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on 16 Sep, 13:31

The 8th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival

The 8th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
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For fans of environment-themed documentaries and short films, the 8th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) would be one festival you won’t want to miss this year.

Running for eight consecutive years, the KLEFF is the country’s first and longest serving environment-themed festival offering film screenings of award-winning stories from across the globe, fun and engaging workshops and talks on sustainable living and film making, an exhibition of close to 70 environmental NGOs and green businesses at the Green Market and an impressive lineup of performances by local musicians and bands.

“We have accepted more than 116 films this year from more than 30 countries. This year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and compelling storytelling. KLEFF is now the largest film festival of its kind between the coasts and is often the only place you will be able to see these films. KLEFF celebrates the power of film to inspire, educate, and motivate audiences”, said Festival Director, Fadly Bakhtiar.

The festival presents thought-provoking films and dialogue that raises awareness of a wide-ranging collection of interconnected ecological, social and economic themes. More than 60 films will be screened over the Festival weekend (16-18th October), with multiple satellite screenings and community screenings organized in the next few months.

The KLEFF award ceremony, which aims to recognize amazing film makers and environmentalists with awards given in the following categories: Best Feature, Best Short, Best Documentary, Best Public Service Announcement (PSA), Best Wildlife Film, Best Animation and Jury Award.

“The KLEFF Award Ceremony is open to the public and guests to witness our national recognition to local and international film makers who are in the forefront of promoting environmental awareness and conservation to a global audience. This year, we will be seeing many of the film makers making their way to the festival,” added Fadly.

Each year, KLEFF draws top filmmakers, students, leading activists, social innovators and well-known adventurers to Publika Solaris. This year, the Festival is supported by Khazanah Nasional Berhad with Durian Asean as the official online radio station. In addition, DHL Express is also part of the festival as the official logistics partner, and Juice Works is the official drinks partner for the volunteers of the festival.

KLEFF is a free film festival and would not be possible without the generosity of partners and sponsors like Tanamera Tropical Spa Product, Publika, SCM, Han Chieng College, Point College and also the Indonesia Nature Film Society.

For more information on the Festival, including sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.ecofilmfest.my.

on 7 Sep, 22:06

MESYM Documentary Night #28: Banking Nature

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!

Our October event is co-organized with KLEFF – Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival, an annual film festival that features award-winning international and local environmental films by renowned filmmakers. We are screening Banking Nature, a provocative documentary that looks at the growing movement to monetize the natural world—and to turn endangered species and threatened areas into instruments of profit.

“How much are the rainforests of the Amazon, the coral reefs of Hawaii, and the world’s bees worth?”
Le Figaro

“Inspiring; analysis with detail and foresight”
L’Humanité

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Discussion lead by WWF Malaysia’s Head of Policy and Climate Change, Ms Lakshmi Lavanya Rama Iyer

Ms Lavanya, a lawyer with a MSc in Sustainability (Climate Change), coordinated the preparation of Malaysia’s national report on climate change to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has represented Malaysia in international negotiations at the UNFCCC, and was an expert reviewer of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report.

Join the event on our Facebook Group.

About ‘Banking Nature’

“Buying landscapes, protecting landscapes, accumulating new landscapes—it’s a phenomenal opportunity.” —Steve Morgan, CEO, Wildlands Inc.

After years of working to undermine environmental regulations, governments and corporations are starting to think about the value of nature—and how they can profit from it.

BANKING NATURE is a provocative documentary that looks at the growing movement to monetize the natural world—and to turn endangered species and threatened areas into instruments of profit. It’s a worldview that sees capital and markets not as a threat to the planet, but as its salvation—turning nature into “natural capital” and fundamental processes such as pollination and oxygen generation into “ecosystem services.”

In the film, we meet economist and former banker Pavan Sukhdev, a leading authority on the valuation of nature (one square kilometre of Hawaiian coral reef: $600,000). In his view, the best way to protect endangered species and ecosystems is to assign them a value—because if we can’t measure the services nature provides, we can’t recognize them within our current models.

In Uganda, the film introduces meet men who measure trees to determine how much carbon they store—and a banker from the German firm that sells the resulting carbon credits. Meanwhile, in Brazil, steel giant Vale destroys rainforest, replaces it with tree plantations, and reaps the benefits of environmental credits.

