U-Wei Bin Hajisaari is a published art writer, essayist and newspaper columnist.
His film Woman, Wife and Whore (1993), received five awards at the 11th Malaysian Film Festival, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. In 1995, The Arsonist, was invited to Un Certain Regard in Cannes Film Festival as well as Berlin, Montreal, Nantes, Fribourg, New York and Busan and was awarded Grand Prix at the Brussels Film Festival. Nantes Film Festival held a retrospective on his work in 2001. His latest film Hanyut (Almayer’s Folly) received a Special Honour Award at this year’s Asean International Film Festival.