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Why Film Festivals Matter

Freedom Film Festival

In today’s era of accessible streaming of films and videos at home and the decreasing domestic movie theatre audience, one may wonder on if film festivals have become obsolete.

If you were able to attend any session during the recently concluded Freedom Film Festival in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, and were exposed to the harsh realities and struggles of people from other cultures, it is hoped that you think otherwise–that film festivals continues to act as an eye-opening bridge among cultures in this increasingly polarised world.

For 16 years, the Freedom Film Festival has remained as the only independent human rights film festival in Malaysia. It has been a platform in showcasing issues and ideas that cannot be mass-communicated due to local laws and cultural taboos.

In a recent interview with EngageMedia, Anna Har and Brenda Danker of the Freedom Film Network explained the objective of this year’s festival through its theme “Mend the Gap”. According to Har and Danker, the festival did not only show films but also engaged the audience during screening discussions. These discussions encouraged dialogue among the audience, filmmakers and the families of the subjects of the film. As a result, members of the audience were emotionally motivated to campaign and work towards a solution. This sharing of energy and emotions acted as a catharsis for people who, being compartmentalised in their own society bubbles, are usually not aware of or have a different view of the problems of the sufferings of the marginalised people around them.

On 29 September 2018, the opening day of the festival, a film from Lao Democratic Republic, “the Enforced Disappearance of Sombath Somphone”, a documentary dedicated to victims of state-enforced disappearances worldwide, was screened. It narrates the life and work of Sombath, a development worker from Lao Civil Society, who promoted sustainable development in poor rural communities in Lao after returning from the US completing his studies. He went on to receive the 2005 Magsaysay Award for Community Development.

The documentary highlights the tragedy of Sombath’s disappearance on 15 December 2012, and its chilling aftermath. His wife Shui Meng Ng obtained a CCTV footage which vividly shows the Sombath’s abduction from a police station in downtown Vientiane but the government subsequently denied any involvement after international pressure. People are still asking, “What happened to Sombath Somphone?”

Sombath's niece and Anna Har

After the screening, Sombath’s niece came from Laos and went on stage to contextualise the film and engage with the public. Also present in the discussion were Thomas Fann of Engage, a citizen action group based in Johor, Malaysia, and Susanna Liew, the wife of Malaysian Pastor Raymond Koh who was mysteriously abducted in February 2017. To many members of the audience, it was surprising to learn that Malaysia also has its history of enforced disappearances. In fact, it was known that at least four people, social activist Amri Che Mat, Pastor Raymond Koh, and Pastor Joshua Hilmi and his wife Ruth, have disappeared under mysterious circumstances in the past few years.

Where are they?

Enforced disappearance is a crime against humanity. Worse, the victims’ families and their communities are faced with distressed and anguish not knowing when and if their loved ones will return.

Another notable mention is the film “Menunggu Masa” (Waiting For Time) which was directed by S-Ploited. It was screened on 6 October 2018, the last day of the festival. The film highlights the highly controversial topic of the abolition of death penalty in Malaysia. Malaysia’s criminal law provides for death by hanging in several types of offenses including murder, drug trafficking, treason, and waging war against the King.

A 2012 public opinion survey by the Death Penalty Project (DPP), in association with the Malaysian Bar Council, found that “Malaysians believed in the death penalty but were not willing to mete it out”. To add, there is the apprehension about mistrial and injustice because of perceived corruption in different sections of the police and the judiciary.

FFF Screening

Menunggu Masa (Waiting For Time) talks about a Tamil Malaysian named Mainthan, who has spent the last 14 years on death row, along with three other suspects, after being convicted of a murder he claims he did not commit. The film revolves around his family, sons and daughters showing their struggles to make ends meet and how they found hope in different stages of the judicial trial. There were various questions raised in Mainthan’s case:

“One is who is this victim? The identity of the victim was raised at the first review application made by Mainthan and it was dismissed. Subsequently, a person who claimed that he was the only victim turned up in late 2016, but the new evidence was also dismissed by the courts. A total of 19 different judges have heard Mainthan’s case since 2004.”

But Mainthan remains behind bars and awaits the death penalty along with 1,266 other prisoners waiting to be executed any day. More worrisome, Malaysia, according to Amnesty International, has a reputation for meting out death sentences in secrecy.

