The Jakarta Post
Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo, better known as Wisnu, is the director of the critically acclaimed 'Turah.' (Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo/File)
Turah’s director Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo has been named Best Director at the first ASEAN Film Awards in the Trung Vuong Theater, Da Nang, Vietnam.
According to the Foreign Ministry’s website, Turah was nominated in three out of four categories, namely Best Director, Best Actor and Best Film.
For the Best Director category, Turah competed with Philippine director Mikhail Red and Singaporean K. Rajagopal.
The minister counselor at the Indonesian embassy in Hanoi Victor J. Sambuaga reportedly received the award on Tuesday, on behalf of Wisnu.
Wisnu told tempo.co via short message service that the award was not only for him, but also for the actors, the residents of Tegal as well as for Indonesia.
He expressed his hope that the award could bring about changes for the residents of Kampung Tirang in Central Java, as the government has yet to officially provide them with clean water and electricity.
“They use the electricity from the [nearby] factory and buy clean water from the other island [across from the village],” said Wisnu.
The ASEAN Film Awards are part of the Vietnam Film Festival. The awards’ debut appearance was held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Themed "Cinema Connects the ASEAN Community", the event introduced the best films from ASEAN countries, aiming to reemphasize the role of the film industry in strengthening the friendship of the ASEAN community. (jes/kes)