Mogok - 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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Mogok (1957)
On Strike

Directed by: K.M. Basker
Produced by: Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.)
Runtime: 88 minutes
Language: Malay (with English subtitles)
Rating: TBA

Set in contemporary 1950s Singapore in a climate of highly active left-wing trade unions, strikes and ‘go-slows’, Mogok is a story about disgruntled workers at an Eveready battery factory and the devious ploy of the factory manager and his other colluders to take over the factory from the benevolent but incapacitated factory owner.

Film Still: Mogok, 1957. Image Courtesy of © 1957 Shaw Organisation.


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.


Sun Jan 14, 2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM SGT
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Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
Mogok - 14 Jan, 4.30pm FULL
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Malay Heritage Centre Singapore
Asian Film Archive