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Film about Bajo Tribe Received an International Award

Written By Heni Puspita on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | 10:19 PM

One more Indonesian film received an international award. Film "The Mirror Never Lies" which tells about the story in Bajo Tribe in Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi was awarded an Honorable Mention from Global Film Initiative on April 14, 2011. The film was considered worthy of Honorable Mention award based on criteria of artistic presentation, storyline, and cultural perspectives in everyday life.

The film produced by Garin Nugroho is a joint partnership among the government of Wakatobi, World Wide Fund for Nature Indonesia, and the SET Film Workshop. Kamila Andini the director said that the idea of the film is inspired by sea state of Indonesia. "As one of the sea lovers, I want to lift the story of Bajo culture," she continued.

According to the director who was familiarly called Dini, the film "The Mirror Never Lies" is the first wide screen film directed by her. She stated that this film isn't a documentary but it's a family film that elevates local knowledge Bajo Tribe through everyday life and culture.

The film starred by Reza Rahardian, Atiqah Hasiholan, and three Wakatobi children, Gita, Eko, and Zainal took two years to complete. The constraints that Dini, crews and the actors/actresses faced were many decisions to be taken, they had to do some research since documentation concerning Bajo Tribe is very limited. Weather also hindered the process of filming.

The film is scheduled to be premiered in theaters in five cities in Indonesia and there'll be watching the movie together event in Wakatobi. Remarkably, there are several countries that have requested the film to be shown there, including Australia, India, China (Hong Kong), and Malaysia.

Marketing and Communication Director of WWF Indonesia, Devy Suradji, expects that through this film there'll be more parties to give more attention to preserve the rich biodiversity in the World's Coral Triangle.

Picture - Original picture here and here.
Post -, April 27, 2011.

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