Science Film Festival Malaysia 8-18 Nov 2011 – Goethe Institut

2 Nov 2011

The Science Film Festival (SFF) was initiated by the Goethe-Institut in 2005.

It presents films, which communicate technological and scientific issues accessibly and entertainingly to a broad audience. Through this approach, the festival encourages a culture of science films that effectively combines education and entertainment, demonstrating that science communication and that learning can be fun.

The ASEAN Science Film Festival as a regional event takes place concurrently in all participating countries under a unified conceptual and organizational framework that allows for local adaption to maximize its effectiveness in each nation. All films are translated and synchronized into the national language to provide the greatest possible access.

In 2011, Malaysia and Vietnam are participating for the first time in the Science Film Festival.

It will be held from November 8-18 at the theatrette, ground level of HELP University College, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur. The official opening is on November 8th from 2.30pm to 5.00pm.

More info
Tel.:+ 60(3)2164-2011

The festival presents a variety of didactically entertaining films for young people with a focus on forests following the Unesco theme –International Year of Forests 2011 .

Following are synopses of Films to be screened during the Opening Day on 8 November:

1. Of Forest and Men

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Produced by: GoodPlanet Foundation
Original Name:  Des Forêts et des Hommes
Year: 2010
Country: France
Length: 8 min.
Age Group: Under 12
Category: Ecology and Environment

Forests cover almost a third of the Earth’s surface. They are home to over half of all terrestrial species and partially supply one in four persons income. Forests provide resources for the food we eat, the air we breathe and the medicines we consume.  Forests are also a key element in the fight against climate change. And we are threatening these ecosystems formed hundreds of millions of years ago before the first humans appeared on Earth. This International Year of Forests is an opportunity to discover, celebrate and protect these essential ecosystems.

2. I Got It! – Episode Rainforest

Director: RTM
Produced by:  The Goethe-Institut in cooperation with RTB Brunei, TVK Cambodia, TVRI Indonesia, RTM Malaysia, MRTV-4 Myanmar, LNTV Laos, ABS-CBN Foundation Philippines, Thai PBS Thailand and VTV Vietnam
Year: 2010
Country: Malaysia
Length: 10 min.
Category: Family Edutainment

In this episode of “I Got It!” (there are 26 episodes from 7 SEA countries) the presenter visits the rainforest in a national park in Malaysia. The audience discovers the vital role rainforests play for life on earth and finds answers to the following questions: What is so special about the rainforests? How can we contribute to preserving rainforests? And where does our oxygen come from?

3. Temengor Forest

Director: Novista Team (Harun Rahman, Lara Ariffin, Rozy Ghaffar, Leong Hon Yuen, Chin Kek Mien, Mohamed Ismail)
Produced by:  Malaysian Nature Society (MNS)
Year: 2006
Country: Malaysia/Novista TV
Length: 20:59mins

Malaysian prime forest land that was reduced and changed considerably through the construction of a water catchment and energy production dam and is in danger through continuous logging activities. The film shows the vast bio diversity of flora and fauna in this important forest complex and the importance of preserving it.

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