Pusat KOMAS will be holding its annual Freedom Film Fest once again, coinciding with Hari Merdeka (31 August) and Malaysia Day (16 September). The Malaysian human rights film festival will run from 6 – 13 September at PJ Live Arts with film screenings divided into 16 sessions over the span of the week, each session highlighting a specific topic.
The documentaries are diverse and broach the idea of different “freedoms”, covering stories from across the region. Topics for the sessions include Freedom from Violence, Rights of Minors, Right to Shelter, Gender Equality and many more. Among the featured sessions are Session 6 which sees the premiere of three films by Malaysian Pitch winners – Fight through Cartoon, Lebuh Agraria and Anur Nak Sekolah.
Fight through Cartoon depicts how cartoonist Zunar channels his frustrations towards corruption and injustice within the government by using cartoon as a medium of expression. Lebuh Agraria is about a community’s struggle against widespread development in the city. Focusing on a nuclear family, Anur Nak Sekolah revolves around how Anur’s parents fight for her right to formal education despite her disability.
Tickets for the festival are priced at RM20 (Weekend Day Pass – 6 or 7 September), RM30 (Full Weekend Pass – 6 and 7 September) and RM10 (Weekday One Day Pass, any day from 8 – 12 September).
For those who are unable to make it to the screenings in Klang Valley, there will also be state screenings in Perak, Pahang, Johor, Sarawak, Sabah and Penang.
Find out more about the screenings here.