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Screening: Hashim's School of Hope

The issue of Myanmar refugees has been a hot topic recently - with boatfuls pushed out to sea and the mass killings at the Thai-Malaysia border - all illustrate how determined Myanmar refugees seek refuge in Malaysia or elsewhere despite the risks they face everyday.

This film is a poignant look into those that have managed to reach Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Yet, persecution is a constant reminder of their statelessness.

Date: June 25th @ 8.30pm Venue: Content Malaysia Pitching Center Auditorium, Unit G09 & G10, Platinum Sentral Jalan Stesen Sentral 50470, Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia

Admission is free of charge. There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers after the film


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?

Jules Ong - Director's Profile

Jules Ong is a freelance journalist and documentary producer with 15 years’ experience, specialising in environmental, social and political issues in Malaysia and across Asia. Jules has an M.A. in Social Anthropology (University of London) and brings depth and humanity to documentary storytelling. Jules has co-produced news and features with international broadcasters (e.g. Swiss National TV, ARD German Radio and TV, and CCTV.)

HonYuen Leong - Producer's Profile

HonYuen Leong is a director-producer with almost two decades of experience in television production. At Factual TV, she works with broadcasters, production companies and corporations to help create documentaries and factual entertainment series in Asia. Her work has appeared on Al Jazeera International, the Asian Food Channel, Fox International Channels, AETN All Asia Networks and the Discovery Channel.


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