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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Unpaid Advertorial: Amnesty Film Festival

If you find yourself in danger of devolving (if there is such a word) into a vegetable everytime the weekends arrive, then you should do something about it.

If you find yourself not doing anything except breathing & simply existing, you should also find something more useful to do.

And if you're one of those who spends the entire weekend lying on the floor shirtless & making flopping noises with your stomach, then you have no more excuses.

No, this is not an ad for Slimming Sanctuary nor is it an ad for Rakan Muda/National Service.

(in a deep baritone movie trailer announcer voice)
This is...
The Amnesty Film Festival.
7 movies.
2 days.
Watch till your eyes explode.
Coming soon, to Swinburne this weekend.

Another event brought to you by Swinburne University Photomedia & Design Club & Amnesty International

Very the excitings genres that deal with Human Rights...

Got the Antonio Banderas superstar & Emma Thompson.9:00am - 11:30am Imagining Argentina
Imagining Argentina is a political thriller, with a love story at its heart, set in the historical time of the dirty war in Argentina during the 1970’s.

Got the extreme sport genre. 1:00pm - 4:00pm The Mission
A visually stunning epic, the film recounts the true story of two men who are both Jesuit missionaries who defied the colonial forces of mighty Spain and Portugal to save an Indian tribe from slavery in mid-18th-century South America.

Got the super-secret govt cover-up kinda genre.
(I almost thought this was about aliens in captivitiy)

6:00pm - 8:00pm The Road to Guantanamo
The post-9/11 climate found the U.S. government resorting to many unorthodox methods to quash the perceived threat from further terrorist attacks. None was more controversial or more headline-grabbing than the detainment camp set up in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A Terrifying first-hand account of three British citizens who were held for two years without charges in the American military prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Got itchy-man-want-3-women genre.

8:30pm - 10:30pm Berbagi Suami
Three women from three different social classes and ethnic background convey their passages in dealing with polygamy. They face the same predicament of having to share their domestic life and the love of one man with several women.

6th April 2008 (Sunday)

Got very the National Geographic genre.

1:00pm - 2:00pm Alice Lives Here
A true story of a politically awakened small town woman who stands up for her little town, Broga, against a mega-government project.

Remember the Blue Man Group?Well, the next one is close, but no cigar...
Got the transgender genre.

2:30pm - 4:30pm Osama
Osama is based on the true story of a 12-year-old girl caught in the crucible of Afghanistan’s autocratic theocracy. After years of war, many of its men are dead or dying, the women oppressed, desperate. Since only males are allowed to work for sustenance, the girl’s mother and grandmother conspire to disguise her as a boy.

Got tourism genre.

6:30pm - 9:30pmHotel Rwanda

During the 1994 Rwanda genocide, hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina, a Hutu, offers shelter to more than 1,000 Tutsi refugees. Three Oscar nominations and three Golden Globe nominations.

Spread the word and bring your friends along to what will be a deep weekend. Your weekends will never be the same again... yerrrdayyy.

For more information please contact 016-8518159 or at

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Artsy Beng

I wish I had more time to pursue my artsy-fartsy pursuits. Painting is just one little item among a whole list of things which captures my interest & passion. But I haven't been able to do a lot of it. To catch me doing a bit of painting is probably something that happens like in a leap year, or when the next comet shoots by in a hundred years.

Anyway, as impossible as it may seem, I actually did one in 2004. It wasn't something out of a sudden outburst of uncontrollable passion or inspiration. It wasn't something so dramatic or romantic. Apparently, there was this art competition organised by Ibraco & the first prize money was RM5,000. And that was enough to get me going & I did this.

If you think that's nice, it just shows you how badly I wanted the prize money. See the vibrant colours & the strokes? Well, I didn't. I only saw $$$ at that time.

And fortunately, against all odds, it did get me into the Calendar Hall of Fame. I was Mr. February 2005.

There were a lot of other well-known artists from Kuching who took part in this competition. I was so naive then, I didn't even know who they were.

But the first prize went to a teenage student who did this.

In the meantime, my giant, empty, 3-year old canvas awaits me...

... as it continues to gather dust, sprouting spores, bacterias, cobwebs & growing moss & mushrooms. Maybe all that biological growth might by itself turn out to be a nice piece of artwork after all.