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[SCREENING] Asian Film Archive Presents STATE OF MOTION 2018: SEJARAH-KU

January 12 - February 11

A part of Singapore Art Week 2018, Sejarah-ku (Malay for ‘my history’) explores film as a site of cultural and ideological production in the last decade of pre-independence Singapore. Revisiting and reactivating snippets of our national past, it comprises a selection of seminal Malay-language films produced by the now-defunct Shaw Malay Film Productions Ltd, as well as a diverse lineup of artworks and performances made in response to the films.

A key feature of the programme is its very special opening weekend, which features performances by NADA, Muhammad Izdi & Zaki Razak, and a theatrical piece directed by Irfan Kasban. The specially-commissioned performance pieces are open to the public throughout the weekend, alongside free film screenings.

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.

The artworks produced for this edition are curated by Kamiliah Bahdar, and include a sculptural work by Khairulddin Wahab, that will accompany the open exhibition at the NLB Plaza. The guided bus tour features artworks in various locations around Singapore by Izzad Radzali Shah, Wu Jun Han, Tan Peiling, Mintio, Salleh Japar, and Boedi Widjaja. For the first time, State of Motion travels offshore on a boat ride with a performance conceived by akulah BIMBO SAKTI. The programme also includes free film screenings and talks at the Malay Heritage Centre.

For the full list of activities and to purchase tickets, please visit the official site here.

Date: 12 Jan 2018 – 11 Feb 2018
Time: Various
Venue: Various
Tickets: Free admission to the exhibition; ticketed talks and tours.


The Asian Film Archive (AFA) is a subsidiary of the National Library Board. It preserves the rich film heritage of Asian Cinema, encourages scholarly research on film, and promotes a wider critical appreciation of this art form.


A joint initiative by the National Arts Council, the Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore Art Week reinforces Singapore’s position as Asia’s leading arts destination. In its sixth edition in 2018, the twelve-day celebration of the visual arts will be taking place in venues across Singapore, from galleries and museums to art precincts and non-profit spaces.


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