Green minds meet

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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,

Lobo

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