‘Huminodun’ complements Sabah’s creative industry aspiration — Musa

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman commended producers of the Kadazan-language film ‘Huminodun’ which premiered at a local cinema yesterday for their effort which complemented the Sabah government’s aspiration to develop the creative industry in the state.

“The state government has identified the creative industry as an important area of development and seeing the work of so many Sabahans brought to life through this film complements our aspiration.

“The effect of the creative industry on development is something that policymakers around the world have been waking up to with countries such as South Korea and New Zealand, making it the cornerstone of their economic growth,” he said in his speech text delivered by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.

Musa was also glad to note that the filmmaker, Siung Films Sdn Bhd, comprised of 99 per cent of Sabah talents and had worked closely with various organisations in the state to ensure a true depiction of Sabah’s heritage displayed in the film.

Among the organisations involved were State Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry, Sabah Tourism Board, Sabah Cultural Board, Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA), KDCA Women’s Council and Kadazandusun Language Foundation. — Bernama


Source: Borneo Post

Plenty on offer at Borneo Eco Film Fest

Kota Kinabalu: Visitors will be able to enjoy a three-day festival featuring art, exhibitions, workshops and free talks at the 2017 Borneo Eco Film Festival (BEFF).

The film festival promises a fun, informative and interactive weekend for all at Suria Sabah’s fifth and sixth floor from Sept 22-24.

Programme Director Melissa Leong said this year’s programme includes the first ever BEFF Eco Art Carnival, wax-straw making workshop, green storytelling for children and panel sessions.

“The Eco Art Carnival features the collaborative work of artists who will be showcasing eco-themed art installations which is a great opportunity to check out and purchase the art and craftwork of local craftmakers and artisans,” she said.

Three main art groups will be participating, namely Persatuan Seni Visual Sabah (PSVS), Decorative Art and Craft Club and the collective from University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF).

One of the artistic highlights in BEFF this year is an Orang Utan Art Installation, called “Love Me, Love My Home” featuring painted portraits of Sabah’s iconic primate.

These portraits, which are also for sale will be hung on tree branches along the corridor leading to the venue, symbolically replicating the degraded habitat of the Orang Utan and visitors are invited to write and hang their eco-friendly pledge on these branches.

PSVS spokesperson and local artist Christianne Goonting, explained that this installation will serve as a reminder that humans must learn to sustainably co-exist with our natural surroundings.

“We must acknowledge the fact that our world supports a huge variety of life and we need to respect this.

We need to share and live together and not rob the animal kingdom of their natural habitat,” she said.

Meanwhile, children aged seven and above are invited to join a free wax straw-making workshop on Sunday, Sept 24.

Conducted by Carolyn Lau, founder of the citizen-led initiative ‘Tak Nak Straw!’ the workshop aims to encourage people to explore alternatives to plastic straws.

“It seems like such a small thing but single-use plastic straws are really bad for the environment.

It takes hundreds of years to break down. They fill up landfills and end up in waterways and the ocean, which then endangers our marine life,” explained Melissa.

“This year, we are screening a film called ‘Straws’ which shows why we need to rethink the habit of using plastic straws.

‘Straws’ will be screened followed by the wax straw-making workshop on Sunday, 12.30pm, Sept 24.

Additionally, there will be free talks and panel sessions where members of the public can interact with experts and engage in discussion on the various environmental and social issues featured in this year’s film line-up.

This year, there will be a special talk on Mount Kinabalu by The Sabah Society, a panel on access to education for underprivileged children and a light-hearted session on the pursuit of happiness and living a positive life by Dr. Sivakumar Kumaresan.

The three-day festival is an annual non-profit event celebrating Borneo’s biocultural diversity through showcasing environmental films and nurturing local community filmmaking.

Source: Daily Express

Japanese Film Festival showcase starting Sept 29

KOTA KINABALU: The Japanese Film Festival will be held at Suria Sabah cinemas here on Sept 29-Oct 2.

A statement received here yesterday said the festival was returning to Malaysia for its 14th installment and selected films will be shown in major towns and cities this month and October.