Once we start measuring the value of nature, we can start turning it into securitized financial products. BANKING NATURE asks whether can we trust the very same people whose management of the mortgage market nearly led to a global economic collapse to safeguard nature by turning it into financial instruments for speculators?

on 7 Sep, 22:05

MESYM Crossover Documentary Series #20: Poverty, Inc

The MESYM Crossover Documentary Series is held every last Thursday of each month @ Loyar Burok. Everyone is invited to come watch the documentary, participate in the discussion, and meet like-minded people. Admission is free!

Our September event is co-organized with KLEFF – Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival, an annual film festival that features award-winning international and local environmental films by renowned filmmakers. The crossover topic is poverty. We are screening Poverty, Inc, a film which explores the hidden side of doing good.

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Discussion lead by Jay Achamby

Jay is a social-eco entrepreneur working with displaced children and single mother programs with the community of Dengkil.

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About ‘Poverty, Inc’

“I see multiple colonial governors,” says Ghanaian software entrepreneur Herman Chinery-Hesse of the international development establishment in Africa. “We are held captive by the donor community.”

The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry — the business of doing good has never been better.

Yet the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change.

Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore.

From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?

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on 17 Aug, 13:20

MESYM Documentary Night #27: River of Exploding Durians 榴莲忘返

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!

Our September event is co-organized with KLEFF – Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival, an annual film festival that features award-winning international and local environmental films by renowned filmmakers. We are screening River of Exploding Durians 榴莲忘返, a sweeping tale of Malaysian history and its youth, where people are enveloped by politics and sadness while searching for love.

Our event will start 8.15pm sharp, so please be on time!

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Meet the film director, Edmund Yeo, and his film crew

Film director Edmund Yeo and his crew will join us watch the film and engage in a Q&A.

Edmund makes films in both Malaysia and Japan. His debut feature film “River of Exploding Durians” premiered at the Main Competition section of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2014. The first Malaysian film in history to attain this honor.

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Film Trailer

Director’s Statement

This film is based on real-life events in Malaysia. A few years ago, a rare earth plant is being built near a town by the sea. The townspeople protested against the construction due to possible radioactive effects. Malaysian filmmakers Liew Seng Tat, Yeo Joon Han, Woo Ming Jin and Tan Chui Mui made a short film omnibus called “Welcome to Kampung Radioaktif” that was screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012 to protest against this.

Almost two years later, I made this film because this controversy is still ongoing.

This film is a reflection of our struggles, with a story based on my own memories and yearning, as well as inspiration from Yukio Mishima’s novels SPRING SNOW and RUNAWAY HORSES. After this incident, after MH370, after MH17, if in some ways this film can be seen as an expression of how we Malaysians are always seeking a glimmer of hope in the darkness of despair, I will have done my job.

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on 7 Jun, 17:48

Full day workshop with producer, editor and director, Lawrence Johnson

Full day workshop with producer, editor and director, Lawrence Johnson
Past Event

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http://bit.ly/lawrencejohnsonworkshop

Part of the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) mandate is to provide engaging opportunities for Malaysians to enhance their knowledge and skills on film making.

In collaboration with the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur, Point College Malaysia and EcoKnights, KLEFF proudly presents to you a full day workshop with producer, editor and director, Lawrence Johnson.

WORKSHOP IS FREE however registration is required.

  • Date: 9th June 2015 (Tuesday)
  • Time: 9:00 am to 3:15 pm
  • Venue: Multipurpose Hall, Point College, Kota Damansara, Persiaran Mahogani, 47810 Petaling Jaya

Register: Email info@ecoknights.org.my with subject “Larry Johnson’s Film Making Workshop” to book a FREE seat.

Lawrence Johnson has been making films and videos professionally since 1983. His work in history and culture has been distinguished through many awards, including two from the American Association of State and Local History (Remembering Uniontown, 1985 and Steam Whistle Logging, 1987). His programs for the exhibition Sacred Encounters: Father DeSmet and the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West received the Golden Muse Award, the American Association of Museum’s recognition for the best Audio/Visual program in 1995. His film three possible scenes won best dramatic short at the 2004 River Run International Film Festival in Salem, North Carolina, and Honorable Mention in the experimental category of the Kansas City Jubilee. His personal feature-length documentary, called Stuff, received the Oregon Media Arts Fellowship in 2008, previewed at the Northwest Film and Video Festival and won a special jury prize at the 2011 Florida Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Talking Pictures Festival. In 2012, Johnson received the prestigious Fellowship Award in Media Arts from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, honoring artists in the Portland metropolitan area who are the strongest representatives of the range and diversity of art in the Northwest.

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