Tuesday, May 18, 2010

GWU 2010 International Emerging Filmmakers Fellowship

2010 International Fellow's Films from Center for Innovative Media on Vimeo.

Above are excerpts of the work of each of GWU's twenty 2010 Fellows, all produced, shot and edited in their home countries.

I'm privileged to have been selected as one of the 20 finalist for The International Emerging Filmmakers Fellowship at The Documentary Center, George Washington University (GWU) sponsored through a grant from the U.S. Department of State.

This International Filmmakers Fellowship is a comprehensive six-week program that will be held May 26-July 8, 2010.

During this time I will be working in the production of 2 short documentary films.

I will also get to attend SILVERDOCS - AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival and International Documentary Conference held June 22-27, 2010.

An opportunity of the lifetime that I am truly looking forward...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Not even a drain, but 80% complete!

Not even a drain, but 80% complete! from Indrani Kopal on Vimeo.

Between 2000 and 2003, hundreds of purchasers bought plots of land to build their dream houses. For many the Genting Valley resort would be their ideal retirement home.

These 500 over purchasers have sunk in more than RM50 million for their plots. But 10 years later, all that remains are some demarcated plots overgrown with lalang, vandalized street lights, opened manholes – typical scenes of an abandoned project.

The developer, has gone into liquidation and the purchasers are left high and dry.

This is their story...

Video by Indrani Kopal, Shufiyan Shukur & Maran Perianen

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tumbuk Estate: How long more to wait?

Tumbuk Estate: How long more to wait? from Indrani Kopal on Vimeo.

Tumbuk Estate: How long more to wait
Indrani Kopal | May 4, 2010

The long-promised housing scheme for ex-workers of Tumbuk estate is now still nowhere in sight.

The former workers who are currently residing at the estate quarters are demanding for the housing scheme promised to them by their former employer, MAIKA Holding Bhd.

In 2006, MAIKA promised to undertake and complete a housing scheme that was supposed to have commenced construction in April 2008 but till today this has not happened.

In the deal that transpired between the workers, MAIKA Holding and the plantation union NUPW was that, when the workers were terminated on 31 Mar 2006, they will be given their termination benefits and ex-gratia payment in accordance with the labour law.

And it was also agreed then that the promised workers' ex-gratia payment will be utilized to settle the down payment for the purchase of property under the workers housing scheme.

Dreams were built on the promises made.

Four years down the road, concerns are raised when nothing when nothing has been implemented, although many meetings were held and housing plans were shown.

Two of the workers shared with Malaysiakini their grievances.


Camera: Maran Perianen
Photos: Arvind Raj
Voice over: Oliver Kumareyan Shanmukam