MESYM’s Documentary Night is held every 2nd Tuesday of each month. Everyone is invited to come hang out, watch a documentary, meet like-minded friends and take part in the discussion. Admission is free!
For our November event we will watch Power to Change, a film about a great vision—and the people turning it into reality: the rebels of our day. The future of world energy lies in decentralised, clean supplies stemming 100% from renewable sources. That is the message of the documentary Power to Change — The energy rebellion.
Carl-A. Fechner is a qualified educator, journalist, filmmaker and producer. A winner of the European Solarprize and the B.A.U.M.-Environmental prize, he has long been advocating the need for fundamental change. In 1989 he founded fechnerMEDIA GmbH, which since its inception has been promoting examples of sustainable living and has won numerous international awards for its documentary films, PR campaigns and crossmedia projects.
Germany faces the biggest structural reform since the beginning of the industrial age. POWER TO CHANGE – The EnergyRebellion is the cinematic experience and exploration of this millennium challenge.
This is the story of a quest – a search in which questions are raised and answers found.
The film shows the conflict over an energy revolution, which began as a grassroots movement and is being advanced through decentralized, regional players. It draws upon the personal stories of people who have taken the responsibility for their energy supply and the protection of their natural livelihood into their own hands. By weaving together people and places it creates an authentic record of our time. With a journalistic-analytical approach, supported by in-depth research, the film shows the daily struggle of activists, entrepreneurs, skeptics and critics in dealing with this energy revolution. It seeks to attract international media attention in order to project their struggle onto to the world stage.
It’s a film that aims to put an end to the doomsday scenarios and the cynical discussions over the feasibility of the energy revolution. It’s entertaining, exciting and fascinating, without succumbing to moralistic preaching. But it is irreconcilable where reconciliation is not possible.Loggers block media from investigating Janda Baik logging
This post is put up on behalf of Janda Baik resident Christine Lim, who is trying to raise awareness on the destructive logging in Janda Baik. This is her English translation of a Bernama article carried by Free Malaysia Today.
Loggers prevent media from investigating logging in Janda Baik
Bernama | October 11, 2016
They prevented the passage of the media and environmental activists who wanted to see the uncontrolled logging activities of the past 20 years in the Permanent Forest Estate of Janda Baik
BENTONG: The greed of those carrying out uncontrolled logging activities in the Permanent Forest Estate of Janda Baik over the past 20 years is a nightmare for the close to 2,000 residents of Janda Baik Village.
Their livelihoods are increasingly affected because five major tributaries including Ulu Sungai Benus, Sungai Kuala Lurau and Sungai Tampik, which supplied clean water and were tourist attractions, have been “raped” by certain parties for their own interests.
Accordingly, the Association for the Protection of Natural Heritage of Malaysia (PEKA) has taken the initiative to defend the plight of the villagers by urging the cessation of logging activity before the situation worsens.
President Puan Sri Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil said that although the various parties deny the situation, Peka has clear evidence that the deforestation is increasingly serious.
As proof, PEKA and several media agencies including Bernama surveyed the area and found that forest clearing is still in progress.
Among the proof they found is a new trail enabling log removal that was found 3 kilometers deep into the forest, when they entered by a 4-wheel-drive vehicle.
However, when the parties involved became aware of the presence of PEKA and the media, they acted to block the passage they were clearing by placing the equipment in the middle of the route.
Sabrina Shariffa described their actions as extreme because not only do they harm the environment but they also affect the livelihood of the majority of the local population who provide homestays.
“This is a permanent forest reserve. Janda Baik is an ecotourism area but it is losing the natural resources such as rivers, including flora and fauna.
“I feel this is unfair to the residents who have invested money to provide homestays. They are disappointed and they are now speaking out to stop the logging because it has gone overboard,” she said.
She said her organization is always monitoring the situation in the area but needed the cooperation of local residents to ensure that those responsible stop their logging activities.
“It is time for the residents to take action out of desperation. PEKA will always provide support for the welfare of the population and the environment before we lose this valuable resource,” she said.
Meanwhile, local area representative Mat Sabri Ahmad Malek, 58, said that such activities do not only affect the income of the population but also cause several other problems such as mud floods, shallow waters, and decreasing fish population.
