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Story Behind The Wall

"Story Behind the Wall" is an advocacy short documentary that features the trials and tribulations of a mural artist fighting for his art in Johor, Malaysia. This biopic documentary tells the audience about the story of NABIL Azahari, a young Mural artist based in Johor Bahru whose greatest desire is to become an endless mural artist. However, it is a formidable task: how will he do it? This story will inspire many Malaysian youths, particularly those who believe it’s not possible to make a living through the arts. Nabil proves that it is possible.

  • Jef Samaroon
    Washroom (2016), Road To God (2017)
  • Tay Sheik Er
    Steamfish (2016)
  • MJ Samaroon a.k.a Jef Samaroon
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    9 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
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    Digital HD
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  • JB Film Grant
Director Biography - Jef Samaroon

He is an amateur filmmaker and educator in the Department of Performing Arts and Production Technology, Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. He holds a Bachelor of Cinematography (UNIMAS) and a Masters in Screen Studies at the School of Communication, University of Science, Malaysia. He began his career as a tutor since 2009 and started lecturing in UNIMAS since 2012, soon after he graduated From University of Science, Malaysia. He has been teaching various courses of his interest for example Film Editing, Scriptwriting, and Videography. He excels in the digital video production, documentary, animation and instructional multimedia. He have produced many short films for YouTube contents as well as to film festivals around Asean and recently he received first runner up lecturer award in Youth Video Award 2016, Malaysia. His Latest shortfilm titled "steamfish" has been shortlisted for You Are The One Shortfilm Competition 2016, Malaysia.

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Director Statement

I am interested in all forms of media. I believe that by blending different forms of art such as audio, visuals, storytelling, etc. you can create a more powerful piece than by using one art form alone. Each project I make is different, and I've found that each person takes something different out them. Our current culture, and my generation, is prone to listening to video media. I want to
create films that have something positive to say. My recent short film as Cinematographer and Editor entitled "Steam Fish" has been selected for top 12 finalist in You Are The One Short Film Competition 2016, Malaysia. The Road To God is the latest short film was accepted to be screening at Rantai Arts Festival 2016, Malaysia. This is my third time as a director for my short film. I feel honored by the acceptances and i am very excited that the film will reach many audiences and share a story they may not have known before. This short film touched me, It challenged me. I remember it still. I feel passionate for film and the world I live in. My hope is to carry inspiration to others.