Unimas to feature best Asean short films

Poster for ‘Duduk dan Tonton’.

KUCHING: The Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) will be organising a ‘Duduk dan Tonton’ short film screening on April 15.

The programme is in collaboration with SeaShorts Film Festival and will feature entries from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Jacky Yeap, a former Unimas cinematography graduate, who is now a filmmaker, is the coordinator for the programme.

“Jacky runs SeaShorts Film Festival and it is dedicated to Southeast Asian short films as well as its filmmakers. The festival is currently in its fifth year.

The theme ‘SEAriously Women on Screen’ is the mini film festival’s endeavour to present contemporary female voices to its wider audiences, Unimas said on Monday (April 12).

‘Elsa’ by Lim Jen Nee from Singapore is a documentary that tells a coming-of-age story of the director’s son, exploring societal gender norms as he grows up.

The second short film, ‘Hush, Tonight the Dead Are Dreaming Loudly’ by Kong Pahurak from Thailand sheds light on the lives of people a year after the political massacre there.

‘The Cloud Is Still There’ is a Malaysian short film by Mickey Lai Loke Yee that follows a young Christian woman’s faith when confronted with her family’s clashing religious belief.

Another short film that would be highlighted is ‘Ladies Choice’ by Celina Peñaflorida from the Philippines. It explores the subject of motherhood through a mother and her daughter who recently went through a breakup.

‘A Closed Mouth Catches No Flies’ by Destian Rendra Pratama from Indonesia would also be featured and it revolves around a shop where locals would hang out and gossip about the daily occurrence in day-to-day life.

Unimas added that there would be an online question and answer as well as discussion session with filmmakers after the screening.

“The filmmakers will discuss their experience throughout making their short films and they will answer questions from the viewers through Google Meet.

The screening will commence at 8pm and admission is available for audience who register through https://tinyurl.com/DuTon1.

For details, the public can visit Mini Film Festival’s official social media account or contact Muneer at 014-5785844.”