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Darah Muda - 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.
Darah Muda (1963)
Young in Heart
Directed by: Jamil Sulong
Produced by: Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.)
Runtime: 90 minutes
Language: Malay ( with English subtitles)
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 takes to caring after Fauziah and eventually marries her. In Darah Muda, Fauziah is the epitome of a virtuous woman during its time - extremely reserved, pious, a faithful wife and a nurturing mother.
Film Still: Darah Muda, 1963. Image Courtesy of © 1963 Shaw Organisation.
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.