Film festivals have been criticised for lacking curation, but not the Freedom Film Fest (FFF), Malaysia’s premier human rights documentary film festival that functions as a springboard for local independent filmmakers to debut their work, as well as a platform to discuss social causes that affect humans on a global scale.
This year, the 16th edition of the FFF will focus its attention on a call to 'Mend the Gap', a theme that addresses the issue of the widening gaps between the poor and the rich, the powerful and the powerless, despite great advancements in science, technology and democracy. There's an impressive line-up with 53 films by filmmakers from all over the world, alongside a host of activities including Q&A sessions after each film screening, thematic talks, workshops and masterclasses.
The full list of films include the following highlights: 'A Cambodian Spring' (Sep 29, 2pm) is a look at the people caught up in the development shaping modern Cambodia; 'The Judge' (Sep 30, 8pm) provides a unique perspective on Shariah law through the eyes of the first woman judge in Middle East's religious courts; 'Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas' (Oct 1, 8pm) investigates the Ethiopian government's land grabbing and how it affects everyone; 'The Story of Kam Agong' (Sep 29, 8pm) offers a peek into the state of maternity healthcare in Sarawak's rural villages; and 'Melawan Arus' (Oct 6, 8pm) which traces the political undercurrents that affected GE14 this year.
To gain admission to all events, you must register online or on the day of screening at the venue at least an hour before the event.