Asean Filmmakers to Showcase Documentaries on Social Justice

Four Southeast Asian documentary filmmakers will participate in the 'Good Pitch' film festival at the Goethe-Institut in Central Jakarta on Thursday (04/05). (Photo courtesy of In-Docs)

By : Diella Yasmine | on 5:54 PM April 28, 2017
Category : Life & Style, Arts & Culture

Jakarta. Four Southeast Asian documentary filmmakers will participate in the "Good Pitch" film festival at the Goethe-Institut in Central Jakarta on Thursday (04/05).

Good Pitch was originally developed by UK-based non-profit film foundation Britdoc and the Sundance Documentary Institute in 2008 to amplify the lasting impacts of documentary films on social and environmental issues.

The event aims to forge partnerships between filmmakers and non-governmental organizations, philanthropists, corporate partners, broadcasters, educators and policymakers.

Good Pitch Southeast Asia will be hosted by In-Docs  a non-profit organization that has helped shape the documentary film scene in Indonesia – and Singapore-based social advocacy group Jia Foundation.

Speaking at a press conference at KeKini restaurant in Central Jakarta on Thursday, In-Docs program manager Amelia Hapsari said the selected filmmakers will present social justice documentary films.

"These filmmakers were chosen in a competitive screening process. We not only look for quality films, but also the impact [...] those films have on society."

Shalahuddin Siregar from Indonesia, Baby Ruth Villarama and Universe Baldoza from the Philippines and Yong Shu Ling from Singapore will present their films at the one-day event.

Villarama's piece, "Sunday Beauty Queen," follows the struggles of Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, "Song for My Children," by Shalahuddin Siregar tells the story of a choir formed by a female group of friends, known as Dialita, who lost their family members during the 1965 communist purge.

In December, the selected filmmakers received training at a workshop from Good Pitch's Southeast Asia Program.

"Through this program, the directors received formal training in storytelling. They learned how to create an impact strategy for their films," Amelia said.

The selected filmmakers will also have the opportunity to work with several international organizations, including Amnesty International, the Asean Foundation, Indonesia's Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) and the British Council Indonesia.

"With this program, we want to connect the artists to hundreds of potential allies that can help them reach wider audiences and produce a lasting impact."

Filmmakers from previous Good Pitch events around the world have raised $24 million in funding and have established over 1400 active partnerships with leading social advocacy groups.

"I hope that this event can also help open doors for other filmmakers in Southeast Asia to promote their films in other countries to gain global attention," Amelia added.

Good Pitch has previously been held in the United Kingdom, the United States, South Africa, Taiwan, Argentina, Kenya and Australia.

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