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Brunei's first female director ditched chemistry for film

Brunei's first female director Siti Kamaluddin put aside her chemistry training to pursue her first love - films

Published on Aug 20, 2014 7:26 PM

Because the tiny state of Brunei has no film-making industry - television shows and commercials are made there but all movies are imported - Siti Kamaluddin never imagined her dream of making films would amount to anything.

She did what her parents wanted, studying chemistry at university in the United Kingdom. After coming home in 2000, she taught A-level chemistry. That was not for her, so she began working in Brunei television as a writer and presenter.

But the urge to be a movie-maker stayed and she was especially curious about the craft of film production.

"I wanted to see how our friends in Indonesia and Malaysia make movies, not so much about the story, but how the whole thing is organised," the 36-year-old tells Life! over the telephone from the capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan.

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