It boasts a thrilling slate of box office favourites, trophy magnets, eye-opening documentaries, and highly-anticipated manga adaptations. The country’s premiere showcase for new Japanese cinema promises a truly immersive cultural experience for audiences of all ages and tastes, the statement promised.

The month-long celebration did its rounds in the Klang Valley from Sept 7-13 at GSC Mid Valley, GSC 1 Utama, GSC Pavilion KL, and GSC NU Sentral. Penang (GSC Gurney Plaza on 14–17 September) is the next city on the nationwide tour, followed by Kuching (GSC CityONE Megamall on 21–24 September) and finally Kota Kinabalu (GSC Suria Sabah on 29 September–2 October).

The revelry was enhanced with a generous helping of star power, courtesy of matinée idol Saitoh Takumi who appeared at GSC Pavilion KL on Sept 5.

The in-demand actor sat in the director’s chair for his first feature-length production as he depicted two brothers coming to terms with their absent father’s death.

All films are presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

Source : New Sabah Times

Borneo Eco Film Festival to showcase 18 films from around the world

KOTA KINABALU: The seventh edition of Borneo Eco Film Festival (BEFF) will be screening 18 films from around the world on Sept 22-24 at Suria Sabah Shopping Mall in Sabah.

BEFF director Melissa Leong said among the participating countries besides Malaysia are United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Turkey, Myanmar, The Netherlands and Singapore.

Melissa said seven short films would be screened during the BEFF ‘365 Fringe Screening’ at selected locations around Sabah throughout the year.

“The three-day festival is an annual non-profit event celebrating Borneo’s biocultural diversity through showcasing environmental films and nurturing local community film making.

“During the festival, cinephiles are treated to Asian and Southeast Asian premieres of documentaries that highlight a variety of issues from elephant conservation to indigenous land rights,” she said at a press conference here yesterday, adding that all the film screenings were free to the public.

Melissa noted that one of the films that would touch the hearts of people in Sabah titled ‘Mount Kinabalu — North Borneo 1961’ and produced by the UK Royal Society was filmed in 1961 on old film reels discovered in the Royal Society archives.

Some films highlighted insects as delicacies, how the fashion industry impacts the environment and how cats became an integral part of a city.

Besides the film-screenings, the festival would also feature educational talks, discussion panels, workshops and an Eco Art Carnival showcasing eco-themed art installations as well as an arts and crafts market.

In conjunction with the festival, BEFF organised the Suara community filmmaking programme with a series of film making workshops since March for the indigenous and local community, whose films would premiere on the final day (Sept 24) of the festival.

Further information and updates on the festival are available at or on BEFF’s Facebook page. — Bernama

Source : The Borneo Post

Film featuring Sabah’s wildlife and rescues showing Sept 16

KOTA KINABALU: Borneo Wildlife Warriors, a six weekly episodes of a film production featuring sun bears, elephants, orangutans and others, on breath-taking rescues and relocations in the state will be released starting from September 16.

This will be the second season after the completion of its first 10-episode film production, ‘Borneo Jungle Diaries’. The episodes can be watched online at

Scubazoo TV is a new online wildlife channel by Asia’s leading natural history filming and photography company, Scubazoo.

Its managing director, Jason Isley, said these episodes will be investigating the threats posed by afforestation, the illegal pet trade and more with Sabah’s Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) vets and rangers working to protect endangered wildlife.

“There are a few places that evoke the magic and mystery of Borneo: dense jungles packed with enigmatic animals, including orangutans, sun bears and the world’s smallest elephant. However, Borneo’s rain forests – and all that inhabit there are facing colossal threats. Deforestation, illegal wildlife and pet trade and the traditional medicine trade are all threatening the survival of these unique animals,” he said.

Isley added the WRU are an elite group of vets and rangers on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to deal with human-animal conflict. Through rehabilitation programmes, relentless rescues and relocations, they are tasked with saving Borneo’s wildlife though their exhausting, often dangerous work is not the subject of the show.

“The series shows a real behind-the-scene look at what goes on at our rescues. It is basically a reality show on our wildlife rescues and also portrays the many wonderful characters within the WRU whose great deeds and heroic attempts save the wildlife in Sabah,” he said in a press conference yesterday.

All the episodes will also available at SZtv Facebook page.

Source: The Borneo Post