“We are no longer able to cope with this situation. We, with PEKA’s help, will put up barriers immediately for the good of all,” said he, who used to work in freshwater aquaculture.
Jefri Jais, who represents the tourist guides in the area, also expressed disappointment in the steep recent decline in the number of tourists in this ecotourism area, which has been deeply felt.
He claimed that tourist visits to the area have fallen by about 50% as many are aware of the destruction of flora and fauna.MESYM Documentary Night #37: “We come as friends”
MESYM’s Documentary Night is held every 2nd Tuesday of each month. Everyone is invited to come hang out, watch a documentary, meet like-minded friends and take part in the discussion. Admission is free!
For our October event we will watch We come as friends, a modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa. At the moment when the Sudan, the continent’s biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old ‘civilizing’ pathology re-emerges – that of colonialism, clash of empires, and yet new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources.
If “history does not repeat itself, but rhymes”, WE COME AS FRIENDS bares witness to this disquieting reality – it is a complex, profound and humorous cinematic endeavor – a tale of very old and rather sinister verses.
WE COME AS FRIENDS is a modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa. At the moment when the Sudan, the continent’s biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old ‘civilizing’ pathology re-emerges – that of colonialism, clash of empires, and yet new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources.
The director of DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE takes us on this voyage in his tiny, self-made flying machine out of tin and canvas, he leads us into most improbable locations and into people’s thoughts and dreams, in both stunning and heartbreaking ways. Chinese oil workers, UN peacekeepers, Sudanese warlords, and American evangelists ironically weave common ground in this documentary.
THE 2016 Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest (KLEFF) is going to tell stories that will push its viewers’ emotional buttons, said KLEFF director Fadly Bakhtiar.
A total of 85 films will be screened with an expected turnout of 6,000 for the three days.
More than just an arty event, the festival has an agenda to mobilise public participation to champion the green movement.
Fadly and Yasmin revealed they had turned away some 150 applicants for Green Market because their products were deemed incompatible to the environmental cause.
The organisers are also insisting visitors make this festival a family affair.
“We are hoping children will come as well because they ask the most questions,” said Yasmin.
Last year, after a film screening, a nine-year-old stood up and asked his father what it would take for him to stop hunting.
Yasmin also recounts an episode after the screening of David Fedele’s Bikpela Bagarap (Big Damage), which won the KLEFF Audience Choice Award in 2012. Chagrined by the atrocities committed by a logging company in Papua New Guinea, the audience collected RM800 within 10 minutes and passed their donations to the film-maker who in turn used the money to buy medication for the affected community.
KLEFF is taking place at Publika, Solaris Dutamas from Oct 14 to 16.
Link: http://ecoknights.org.my/news/media-coverage/376-eco-film-fest-to-walk-the-talkMedia launch of KL Eco Film Fest 2016
Last week on Thursday 22 September 2016 at White Box, Publika mall, EcoKnights had launched their upcoming KL Eco Film Festival 2016. Below are some of the photos taken during the launch, as well as the media kit provided to all the journalists.
THE 9TH KUALA LUMPUR ECO FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL LINE UP
August 24th 2016, Kuala Lumpur — Environmental activists are rethinking how we inhabit our planet — and you can too at the 9th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF). This year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and compelling storytelling. KLEFF is now the largest film festival of its kind in Malaysia and is often the only place you will be able to see these inspiring films.
KLEFF celebrates the power of film to inspire, educate, and motivate audiences. The festival presents thought-provoking films and dialogue that raises awareness of a wide-ranging collection of interconnected ecological, social and economic themes.
This year, a total of 334 films were submitted from local and international filmmakers. Out of this, the jury committee accepted 140 films that are now in the running for the film competition in eight categories: Best Public Service Announcement (PSA), Best Young FilmMaker, Best Animation, Best Short Film, Best Short Documentary, Best Feature Film and Special Jury Award. The eight award, presented by JKR-UNDP is a special award presented to any films with a strong message on energy efficiency in buildings.
Only 85 films will be screened over the three day Festival weekend and a total of nine official selections have been selected, offering the Malaysian audience various choices in terms of environmental stories. Among the films selected as official selections are “No Haze without Fire” – a film produced by Indonesian NGO, Sawit Watch which tells the story of the annual haze that occurs in Indonesia and how it impacts the ASEAN region and questions the future of sustainable palm oil farming, “The Disappearing Hills” – a film about the massive highland destruction in Cameron Highlands that has caused an unprecedented ecological collapse of the Central Forest Spine of Malaysia, “Ulin” – a film about the threat of logging and plantation companies on the ancient lowland forests of Borneo.
