Ibu Mertua Ku - 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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Ibu Mertua Ku (1962)
My Mother-in-Law

Directed by: P. Ramlee
Produced by: Malay Film Productions (Shaw Bros.)
Runtime: 120 minutes
Language: Malay (with English subtitles)
Rating: PG

Ibu Mertua Ku tells a doomed love story between Sabariah, the daughter of a wealthy matriarch, and Kassim Selamat, a small-time musician played by P. Ramlee. Despite her mother’s objections to the marriage, the pair decides to leave for Penang to start a new life, severing family ties as a result. Financial problems affect their marriage and Sabariah eventually reaches out to her mother for help. The matriarch takes advantage of the couple’s vulnerable state but her actions bring about tragic consequences for everyone involved.

Film Still: Ibu Mertua Ku, 1962. Image Courtesy of © 1962 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.


Thu Feb 8, 2018
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM SGT
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Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium
Ibu Mertua Ku - 8 Feb, 8pm FULL
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Malay Heritage Centre Singapore
Asian Film Archive