Tours

MAINLAND TOURs

20, 21, 28 January 2018,
10:00 AM – 6:30 PM

12 tours daily

$15 per ticket

OFFSHORE TOURs

27 January 2018,
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

10 Tours

$12 per ticket

MAINLAND TOURs

20, 21, 28 January 2018,
10:00 AM – 6:30 PM

From 12pm onwards, two tours every 45 minutes

$15 per ticket

OFFSHORE TOURs

27 January 2018,
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Tours every 45 minutes

$12 per ticket

Performances

performance by

NADA x Brandon tay

Visual art and music duo NADA collaborates with new media artist Brandon Tay to pay homage to the Malay-language films of the 1950s and 1960s. NADA will conjure the sounds of Malay and Southeast Asian music from the 1960s to the 1980s against a visual backdrop created by Brandon Tay using the films highlighted in State of Motion 2018.

Friday, 12 January 2018
7:45 PM – 8:30 PM
The Plaza, National Library Building

Saturday, 13 January 2018
7:30 PM – 8:15 PM
Malay Heritage Centre

once upon a hundred lies

by muhammad izdi and zaki razak

The work explores the true essence of the horror classic Sumpah Orang Minyak: the implications of a decadent society steeped in the ‘love for beauty’. The follies of such an obsession are revealed through the protagonist-turned-antagonist who undergoes a series of negotiations with the unseen in his quest for perfection. The artwork is primarily made of motifs from the film and printed onto a suit which begins to narrate when worned and acted in.

Friday, 12 January 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Plaza, National Library Building

Saturday, 13 January 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Malay Heritage Centre

tanam tebu di bibir (plant sugar cane on lips)

BY IRFAN KASBAN

This theatrical piece tackles distortions of nostalgia through a light-hearted humourous satirical farce. The golden era of Malay-language films has long ended. To rejuvenate its vitality and relevance, a group of young nostalgic actors form a collective to reinterpret footages from old films. They gather to redub scenes from the classics to give them a wider appeal. In the process, they discover that the task at hand is tricky, especially in juggling inclusivity within language, race, gender, and politics. What started as a sincere homage becomes more arduous than saying sweet nothings.

Saturday, 13 January 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Malay Heritage Centre

Sunday, 14 January 2018
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Malay Heritage Centre

performance by

NADA x Brandon tay

Visual art and music duo NADA collaborates with new media artist Brandon Tay to pay homage to the Malay-language films of the 1950s and 1960s. NADA will conjure the sounds of Malay and Southeast Asian music from the 1960s to the 1980s against a visual backdrop created by Brandon Tay using the films highlighted in State of Motion 2018.

Friday, 12 January 2018
7:45 PM – 8:30 PM
The Plaza, National Library Building

Saturday, 13 January 2018
7:30 PM – 8.15 PM
Malay Heritage Centre

once upon a hundred lies

by muhammad izdi and zaki razak

The work explores the true essence of the horror classic Sumpah Orang Minyak: the implications of a decadent society steeped in the ‘love for beauty’. The follies of such an obsession are revealed through the protagonist-turned-antagonist who undergoes a series of negotiations with the unseen in his quest for perfection. The artwork is primarily made of motifs from the film and printed onto a suit which begins to narrate when worned and acted in.

Friday, 12 January 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Plaza, National Library Building

Saturday, 13 January 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Malay Heritage Centre

tanam tebu di bibir (plant sugar cane on lips)

BY IRFAN KASBAN

This theatrical piece tackles distortions of nostalgia through a light-hearted humourous satirical farce. The golden era of Malay-language films has long ended. To rejuvenate its vitality and relevance, a group of young nostalgic actors form a collective to reinterpret footages from old films. They gather to redub scenes from the classics to give them a wider appeal. In the process, they discover that the task at hand is tricky, especially in juggling inclusivity within language, race, gender, and politics. What started as a sincere homage becomes more arduous than saying sweet nothings.

Saturday, 13 January 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Malay Heritage Centre

Sunday, 14 January 2018
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Malay Heritage Centre

Talk

SUNDAY,
14 JANUARY 2018

Sejarah-ku: Excavating the Historical Value of Malay-language Films for Singapore

Singapore has changed since the 50s and 60s: Malay is no longer the lingua franca, our landscape is almost unrecognizable, and the social-cultural environment that fostered that particular intellectual tradition has since faded. Why look back even? And why should we care?

Public Talk
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Speakers
Alfian Sa’at (Writer, Poet, Playwright)
Dr Azhar Ibrahim (National University of Singapore)
Toh Hun Ping (Film Researcher and Filmmaker)

Moderator
Kamiliah Bahdar (Curator, State of Motion 2018)

Location

Auditorium, Malay Heritage Centre

Saturday,
10 February 2018

The State of Singapore Stories: Films Present and Future

The three editions of State of Motion have been looking at Singapore through the lens of past films from the 50s to the 80s. Rounding up State of Motion 2018: Sejarah-ku, this panel discussion explores what films and filmmaking in Singapore now tell about ourselves. Who are telling these stories, and why? And importantly, who have the means to re-represent us on screen, and how might we have access to those means?

