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Project of the Day: 'Di Ambang: Stateless in Sabah'

By Indiewire | Indiewire January 2, 2014 at 10:35AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
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Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Di Ambang: Stateless in Sabah"

Tweetable Logline: The daily struggles of two families facing the uncertainty of living poor and without citizenship set against a backdrop of war and turmoil

Elevator Pitch: This film follows the lives of undocumented and stateless Filipino migrant families living in the Malaysian state of Sabah. Fleeing conflict in the southern Philippines, thousands have migrated across Malaysia’s porous sea borders. Following two families through their day-to-day lives, this documentary explores statelessness and the consequences it has on the generations of people living unrecognized by any country. After years of searching for peace and economic stability, they are vulnerable once again when insurgency hits Sabah.

Production Team:

Producer: Azliana Abdul Aziz

Director: Vila Somiah & Matt Fillmore 

Cinematographer: Matt Fillmore

Editor: Matt Fillmore

Audio: Matt Fillmore & Haresh P. Somiah

Line Producer: Terri Goh

Legal Adviser: Haresh P. Somiah

About the Production:  As a child, I watched undocumented and stateless children of Philippines descent through the window of my father's car flooding the streets of Kota Kinabalu. I'd see them sleeping in bus stops or begging for food. It was a strange but common sight and as an adult, I grew very interested in their community, especially since it became an increasingly sensitive subject. The Malaysian government has under reported this issue for years and their inaction has led to racial and political tensions in Sabah. Although risky, I knew this story had to be documented. I so happy we did.

Current Status:  In post-production and currently trying to raise the last $10,000 for distribution and editing costs

For more information and to support this project: Kickstarter Page

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