Mengkonstruksi ‘Kesabahan’: Analisis kritis sinematik terhadap wacana kedaerahan

Translated title of the contribution: Constructing ‘Sabah-ness’: A critical cinematic analysis on the trope of regionalism

Faiznur Farhana Jaafar, Badrul Redzuan Abu Hassan, Roslina Abdul Latif

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In general, this article looks at the cinematic construction of local cultural identities in Malaysia. Film may assume a dual function, as promoter and creator of social imaginary for the purpose of nurturing social relations between members of a multiethnic society. Flmmakers who are interested in regional cinema are responsible for constructing both narrative and visualisation of the locals and their vicinities that is fair, progressive and without malice or prejudice. This article situates such idealism in the cinematic construction of Sabah-ness in film, teledrama and serialised drama. The conceptual framework for this analysis is informed both by the discourse of ‘Orientalism’ (Said, 1978) and ‘the voyage-in’ (Said, 1993). Said maintains that indigenous societies must assert their authority in the project of reclaiming their cultural identities which have suffered from exploitation and manipulation at the hands of the dominant elites. This study deploys content analysis as a method of textual deconstruction which is followed by focus group interviews with Sabahans studying at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. The findings of this study suggest there are occurrences of distortion, alienation and the stereotyping in the representation of ‘Sabahness’ by Peninsular filmakers. Hence, filmakers as intellectuals have an advocative role to play in enlightening and safekeeping the interest of the natives so that the construction Sabahness should never ever have to be compromised again before the audiences of this country.

Original languageMalay
Pages (from-to)165-183
Number of pages19
JournalJurnal Komunikasi: Malaysian Journal of Communication
Volume32
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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orientalism
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alienation
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Mengkonstruksi ‘Kesabahan’ : Analisis kritis sinematik terhadap wacana kedaerahan. / Jaafar, Faiznur Farhana; Abu Hassan, Badrul Redzuan; Latif, Roslina Abdul.

In: Jurnal Komunikasi: Malaysian Journal of Communication, Vol. 32, No. 2, 2016, p. 165-183.

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