A young country, Timor Leste released its first indigenous film, Uma Lulik (Sacred House), at the Brisbane International Film Festival in early November. The director is Victor de Sousa Pereira, a 29-year-old artist and filmmaker.
Victor de Sousa Pereira: JP/Cynthia WebbHe lives in the village of Fatulia in Venilale district — in the highlands of Timor Leste — with his wife and 7-year-old son.
The first nation born in the new millennium, although small, has 13 different districts, and each has a distinctive culture and different dialect.
In a country beginning from scratch, where everything is new, the subject of the nation’s first film seems quite suitable.
Uma Lulik is about the building of a sacred house, which is a tradition in all of the villages in Timor Leste, as well as West Timor and other islands in Indonesia.
Sacred houses are use...