Eco Film Fest 2010

Get environmentally inspired and meet some of our local homegrown heroes, 4 of whom have been nominated as Wild Asia Heroes. These are ordinary Malaysian who’ve risen above and beyond the call of duty to engage and empower their communities. We can all learn from them on how to help protect the environment and how to live sustainably. At the Eco Film Festival, held from the 4th to the 25th of October, meet these inspiring people and watch 4 short films about their stories.

Did you know? A poisonous substance cyanide is being used for mining gold in Malaysia?
Meet Wild Asia Heroes, the Bukit Koman Anti-Cyanide Committee at Raub, Pahang who has been fighting an uphill battle to protect their health and environment against potential threat of cyanide poisoning.

Did you know? Landfills contribute 10% of the gases that cause global warming?
Naturopath Dr Joean Oon public talks have reached thousands where she taught people how to reduce organic waste by turning trash into garbage enzyme for household use as well as fertilizers and natural pesticides.

Did you know? Elephant-human conflict is a common occurrence in northern Malaysia due to rapid land clearing and development.
The Lubok Bongor Conservation, Cultural, Social and Welfare Society formerly known as the Wildlife Protection Unit is the first of its kind in Malaysia. Consisting of local farmers, the group has successfully managed the conflict and has created an awareness of wildlife protection in the community.

Did you know? Numbering 150,000 the Orang Asli (indigenous peoples) in Malaysia are the poorest and most marginalised minority group in Malaysia.
Meet Tijah Yok Chopil, a formidable Orang Asli woman who has risen above all odds to become one of the most important voices for her community.

There’ll also be a documentary making workshop for those interested for a small fee. The workshop is a hands on experience that will teach you basic filmmaking skills, lead by Jules Ong, video journalist and associate editor of Wild Asia. You’ll be able to learn the basics about production, from preparing a script shoot, establishing a suitable location to simple editing.

On the Wild Asia Heroes Awards Night you’ll be able to meet the heroes, watch their films and participate in a Q&A about their work and to find out what inspires them to do what they do. Get inspired by these ordinary folk who do extraordinary things to conserve the environment, wildlife and local communities that are precious to all of us.

Join Wild Asia at the Eco Film Fest held from the 4th-25th October 2010, held at the lecture halls and lawn of the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University Malaya.

The film making workshop is on the 17th of October 2010, at Lecture Hall B, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University Malaya. The workshop starts at 9am-12.30pm. RM100 for adults, RM50 for students (who must bring proof of ID). Please bring your own video/still camera. Places are limited, so fill out a registration form on ecofilmfest.my and e-mail to info@wildasia.org by the 15th of October.

Wild Asia Heroes Awards Night also takes places on the 17th of October, to be held at the same venue as above. It’s between 5pm to 6.40pm and is free entry. For more information, head to ecofilmfest.my.