Documentaries by 40 Sabahans make impact
Published on: Thursday, November 06, 2014
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KOTA KINABALU: The hardships faced by 40 Sabahans throughout the Borneo Eco Film Festival (BEFF) this year paid off when their movies were screened here on Nov 2.However, if it weren't for the sponsors, organisers and trainers, nothing would have come to fruition.

Chiwon Chin, Board Member of the Borneo Eco Film Festival (BEFF) was impressed with the outcome, and highlighted that the group that struggled the most in the beginning managed to stand out in the end.

"I think their documentary was the best one. It caught my attention. But, it was not a competition. So, I'd say every participant did a great job."

"Participants come from 24 villages and towns in 11 districts throughout Sabah. They worked very hard."

"Their hard work is tantamount to their success."

The film Chiwon was referring to depicts the Rungus beads and its designs, which we often see, but perhaps know nothing about.

A group called K2S (Kudat to Semporna) that worked on it was one of the seven groups which were part of the film festival.

"'Tinugarang' means venomous animal, while the 'Tininggulung' when translated into English is equivalent to that of a warrior and 'Inompuling' refers to weapons. These are among the designs found on Rungus beads," explained Yusof Bural, one of the group's members, who although resides in Kudat, was thrilled to partake in the festival for the third time.

Meanwhile, one of BEFF's main sponsors was the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

With a substantial amount of financial support from them, the BEFF organisers were able to conduct various workshops.

US Embassy's Cultural Affairs Officer, Arend C. Zwartjes said that the Embassy wants to continue supporting creative endeavours in Sabah, especially in terms of raising awareness about environmental issues and conservation.

"We are proud to work with the BEFF."

Other main sponsors for the Suara Community Filmmaking programme this year under the film festival includes the State's Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Sabah Forestry Department, Best Western Kinabalu Daya Hotel, Palace Hotel, Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa, Imperial Boutec Hotel, Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat, Borneo Eco Tours, Borneo Nature Tours, and CIMB Foundation.

Picture caption: Participants of the Borneo Eco Film Festival.


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