The Light of Islam
Thursday, 18 January 2018
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
Directed by: K.M. Basker
Starring: Nordin Ahmad, Salmah Ahmad, Siput Sarawak, Mahmood June, Shariff Medan
Produced by: Cathay-Keris Films Pte Ltd.
Runtime: 124 minutes
Hailed in a magazine advertisement as the first Malay-language film to feature a religious theme, Noor Islam is set in an imagined pagan nation during the early days of the spread of Islam. Driven by his fears of angering his god and ruining his country, the pagan Raja sets out to eradicate the already persecuted pacifist Muslim minority. His only daughter, seeing the brutal efforts undertaken by her betrothed on behalf of the Raja, grows more sympathetic towards the pacifist community and tries to unravel the political intrigues of the palace priests and ministers supporting the persecution. The film features rich dramatic musical scores by Zubir Said and intricate ritualistic dances choreographed by Rose Eberwein.
Film Still: Noor Islam, 1960. Image Courtesy of © 1960 Cathay-Keris Films Pte Ltd.