Malaysian film director, Chong Keat Aun picked up the Best New Director award at the 57th Golden Horse Awards for his first debut featured film, The Story of Southern Isles.
The film was inspired by a true incident that happened in the 1980s at Kedah’s Gunung Keriang, based on the director’s memory of his father removing a curse.
Chong is born in Malaysia, a graduate of Mass Communication and Film, and is now with multiple roles with the Ai FM radio programme planner and host, action artist, community Art Project preserver.
He dedicated the award to the people who made the film possible, including his parents, his mentors, and renowned director Yasmin Ahmad. He also thanked his parents for giving birth to a “short but talented man” when giving his speech.