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- PT Foundation Film Fest -

World AIDS Campaign 2002-2003
'Live and let Live'

Friday 20 December to Sunday 22 December 2002.
HELP Institute, Pusat Bandar Damansara, KL.

In conjunction with World AIDS Campaign 2002-2003, PT Foundation (formerly known as Pink Triangle Sdn Bhd), with the assistance of Kelab Seni Filem Malaysia, and the support and sponsorship of Malaysian AIDS Council, brings to you  the inaugural PT Film Fest.

The PT Film Fest celebrates open-mindedness, understanding, empowerment and acceptance in all people. These virtues will help us eliminate stigma and discrimination, and pave the way for us to effectively fight HIV/AIDS, not the people living with HIV/AIDS.

The PT Film Fest is a non-commercial event and its aim is to create HIV/AIDS awareness to marginalized communities through entertainment. The films may contain references to homosexuality and transsexualism, and are not recommended for people below 18 years old.

Admission is FREE, donations to PT Foundation are very much welcomed. For seat reservation, please e-mail to ptfmsm@yahoo.com stating which session you are attending.


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Friday 20 Dec 2002 (HELP Inst Theatrette)

8.00 -0830 pm Staying Alive 1 - George Michael, an MTV-World Bank-UNAIDS
production looking into the lives of young people living with HIV/AIDS.

8.30 -10.30 pm  - 1.  Feature Film: Ma Vie En Rose (Belgium), with English
text


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Saturday 21 Dec 2002 - First Session (HELP Inst Lecture Theatre)

3.00 - 3.30 pm Staying Alive 2 - Ricky Martin, an MTV-World Bank-UNAIDS
production looking into the lives of young people living with HIV/AIDS.

3.30 - 5.30 pm   - 2.  Feature Film: Bukak Api (2000, Malaysia), with
English sub text


Saturday 21 Dec 2002 - Second Session (HELP Inst Conference Hall)

600 - 06.30 pm     Documentary: The Assignment ( Singapore) - Living with
the HIV virus in Singapore.

6.30 - 08.30 pm - 3.  Feature Film: Wilde (1998,UK)


Saturday 21 Dec 2002 - Third Session (HELP Inst Conference Hall)


9.00 - 10.00 pm  Sex - A fast, funny and frank look at safe sex, an
Australian Broadcasting Corporation production in association with
Australian National AIDS Campaign.

10.00 - 11.30 pm   - 4.  Feature Film: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001, USA)


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Sunday 22 Dec 2002 First Session (HELP Inst Theatrette)

3.00 - 3.30 pm  Malaysian Video Awards Red Ribbon Short Films x 3

3.30 - 5.30 pm   My Beautiful Laundrette (1986, UK)


Sunday 22 Dec 2002 - Second Session (HELP Inst Theatrette)

600 - 06.30 pm A Short Film On HIV/AIDS - Mencari Kepastian, Malaysian
documentary by Lena Tan/Bernard Chauly .

6.30 - 08.30 pm     - 6.  Feature Film: Head On (1998, Aust)


Sunday 22 Dec 2002 - Third Session (HELP Inst Theatrette)

9.00 - 9.20 pm  Adam & Steve - Bernard Chauly, best short film Msian Video
Awards 2001.

9.20 - 11.00 pm   - 7.  Feature Film: Before Night Falls (2000, USA)


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PT Film Fest Synopsis


- 1. Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink)
1997-Belgium Colour 88min
Dir: Alain Berliner; Cast: Jean Philippe Ecoflay, Helene Vincent

Ludovic is a sweet little by who lives with his parents in a Belgian suburb
decides that when he grows up he wants to be a girl. To him, this is
perfectly logical: he already enjoys wearing dresses and make up and is
determined to eventually marry the boy next door. This is an empowering
story about being true to oneself. An embarrassment to his family, Ludovic
perseveres with his desires, unmoved by shame. There are several painful
scenes of Ludovic being harassed, rejected and ridiculed. But with the
support of his aunt, his courage is inspirational. Its heartwarming and
remarkably affecting with incredibly fluid camerawork and candy coloured set
designs.