After the screening, the family of Mainthan was present for questions, which later became an emotional moment for the audience. Some Malaysians in the audience admitted that the case was unheard of. At the same time, they were faced with the realisation on the repercussions of death penalty– there is a possibility that an innocent person may face the gallows due to loopholes in the trial. With this, the audience agreed to highlight and advocate the abolition of death penalty in Malaysia and committed to help the family in this troubling time.

Coincidentally, within days of the screening, on October 10, 2018, the Malaysian cabinet announced that it would be tabling a bill to abolish the death penalty in Malaysia. In addition, the Government has imposed a moratorium on all pending executions until the death penalty is abolished.

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This change shows that film festivals do not only serve as a platform to screen films to a wider audience, but can be a starting point to influence an impact. These help in highlighting and distributing filmmakers’ work and inform and engage with the audience about issues on a larger scale. This is why the world needs more festivals such as the Freedom Film Festival: to inform and inspire a wider audience, cultivate an interest in independent films, and become a place of discovery for struggles that our neighbors face which we often fail to see.

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Singaporean Artist And Activist Seelan Palay Convicted for Art Performance

Seelan Palay

Artist and activist Seelan Palay was convicted by a Singapore court for taking part in a public performance.

Last year, on October 1, Seelan Palay was arrested outside the Parliament House in Singapore for displaying his performance art piece “32 Years: The Interrogation Of A Mirror”. The authorities deemed the performance was in tribute to former long-time political detainee Chia Thye Poh in commemorating his first arrest in 1966 for allegedly conducting pro-communist activities against the Singapore government. However, Seelan maintains that “32 years” refers to his age at the time and it was merely a peaceful, harmless performance.

Seelan’s application seeking permission for the performance was approved by the National Parks Board (NParks) of Singapore but they restricted the permission to the Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park. The court convicted him for the offense of continuing his performance beyond Hong Lim Park at the National Gallery and Parliament House. On October 3, 2018, he was sentenced to pay a fine of $2500 or in default to serve a jail term of 2 weeks. He chose not to pay the fine. He is now serving his two weeks in jail.

According to Teo Soh Lung at The Online Citizen:

“In 2009, parliament enacted the Public Order Act to further restrict free speech, assembly, and expression. In 2016, it enacted the Administration of Justice (Protection) Act which further restricts free speech and expression. In between many laws have been amended to restrict freedom of the people.”

During British rule, an unlawful assembly was deemed comprised of five or more people whose intention was to commit an unlawful act. However, in 2009, the Singaporean parliament ruled that even an individual could constitute an unlawful assembly and an unlawful procession.

Freemuse, an independent international organisation advocating for and defending freedom of artistic expression wrote in an open letter to Ms. Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth of Singapore, and mentioned:

“The Constitution of Singapore states that “every citizen of Singapore has the right to freedom of speech and expression” and that “all citizens of Singapore have the right to assemble peaceably and without arms”. However, a concerning trend has emerged where Singaporean authorities are criminalising protests of all magnitudes and punishing dissenting opinions that are expressed through art, such as those expressed by Mr. Palay.”

Amnesty International has issued a statement saying that the conviction of activist for art performance is an attack on free speech.

Note: Seelan Palay was a staff member of EngageMedia from 2012 -2017.

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Freedom Film Festival 2018: Mending the Gaps

Anna and Brenda

The Video4Change Network partner Freedom Film Network (FFN) is a not-for-profit body established to support and develop social documentary filmmaking within the context of freedom of expression and values contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in Malaysia. FFN aims to create a sustainable model for social filmmaking in Malaysia by building a dynamic network of social filmmakers who can support, inspire and work together to produce powerful and relevant films within the constraints of our reality.

For over a decade FFN has been arranging annual Freedom Film Festival in Malaysia, which in is an intergenerational, wholesome, and purposeful display of inspirational creative works of filmamakers form Malaysia and beyond.

Video4Change Network recently interviewed Anna Har and Brenda Danker of the Freedom Film Network.

Video4Change Network (V4C): There was this feeling of excitement and exhilaration after the elections hoping that freedom of expression will prevail in Malaysia under the new government. We read about this in newspapers and some social media posts during that time. Is that feeling still present in Malaysia today?

Brenda Danker

Brenda Danker (BD): Yes, I remember exactly where I was. And in the filmmaking industry, everyone was excited about the change. But now, it is time to put it the hard work. It’s the feeling of the need for reform. I think, currently, it is in everybody’s mind [how to go follow-through with the change of the government], [thinking] like how to revise the Film Censorship Act, what is going to happen to our broadcasters, how can we reform the national film institute, making it better and more transparent, to help shape our national cinema. I think we have moved away from that initial feeling. Now, we are working hard to provide suggestions and action plans for reforms with regards to media and the filmmaking industry in Malaysia.

