Places Practices

Cinema Reclaimed: Medicine & Modernity in Singapore Cinema - Doctor

by Toh Hun Ping & Ben Slater
29 May • 02:00pm

Get a packet of tissues ready for the screening of Doctor, a 1958 melodrama centred on a young man’s struggle to find a balance between chasing his own dreams and fulfilling his grief-stricken father’s wish for him to pursue medicine to serve the needy.


Treat yourself to a special screening of the 1958 Doctor, a melodrama directed by Phani Majumdar and produced by Shaw’s Malay Film Productions. The showcase is part of the inaugural edition of Cinema Reclaimed, a special collaboration between researchers Toh Hun Ping and Ben Slater centered on the theme of medicine and modernity.


Carpenter Bakar (S. Kadarisman) sends his son Idris (Aziz Jaafar) to medical school with the lofty goal of having him serve the poor and needy as a doctor. Idris struggles to find a balance between pursuing his own interests and fulfilling his father’s wishes. This relatively gritty social-realist melodrama was directed by Phani Majumdar who was also behind the popular historical drama Hang Tuah starring P. Ramlee.

There will be a special guest appearance by Ms Zaiton Abdullah, lead actress in 'Doctor'.

This programme is presented with assistance from the Asian Film Archive.


Toh Hun Ping & Ben Slater

Researchers Toh Hun Ping (SG Film Hunter) and Ben Slater (author of Kinda Hot: The Making of Saint Jack in Singapore) collaborate to present the inaugural edition of Cinema Reclaimed programme.

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