose has now sparked anti-straw campaigns globally. Actor/Director Tim Robbins narrates the history and story of straws and marine researchers, citizen activists and business owners to discuss how it’s possible to make a sea of change, one straw at a time.


The Stolen River

Film Type: Short Documentary

Director: Krisztina Danka

Theme: River Pollution

Running time: 39 minutes 12 seconds

Country: United States

Synopsis: Yamuna, a sacred river in India, at a certain point suddenly disappeared, to be replaced by an open flow of sewage, killing all living organisms within and making millions who rely on the water fall ill. The most vulnerable ones – infants, young children and farm animals are dying by the thousands. But when the situation appears hopeless, a few unlikely heroes emerge to try to save this “stolen river.”


The Girl and the Typhoons

Film Type: Feature Film

Director: Christoph Schwaiger

Theme: Climate Change, Community Engagement

Running time: 55 minutes

Country: France

Synopsis: In 2013, super typhoon Haiyan hits the Philippines shores, destroying cities and villages. 6000 people were killed and millions were left homeless. Such huge climate disasters only happen once or twice in a century. But today many experts think that global warming might induce an increase. Some Philippians are committing to face such threats. Like Marinel, 16 years old, who has decided to rescue her archipelago. She goes to schools to raise awareness on climate risks for the new generation to come. We will wander by her side on her devastated island, meeting those who refuse to give up and who work to protect the archipelago.



Film Type: Feature Film

Director: Richard Grehan

Theme: Wildlife Conservation

Running time:  1 hour 13 minutes

Country: Japan

Synopsis: Zan is a documentary about the last of the Okinawan Dugong and the people who strive to protect them, located in the outstandingly beautiful and bio-diversed Henoko and Oura bay. The Dugong is facing its last stand and its feeding grounds are threatened by the construction of new US base. This film follows Yu Kisami as he brings us on a journey of discovery, aided by the Nature Conservation Society of Japan. We meet the people who are working tirelessly to protect this beautiful part of the world, a natural heritage for Japan.


The Swan

Film Type: Short Film

Director: Jonas Karasek

Theme: Species Evolution

Running time: 10 minutes

Country: Slovakia

Synopsis: A story about a young photographer who takes photos of animals in some time in the future. Whilst using an old camera, she catches them in their natural environment and shows their beauty. But can you imagine what beauty can we expect at the end of evolution?


An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch

Film Type: Short Documentary

Director: Alison Barrat

Theme: Sustainable Fishing

Running time: 46 minutes

Country: United States

Synopsis: Narrated by actor and ocean conservationist Ted Danson, this film reveals a frightening truth about our oceans. An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch follows the work of the world’s premier fisheries scientist, Dr. Daniel Pauly, as he investigates how close we are to a global crash in fish populations. It’s a detective story that ranges from the Atlantic coastline to the reefs of the Bahamas and the shores of Senegal. This film is a call to arms for governments around the world to take a better accounting of their fish stocks before we face a global food catastrophe. This film is a co-production with The Smithsonian Channel and will broadcast in 2017.


The screening schedule of the official selections as well as other films can be viewed here.

The Kuala Lumpur Environmental Film Festival (KLEFF) will take place October 23rd – 29th October, 2017 at Publika Solaris. KLEFF is a seven-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


Now in its 10th 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 open 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


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