Luang Prabang (Laos), Dec 10 – In the spirit of celebrating thoughts and knowledge concerning Islamic values in Asean films, 5 panelists made up of award winning producers and directors have critically addressed their views at ‘Public Discussion: Muslim Voices of Southeast Asia’, organized in conjuction with 8th Luang Prabang Film Festival.

Represented by director Tunku Mona Riza and producer, Haris Sulong from the award winning ‘Redha’, they have explored the positive relationship between religion and culture that shapes cinematic text, look, visual and impact to the target audience. ‘As Islam celebrates worldviews and positive systems of values, Muslim filmmakers can creatively translate them into good stories that have universal impact towards diverse group of audience across the world’, Mona said. The session was also joined by Harlif Mohamad (Rina 2/Brunei), Kong Rithdee, LPFF Motion Picture Ambassador, Nurain Peeraya (Rina 2/Brunei) and Mindanawon filmmaker, Sheron Dayoc.

Triumphantly winning 9 major international awards, ‘Redha’ by Tunku Mona Riza and Saw Teong Hin’s ‘You Mean The World To Me’ have been officially selected to represent Malaysia at this year’s edition of Luang Prabang Film Festival. Gaining reputation as the Sundance of Southeast Asia, LPFF offers the showcase of 32 feature films from 10 countries from Dec 8-13, 2017 in the World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang and brings together the boldest storytellers and celebrated films in Southeast Asia. As an important event for regional filmmakers, LPFF strategically provides the network access and play irreplaceable and active roles in strengthening dialogues among different countries, nations, and cultures with plentiful opportunities for building connections with professionals from the ever-expanding Southeast Asian film industry.

Photo Credit: Harlif Mohamad