‘School Life’ is people’s choice

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‘SMILES OF UNITY’: Form 6 students win Sarawak short film competition

Students of SMK Green Road, Kuching, showing their first prize certificate after winning the ‘Smiles of Unity’ short film competition organised by Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak, while Dayang Maani Zuriah Abang Othman bagged the top prize for the ‘Heritage of Unity’ design contest. Pix by Azahan Rosli
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KUCHING: A FILM directed and acted by a group of students portraying their life in school and aptly titled School Life was the people’s choice to win the first prize in the “Smiles of Unity” short film competition organised by the Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak.
The film, directed by Kelvin Tan Kian, and featuring him and his Form Six SMK Green Road class and schoolmates — Kartina Asrina Kamaruddin, Bong Chin Pok, Chua Tao Phiaw, Eshwari Priya Ravindra and Dideana Thompson — picked up the most votes at the public screenings in Sibu and Miri in July, and here earlier this month to win the RM11,000 first prize money.
Tan, who received his prize money from Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud at Wisma Bapa Malaysia on Tuesday, said he would like to emulate his favourite director, the late Yasmin Ahmad, in producing heart-warming videos.
“After Form Six, I will try something new and different. Yasmin Ahmad has inspired many through her heart- warming videos and I would like to be like her.”
Tan entered the competition as he thought it was a great opportunity for him and his friends “to remind everyone that we are very lucky to be living in Sarawak because of the multiracial society that gets to celebrate so many festivals each year”.
School Life is about the life of students in SMK Green Road here celebrating various festivals through a witty sing-a-long music video type of film.
The films Rojak and Si Kucing won second and third prizes respectively.
Meanwhile, a graphic design student at Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak campus, here, Dayang Maani Zuriah Abang Othman, 20, and her design of three-coloured balloons in one hand beat 73 entries to win the “Heritage of Unity” design competition and RM10,000 prize money.
She said balloons were usually associated with celebrations and implied that unity was a precious heritage of Sarawak that people should always celebrate, while the colours signified the diversity of Sarawak’s cultural heritage.
“I have learned so much from this competition. It helped me become more appreciative of Sarawak. The unity among Sarawakians is something not many places have.”
Tang Sing Moi bagged second place, James Sim, third, and Benny Dieh, fourth.
The competitions were opened to Sarawak youths between the ages of 18 and 35.

Read more: ‘School Life’ is people’s choice – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/school-life-is-people-s-choice-1.146432#ixzz274MVIHr7

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