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Jakarta Post

Victor de Sousa Pereira: Timor Leste’s first indigenous filmmaker

  • Cynthia Webb


Brisbane, Australia   /   Fri, November 18 2011   /  12:00 pm

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...