Thoughts on Films – Episode 81: Let’s Talk About Mandi Safar

For this episode, we’re going to go back… way back, to 1962! Fikri sits down with special guest, film historian and all-round good guy Hassan Muthalib in discussing ‘Mandi Safar’. Directed by Mohd Zain Ibrahim, the film depicts a Malay tradition no longer practiced as it’s deemed to be ‘unIslamic’. We discuss how close the film’s representation match the reality of the day, consider factors related to colonialism in the making and reading of the film, and how well it fits in with the rest of Zain Ibrahim’s filmography.

Featured image credit and podcast cover art: Erkan Utu / Pexels

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