Award-winning film portrays Singapore’s culture, traditions

Aziz Idris

Singapore High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Lim Hong Huai welcomed the inaugural participation of the internationally acclaimed Singaporean film Sayang DiSayang at the 2019 Brunei Film Blitz during the Singapore Film Appreciation Day at Mahakarya Institute of Arts Asia yesterday.

Lim Hong Huai said the film reflects the director’s perspectives on social issues and offers a window for the audience to look in, to understand more about Singapore, its culture and traditions.

He hoped that the screening of the Singapore film will promote cultural awareness and deepen the understanding between the people of Brunei and Singapore.

He also hoped that this would also encourage more exchanges and strengthen bilateral cooperation in the creative industry sectors in the future.

In 2015, Sayang DiSayang made history with an Oscar Entry for Best Foreign Language Film. It is the first Singapore-made, Malay Language-film in over 40 years.

ABOVE & BELOW: Singapore High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Lim Hong Huai speaks during the event; and senior government officials, Diplomatic Corps members and guests during the event. PHOTOS: AZIZ IDRIS

The film has been nominated for multiple awards for Best Musical globally and is the recipient of the Best Asian Film ‘Jury Prize’ at the SalaMindanaw Asian Film Festival 2013.

Legislative Council representatives, Diplomatic Corps members, senior government officials and guests were present.

Festival Director Siti Kamaluddin thanked the Singapore High Commission in Brunei Darussalam for the involvement in this year’s Brunei Film Blitz. She said, “Singapore is an important contributor to the ASEAN Film Industry. Not only is their national cinema compelling but the Singapore International Film Festival is a valuable exhibition platform for regional cinema and one we aspire the Brunei Film Blitz to emulate on many levels.”

The Brunei Film Blitz will hold international screenings until December 28.