Cultural

Sama Sama Talk: Notions of the Nation in Malaysian Cinema

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Date: Sunday, 2nd September 2018
Time: 10.30am - 1pm
Location: 22 Hale Street

Movies are not just entertainment. Nor are they just an expression of a form of art. Movies have also been used as a tool for propaganda. However, they can also bring about a spirit of nationalism in a country’s citizens, give them fervent hopes and aspirations, and inspire them to struggle for a brighter future.

 

Notions of the Nation in Malaysian Cinema

Movies are not just entertainment. Nor are they just an expression of a form of art. Movies have also been used as a tool for propaganda.

However, they can also bring about a spirit of nationalism in a country’s citizens, give them fervent hopes and aspirations, and inspire them to struggle for a brighter future. Pak Hassan Muthalib, a prominent film historian, will take us into a ‘time tunnel’ to show how our own movies began and developed in a period of colonisation, and then to explore how, if any, notions of nationalism have appeared on the screen over the last six decades.

This session is not only for movie buffs. It is also for those who want to know more about our country’s 'silent' narrative, and ultimately awaken our own sense of nationalism.

Sponsor

 
22 Hale Street
This event is proudly sponsored by 22 Hale Street. 22 Hale Street is more than a heritage gallery. They connect the past with the present by uncovering the history of Ipoh through a multisensory journey. Check them out at 22 Hale Street

About The Speaker

 
Hassan Muthalib
The Malaysian government bestowed the titles Bapa Animasi and Tokoh Seni upon him in recognition of his pioneering work in the local animation industry. However, he is more known as a film historian and reviewer nowadays.

A self-taught master, he was busy jotting down notes in darkness inside cinemas during his younger days learning about the cinematic language and stylistics, trying to dissect the hidden messages behind every director. His stern and vocal critique about the local film industry only denotes his undying love and concern for his peers and counterparts. It is no surprise he continues to inspire the inspired directors and someone like Yasmin Ahmad who will turn to for advice. Despite his age, he still travels ferociously to teach, judge, review and share his knowledge to the young and aspired.

He remains the most regularly featured speakers in Sharpened Word Ipoh but we are not apologetic about the frequency of his visits.