We are hopeful hearing news like Malaysian cartoonist Zunar’s acquittal from sedition charges and the banned film “Absence Without Leave” being screened. But, at the same time, two photographs of activists were taken down during the Georgetown Film Festival, a directive coming from the Prime Minister’s office. So, there are still things happening on the ground similar to [the ways of] old Malaysia. However, we feel that there is still a lot more space and room for us now. And there is a possibility of a dialogue with the new government about relevant acts and laws.

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V4C: What was the role of film, media, and initiatives like FFF in the change in political climate in Malaysia and the recent elections?

BD: New media and mobile phone technology made the flow of information more accessible. For example, people could easily access news and updates. But, activists and organisations like FFN, Komas, WITNESS, etc. played their part. You know, there was a screening ban on one of FFF’s film, and our colleague then, Lena Hendry was charged and found guilty for screening a film. So at that moment, [organising] screenings was challenging. However, we pushed and continued to do screenings. That was a real challenge for us. With each screening, we held dialogues, where the audience could ask questions to be more aware of the issues we highlighted.

We screened films in the cities and distributed the films via thumb drives to rural areas. We have been doing this for more than a decade since we started. We saw these films as a tool to inform citizens.

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Anna Har (AH): The role of the festival was trying to popularise creating content about the filmmakers’ own situations: making films for yourselves, making films about people around you, talking about your issues and a lot more. That was not popular at all during those days–there were no social media! Then, the internet became popular, along with the rise of alternative news sources like Malaysiakini. People now have options about where to get information. And now, everybody, including members of the political parties, is using videos to disseminate information. They are now adding songs [and other elements]. They are becoming very media savvy.

We are probably one of the few remaining ones continuing with a festival like this. This is because we realized that people want local content, local news. They do not really need information from professional sources. And they want it fast. Missing now are the understanding, analysis, and dialogue. So, we need to “mend the gaps”.

Anna Har

V4C: FFF has been successfully moving forward for more than a decade; what is different with this year’s festival?

AH:In many ways, it is still the same. We are still a platform that highlights critical issues. What we are trying new this year is to tell the government–the new government–to make those changes that we have been advocating for the past 15 years; that they should not be like the old government. People would knock on their doors for dialogue, but they seldom opened it. No one listened to the citizens or the activists. This government needs to be challenged, and we hope that they will be listening to the crucial issues highlighted in the films [at the festival] this year. We [also] hope that they will be there to watch the films and join the festival, and see what other people are thinking about it, in order to tell what their commitments will be to [forward] change.

The theme of this year’s festival is “mending the gap”. There are many gaps to mend: the “poverty gap” is one of the most crucial gaps that affect the poorer segment of the society; there is [also] “information gap” between different groups of people. Because of social media, we tend to stick with particular groups and networks (race, religion, ethnicity, education, etc.), without [giving in to] the chance of knowing people from other groups, to share and exchange information, concerns, and issues. This needs to be broken. We need to narrow down these gaps because our world is getting a bit “crazy”–we cannot tolerate people from other groups.

The new government can look at us as a partner for change. We are working towards the same direction. They need to just respond and accept us to [forward] change. We are hoping for a better partnership with the government.

V4C: What is the response from local Malaysian filmmakers about this year’s FFF?

BD: We have six or seven local films to be screened this year, and they all address these gaps. The gaps in healthcare, [for example,] there is a story from Sarawak that showcases the state of the indigenous peoples’ access to maternity healthcare.

AH: In Malaysia, the access to health care is not equal across the whole country. For example, in Kuala Lumpur, you will find hundreds of private clinics and hospitals; but in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak or in the rural parts, the facilities are not the same. In some rural areas, it is hard to find a proper medical facility to give birth. In case of complications, the nearest hospital is hundreds of miles away costing, more than hundreds of dollars to reach.

FFF 2018

BD: According to the filmmaker on this story on maternity care, the Lun Bawang community (40,000 people) who lives in the Lawas District, Limbang Division, Sarawak, there is no gynecologist available in the Lawas hospital. So, they have to travel about 300 kilometers, crossing four checkpoints through another country, Brunei, to Miri, a coastal city in northeastern Sarawak. But, Lawas has hotel and other facilities for tourists.

