Asian Premiere

Badrul Hisham Ismail Malaysia 2023 107 min R21 (Mature Content)

This sharp-tongued drama follows a long day in the life of an unmarried Muslim woman with a modest but inconvenient wish.

50-year-old Maryam seems to have it all: born into aristocratic blood and a tycoon’s wealth, she now runs an art gallery in Kuala Lumpur. But her plans to wed a much younger man from Sierra Leone are met with fierce resistance—beginning with her father, whose blessings she must obtain under Islamic law.

Maryam’s wishes take her through various institutions where she pleads her case before officials, while her resolve is tested in conversations shot through with absurdity. The film is unsparing in its indictment of an agonisingly polite society that wields anything, from bureaucracies to scripture and unusual metaphors, as cover for its hypocrisy and racism. What will it take for Maryam to flourish and desire on her own terms?

Q&A with Filmmaker(s)

1 Dec, Fri 7:00PM / 107 min

The Projector, Golden Mile, Redrum


Screening are free seating & first-come, first-serve basis. All ticket purchasers are kindly asked to be on time and note the 10-min grace period.

Plus, a new Rush Queue for last-min folks!


Maryam Pagi ke Malam

Badrul Hisham Ismail





107 min

R21 (Mature Content)

Asian Premiere

Badrul Hisham Ismail

The work of Malaysian filmmaker Badrul Hisham Ismail addresses Malaysian society and its fissures. His films include Voyage to Terengganu (2016), co-directed with Amir Muhammad and screened at the 27th SGIFF. Co-written by acclaimed author Faisal Tehrani, Maryam premiered at Rotterdam.

Sofia Jane
Omar Abdullah

Kye Syed Fariz
Fairul Nizam Ablah
Eddy Wan Shahidi

Faisal Tehrani
Badrul Hisham Ismail