The theme of the event was Breaking the Silence. About human trafficking, they meant.
From the Facebook page:
We chose ‘Breaking the Silence’ because we believe that silence is acceptance.
This year's Interact Club of Sri Aman International Understanding Day is a short film festival that highlights human trafficking in the world .We chose to have a film festival because film is a great medium to address this issue to today's generation.
The event will include awareness videos, video submissions from other interact clubs concerning the theme and exciting performances! We are also proud to share our FIRST ICSA SHORT MOVIE which shows our take on the current situation of human trafficking in the world.
While I wholly support any attempt to educate teenagers about current tragic goings-on, especially those somewhat under the radar, I feel that this was an utterly inappropriate theme to select. Human trafficking in general wouldn't have been too bad a pick, but the videos we were shown unfortunately focused on trafficking women to be sold as sex slaves.
We were sitting in a small, dark theatre, an audience of teenagers presumably 50% of which constituted boys. Every time the word 'sex' came up on the screen, a couple of them whooped. Every time! Of course, there were shots of places the poor women worked as well, with scantily-clad women dancing and picking up clients. Of course, there was more whooping.
I had the misfortune of sitting in front of an entire group of those idiot boys. They whooped, they talked on their handphones (which they refused to put on silent), they complained about the length of the videos, and, in the process of passing something around amongst themselves, they bumped the back of my head. More than once. The comments they made on the videos convinced me that they were utter imbeciles.
It was a nice place, though. Cosy.(From pjla.com.my)
I couldn't help but mourn the fact that the message of the videos was completely lost on 90% of the audience. When a particularly lengthy video faded to black but continued with more, there was an audible groan that made me cringe. It just served to prove the Rotarian, who gave his speech at the beginning of the event, right. People did not look at the IU Day as a time to sit still, be perceptive, and maybe learn a thing or two; it was merely an opportunity to get dressed-up, socialise, and pick up members of the opposite gender (or the same gender, if that was their inclination).
This was cemented by the fact that there was an after party about an hour after the event. Again, at Muse, with, from what I'm told, alcohol and dancing.
It's just really sad, I think, that the organisers built up IU Day so much that they seem to have forgotten the true cause. Some of the videos were really awesome, but you could feel in the air the impatience of the audience -- sitting through them was just something they had to get through before having their fun. The videos were supposed to be the main point, but the main point was overshadowed by so much else that it wasn't really the main point anymore.
Sometimes, I am so ashamed of being a teenager.