There is another film about the stateless children in the Sabah region. So, when we look at the gaps [the film is trying to portray], these are access to education, right to citizenship, access to healthcare. For these people who are stateless, no one cares about their data. For the undocumented,  there is no access to basic human rights.

Other issues covered by the films at the festival are gaps for disabled people, gaps in the judiciary system, and gaps in the justice system for the young people. We have a story on how children are detained under the Prevention of Crime Act (POCA) without any trial. Another film highlights the issue of education for the Orang Asli (indigenous) people. We will have a unique oral storytelling workshop during the FFF, where Orang Asli girls and women will share their experiences regarding the gaps in accessing their education.

V4C: Tell us about the films from other Southeast Asian countries to be showcased at this year’s festival.

AH: In the region, they still have the issues that we had before, like oppressive regimes, no free and fair elections, etc. We have a couple of films like that: one on the unlawful arrest and oppression of activists in Cambodia; the other one features the disappearance of activist Sombath Somphone in Laos. He is a key activist in Laos and was abducted in front of the police. There are also films from Indonesia, Burma, Hong Kong, and the Philippines on a variety of issues.

We are trying to engage with young people at the festival. So, we will be having a student film competition, and a workshop for student activists, where an activist from Hong Kong will share her experience and engage in dialogue for the young people. We will also organize a digital security workshop with the help of EngageMedia, and a workshop on reproductive health for the young audience members.

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V4C: Do you face any legal challenge now for the screening of films? Will the situation change soon for the filmmakers and distributors fraternity?

AH: The truth is nothing has changed. The law still remains. But, we are continuously pushing for change. We have put up several statements, even sent a proposal to the Law Reform Committee stating that the Film Censorship Act should be repealed or abolished. We also suggested that we should move towards ratings, but without cuts; because in Malaysia, they want to rate films then remove certain scenes.

BD: That is still censorship.

AH: But, in this new Malaysia, initially, everybody wanted so many changes. But, to put the process of change in motion, it requires time. So, people realised that they should wait and give the government the chance to respond,

V4C: How can the V4C network support your cause with regards to training, outreach, and distribution?

BD: The sharing of experiences always help. Sharing of different ways of doing something trigger [other people] to look at something differently. In this festival, we are collaborating with EngageMedia for the workshop on digital security.

AH: In general, networking with the activists who come to join in from different countries always help. We can follow each other’s cases, and if something really bad happens to one of our activists or network organisations in a neighboring country, then we can immediately notify others concerned. It is more than just getting to know one another; it is taking a stand to be in solidarity. When the time comes when we need help, we know whom to ask.

The Freedom Film Festival (FFF) is an annual human rights documentary film festival in Malaysia. The festival will run from September 29 – October 6, 2018 at the PJ Live Arts in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. A Video for Change Discussion and Digital Activism Workshop will be co-hosted by EngageMedia on October 5 and 6, respectively.

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Interview With Voice Grantees

Voice Indonesia had its first annual Linking & Learning (L&L) event during 15-19 April 2018 in Bali. There were 38 participants, including representatives from 15 Indonesian partners, EngageMedia (the L&L facilitator), and the country team.

This video describes the event:

This video describes the building blocks of Linking and Learning process and how it helps support the grantees in their advocacy work, learning from each other, and scale-up innovative solutions.

EngageMedia interviewed a number of participants of the Linking & Learning (L&L) event from different Indonesian organizations which are listed below.

1) Lembaga Pengkajian Kemasyarakatan dan Pembangunan (LPKP) Malang

This is an interview with Mr. Anwar Sholihin, the Executive Director of Lembaga Pengkajian Kemasyarakatan dan Pembangunan (Institution of Social and Development Studies) East Java. LPKP is helping towards establishing an independent institution for migrant workers in Malang city, East Java, Indonesia.

2) Institute for Research and Empowerment (IRE) Yogyakarta

An interview with Sugeng Yulianto, the project manager of Institute for Research and Empowerment (IRE), about the Voice Linking and Learning project, its relation to the grantees, and the hope for future. Institute for Research and Empowerment (IRE) Yogyakarta is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organisation, which grew from the academic community in Yogyakarta. IRE focuses its activities on the promotion of democratisation through strengthening the initiative and critical stance of the communities, state, and private sector.

