Hang Jebat - Screening | State of Motion 2018: Sejarah-ku


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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Hang Jebat (1961)

Directed by: Hussain Haniff
Produced by: Cathay-Keris Films Pte Ltd.
Runtime: 118 minutes
Language: Malay (with English subtitles)
Rating: PG

Exploring his internal conflict between his devotion to the sultan and his love for his sworn brother Hang Tuah, the film Hang Jebat touches on the conflict between justice and unquestioning loyalty to the sultan—addressing the perennial tension of a Malay identity that is tightly knitted with the traditional feudal system. In mimicking the over-turning and destruction of social order, the film explores Hang Jebat’s psyche as he descents into vengeful madness and runs amok.

Film Still: Hang Jebat, 1961. Image Courtesy of © 1961 Cathay-Keris Films Pte Ltd.


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.


Thu Jan 25, 2018
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM SGT
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Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
Hang Jebat - 25 Jan, 8pm FULL
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Malay Heritage Centre Singapore
Asian Film Archive