Munshi Abdullah is a Malay scholar who was the language tutor for Sir Stamford Raffles. Drawing from Munshi Abdullah’s travel writings on Terengganu in Voyage to Kelantan (1838), directors Amir Muhammad and Badrul Hisham Ismail embark on a journey through the Eastern state of Malaysia, tracing the imprints left by the scholar through a series of impressionistic portraits and interviews with the natives of Terengganu.
The juxtaposition of old writings about Terengganu with new dialogue on film bridges the past and present, where attitudes are surprisingly similar and endearing. The culture and attitudes within the state seem to transcend the claws of modernity. Rural superstitions, honourable beliefs and lackadaisical attitudes towards money are revealed through the directors’ frank and humanistic approach - a vision that links the words of the 19th century to the present community.
- Amir Muhammad is a writer and independent filmmaker based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is one of the pioneering filmmakers of the Malaysian New Wave. Badrul Hisham Ismail is a filmmaker from Malaysia, currently based in Kuala Lumpur. He previously made a short film called The Conformist (2011).
- Foo Fei Ling, Tan Chui Mui, Amir Muhammad, Iddin Shah
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