KL Eco Film Festival partners with Indonesian Nature Film Society to highlight films about indigenous peoples across the world.

August 24th 2015, Kuala Lumpur -- In its 8th year, KL Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) will team up with Indonesian Nature Film Society (INFIS) to bring together a very special workshop and screening on the crucial role indigenous peoples play protecting our environment in Asia and further afield.

nfisAs part of the global campaign, If Not Us Then Who? will be showing a series of short films from Indonesia, Philippines, Brazil and Peru on October between 16th to 18th October 2015 at the Black Box, Publika, just 6 weeks before the United Nations meeting on climate change.

In Paris 195 countries are expected to deliver climate pledges to curb the ever nearing threat of climate change. One of these key threats is deforestation. Forests cover almost a third of the earths land surface and play a major role in stemming the effects of our rapidly changing climate by absorbing an estimated 2.4 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. Within these forests live traditional and indigenous peoples who have a deep spiritual connection and understanding of their ancestral homes. This connection is being threatened by a resource hungry modern world. As a result, the people who call the forest their home, are now engaged in a constant and frequently violent struggle.

KLEFF and INFIS are delighted to be part of this global road show and highlight these issues in Kuala Lumpur as part of the KLEFF in a very important year for the climate. For more information on attending the screenings hosted by INFIS, log on to the KLEFF official website for film screening times (www.ecofilfmest.my).  

WORKSHOP on environmental filmmaking

Director, Nanang Sujana, will host a very special workshop, Voicing the Voiceless, aimed at those who want to create documentary movie on specific issues; indigenous peoples, environment and climate change. The workshop is open to the public and will be held at the White Box, Publika on 18th October from 1 pm to 7 pm.

 "It is important to give a highlight in the roles of indigenous people in climate change. Because they depend on natural resources for their livelihood and they often inhabit diverse and fragile ecosystem due to deforestation and land conversion. At the same time these people are among the world's most marginalized, impoverished and vulnerable peoples”, says Nanang.

In this workshop, Sujana will share his expertise on storytelling and working with different communities. His workshop has limited availability so early registration is highly encouraged. More information and registration for the workshop can be found at this link: http://www.ecofilmfest.my/attractions/forum,-workshops-talks/187-basic-documentary-film-making-workshop.html

The 8th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival will take place from 16th-18th 2015 at Publika. More information can be found at www.ecofilmfest.my.

For more information

KLEFF

KLEFF is a volunteer-based non-profit festival formed in 2008 by EcoKnights to bring award-winning environmental films to Malaysia. Since 2008, the Festival has reached out to more than 80,000 Malaysians offering environmental awareness, education and also information to communities. KLEFF is organized by local non-profit NGO, EcoKnights (www.ecoknights.org.my).

INFIS

Indonesia Nature Film Society (INFIS) is a film production unit of Rekam Nusantara Foundation, based in Bogor, West Java. INFIS is home to activists who have a passion for documentary films and has concerned to develop and bring the Indonesian richness of nature and culture to the public. INFIS has aimed to produce high quality documentary that could promote changes to preserving Indonesia nature and cultures.

INFIS founded by media experts of environment issues and researchers for wildlife and marine biodiversities. INFIS works closely with a number of other organizations (national and international level), developing close partnerships with local NGOs around the countries as well as engaging with indigenous groups, and local communities.

http://inaturefilms.org/ | https://twitter.com/InatureFilms | https://www.facebook.com/indonesianaturefilmsociety

Nanang Sujana

Nanang is Indonesia based filmmaker and he belongs to Rejang people in Bengkulu, Sumatra. He started his filmmaking career back in 2003 and established Gekko Studio with other filmmakers in 2006. He founded INFIS in 2013 where he is currently principal filmmaker; producing films that highlight the importance of saving Indonesian environment, promote social justice for indigenous peoples and advocate change. Nanang is available for interview from 10th October onwards.

If Not Us Then Who?

If Not Us Then Who’ communicates firsthand the unique personal stories of an inconspicuous yet vital people, as they battle to protect their lives, their cultures and our forests. The films are a culmination of more than two years of participatory filming by Handcrafted Films. From Indonesia to Peru, we have been working with local partners to articulate individual stories through film.

Using powerful visuals we are now organising a global roadshow in the lead up to COP21 in Paris. Our aim is to draw attention to the wider issue of deforestation, community-based solutions and ultimately to put pressure on governments and their commitment to slow climate change.

http://ifnotusthenwho.me | https://twitter.com/IfNotUs_ThenWho | https://www.facebook.com/pages/If-Not-Us-Then-Who/296250143891863

For further information about the Festival, do contact info@ecofilmfest.my

 

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