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Documentary

The Bomb Listener

History Channel (Tracking Asia’s Fish Bomber)
International Distribution

Synopsis

The Malaysians and the British are building a bomb blast detection system that can detect illegal fish bombing. Codename Decimus, this is the world’s first attempt at an automated real-time remote system.

  • CLIENT:

    Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission

  • PITCHED:

    Malaysia Documentary Pitch Trailer 2014; Creative Industry Development Fund (CIDF-MCMC)

  • CO-SPONSORS:

    MCMC, Factual TV and Indiegogo.com

  • ROLES:

    Director-Producer, Photographer

  • PREMIERED:

    16 April 2016 (Philippines); 17 April 2016 (Malaysia, Singapore, HK, SEA)

  • EPISODE:

    1 x 48 minutes HD (History Channel); 1 x 50 minutes HD

In Southeast Asia and Oceania, the documentary airs as Tracking Asia’s Fish Bombers on the History Channel.

For distribution inquiries for The Bomb Listener, please contact Looking Glass International:

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Background

Humans have been in conflict with the marine environment for generations.

It is no different in Malaysia’s Tun Sakaran Marine Park, off the eastern coast of Semporna, Sabah. Its coral reefs are at risk from a devastating crime wave – destructive fishing using homemade bombs.

Although illegal, fish bombing is widely practiced around the Pacific and East Africa. Century-old coral reefs, home to fish and other marine life are reduced to rubble in seconds.

Fish bombings happen without warning and often when no one is around. Some days there are none, others two or three together. There is no set pattern. Even if park rangers were to act, they have no idea where the crime is taking place due to how vast the marine sanctuary is.

Catching the culprits has proven almost impossible….

But there is strong hope. An international team is out to turn wildlife tracking technology into a ground-breaking bomb detection system that will pinpoint the exact location of the crime as it is unfolding.

We follow Malaysian field officer Jamie Valiant Ng and Sabah Parks enforcement ranger Abdul Hafiz Matlah as they try to outsmart the fish bombers with the help of British marine biologist Dr Elizabeth Wood from the Marine Conservation Society UK and passive acoustic monitoring system specialists at the University of St Andrews, Scotland to tackle a problem that has run rampant for over half a century.

Will the bomb listener be the ultimate tool to catch the fish bombers in the act?

Documentary

Hashim's School of Hope

Al Jazeera International

Synopsis

In the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, 44-year old refugee Hashim Kassim struggles to raise funds to keep his religious school open, while working hard to prepare two bright students for a Quran recitation competition. Hashim, a refugee for 17 years himself, now cares for almost 200 Myanmar Muslim and Rohingya refugee students, of whom 45 are orphans living in his school. His student numbers are expanding as Muslim refugees flee violence in Myanmar. Can he raise enough funds in the month of Ramadan to keep his school open and will his students win the Quran competition?

  • CLIENT:

    Al Jazeera International

  • PITCHED:

    Viewfinder Asia

  • YEAR:

    2014

  • EPISODE:

    1 x 25 minutes HD

  • ROLE:

    Producer

  • WITH:

    Jules Ong (Director), chi too (Cinematographer/Editor), Kar Yin Tham (Writer)

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1975: KL Under Siege

Crime & Investigation Network

Synopsis

On August 4, 1975, five armed men walk into the AIA Building in downtown Kuala Lumpur triggering a chain of events that eventually leads to the hostage taking of 53 people from the U.S. Consul, Embassy of Sweden and the company headquarters of AIA. The masterminds behind the siege are members of the Japanese Red Army, one of the world’s most notorious militant groups. If their demands are not met on time, the hostages will be killed. The negotiation team must rescue the hostages before it’s too late.

  • CLIENT:

    AETN All Asia Networks

  • EPISODE:

    1 hour HD

  • PREMIERED:

    2010

  • ROLES:

    Reversion - additional filming, scriptwriting, editing

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Tugu Drum Circle

8th anniversary celebrations

Synopsis

Tugu Drum Circle invited the who’s who of the drumming fraternity for an afternoon of musical unity in celebration of its 8th anniversary at Black Box, Publika.

  • CLIENT:

    Tugu Drum Circle

  • EPISODE:

    1

  • YEAR:

    2009

  • ROLES:

    Production, editing

Documentary

Restoring Merdeka

Discovery Channel

Synopsis

Stadium Merdeka, Malaysia’s first football stadium, is being given a makeover for the biggest event of the year – the celebration for Malaysia’s 50th year of independence. Building restoration architect Laurence Loh and his team of contractors have to balance the demands of a tight deadline with the careful restoration work required to return every feature of this iconic building to its original glory. Every detail has to be right, in order to host a re-enactment of the very first event the stadium played host to: the declaration of independence. In Restoring Merdeka, the story of the stadium’s restoration parallels the story of its role as a venue that rallied this multicultural nation together through the unifying power of sport. Best Documentary nominee at the 21st Malaysian Film Festival.

  • CLIENT:

    National Film Development Corporation of Malaysia (FINAS)

  • EPISODE:

    1 x 30 minutes SD

  • ROLES:

    Producer, Director and Cinematographer

  • PREMIERED:

    2007

  • SERIES:

    First-time Filmmakers

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