"Jamilah and the President" beat films among other Asian countries such as China, Japan, Korea, India, Iran, Thailand and Vietnam, according to Musurifun Lajawa, counsellor at the Indonesian embassy in Rome.
NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) is a non-profit organization of 29 member countries. It was created as a result of a conference on Asian cinema organized by Cinemaya, the Asian Film Quarterly, in New Delhi in 1990 at the instance and with the support of UNESCO, Paris.
"Jamilah and the President" which dwells poverty and human trafficking problems has also been selected to represent Indonesia at the Oscar Prize competition in February 2010.
The winning film will also be sent to participate in the Asia-Pacific film festival to be held in Sydney, Australia, in the near future.
An Indonesian film which had won the NETPAC Award previously was "Bird Man Tale" produced by Garin Nugroho. The film won the award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2003. (*)
Source : Antara News