PENAMPANG: The long-awaited movie Huminodun is set to premier at the MBO Cinema, Imago Shopping Mall in Kota Kinabalu on Sunday, December 3, 2017.
The Premiere will be an exclusive red carpet black tie/traditional glamour event featuring Sabah’s talented creative industries. The event is being run by Siung Film Productions, the KDCA Women’s Council and the Kadazandusun Language Foundation as a fundraiser.
All the profits from the Premiere will be used to fund scholarships for indigenous university students to help them further develop and strengthen the indigenous culture and languages of Sabah.
MBO Cinemas have agreed to be the Official Screening Partner to bring this event to Sabah by launching the film simultaneously in all eight of its halls in Imago. This will allow 1,000 lucky guests to witness this unique Sabah film production.
Huminodun is a unique Kadazan language production that tells the iconic story of the legendary Sabahan goddess Huminodun. When her parents, the gods Kinoingan and Sumundu, scourge the land to punish the people for their wickedness, she must find a way to save the world, no matter the cost.
The story of the making of Huminodun itself is a wonderful story about Sabahans pulling together to make something special.
The Huminodun team is extremely proud of the fact that it was shot entirely throughout Sabah and 99% of its cast and crew are local Sabahans, with even all of the 250 visual effects shots being created in Sabah – a first for Sabah’s burgeoning film industry.
Aaron Cowan, the Director, has over 20 years’ experience working in Hollywood productions ranging from The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Man of Steel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the Narnia movies, while its Producer and Associate Director, Jo Luping, is a Kadazan Sabahan and brings her experience working on the Lord of the Rings, New Zealand television productions and an award winning Middle East documentary to bear on this production.
Siung Films also are proud to have Huguan Siou Joseph Pairin Kitingan, deputy Chief Minister. Dr. Herman Luping and Masidi Manjun, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, among their team of Executive Producers to help them shepherd Huminodun to cinemas.
As Associate Producers, the following people have been instrumental in finishing the film: Joanna Kitingan, Boni Mosios, Rita Lasimbang as well as Jenifer Lasimbang.
The film’s trailer, when launched on Social Media earlier this year, went viral and within a week had reached close to a million people. This illustrates the amount of interest that the film has already generated and continues to generate amongst Sabahans.
Sabahans have never seen themselves on the big screen before and this is one of the first times they will have the chance to do so on such a grand scale.
Huminodun was mainly funded by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, illustrating the tremendous amount of government support for this project as they believe in developing Sabah’s cultural heritage, its creative industries and to showcase Sabah’s truly remarkable scenery.
The production has also received financial support from private individuals and non-Governmental sources such as the Kadazandusun Cultural Association, Richard Bainon, Joseph Lantip, the KDCA Women’s Council and the Unduk Ngadau Committee.
Beyond financial assistance Huminodun has also received help from organisations and companies all over Sabah. Particular note must be given to the Kadazandusun Language Foundation and its CEO Rita Lasimbang and her team.
Their help with script translation and cultural advice has been invaluable.
In addition, as the film deals with our culture and heritage, Siung Films consulted with Dr Benedict Topin from the KDCA as a Cultural Advisor as well as Kadazandusun elders, Herman Luping, Rosenani Sogondu and Rosina Sogondu.
Siung Films believes that Huminodun has really showcased Sabah’s talent and have been so very fortunate to have had such overwhelming support from local government as well as local businesses.
Imago Shopping Mall (a Subsidiary of Asian Pac Holdings Bhd) have also generously agreed to be Official Venue Sponsors of this event, making space available to hold a glamorous cocktail party and launch.
In addition, Imago has agreed to sponsor the use of their large outdoor screen which will feature the trailer. Red carpet interviews will be conducted by Sabahan YouTube sensation Adam Shamil and by the Official Huminodun Radio Sponsors Kupi Kupi FM.
Those who want further information can contact +60 18 961 2588 or email: [email protected]