3 Comedies and A Slice Of An Exceptional Life: Four international award-winning filmmakers take their creative approach to raising awareness of Malaysia's radioactive issues.
How does one get Malaysia talking about radioactive issues affecting a town they've never heard of?
By making them laugh.
At least, that's the plan of the four independent filmmakers.
Concerned about the potential dangers posed by a rare earth processing plant near her hometown of Sungai Ular in Pahang, filmmaker Tan Chui Mui, returning from Taiwan got together with three of her colleagues - Liew Seng Tat, Woo Ming Jin and Yeo Joon Han - to make a series of shorts aimed at raising awareness of this issue. They call their project "Survival Guide untuk Kampong Radioaktif."
Liew Seng Tat, Woo Ming Jin and Yeo Joon Han's comedies are set in an exaggerated worst-case scenario of a kampung contaminated by radioactivity while Tan Chui Mui's film is a touching documentary about a woman who was pregnant while working at the old Bukit Merah rare earth processing plant, which subsequently, and rather quietly, closed down.
Written and shot over a period of 3 months, the films reflect the individual personalities and styles of the filmmakers but collectively explore the themes of acceptance, integrity, solidarity and abandonment, themes that the filmmakers feel will underscore the rare earth plant issue.
Hopefully, though, you will be laughing and crying too hard on first viewing to notice this.
The Survival Guide untuk Kampong Radioaktif films will be screened at a press conference on Thursday, 10 November 2011, at Facekara, 3rd floor, Viva Home, Jalan Loke Yew, 55200 Kuala Lumpur. All four directors as well as members of their cast and crew, who gave freely of their time and talents for the project, will be present to introduce their work and answer any questions you may have.