Public Talk
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Speakers
TBC

Location

Auditorium, Malay Heritage Centre

Coming Soon.

SUNDAY,
14 JANUARY 2018

Sejarah-ku: Excavating the Historical Value of Malay-language Films for Singapore

Singapore has changed since the 50s and 60s: Malay is no longer the lingua franca, our landscape is almost unrecognizable, and the social-cultural environment that fostered that particular intellectual tradition has since faded. Why look back even? And why should we care?

Public Talk
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Speakers
Alfian Sa’at (Writer, Poet, Playwright)
Dr Azhar Ibrahim (National University of Singapore)
Toh Hun Ping (Film Researcher and Filmmaker)

Moderator
Kamiliah Bahdar (Curator, State of Motion 2018)

Location

Auditorium, Malay Heritage Centre

Saturday,
10 February 2018

The State of Singapore Stories: Films Present and Future

The three editions of State of Motion have been looking at Singapore through the lens of past films from the 50s to the 80s. Rounding up State of Motion 2018: Sejarah-ku, this panel discussion explores what films and filmmaking in Singapore now tell about ourselves. Who are telling these stories, and why? And importantly, who have the means to re-represent us on screen, and how might we have access to those means?

Public Talk
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Speakers
TBC

Location

Auditorium, Malay Heritage Centre

Screenings

Seniman Bujang Lapok (1961)

Seniman Bujang Lapok (1961)

The Nitwit Movie Stars
Seniman Bujang Lapok is a comedy that follows Ramli, Aziz and Sudin—the eponymous “bujang lapok”, or cruddy bachelors—on their misadventures living in a crowded long house and auditioning at the Jalan Ampas film studio in a bid to become movie stars. Much to the chagrin of ... Read More

Saturday, 13 January 2018
8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Malay Heritage Centre, Lawn
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Mogok (1957)

Mogok (1957)

On Strike
Set in contemporary 1950s Singapore in a climate of highly active left-wing trade unions, strikes and ‘go-slows’, Mogok is a story about disgruntled workers at an Eveready battery factory and the devious ploy of the factory manager and his other colluders to take over the factory from the ... Read More

Sunday, 14 January 2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
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ISI NERAKA (1960)

ISI NERAKA (1960)

Sinners to Hell
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 ... Read More

Wednesday, 17 January 2018
8:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
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Noor Islam (1960)

Noor Islam (1960)

The Light of Islam
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 ... Read More

Thursday, 18 January 2018
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
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Hang Tuah (1956)

Hang Tuah (1956)

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Hang Tuah, the fabled warrior of 15th century Melaka, and Laksamana (Admiral) to Sultan Mansur Shah, faced many trials and tribulations to prove his skills and, particularly, his loyalty to the Sultan. An adaptation of Irish-born colonial civil servant Mubin Sheppard’s The Adventures of Hang Tuah, the film was ... Read More

Wednesday, 24 January 2018
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
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Hang Jebat (1961)

Hang Jebat (1961)

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The antithesis to Phani Majumdar’s Hang Tuah (1956), Hussain Haniff’s Hang Jebat is based on a 1958 radio play titled Tragedi Hang Jebat (Tragedy of Hang Jebat) by Ali Aziz and portrays the eponymous anti-hero in a more sympathetic light. Exploring his internal conflict between his devotion to the ... Read More

Thursday, 25 January 2018
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
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Sri Menanti (1958)

Sri Menanti (1958)

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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 ... Read More

Wednesday, 31 January 2018
8:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
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Selamat Tinggal Kekasehku (1955)

Selamat Tinggal Kekasehku (1955)

Goodbye My Love
Adapted from the 1936 Tamil film Devdas and based on the popular Bengali novel of the same title, the local version focuses on the romantic relationship between childhood friends Hassan and Lai Lai. Facing the objections of Hassan’s stubborn mother, the star-crossed lovers struggle to come to ... Read More

Thursday, 1 February 2018
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
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Darah Muda (1963)

Darah Muda (1963)

Young in Heart
Fauziah is the daughter of a poor itinerant food vendor whose brother has forsaken them for a life of luxury. On a particularly stormy night, Fauziah's already frail father is hit by a car during his return home. The driver Yazid is a young kind man who ... Read More

Wednesday, 7 February 2018
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
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Ibu Mertua Ku (1962)

Ibu Mertua Ku (1962)

My Mother-in-Law
Ibu Mertua Ku tells a doomed love story between Sabariah, the daughter of a wealthy matriarch, and Kassim Selamat, a small-time musician played by P. Ramlee. Despite her mother’s objections to the marriage, the pair decides to leave for Penang to start a new life, severing family ties ... Read More

Thursday, 8 February 2018
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
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