Based in Kuala Lumpur with field collaborators in the US and various parts of Southeast Asian countries, Far East Documentary Center (FEDOC) is a regional based documentary center. Conceived in 2011, FEDOC is a hub devoted to documentary projects from around the region. Our aims to create an engaging environment for local and international documentary filmmakers committed to innovative methods of non-fiction storytelling.
Founder | Director
Indrani Kopal is an award winning Malaysian documentary filmmaker. She is a former video journalist at Malaysiakini.tv with over six years of experience in online media production.
In 2010, Indrani attended the International Emerging Documentary Filmmakers Fellowship program at The Documentary Center at The George Washington University in the US. This fellowship eventually led her to end the career in video-journalism in 2012 to study documentary storytelling full-time. She received Fulbright scholarship in 2012 to pursue Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) in Documentary Studies and Production at Hofstra University in New York.
Her short documentaries have been screened at various venues in the United States. Her documentary “The Game Changer” has been accepted into seventeen film festivals and won the best documentary award at the prestigious Cannes’ American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase in Cannes, France.
Indrani founded Far East Documentary Center out of a passion for documentary film. This project has been in works since 2011. She wants to develop, produce and eventually distribute documentary films and also to raise the awareness of the role of the documentary genre itself in creating significant impact in the region.
Co-Founder | Executive Producer
Maran Perianen is a regionally acclaimed video and journalism trainer, who has trained over a thousand people. He has assisted many media and non-governmental organisation through out Southeast Asia to identify and roll out digital content for online publications and social media initiative. He has been actively involved in providing distinctive ideas in creating contents which appeals to the online masses.
Derek Burrows is an internationally renowned master storyteller and tradition bearer born in The Bahamas. He combines folktales and personal stories with music, props, movement and humor to entertain, educate and inspire audiences of all ages. His evocative programs help listeners to appreciate the richness of diverse cultural traditions. Derek has been Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Suffolk University in Boston for two years.
As an educator, Derek presents a variety of workshops for students, educators and storytellers and has been adjunct faculty at Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts and at Framingham State College for many years. One of four storytellers, Derek was invited to the first National Book Festival sponsored by the White House and First Lady Laura Bush. Derek performs in many settings from schools (K – College) and libraries to Museums, corporate functions and community settings.
He regularly presents at Storytelling Festivals around the world, most recently translating his works and performing in Spanish in Argentina and Mexico.
For 32 years Derek, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, performed with the International music group Voice of the Turtle with whom he has made 12 recordings with this group. He is a recipient of the Massachusetts Folk Artist Fellowship as well as a number of Humanities grants for his work as a storyteller and tradition bearer.
Khadijah Khalid holds an MSc [Broadcasting] from Boston University, a BSc [Mass Comm] from UiTM, a Certificate in Project Management and she is a Licensed Company Secretary. She started her career at Pearl & Dean, a media advertising company and left to set up Baltimore House Sdn Bhd, a hospitality and events management company which successfully organised art exhibitions and concerts, amongst them the sold-out “Nuances of China” in collaboration with Petronas Art Gallery and Krystian Zimmerman’s piano recital at the Petronas Philharmonic Hall.
In Boston, she worked as a Media Executive at Boston University’s College of Communication Media Center for 2 years whilst assisting the academic staff in teaching graduate students.
Khadijah manages 23LoveLane Hotel, an award-winning boutique heritage hotel in Penang and she is a Board Member of Coca-Cola Malaysia, Johnson Controls, ILHAM Tower, Radhikal Films and private family owned companies. Radhikal Films has aired dramas touching on taboo social commentary, one about a boy sexually abused by his father and the other on a man abused by his wife.
She dabbles in photography in her after-hours and has exhibited her works in magazines and various shows including “Market” at The Print Room, “Malaysia at 50” at the National Art Gallery and “Out of Berlin” organised by Goethe Institute. She has published articles and helped organise various photography shows at public and private art galleries.
Shufiyan Shukur’s background is essentially media. He was a reporter for Malaysian print media The Leader, The Sun (Special Issues desk) and a newspaper in Cambodia called The Cambodia Times and an online journal reporting on the Multimedia Super Corridor, called MSCTimes.com.
Shufiyan cut his teeth in video production work prior to joining Malaysiakini as video producer/journalist in 2006 with two early adopters of internet video production, namely Cyberjaya.tv and Malaysia.tv.
Cyberjaya.tv could be considered the first web video initiative, followed closely by Malaysia.tv.
Towards the end of 2006, Shufiyan brought his video production and internet video experience to Malaysiakini.com to commence operation of their online video initiative, Malaysiakini.tv.
At Malaysiakini.tv, he managed a team which comprised of video camerapersons, video editors and producers/video-journalists.
Malaysiakini.tv can be said to be one of the first web video initiative that covered daily news and news features of current issues in Malaysia.