Noor Islam - 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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Noor Islam (1960)

The Light of Islam

Directed by: K.M. Basker
Produced by: Cathay-Keris Films Pte Ltd.
Runtime: 124 minutes
Language: Malay (with English subtitles)
Rating: TBA

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 pagan Raja sets out to eradicate the already persecuted pacifist Muslim minority. His only daughter, seeing the brutal efforts undertaken by her betrothed on behalf of the Raja, grows more sympathetic towards the pacifist community and tries to unravel the political intrigues of the palace priests and ministers supporting the persecution.

Film Still: Noor Islam, 1960. Image Courtesy of © 1960 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 18, 2018
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM SGT
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Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
Noor Islam - 18 Jan, 8pm FULL
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Malay Heritage Centre Singapore
Asian Film Archive