Young animator duo of ‘Batuh Bijanji’, the pride of Sarawak

Abdul Karim congratulates Macgres and Nabiatul for bringing pride to Sarawak with their animated film.

KUCHING, Dec 12: Talented young animator duo from Serian have done Sarawak proud with their international award-winning retroscoped animation film ‘Batuh Bijanji’, the Promised Stones.

Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah was elated with the two Primary 5 pupils from SK Temong, Serian whose work has won the ‘Best Film By Popular Jury’ in the primary school category at the Brazil-based Alvorada International Schools Film Festival (Fecea).

Macgres Sawet and Nabiatul Dania Zulfiqa, under the guidance of their teachers, came out with this excellent piece in only 10 days, featuring the story of two friends.

“The story-line of their short film is simply beautiful because it was about two childhood friends, Bibi and Sarah who became friends after a meeting while the latter was in grief.

“The narratives were of that young people who treasure their friendship that withstands the test of time,” he said in a statement today.

Noting that the film now has over 1,000 views in YouTube though it was uploaded about three weeks ago, he added this potentially motivates more of the local youngsters like the two girls to produce their own films or videos.

As an encouragement, Abdul Karim said those interested to expand their undertakings in the creative industry can apply for grants and assistance from the Sarawak Youth Creative Industry Fund (SYCIF) undertaken by his ministry.

“The fund was introduced by our Right Honourable Chief Minister of Sarawak last year and it is aimed to provide support and assistance to our local talented youths who want to venture into the creative industry.

“We hope both Macgres and Nabiatul will continue to be aspired and to develop their talents further in film making,” he lauded. — DayakDaily