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Msian Filmmaker Snags Best Student Documentary Award At Cannes

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KUALA LUMPUR: Aspiring Malaysian filmmaker Indrani Kopal has lifted the Malaysia Boleh! spirit high by winning the Best Student Documentary Award at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday.

Indrani’s film, The Game Changer, entered the American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes (the festival ends on Sunday). “It feels so surreal that we’ve won! Such a special evening,” said Indrani on her Facebook page.

The movie is about dancer and choreographer Susan Slotnik’s work in the Woodbourne Correctional Facility in New York, the United States. Slotnik teaches male prisoners dance every weekend for the past five years under a social project called Rehabilitation For The Arts.

The Game Changer was made on a budget of US$3,225 (RM6,450) and was also screened at the Woodstock Film Festival, one of a dozen American film festivals last year. The film has also won Best Short Documentary in the Harlem Film Festival 2014.

The American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase gives opportunities for young filmmakers to have their works seen by the Cannes Festival And Film Market attendees. Indrani thanked her college lecturers, saying: “I’m so humbled and really want to thank everyone at Hofstra University in New York for all the support, encouragement and experience. This has been a wonderful and sweet journey for me.”

Indrani will be completing her masters in Fine Arts, specialising in documentary studies and production at Hofstra and is on a Fulbright Scholarship.

The official trailer to the documentary The Game Changer is at


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