Malam ni Tonton Filem, besok pagi Turun Putrajaya!

Malam ini kita ramai-ramai tengok filem, besok pagi ramai-ramai turun ke Putrajaya!

Date: Tuesday, 25 Sept 2007

Time: 9:00pm

Venue: The Annexe, Central Market, KL (3rd floor)






The best local political documentary I had seen… I came away inspired and encouraged.” – Anil Netto, Deputy Editor, Aliran Monthly.

“Sepuluh Tahun Sebulum Merdeka best embodied the spirit of the [2007 Freedom Film] festival, with its relentless research, fidelity to the truth, and powerful willingness to question conventional perspectives.” – Zedeck Siew,

“Powerful and succinct in its story-telling, yet penetrating in its treatment of an almost forgotten time in our near past where the possibilities of what could be crackled in the air. This has raised the standards for independent (both politically and financially) documentaries to come” – Fahmi Fadzil,

“The relevance of this film to Malaysia’s current social and political context cannot be stressed enough. Using as its starting point a most intriguing strategy of civil disobedience – the hartal – this film takes on issues of political participation, colonialism, freedom of association, assembly and expression, and even manages to ask razor-sharp questions about the function of a Constitution, all without skipping a beat. To have these issues explored right in the middle of a very interesting point in Malaysia’s development – the state-led euphoria of 50 years of Merdeka and threats to the supremacy of the Constitution are two things that spring to mind – is courageous. To have these issues researched so thoroughly and presented so convincingly is an admirable exercise in intellectual integrity. And to have everything presented so confidently and engagingly, with such dramatic intensity, hails a most welcome development in Malaysian filmmaking. Fahmi’s film will appeal to its target young audience, as well as Malaysians old enough to remember these events. A winner.” – Official citation from Judges of Freedom Film Fest 2007, where Sepuluh Tahun Sebelum Merdeka was awarded the ‘Most Outstanding Human Rights Film’.

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