“The Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival aims to accelerate the uptake of sustainable living and seeks solutions to global warming that will return the planet to a safe climate as fast as humanly possible. The Festival raises awareness and provides tools for change by showcasing leading solutions to the ecological and social challenges we face in the Green Market, and also inform and empower the festival goers with powerful award-winning films from all around the world,” said KLEFF Festival Director, Fadly Bakhtiar.
Attracting over 6,000 visits annually the Festival engages with close to hundreds of organisations and individuals to stage Malaysia’s largest environmental film festival.
“Apart from the free film screenings, one of the highlight of the Festival is the Green Market”, added Fadly.
The Green Market is the consumer lifestyle section of KLEFF created to introduce the public to new environmentally-friendly products and services that mix style and quality with sustainability. It is a solutions-based, family-oriented event that educates and entertains visitors about the benefits of green living and debuts cutting edge products that leave a softer footprint.
The Green Market attracts a diverse range of companies who focus on social and ecological sustainability, and features the latest eco-trends in fashion, technology, transportation, food, home, health and beauty. The Green Market will also feature workshops and presentations by eco-experts in everything from urban farming solutions to simple food waste management systems, as well as celebrity environmentalists and a special pavilion on MyHijau certified green products by Green Tech Malaysia, a government-linked company promoting green products and services through its green certification scheme.
The Festival’s weekend program engages individuals and communities across the Klang Valley to host and promote sustainability. Celebrating the very best examples of ecological and social sustainability the Festival embraces interactive workshops, talks, demonstrations, artworks, exhibits, films and live performances.
Some of the highlights of this year’s Festival are as follows:
Awards Ceremony, 14th October (Black Box)
Be the first to learn which films won awards and join the opening night Celebration! A short awards ceremony takes place Friday, October 14, 2016 during Opening Night in the Black Box (Approximately 7:00pm). Awards will be presented to the filmmakers with stories that are inspiring and that move the audience. Apart from the awards ceremony, this event will be filled with performances and will also kick start the Friday night screenings of KLEFF.
Local Filmmaker’s Spotlight, 14th October (Black Box)
Opening Night is always all about our local filmmakers. Right after the opening night, the Festival kicks off with the top Malaysian filmmaker’s films and host curated discussions with the audience.
Green Market, 15th to 16th October (Boulevard, Publika)
This year’s Green Market will feature 50 green exhibitors or entrepreneurs and non-profit environmental organizations. Various booths of local entrepreneurs from organic skincare, household products, interior garden decorations, handmade accessories and clothings, organic food as well as various food and beverages will be available such as True Loving Company (TLC), Claire Organics, Kinder Soaps, Husklife, Urban Ambrosia and many more. Well-established names such as UBER, Natural Health, Reneon Tech, WWF,IM4U,UNICEF,MENGO and many more. There are a lot of activities that will be conducted during Green Market not only to engage the consumers with the environment but also among themselves. The Green Market serves as a big initiative to promote sustainability through green purchases and support the local products and brands.
Jom Beli Produk Hijau, 14th to 16th October (Publika)
A collaboration with Green Tech Malaysia, the Jom Beli Produk Hijau pavilion will feature certified green products and services under the MyHijau green product certification scheme. The pavilion will showcase latest green technology-based products and services and showcases the government’s efforts in promoting the adoption of green technology among the general population. The launching ceremony will be officiated by YB Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia. There will be various activities conducted under the event such as ‘Green Vibes’ talk by Syed Azmi, colouring competition with giveaway prizes as well as a chance for a free ride in a Tesla and other green prizes. Log on to the Facebook and search for MyHIJAU Movement for more details and updates.
Nature Art Exhibition, 14th-16th October (White Box)
The Colours of Life art exhibition will feature French photographer, Christian Senat’s macro nature photography and Florent Mamelle’s volcanoes in conjunction with the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival throughout the weekend. Senat’s works presents the natural surroundings in a palette of hues that highlight the beauty and details we rarely take time to see while Mamelle presents the wild beauty and vibrant colours of the volcanoes in his photography.
