‘Invisible People’ Animated Docuseries Screening + Q&A with Director Jean Ho May 26

Invisible People is an animated documentary series showcasing Malaysia’s stateless and refugee communities, chronicling their struggles and fights for systemic change. It explores individual stories beyond monolithic news headlines, uncovering diverse experiences behind often simplified perspectives.

This Sunday, May 26, you will have the opportunity to watch the series’ first three episodes, followed by a Q&A session with the project’s director, Jean Ho, and crew.

Click here to purchase your tickets for Sunday. For every $5 ticket sold, $3 will go toward helping two of the participants in the docuseries. Doors open at 11am, screening starts at 11:45am, Q&A starts at 12:30pm

The Mission Behind the Docuseries

Malaysia’s own nationality law is manufacturing statelessness. This has left many without citizenship. Despite hosting a large population of refugees, Malaysia is also not party to the United Nation’s 1951 Refugee Convention, leading to a lack of protection and asylum system for refugees. It’s time they’re heard.

Featured in episode 3, Peter, a Chin refugee from Myanmar, runs a non-profit school dedicated to the education of child refugees who are otherwise denied from attending public schools. Although the Covid-19 pandemic has affected both the school’s student capacity and its funding, he is still committed to providing accessible and affordable education to those who have been excluded from public institutions. Peter will use the proceeds to buy school supplies, along with paying off a portion of the rent for the space the school uses.

Featured in episode 4, Maalini Ramalo is a Director for Social Protection of Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (DHRRA) Malaysia. She currently leads the Statelessness Unit at DHRRA, supported by a team that focuses on evidence-based advocacy and provides direct services to stateless persons with strong links to Malaysia.

DHRRA is a non-profit, non-political organization committed to building strong and self-reliant rural communities through poverty alleviation and people’s empowerment initiatives. While they’re currently based in 11 countries, the Malaysian network is raising funds to support advocacy and data collection efforts to further address statelessness in the country.

The donations will greatly aid in providing social protection, psychological support, policy and advocacy, paralegal assistance, and awareness campaigns surrounding the issue.

Visit invisiblepeopledoc.com to learn more about the series and keep up with project updates!

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