Green minds meet
THE annual Eco Film Festival, which began in 2008, is back and boasts a massive line-up of enviromentalminded sessions and green-related activities. This year’s week-long edition, which opened on Monday at the Faculty of Economics and Administration campus, Universiti Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, features workshops, films, unplugged performances by local musicians, and a variety of green products on sale.
The free-for-all festival features 30 short and feature length movies (shown daily) while over 45 exhibitors/vendors and 30 performers/ musicians bring colour and life to the festival grounds this weekend.
The checklist this weekend include live sessions, featuring Kyoto Protocol, Diandra Arjunaidi, Markiza & Peter Hassan, Ferns, Izzy Mohamed and Goodbye 20th Century.
This year also sees the Power Down gig, presented by The Star, making its debut with awardwinning singer-songwriter Aizat Amdan, newcomer indie jazz singer Amirah Ali, rock ‘n’ roll outfit Rollin’ Sixers and alternative act Monoloque slotted for the Saturday session (7.30pm). Tree Theatre Group, Wakaka, Raman the Nose Flutist and Eco Drum Circle complete the diverse and fun lineup on the Power Down stage this Saturday.
An added highlight is John Trinh, the filmmaker and director of Agent Orange: 30 Years Later who will also be making a special appearance at the Eco Film Festival on Saturday (2.30pm) at screening Hall 1 of the Faculty of Economics and Administration. Trinh will be answering questions from the audience about this film, screened for the first time in Malaysia and possibly Asia. For screening schedules, Power Down gig/live session info and more details, go to http://ecofilmfest.my/. n THE Freedom Film Fest 2010, the 7th edition of this annual human rights film festival, will be held throughout October and November in Petaling Jaya, Johor Baru, Miri and George Town, Penang. The two-day festival features 14 award-winning Malaysian and international human rights documentaries. It starts this weekend at Menara PKNS, 17 Jalan Yong Shook Lin, PJ and moves on to other towns (check freedomfilmfest.komas.org for venues, schedules and list of films).
Three winners of this year’s film festival will be shown on the first night. They are Loo Que Lin’s Pilih (Choose) (8.25pm) about campus elections; Abri Chupil’s Hak DiNafikan (Rights Denied) (9.15pm) about the concerns of Orang Asli communities over their land rights in Malaysia; and Sheridan Mahavera Shakir and Siti Nurbaiyah Nadzmi’s Kisah Tauke Mancis & Minyak Tumpah (The Tale Of The Matches Boss And Spilt Petrol) (10pm), a story of two communities and the relocation of a temple.
Other highlighted movies for this Saturday include Every Mother’s Son (2pm) , Raul The Terrible (3.30pm)and Uranium – Is It A Country? (5pm). On Sunday, the movies are on the application of Islamic Laws in Malaysia, the situation in Burma, whether Malaysians and Indonesians share a common culture and empowering the Orang Asli.
Movie screenings will be followed by a 20-minute facilitated discussion so come prepared to participate and share. This is a private event. Register online for free tickets at freedomfilmfest. komas.org/tickets. For details, e-mail freedomfilmfest@ komas.org. n ROLAND Kent Lavoie may be more familiar to those who were growing up in the 1970s as Lobo, the folk-based country singer-songwriter who had a string of hits during that golden decade. Tomorrow, fans will be entertained by the 67-year-old singer at Arena of Stars in Genting Highlands.
The tour date is part of the Lobo Asia Tour and tickets are available at all Ticketpro outlets (ticketpro. com.my). Fans can also call the ticket hotline at % 03-7880 7999 or % 03-5622 1600 or visit jazzygroup. com. Tickets are priced from RM80 to RM250. n SHOUT! The Mod Musical is making a come back, featuring golden songs from the 1960s and chronicling women’s liberation. Presented by Broadway Academy presents Sdn Bhd, SHOUT! is a nonstop journey through the infectious and soulful pop anthems and ballads that made household names of stars like Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield and Lulu.
The re-run features homegrown talents like Ning Baizura, Tria Aziz,