ASEAN Centre in MGIMO-University the MFA of Russia


ASEAN Centre Welcomes Malaysian Film Director U-Wei bin Haji Saari

ASEAN Centre Welcomes Malaysian Film Director U-Wei bin Haji Saari


On August 29, ASEAN Centre held a meeting with famous Malaysian film director U-Wei bin Haji Saari at MGIMO University. U-Wei is on his visit to Russia to participate in the Moscow International Film Festival as a chairman of the documentary film competition jury. The festival is organized by the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation, Government of Moscow and Moscow Department of Culture.

Among the guests were H.E. Bala Chandran Tharman, Ambassador of Malaysia to Russia, Malaysian diplomats, ASEAN Centre’s consultant Dr. Viktor Pogadaev, Institute of Asian and African Studies’ lecturer, MGIMO and MSU students majoring is Malay language and Southeast Asian studies. The ASEAN Centre was represented by Dr. Ekaterina Koldunova, Director of the ASEAN Centre, Dr. Victor Sumsky, Centre’s Senior Expert, and Centre’s Experts – Dr. Valeria Vershinina and Ms. Kira Tabunova.

Dr. Ekaterina Koldunova welcomed Mr. U-Wei and introduced him to the audience. She noted that Centre has been maintaining longstanding and friendly relations with him, and several movies were screened in Russia with the Centre’s support. H.E. Bala Chandran Tharman, Ambassador of Malaysia to Russia highlighted the importance of the meeting and thanked U-Wei for his contribution to the development of Malaysian film industry and strengthening the cultural dialogue between Russia and Malaysia. U-Wei bin Haji Saari shared his impressions on the films presented at the festival, told the audience about several episodes of his biography which motivated him to become a film director. He also shared his views on the Russian and Malaysian contemporary film industry development and the essential role of a film director in it.

At the end of the meeting Dr. Ekaterina Koldunova and Dr. Victor Sumsky expressed their hope to maintain and promote cultural contacts between two countries, and wished Mr. U-Wei interesting discussion at the festival and enjoy his stay in Moscow.

More detailed information about U-Wei and his films is available in Dr. Victor Pogadayev’s article in the leading Malaysian newspaper The New Straits Time.