Saturday, December 17, 2011

Lot Umah Am



FILM ON THE STRUGGLE OF THE INDIGENOUS ORANG SELETAR IN JOHOR IS NOW ONLINE
“Lot Umah Am” or “The Sea is My Home”, one of the 2 films produced for the FreedomFilmFest 2011 film competition is now online.
Its a documentary about the Indigenous Orang Seletar living on the Straits of Johor whose livelihood and way of life is threatened by the development process in the area. This documentary was screened in many states throughout Malaysia as part of the FFF premiere roadshow including screenings in Johor Bharu and also in the community musuem of the Orang Seletar in Kg Temun recently.
It generated a lot of discussion amongst the community and also it gave the orang Seletar an outlet to voice their concerns.
On December 15, 2011 a group of about 500 Orang Seletar made a historic protest outside the Johor state assembly in Kota Iskandar, Johor, to voice their anger over the transfer of their ancestral land to developers of the Iskandar Malaysia project along the Johor Straits.
Links to related news:
Free Malaysia Today 
Malaysiakini 
The Star, 15 December 2011 
This is a historic event as this is the first time the Orang Seletar has made know their unhappiness in such a manner. Till now, they have been quietly suffering the brunt of pollution and displacement caused by huge development projects on their ancestral areas that didn’t take into consideration their voices and welfare.
You can show your support by sharing this video with as many friends as possible and organising private screenings in your circle of friends and family.

Here is the video for sharing with my blog readers.



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