講者 / 導演： fahmi reza and lew pik-svonn／馬來西亞
the forgotten history, the used “conflicts"
speaker/director: fahmi reza
activities: screening of (35min) and fahmi’s sharing
venue: tong saam
language: english with cantonese translation (the film is in english and bahasa malaysia, with chinese subtitles)
where there is the forgotten history, there are “conflicts" among people that can be used by the powerful.
malaysia, like hong kong, was once a colony of the great britain. malaysia has always been a place with mixed ethnic and religion groups, like hong kong.
after independent, the ruling party,United Malays National Organization (UMNO) , has always stated in its history textbooks that, the independence of malaysia was not gained by struggles, but the peaceful negotiation between the elite class and the british. this statement deliberately eliminates the grassroot history of trans-ethnic and trans-religious co-operation in fighting agains colonialism.
in the recent years, the ruling party is no longer as strong as it has used to be. It started to make use and exaggerate ethnic and religious differences into conflicts.so that it could gain support from the largest portion of the population — the malays.
fahmi reza, a young artist, faced these “conflicts" with history, tracing a era when all grassroots are united against the ruling powers. he also brings with him these knowledge, going to the grassroot communities with his art projects, hoping to bring up the self and mutual respect, and hence unity, among the grassroot people.
fahmi will share with us his film and his experience in this special session of this year’s social movement film festival and we hope his stories could shed some light on hong kong’s present situation.