The Kg Hakka Mantin history and culture goes back six generations. These early settlers worked in the tin mining industries, rubber plantations and fruit orchards that make up the backbone of the country’s economy. The villagers didn’t think they needed a sign at the main entrance to their village until recently when their homes were threatened with forced eviction. Rakan Mantin help put up the sign.
The Malaysian Freedom Film Festival 2017 2to9 September in Petaling Jaya. The film network put together many workshops to encourage film making to give voice to the voiceless. I was involved in a workshop to help senior citizens to make films related to the issues of growing old. To read more
The film making workshop with the senior citizens.
The Urban Heritage and Community Development International Field School jointly organised by National University of Singapore, University of Malaya and Chulalongkorn University, was based in Ban Panthron, Bangkok, July 3-24, 2017. Rakan Mantin was invited to take part and not only present the Kg. Hakka Mantin story of heritage community fighting to safeguard their 100 years old village but also share the filming documentary skills with the students. It was important to share with the students what independent activists are doing in the region.
The collection of 64 watercolours was done twenty years ago and they will be on exhibition again this week in Petaling Jaya…these visuals will lighten up the darkness of their threatening disappearance from many older Malaysian streets… read more here