- 2. Bukak Api
2000 Malaysia Approx 120 mins
Dir: Osman Ali ; A PT Foundation Film

Based on the lives on the transexual community in Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur.
Originally produced as a HIV/AIDS education project for the transsexual
community, the film has been widely acclaimed to break new grounds in
Malaysia for its vivid and bold portrayal of the lives of  transsexuals and
sex workers in the onslaught of HIV/AIDS.


- 3.   Wilde
1998 -UK Colour 115min
Dir: Brian Gilbert ; Cast: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave

Fry make san uncannily realistic Oscar Wilde in this sumptuous biopic about
the famed 19th Century Irish born playwright. The film explores Wilde's
unconventional lifestyle in Victorian England by tracing his life as a
family man who slowly succumbs to 'the love that dares not speak his name'.
Much of the film is devoted to Oscar's strained love affair with the rich
and spoilt Bosie and whose father wants to put an end  to their
relationship. This leads to the infamous 1885 sodomy trial and his
subsequent imprisonment. A fascinating drama which is beautifully filmed.


- 4.   Hedwig and the Angry Inch
2001 USA Colour 92min
Dir John Cameron Mitchell ; Cast: John Cameron Mitchell, Andre Martin

The film tells the story of an 'internationally ignored" rock singer, Hedwig
and her search of love and stardom. Born Harvel a boy whose life's dream is
to find his other half, Hedwig reluctantly submits to a sex change operation
in order to marry an American GI and cross over the Berlin wall to freedom.
Unfortunately, the operation is botched leaving him with aforementioned
'angry inch'. Finding himself high, dry and divorced in a Kansas trailer
park, he pushes on to form a rock band and meets a new lover who eventually
leaves her after stealing her songs and becoming a huge rock star himself.
Nevertheless Hedwig eventually pursues her dreams and eventually discovers
the origin of love.


- 5.  My Beautiful Launderette
1986 -UK Colour 94min
Dir:Stephen Frears
Cast:Daniel Day Lewis, Saed Jaffrey

An entertaining perceptive of race relations and the economic state in 80s
Britain. It tells the tale of the unlikely successful story of a young
English born Pakistani and his gay punk lover. Together they brave the ugly
spectre of racism and transform a dingy East End launderette into a glitz
and profitable business.


- 6.  Head On
1998 Australia Colour 104min
Dir: Ana Kokkinos; Cast Alex Dimitrades,Paul Capsis

A vivid portrait of a culturally and sexually confused Greek Australian
hunk. The film centres on 24 hours of Ari's life .A very closeted gay man
who lives with his traditionalist family, the unemployed  Ari spends his
days with his fellow Greek friends and his sexually frustrated girlfriend
partying and taking drugs. At night, he releases his insatiable gay desires
through sexual encounters. His straight world and gay yearnings clash when
he meets and is attracted to cute blonde Shawn. Based  on the book "loaded'
by Christos Tsiolkas.


- 7.   Before Night Falls
2000 USA Colour 130min
Dir: Julian Schnabel ; Cast: Javier Bardem, Olivier Martinez, Sean Penn

Based on the post humously released memoir by gay Cuban poet Renardo Arenas, the film details Arenas' life in his native Cuba before emigrating to the
United States. Arenas was born into poverty and at a young age joined Castro
's revolution. In the 1960s, he attended college where he sharpened his
writing skills and discovered his sexuality. As the Castro regime cracked
down on gays and intellectuals, he was unable to fully realise either and
was subsequently imprisoned. Johnny Depp gives an effective cameo in the
dual roles of a transsexual and a prison warden


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PT Foundation is a voluntary, non-profit making organisation providing
HIV/AIDS and sexuality education, prevention, care and support programmes for marginalised communities - drug users, sex workers, transsexuals, gay men and women, and people living with HIV/AIDS. For more information on PT Foundation's programmes or about HIV/AIDS and sexuality, call our counselling hotlines 603-4044 5455/66 Mondays to Fridays 7.30- 9.30pm.