Films

The selected films were produced at a time of great change with the Malay community grappling with modernity, nationalism and the imagining of a new society. Malay legends, star-crossed lovers, aspiring comic actors and scheming mothers-in- law were just some of the familiar archetypes embedded within discourses and cultural ideas of a burgeoning new Singapore – waiting to be rediscovered on screen more than 50 years later.

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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