Local filmmaker Abdul Zainidi’s Worm and the Widow was selected to represent Brunei Darussalam at the 2021 ASEAN Cinema Week from March 12 to 25.
The short film, Worm and the Widow is inspired by a folklore tale from the Tutong District and portrays two outcast individuals (a widow and a differently abled person) who become the best of friends.
Abdul Zainidi said being able to represent Brunei with a local film that promotes sign language and Tutong language, gives him a sense of pride and accomplishment.
He added, “The film picked up an award for excellence at the Montgomery International film festival. It made a theatrical run in Brunei cinemas as well as a screening in conjunction with Brunei December Festival last year.”
“I am working on my next feature film at the moment, a departure from Worm and the Widow. It is a horror film called Vanishing Children Triangle. It is a story about missing people and houses linked to horror. It is due for release in April. The film features local talent with real special needs children as actors,” Abdul Zainidi said.
The 2021 ASEAN Cinema Week is hosted by the ASEAN Culture House in cooperation with Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ministries and embassies of ASEAN member states in Korea and other partners.
The event will be held both online and offline, including theatrical screenings in Seoul and Busan.
Abdul Zainidi was the winner of the Bucheon Award in 2018 for Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF), a project developed in Busan Asian Film School in 2018, where Abdul Zainidi studied for a year after receiving a scholarship from the Korean government.
He also represented Brunei Darussalam at the Cannes Film Festival in France last year.