As part of our Crossing Border series, where we talk to documentary filmmakers, we got to talk to Lara Ariffin, one of the winners of the GZdoc best pitch award, GZDoc referring to the Guangzhou International Documentary Festival at The Leipzig Networking Days. The ceremony was held in Leipzig, Germany in late October.
In Malaysia, The National Film Development Corporation (FINAS) plays a significant role in ensuring the exposure of films planning to reach a mass audience. Much like its American counterpart, Motion Picture Association of America, and their creation of the rating system (e.g. R-Rated, PG-13, etc) FINAS establishes guidelines for Malaysian films too.
If you’re familiar with online hit short films “Pekak“, “Bebel” and last year’s interactive “Ngelamun” that took a delightful spin on Malaysian school life with its beautiful color grading, storyline, and composition- you best believe that Adam Zainal and his crew is coming up with something wonderful, but they need YOUR help to get it rolling!
Documentaries do more than just give information. They tell stories that instill empathy and understanding upon things we’ve probably never even heard of before. When it comes to Malaysia, we have a myriad of wonderful filmmakers who are able to tell these stories, and one of them is Lina Teoh.