Sebuah Filem Nasional Malaysia

Translated title of the contribution: A Malaysian national film

Fatimah Muhd Shukri, Abdullah Nur Afifah Vanitha

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Sepet (2005) was Yasmin Ahmad’s first film. This film has won awards at local and international film festivals. Many film scholars have made Sepet their research subject matter, but it has yet to be studied as Malaysian national film. Thus, the question intended to be answered in this article is, does the content of Sepet qualify it to be a Malaysian national film? The data of this article was gathered through a fundamental research, with qualitative as its research design. Content analysis was applied as a tool to study research materials such as articles, thesis, newspapers, magazines and Sepet. Besides that, the national film concept by Cooke Lez (1999) was applied to study the iconography and language of Sepet. The findings show that, Sepet qualifies to be a Malaysian national film. In the aspect of iconography, Sepet has portrayed the people of Malaysia as multiracial, an identity of the Malaysian nation. This iconography of Malaysian nation is portrayed through its mise-en-scene, in terms of background, outfits and props as an integral part of its story. In the language aspect, Sepet portrays daily spoken language by Malaysians, which are the Bahasa Melayu, English and Mandarin. The uniqueness of this film is the three different languages spoken by its characters. This uniqueness is the main identity that separates Malaysian national film from. national films of other countries. Thus, Sepet has one specific identity, which is usage of more than one language that qualifies it to be a Malaysian national film.

Original languageMalay
Pages (from-to)309-322
Number of pages14
JournalJurnal Komunikasi: Malaysian Journal of Communication
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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Sebuah Filem Nasional Malaysia. / Shukri, Fatimah Muhd; Nur Afifah Vanitha, Abdullah.

In: Jurnal Komunikasi: Malaysian Journal of Communication, Vol. 34, No. 2, 01.01.2018, p. 309-322.

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