KUCHING: Jamila made the headlines in Indonesia’s news after she confessed to killing a top official of the country but refused to ask for forgiveness from its president to be released from the death penalty.
Jamila’s story featured in ‘Jamila dan Sang Presiden’ opens the wound of human trafficking experienced by millions of children in Indonesia.
The movie is one of the four Indonesian movies being shown in the Malaysia-Indonesia Film Festival apart from four Malaysian movies.
The two-day festival organised by Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology at its campus at Jalan Nanas here ends today.
It is supported by the Consulate General of Republic of Indonesia in Kuching, National Film Department and hitz.fm.
The organising committee secretary Stephenie Yeo yesterday said the film festival is aiming to promote the morals and good values portrayed in the movies.
“The films we are highlighting at the festival are independent films. We hope featuring the documentaries and life stories will help promote good values,” Yeo said.
The festival is the final semester project of a group of seven students from the institute’s Faculty of Communications and Media Broadcasting.
“I have gained a lot of experience from organising the festival. More importantly, I applied what I have learnt in the classroom, for instance, event management skill. It is really good practical training for students,” Yeo said.
“We welcome students and members of the public to join us for the festival.”
The opening ceremony yesterday was officiated by Assistant Rural Development Minister Datuk Gramong Juna.
It also showcased cultural performances from both countries during the ceremony.
Arnold Andreas Audrian found the cultural performances interesting and fascinating.
“I enjoy the performances, which to me are unique and interesting. A lot of new things for me to share with my friends,” said the 18-year-old.
Currently in Form 6, Arnold said he wanted to pursue graphic design so he came to the festival to find out more about it.
“I love to make a story. My ambition is to make Malaysian movies as famous as Hollywood’s,” he said.
The film fest today will start with workshops at 9am. Two Indonesian movies ‘Jamila dan Sang Presiden’ and ‘Cin(T)a’, and two Malaysian movies ‘Jean Perera, The Beauty Queen Murder’ and ‘A Leader’s Legacy: Tun Abdul Razak’ will be shown, starting 1pm.
Members of the public keen to watch cultural performances can attend the closing ceremony at 7.30pm.
For further information, the public can logon www.miffkuching2011.tk.