U-Wei speaks and announcing the winners in Malay Language at the Moscow International Film Festival
KUALA LUMPUR: Famous film director, U-Wei Saari broke the tradition of the Moscow International Film Festival by delivering a speech and announcing the winners in Malay.
As Head of the Jury (Documentary Film), U-Wei chose to use Malay as one of his ways to dignify the mother tongue.
“As a Malaysian employee and representing Malaysia, it is appropriate for me to use my mother tongue to speak and announce the winner that night,” said U-Wei .
The Holy Archipelago from Russia directed by Sergei Debizhev has been announced as the best documentary film winner at the festival.
The selection of U-Wei as Chief Jury at an international film festival is a tribute to the country’s film world.
The film Kaki Bakar directed by U-Wei based on the novel Barn Burning by the American writer William Faulkner is the first film from Malaysia to be invited to the Cannes Film Festival.
After Kaki Bakar, his directorial film Sepohon Rambutan Indah Kepunyaan Ku Di Tanjung Rambutan was also invited to The Directors’ Fortnight at the same film festival in 2006.
source – Irwan Muhammad Zain