3) Pusat Penelitian HIV/AIDS (PPH)

An interview with Edwin and Lidya from the PPH (Center for HIV Studies) in Atma Jaya Catholic University, Jakarta about their mission and current projects. The HIV/AIDS Research Center at Atma Jaya Catholic University (Pusat Penelitian HIV/AIDS or PPH) is one of five research centers managed under the Research and Community Development Institute (Lembaga Penelitian dan Pengembangan Masyarakat or LPPM). PPH has been engaged in the study of HIV and AIDS since the mid-1990s.

4) Pamflet Generasi

An interview with Akbar Restu Fauzi, Youth Movement Coordinator of Pamflet Generasi, a youth organisation based in Jakarta which is part of the Voice grantees network. Pamflet is a youth-led organisation established to encourage and strengthen youth to participate in the process of social movement, by providing information and knowledge about activism and human rights.

5) Centre for Innovation Policy and Governance (CIPG)

Interview with Thesa or Anesthesia Novianda, Communication Officer for the Centre for Innovation Policy and Governance (CIPG). Evolving from a study group of Indonesian scholars abroad since 2007, Centre for Innovation Policy and Governance (CIPG) was officially established in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2010. The Centre is considered to be among the first advisory groups in Indonesia with keen interest in building Indonesian research capacities across many sectors.

6) Rumah Cemara

We interviewed Eric Arfianto, a Media Officer of Rumah Cemara, Bandung, Indonesia. Rumah Cemara is working with marginalised groups and People Living with HIV so that they can live without stigma or discrimination. Rumah Cemara is a civil service organisation established in Indonesia in 2003. Their main goal is to improve the quality of life of a targeted group of key people, so that they can live without stigma or discrimination, have equal access to quality health services, are protected under right-based laws and have opportunities for development.

7) CIS Timor (Center For Internally Displaced People’s Service)

Interview with Julius Leto and Fallo Dance from an NGO, CIS Timor (Center For Internally Displaced People’s Service) who talks about their work with youth in Belu, East Timor Province, Indonesia. Cis Timor believes in the power of dreaming and hard work to change the face of Timor Island.

8) Perhimpunan Mandiri Kusta (Permata) or the Association Against Leprosy

Interview with Al-Qadri Sewa, South Sulawesi Area Coordinator for Permata (Association Against Leprosy), who tells about their activities and how they relate to the Voice program. PERMATA (Perhimpunan Mandiri Kusta) Indonesia was established in 2007 to fight the stigma associated with leprosy and eliminate discrimination against those suffering from the disease.

Learn more about the Voice Linking and Learning Program here.

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#PressForProgress: Celebrating International Women’s Day

International Women's Day 2018

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #PressforProgress. There are a lot of actions required for bridging the gap of gender equality in Southeast Asia region. We can’t be complacent. Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity.

Although, Singapore has now it’s first female president, there is a long road ahead to achieve gender parity in Southeast Asia region. Here are some of the examples:


We will be looking at some of videos from our archive which deal with these issues:


The lack of education opportunities for women in Papua, the easternmost region in Indonesia, means that very few women are able to pursue a university education. Doctor Maria Rumateray is one of the lucky ones. Here is her story: Read an interview with Dr. Maria Rumateray here.


How do enforced gender roles affect gender equality? And how does this affect relationships, families, and society at large? This Video by PopDevRightsMalaysia delve into these topics with the help of friends, experts, and a nasi lemak brunch!

The Philippines

This video made by AB Communication students of De La Salle University-Dasmarinas in the Philippines highlights gender equality and focuses on the need to empowering women.

On this day, we salute all women who continue to suffer and fight everyday patriarchy. Let us all #PressForProgress to achieve gender parity across the world.

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Video4Change Network: What The Members Say

“Video For Change is a network of human rights activists, Journalists, trainers, video practitioners; all working together to improve the world through video.” -Brian Conely

Video4Change (V4C) is a network of 12 diverse organizations whose common goal is to defend human rights and justice using video for change. Members of the V4C network gathered for a meeting in December 2017 on the side of the Global Voices Summit in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

We talked to some of them to learn about what the Network is about, where they find common ground, and what are its future plans.

Sam Gregory is the Program Director of WITNESS and in this interview he talks about the Video4Change Network, its emergence, its working process and the progress.

“V4C is a forum for us to learn from each other what makes a difference. It’s a place to think about what we should say as a voice projector, it’s a place where we collaborate together.” – Sam Gregory

According to him, the work of the Network can be broken down into three categories.

