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  • A Miniature Documentary by Jeff Epps

Beautiful Brunei

A Mini Dox film about our trip to Brunei last April for Liz's birthday. Brunei is a small, conservative Muslim country located on the island of Borneo, which is also shared with the countries of Malaysia and Indonesia.

Brunei, officially the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace, has an area of only about 2,226 square miles (5,765 square kilometers) and has a total population of about 430,000 people. The majority of Bruneians are of the Sunni Islam denomination. Brunei makes the majority of its profits from oil.

The government is structured as a Unitary Islamic Absolute Monarchy with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah as Prime Minister and Crown Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah as Senior Minister, and has a legislative council.

Last April (2019), the Bruneian government completed passing very controversial Shariah Laws that stipulate harsh punishments toward homosexuals, women, and those who practice thievery. These laws were passed progressively in chronilogical phases, in which the last phase was passed the very month that we showed up.

The purpose of this amateur documentary film is to show people who are not familiar with Brunei, from my own personal, small-town American Midwestern perspective, that it is a very welcoming and safe place, despite the laws.

We stayed 4 days at the Empire Brunei, a 5-star country club resort with exceptional hospitality, amenities, and scenery that had to be documented and shared on my travel blog.

Top Bruneian tourist attractions include the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque (National Mosque), Ulu Temburong National Park, Istama Nurul Iman, Jurudong Park Playground, and the Royal Regalia Museum.

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