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Borneo Bulletin, Tuesday 28 February 2017

Brunei

film

industry

has

potential

to grow

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“THE Brunei film industry has potential to

grow,” said Harlif bin Haji Mohamad, the

founder of Regal Blue Production - a local

film production house.

Speaking at a booth set up to promote

local films during the ‘Bandarku Ceria’

event in the capital on Sunday, Harlif

said that despite the lack of a film school

in Brunei, there are now modules and

courses on videography and film work.

There has also been an emergence of

young filmmakers making their debut both

locally and internationally.

Harlif

highlighted

the

need

for

filmmakers to collaborate and help each

other improve for the sake of promoting

the film industry.

The Brunei local film booth aimed to

promote local films and highlight the

colourful history of Brunei-produced films,

including ‘Gema dari Menara,’ the first film

produced in 1968. A religion-inspired film

made in collaboration with the Religious

Department, the film depicts a soulful 70’s

story that still has strong impact in modern

society.

Meanwhile, fellow filmmaker and

Cinemotion Films owner Hanidi bin Haji

Mahmud highlighted the resurgence of

local film production in 2013, with the

production of ‘Ada apa dengan Rina.’

Working in collaboration with Lao Art

Media Co Ltd, a sequel to the comedy is

currently in the works.

Harlif and Hanidi expressed hopes

that young filmmakers will broaden their

experiences and take a chance in entering

the local film industry, for which Brunei

has a niche in terms of local myths and

lores, comedy, scenic nature views and rich

culture, all of which are just waiting to be

tapped into.

Earlier in the day, His Majesty Sultan Haji

Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah

ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali

Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan

and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam

visited the Brunei local film booth and was

presented with a pesambah in the form of

a framed collection of local films.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi

Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam at the Brunei local ilm booth

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FINAL

year

Diploma

students

undertaking nursing and paramedic

courses at Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah

Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health

Sciences (PAPRSB IHS), Universiti Brunei

Darussalam (UBD), yesterday left for a

seven-day educational trip to Bangkok,

Thailand.

The group of 42 students and seven

lectures will visit Mahidol University,

Sukhothai

Thammathirat

Open

University (STOU) aswell as occupational

health centres and facilities across

Bangkok.

The visit aims to expose students

to the healthcare settings and cultures

outside Brunei Darussalam, as well as

the international standard of healthcare

management systems.

Siti Nurzimah Nazhirah binti Haji Zaim

said she was most looking forward to

visiting Mahidol University and STOU to

see how their services are compared to

back home.

“During the trip, I hope to be able to

learn about the different lifestyles and

PAPRSB IHS delegation leaves for educational trip in Bangkok

see if treatment and healthcare varies

according to lifestyle and culture as well.

I’m also keen to see what technologies the

hospitals are using,” she added.

The educational trip comes as part of

therecentMemorandumofUnderstanding

(MoU) signed between PAPRSB Institute of

Health Sciences and the Ministry of Public

Health, Thailand.

PAPRSB IHS delegation at the Brunei International Airport prior to departure