Screening of Sergeant Hassan


Sergeant Hassan
Dir: Lamberto V. Avallena
Singapore / 1958 / Malay, Japanese & English (with English subtitles) / DigiBeta / PG

Made during the golden era of Malay cinema, Sergeant Hassan is a patriotic film that reimagines military and civilian struggles during the Japanese occupation. The film is inspired by heroic folklores. The legendary P. Ramlee stars in the titular role as a young man who leaves his village to join the Malaya Regiment where he rises up the ranks, succeeds in battle and brings peace and victory to his nation and community. Released a year before Singapore gained full internal self-governance from the British, the film can be viewed as a projection of a nation’s desire for independence and harmony among people, through its perseverance through a traumatic past.

This film is part of the war film programme Witness to War: Memories and Screens, organised by the National Museum of Singapore as part of the Witness to War exhibition and curated by the Asian Film Archive. The programme features a collaborative project by Lasalle College of the Arts

About Witness to War: Memories and Screen

The memories of World War Two have been captured, interpreted and presented in various films – from iconic war films like Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence to romance films such as Hiroshima Mon Amour and historically significant films like Momotaro, Sacred Sailors and Spirit of the Overseas Chinese which have not been seen in Singapore in recent history. For the first time, the National Museum, in collaboration with the Asian Film Archive, will be presenting Witness to War: Memories and Screens, a selection of films which document and remember the experience of World War Two in the Pacific and its aftermath.

In tracing the historical development from the bombing of Pearl Harbour (1941) to Hiroshima (1945), Memories and Screens will showcase films and narratives from Singapore and Malaya, Britain, Japan, America and Singapore’s regional neighbours, accounting for the diverse yet shared narratives of countries and people that have participated in and witnessed World War Two. This film programme –inspired by the exhibition Witness to War: Remembering 1942 – invites us to reflect upon the ways film across national borders remembers a shared history that continues to shape our reality today.
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Sun Jan 14, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM SGT
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Witness to War: Remembering 1942