  • Collaborative projects,
  • Collective Learning
  • And our voice to stand up

Sam Gregory adds a bit about what is coming next:

“We are looking at how we can take a position within the coalition that is coming together around the right to record. To really stand up for what is the basic expressive right of the people. What happens is that when someone sees something going wrong, often they take out their mobile phones and they film and share what they see. And in many places that is criminalized, that’s not allowed, or its punished by the authorities. So it’s a critical space for a network like the V4C Network to stand up.”

“We all have one aim, which is to use video for change.” -Brenda Danker

Brenda Danker is an educator, researcher and media producer in Malaysia. She teaches filmmaking and mentors a new generation of social documentary filmmakers through Freedom Film Festival Malaysia. Freedom Film Network (FFN) is a collective of social filmmakers who make films that discuss the alternative narratives which are under-reported. In the above interview, Brenda Danker tells about the V4C Network:

“Being a member of V4C personally I am really inspired. When I learn from the other members, the sharing of experiences, knowledge, skills; I am inspired and motivated to continue to do the work I do.”

“We believe that video can be an engine for social change, and social justice.” – Brian Conely

Brian Conley, co-founder of Small World News, has been involved in media literacy and media democracy work for more than 10 years and has trained journalists and citizen media makers in a dozen countries. Small World News supports journalists and activists in under-served communities around the world. He mentions in the above interview:

“Our focus a lot of the time is to help people use technology to improve their work and solve problems. So now we are doing that not only for video journalists and video activists, but also for the human rights defenders and people who are doing documentation work, and generally activists and journalists.”

“Working together will always be much more impactful.” -Juan Casanueva

Juan Manuel Casanueva researches and promotes ICT projects for development and social action. He founded SocialTIC A.C., an NGO which seeks to enable actors for change through the strategic use of digital technology and information. Casanueva tells about collaboration: “V4C always brings new collaborations on the table. One of the big collaborations we are talking about now is how to support many other video groups which the network is supporting in terms of digital security efforts.”

Listen to the interviews above to learn more.

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Piratebay Founders Imprisoned

On 31 May 2014, Sunde was arrested on a farm in Oxie, Malmö on charges of “assisting in making copyright content available”. Several months later in September 2014, authorities arrested Anakata in Cambodia and extradited him to Sweden to serve a one year sentence from The Pirate Bay trials and face new hacking charges.

Before his sentence was completely served, he was extradited to Denmark in November 2013 to face similar hacking charges. As of May 2014 he remains incarcerated under various restrictions with his trial set to start on September 2, 2014.

Learn more at:

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Plumi Video-Sharing Web App Workshop on August 21

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August 21, 2014

05:00 PM to
09:00 PM



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Markos Gogoulos of (major developers of Plumi for the last few years) will lead this workshop designed to bring programmers up to speed with the current state of the Plumi app, facilitated by Anna Helme of, who have managed development of Plumi since its inception.

Markos will lead us through the Plumi app covering tips on setting up, maintaining and troubleshooting a Plumi site that have emerged from years of experience.

The second half of the workshop will focus on Plumi theming – how to customise the default Plumi skin and how to create your own using Diazo. Markos will also take questions that pertain to your own use case for the software.

Cost is $175 USD. Applications are open here on the Plumi blog:

If you’ve been waiting to try out Plumi, are setting up a Plumi site now, or want to accelerate your Plumi skills by learning from one of Plumi’s major contributors, please apply using the link above.

More information about this event…

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One Billion Rising Celebration

Update: Men, women dance against violence (Jakarta Post)

A year ago when people in my close circle talked about “One Billion Rising” (OBR), the campaign to fight violence against women which included a mass dance on February 14, they raised their eyebrows. Why not campaign the old fashioned way through awareness seminars, printing posters, or taking to the streets with a megaphone?

One Billion Rising does employ a new strategy for campaigning. Aside from the dance “to show collective strength”, One Billion Rising Indonesia has been organizing a series of events in the last couple of weeks including film screenings and discussions all over the country.

And it’s fun. Watch this movie collection from 2013, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. It features a collection of video montages from 207 countries where the campaign took place.


One Billion Rising (Short Film) from V-Day Until the Violence Stops on Vimeo.

Here is the choreography that you need to memorize for 2014 OBR in Jakarta.

OBR happens in Jakarta this year on February 14 on west side of Monas (National Monument).

Find an OBR event near you here.


See you on the street!