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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.

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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.

Synopsis:

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.

Doctor

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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