Wednesday, 17 January 2018
8:00 PM – 9:45 PM
Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
Directed by: Jamil Sulong
Starring: Ahmad Mahmud, Saadiah, Salleh Kamil, Haji Mahadi
Produced by: Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.)
Runtime: 111 minutes
Isi Neraka opens in 14th century Melaka where an Arab preacher named Syed Abdul Aziz has persuaded the sultan and his court to convert to Islam. Islam begins to flourish and is accepted by the local residents. But in a nearby village, Wira, a young man scorns the teachings of Islam and its restrictions against alcohol, pork, and pre-marital relations even as his mother and sister become newly devout converts. The moralistic tale sets up an uncompromising binary between the virtuous Muslim faithful and the immoral corruptible dissenters.
Film Still: Isi Neraka, 1960. Image Courtesy of Wong Han Min.
*Please note that this is the best possible screening copy available, as the original copies of this film are currently considered to be lost. Due to the source from which it was taken, the film’s projected quality would appear to be compromised.