Moon Over Malaya
Wednesday, 31 January 2018
8:00 PM – 9:45 PM
Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
Directed by: Phani Majumdar
Written by: Chua Boon Hean
Starring: Zaiton, Paul Chang Chung, Tang Dan, Salleh Kamil, S. Kadarisman
Produced by: Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.)
Runtime: 104 minutes
Adapted from an original novel titled Fatimah《花蒂玛》by Chua Boon Hean, Sri Menanti is a poignant portrayal of an intercultural romance inhibited by racial prejudice and segregation, religious conservatism, and repressive social mores. The film stars Malay actress Zaiton and Hong Kong actor Paul Chang as the star-crossed lovers who seek in the Other not only connection and acceptance but also escape and freedom. Released in both Malay and Mandarin-dubbed versions, the film was unprecedented in the Singapore film industry for casting both local Malay and Hong Kong Chinese film stars.
Film Still: Sri Menanti, 1958. Image Courtesy of Wong Han Min.