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Sri Menanti - Screening | State of Motion 2018: Sejarah-ku

Description

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.


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Sri Menanti (1958)
马来风月
Moon Over Malaya

Directed by: Phani Majumdar
Produced by: Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.)
Runtime: 104 minutes
Language: Malay (with English subtitles)
Rating: PG

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. Released in both Malay and Mandarin-dubbed versions, the film was unprecedented for 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.

ABOUT STATE OF MOTION 2018: SEJARAH-KU

Films serve as records of social histories and latent discourses - more so during tumultuous times when change was most imminent.

The 2018 edition of State of Motion explores film as a site of cultural and ideological production in the last decade of pre-independence Singapore. Reactivating snippets of our national past, Sejarah-ku (Malay for 'My History') comprises a selection of seminal Malay-language films produced predominantly by the now-defunct Shaw Malay Film Productions Ltd, as well as a diverse line-up of artworks and performances made in response to the films.

In revisiting these films of the past, audiences are asked to reflect on how the ideas and discourses then return with ever greater relevancy now.

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Wed Jan 31, 2018
8:00 PM - 9:45 PM SGT
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Venue
Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
Tickets
Sri Menanti - 31 Jan, 8pm FULL
Venue Address
Malay Heritage Centre Singapore
Organizer
Asian Film Archive
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