Selamat Tinggal Kekasehku - 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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Selamat Tinggal Kekasehku (1955)
Goodbye My Love

Directed by: L. Krishnan
Produced by: Cathay-Keris Films Pte Ltd.
Runtime: 90 minutes
Language: Malay (with English subtitles)
Rating: TBA

Facing the objections of a stubborn mother, star-crossed lovers Hassan and Lai Lai struggle to come to terms with the difficulties of separation in a time of a new multicultural Malaya. Believed to be one of the earliest Malayan film featuring an interracial romance between the Malay and Chinese communities,Selamat Tinggal Kekasehku was deemed controversial for its time for being culturally and religiously insensitive.

Film Still: Selamat Tinggal Kekasehku, 1955. Image Courtesy of Toh Hun Ping.

*Please note that this is the best possible screening copy available, as the original copies of this film are currently considered to be lost. Due to the source from which it was taken, the film's projected quality would appear to be compromised.


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.


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Thu Feb 1, 2018
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM SGT
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Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
Selamat Tinggal Kekasehku - 1 Feb, 8pm FULL
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