Eco film fest to walk the talk

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.


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