Films serve as records of social histories and latent discourses – more so during tumultuous times when change was most imminent.

The 2018 edition of State of Motion explores film as a site of cultural and ideological production in the last decade of pre-independence Singapore. Reactivating snippets of our national past, Sejarah-ku (Malay for ‘my history’) comprises a selection of seminal Malay-language films produced predominantly by the now-defunct Shaw Malay Film Productions Ltd, as well as a diverse lineup of artworks and performances made in response to the films.

In revisiting these films of the past, audiences are asked to reflect on how the ideas and discourses then return with ever greater relevancy now.

Asian Film Archive

The Asian Film Archive (AFA) is a subsidiary of the National Library Board. It preserves the rich film heritage of Asian Cinema, encourages scholarly research on film, and promotes a wider critical appreciation of this art form.

AFA is an affiliate of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), an institutional member of the Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA) and the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA).

Singapore Art Week

A joint initiative by the National Arts Council, the Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore Art Week reinforces Singapore’s position as Asia’s leading arts destination. In its sixth edition in 2018, the twelve-day celebration of the visual arts will be taking place in venues across Singapore, from galleries and museums to art precincts and non-profit spaces.

Credits and AcknowledgementS

State of Motion 2018: Sejarah-ku
Presented by Asian Film Archive
Part of Singapore Art Week 2018

Curator: Kamiliah Bahdar
Film Researcher and Video Editor: Toh Hun Ping
Creative Producer: Thong Kay Wee
Co-Producer: Viknesh Kobinathan
Assistant Producer: Rachel Wong
Content Editor: Karen Chan
Essay Contributor: Dr Azhar Ibrahim
Tour Master: Irfan Kasban
Design and Branding: Fellow
Subtitles Editor: Annaliza Bakri
Translation and Subtitles: Azharr Rudin, Nadira Ilana, Dr Nazry Bahrawi, Shahila Baharom, Tysha Khan, Yuana Kamsani

Artists: Boedi Widjaja, Irfan Kasban, Izzad Radzali Shah, Khairulddin Wahab, Mintio, Muhammad Izdi & Zaki Razak, NADA & Brandon Tay, Noor Effendy Ibrahim, Salleh Japar, Tan Peiling, Wu Jun Han

Tour Guides: Barri Baskoro, Chaney Chia, Jagraj Singh Wasan, Kenneth Chia, Mohamed Farez Bin Mohamed Najid, Muhammad Izzul Irfan Bin Iskandar Mulia, Shahila Bte Baharom, Shannen Tan, Sharon Joy Frese, Sonia Kwek, Soraya Buchanan, Tysha Khan

Special Thanks: AFA Volunteers, Alfian Sa’at, Alan Tan, Chew Tee Pao, Christina Mak, Eric Lee, Glen Goei, Jamal Mohamad, Janice Chen, Joshua Ng, Kathleen Ditzig, Lynn Tan, Mohamed Hisham Mustafa, Nasri Shah, Nur’ Ain Taha, Olivia Lim, Rosie Othman, Sandakiah Aziz, Shawn Chua, Suhaili Osman, Suhastri Wahab, Ukhti Aminah, Wong Han Min, Alphabet Playhouse, Balestier Plaza, Shaw Organisation, Malay Heritage Centre, National Heritage Board, National Library Board, National Museum of Singapore, National Parks Board, PUB, Singapore Film Locations Archive