Join us for the opening reception on 14th October and rub elbows with the festival’s special guests and meet other film enthusiasts at the while enjoying your evening drinks. A keynote address will be delivered by Senat at the launch of the Nature Art exhibition.
Workshops and Performances, 14th to 16th October
We have a list of exciting workshops and performances awaiting for you at KLEFF. Performers ranging from local musicians, dance crews, traditional instrumentalists to magicians will be entertaining you with their talents at The Square.
Over ten workshops will be happening over the Festival weekend covering a wide variety of themes from energy conservation by CETDEM to making seed bombs, a form of guerrilla farming to documentary filmmaking by Lara Ariffin and Harun Rahman of Novista. In addition the photographers featured in the Colours of Life exhibition will be conducting short workshops. There are workshops catered to all age groups and for different interests. The full list of workshops can be found at our website: http://kleff.my/
School and University Program, 15th to 16th October
Local students are invited to attend the KLEFF where our volunteers will specially curate the entire festival for them and bring them around the Festival ground to enjoy some of the activities lined up.
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL KUALA LUMPUR ECO FIM FESTIVAL
Now in its 9th 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 free 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 http://www.kleff.my.
EcoKnights® is a non-profit environmental organization that champions sustainable living and supports a community of film makers, and environmentalist who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. EcoKnights’ Board of Committee Members, staff and constituents is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race and sexual orientation. EcoKnights serves the community through development-led interventions from education and awareness programs to research; and public participation programs to consultation. EK’s partners range from government agencies and communities to corporate agencies and NGOs. For more information about EcoKnights, log on to http://www.ecoknights.org.my.
For further information, kindly contact:
Fadly Bakhtiar, Festival Director, email@example.com, 017 227 9270.Anticipating the 9th International Kuala Lumpur Eco-Film Festival (KLEFF)
Last week I was invited to receive first hand insights on the upcoming Kuala Lumpur Eco-Film Festival, happening at Publika, Solaris Dutamas from 14th-16th October 2016. Having attended KLEFF since I first got to know EcoKnights in 2012, it is amazing to see how the festival is growing tremendously and progressively creating environmental awareness amongst Malaysians.
“It is not just about creating a festival, it’s about creating a movement,” said Yasmin Rashid, Founder of EcoKnights and Honorary Advisor of the 9th International KLEFF in her speech during the Launch. Started in 2007, the Film Festival envisioned to convey impactful messages by utilising audio-visual materials, recognising them as a powerful tool for communication. The purpose of the Film Festival is to create a common ground for Malaysians and non-Malaysians alike, to spark a revolutionary movement.
To walk the talk, the Film Festival encompasses “green” aspects. For example, the overall energy consumption of KLEFF is monitored by Reneon Technologies, to ensure it does not exceed targeted consumption. Other than that, the application for green market is filtered through a rigorous process and all plastics and styrofoam are banned from the market. Even the brochures for KLEFF is printed on FSC Certified paper with only soy ink!
An interesting addition for this year’s KLEFF is the introduction of myHIJAU certification by KeTTHA and Greentech Malaysia. This is incorporated as part of the government’s effort in green procurement programme as well as moving towards a more green consumerism industry. Tuan Syed Ahmad Syed Mustafa, CEO of Greentech Catalyst, stressed on the importance of making right judgement and choices when it comes to buying products from the market.
Check out kleff.my for more details on the list of activities happening at the Eco-Film Festival. See you there!MNS Flora Group Sat Afternoon 2-Session Get Together MESYM Documentary Night #38: “Power to Change” The Winners of Climate Change — Techno-fixes The Winners of Climate Change — Extreme weather The Winners of Climate Change — A new world map The Winners of Climate Change — Introduction to the Series Climate Change Deniers — Malaysian (dis)information CETDEM’s Community Compost Making #2: Waste Collection Centre for Environment, Technology and Developement, Malaysia (CETDEM) Gregers Reimann Jasmin Irisha Jim Ilham Jun-E Tan Leonardo Losoviz MESYM Malaysian Nature Society Flora Group Shashidharan N Subramaniam Sheena Moses Siew Lyn Wong IEN Consultants Pusat Rakyat Loyar Burok