‘Worm and the Widow’ gives OKUs, single mums a voice

Daniel Lim

People with different abilities (OKUs), single mothers and guests were treated to the premier screening of Worm and the Widow at the Grandstand Cinema in Seria on Saturday.

The short film by local filmmaker Abdul Zainidi comes hot on the heels of Anduki, which was well received.

Abdul Zainidi welcomed the arrival of Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam Senior Trustee and guest of honour Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Alimin bin Haji Abdul Wahab.

Speaking to the Bulletin, he explained that the film is about what society deems as ‘outsiders’, and in making the film, he wanted to give OKUs and single mothers a voice. “I feel that hearing-impaired children are rarely given a chance to shine in works of art, and casting a hearing-impaired actor for a lead role is a very significant move in the Brunei film industry,” he said.

The film hopes to highlight the potential of OKUs and single mothers. Abdul Zainidi expressed gratitude to the groups and sponsors for their support. Public response has been positive, he said, adding that, “We have picked up a lot of momentum. In December, we will be working with Fitness Zone, Roti Culture, Ozone to premiere the movie in the Brunei-Muara District, and I think Wu Chun is a big supporter of the arts and for the OKU children.”

Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Alimin expressed gratitude to be able to witness the film’s premiere.

“As the President of Brunei’s Council for the Welfare of Persons with Different Abilities (MKOKU), it is even more important not only to get the support for the OKU, but to showcase their abilities – which I believe this movie will further prove,” he said.

Pusat Ehsan Senior Trustee Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Alimin bin Haji Abdul Wahab speaks as Abdul Zainidi looks on. PHOTOS: DANIEL LIM
Guests watching the ‘Worm and the Widow’