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JiFFest 2008: SE Asia films make headway

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 9 2008   /  11:42 am

Southeast Asia's film industry is still in its initial stages of development and therefore, cannot be compared with other nearby countries such as Korea or India. However, it doesn't mean that it's not making progress -- compared with 10 years ago. The industry has slowly evolved into a better one, not only in terms of the number of films produced but also in quality. Therefore, the Jakarta International Film Festival (JiFFest) has reason enough to screen movies made by directors from Southeast Asian countries -- Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand -- in its event this year. A section of JiFFest, called "A View from the SEA" (Southeast Asia), showcases 10 long films in addition to 18 short ones -- all from Southeast Asia. Among the films are Wonderful Town ( 2007 ) from Thai director Aditya Assarat, who is a frequent winner...