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Malaysia’s first Dusun-language film to hit big screen tomorrow
Published on: Wednesday, June 12, 2024
By: Jessie Lee
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Malaysia’s first Dusun-language film to hit big screen tomorrow
The film's director, Timothy Stephen (left), and assistant director Terence Blantocas talked about their movie during an interview. (Bernama pic)
Kota Kinabalu: Malaysia's first Dusun-language film featuring scenes from Keningau, Tambunan and Kota Kinabalu will be released on the big screen tomorrow.

Timothy Stephen's debut film “Sinakagon” earned him the Best First Time Director (Feature) award at the Milan Independent Awards.

“I hope this film will be welcomed by all segments of society, not only from Sabah but also Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia,”  he said on the “Apa Khabar Malaysia” programme on Bernama TV.

“If other countries can recognise this film, why not us? So please celebrate our diverse culture while watching this film.”

The drama and mystery thriller revolves around the animist belief of the Legend of Huminodun, where the lead actor sacrifices herself to feed her famine-stricken people and breaks the drought curse.

The cast is entirely Sabahan, including Fiona Josepher, Ejin Dinting, Lisa Christy, Esthaer Zaino and Ron Langad. Some of them are Unduk Ngadau winners.

The film was also a finalist at the Prisma Rome Independent Film Awards and ranked in the top five out of 100 films at the Official Selection of the Barcelona Indie Filmmakers Fest (BARCIFF).

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