Date: Thursday, 10 November 2011
6.30pm: Talk by A/P Timothy P. Barnard
6.45pm: Screening of Singapura Dilanggar Todak (In Malay with English language subtitles)
Admission is free. Please register at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6516 8429 / 6516 8817
Drawing on a 14th century myth in the Sejarah Melayu (Malay Annals), the film Singapura Dilanggar Todak tells of the folly of Paduka Sri Maharaja, the ruler of Singapura. In the tale, a young boy saves the inhabitants of Singapura from deadly swordfish attacks only to fall prey to court intrigues. The Sejarah Melayu goes on to state that the guilt of the boy’s tragic end was laid on Singapura. Using the film as a point of reference, A/P Timothy P. Barnard will discuss how the 14th century myth has undergone numerous ‘retellings’ and how each retelling is inextricably linked to the rewriting of history.
Singapura Dilanggar Todak was produced in 1962 by Omar Rojik, an established Malay director with Shaw Brothers. The film is in Malay and for this screening it will be shown for the first time with English language subtitles.
Timothy P. Barnard is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore. His main area of research is on the cultural and environmental history of Southeast Asia, with particular attention to the Malay world. He has published a number of articles and book chapters on Malay film in Singapore, and is currently working on a book on the history of the Komodo Dragon.
Event supported by
Shaw Organisation Pte Ltd