A community storytelling project one year in the making produced a series of documentaries and photographs made with the community of Kampung Bongkud and Kampung Namaus, Ranau under the guidance of Big Stories Co.'s first Malaysian filmmaker in residence, Nadira Ilana.

Young women posing at a hut. Credit: Jeremiah Sebastian Photography.jpg

About Big Stories Bongkud-Namaus

Big Stories is an internationally acclaimed community storytelling project from Australia, collaborating with local filmmakers across the Asia-Pacific to tell heartwarming stories with local people living in small towns. From outback Australia to rural Cambodia, stories focus on people caring for and creating their community. The project has won numerous awards including SXSW Community Champion and has screened at film festivals including two selections for the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam – the world’s most prestigious documentary film festival.

On the 12th of March 2016, Big Stories Bongkud-Namaus had its world premiere in Kampung Bongkud, Ranau in collaboration with FINAS Malaysia. All films and photos are now available athttp://bigstories.com.my.

Big Stories, Small Towns in Sabah is funded by the Australia Malaysia Institute and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. FINAS Malaysia is the project presentation partner and main sponsor of the Big Stories Sabah launch. Big Stories Co. acknowledges the ongoing support of Screen Australia.


World Premiere of Big Stories Bongkud-Namaus in collaboration with FINAS Malaysia, 12 March 2016.
Urbanscapes + Daily Seni. Across the Sea: Borneo Short Films. 3 May 2016.
Art for Grabs. Across the Sea: Borneo Short Films. 1 June 2016.
MyDocs Screening (Kuala Lumpur Premiere). 20 May 2016.
National Reconciliation Week, Australian High Commission Kuala Lumpur, KLPac. 1 June 2016.
Rhythms of Rimba (Sandakan). 20th & 21st August 2016.
Borneo Eco Film Festival, Kota Kinabalu 2016.
Georgetown Literary Festival 2016.


Daily Express
The Daily Seni
Astro Awani
R.Age Feature + Video Interview
BFM Interview
Borneo Art Collective