Documentary on Semai Community

‘My First Blowpipe’ a documentary on the uniqueness of the indigenous Semai community in Perak will be produced by the National Film Development Corporation (Finas).

A ceremony to formally launch the cinematic production was held at the Kandu Resort in Gopeng recently. It was officiated by Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.

The documentary, featuring the Semai community of Perak, is expected to attract foreign tourists to the Tempurung Valley, which will be developed into a major tourism product of the state.

According to Executive Producer Rashid Esa, the 45-minute film is being produced with the assistance of the Mah Meri Cultural Village and Platinum Unik Sdn Bhd.

Filming, which began in late March and will be completed by mid-April, will involve 30 production crew members and locals living in that area. The location of the shoot will be in and around Ulu Geroh in Gopeng, as the Orang Asli village is a premier tourist spot in Perak.

“Computer-generated imagery is estimated to cost over RM200,000. Since the documentary is targeted at an international audience, the Semai’s lifestyle, culture and their unique relationship with nature will be highlighted,” said Rashid.

Zamry expressed his gratitude to the National Film Development Corporation and Rashid Esa for their efforts in promoting Perak in a different way. He hoped the documentary would have an impact on the state’s tourism industry.

Executive Councillor for Tourism and Culture, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi, who was present at the launch, thanked the MB for his support to publicise the film. “The documentary exemplifies the on-going efforts by the state government in enhancing the tourism sector,” she remarked.


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