January 2017, is the first issue of FreakMagz. We would like to take the opportunity of the first issue to introduce a little bit of our FREAKY soul through the pieces published on this first issue. The first issue is themed: FREAK. The word FREAK has always been associated with something quite negative. And it tends to be frequently used towards something and/or someone that is out of the conventional conformity. We at FreakMagz want to reclaim the word FREAK as an element that is distinctively unique, an individual character that makes human beings, human. FreakMagz acknowledges the term into something you embrace as: acceptance of individuality; familiarizing diversity; and respecting the space of non-standardized and unconventional characters. All in all, taking real account of pluralism into the diversity of plurality.
There is a misconception for the current usage of the term hipster. Nowadays, the term hipster means: cool and trendy youngsters. I personally think that this form of the hipster term has been translated as market demands, accommodated by the mega-companies.
The film cinematically portrays various issues ranging from sexual violence to young people's ignorance on history, and also adapted a portrayal of Timor Leste's context on cultural discrimination to narratives on women’s empowerment.
To me, my duty as a Muslim scholar and an activist is by advocating efforts of positive transformation and humanization. Efforts of transformation includes transforming my own self, my family, and my community.
Nivedita Menon's narrative never directly points her readers to value some moments either to be right or wrong. She provide alternatives to explain how it happened and leave it there to be determined by our own course of mind.