Representation of the ‘Other’ in Malaysian Film: Kadazandusun Identity in Sabah Indigenous Telemovie

Sydney Thomas, Sibangan and Miaw Lee, Teo and Candida, Jau Emang (2021) Representation of the ‘Other’ in Malaysian Film: Kadazandusun Identity in Sabah Indigenous Telemovie. In: 6th International Conference on Applied and Creative Arts 2021, 17-18 Aug 2021, UNIMAS.

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Abstract

As a nation of a multicultural society, Malaysia consists of various ethnic groups with different backgrounds. From a national context, the need for racial integration into a singular national identity is crucial to structure unity among the people in Malaysia. With strict supervision from the local government, a film in Malaysia plays a significant role to incorporate the diverse society by portraying the accepted Malaysia national identity. However, the concept of national identity is based on an ‘imagined’ assumption, as the Malaysia national cinema is largely dominated and exclusively represents the Malay majority. This resulted in the lack of representation toward ‘other’ ethnicities in the film, especially the indigenous of Sabah. By referring to Benedict Anderson’s theoretical framework of “imagined communities”, this paper attempts to situate Sabah indigenous film within the context of Malaysia national cinema and argue the distinction of self-identification possessed by the Sabah indigenous. This is accomplished through analysing two Kadazandusun telemovies produced by Alfred Ujin. The paper concludes that the indigenous ethnic in Sabah identified themselves separately from the national identity. The indigenous filmmaker utilised film to express their identity by depicting indigenous language, culture and value. Keywords: Sabah filmmaking, Indigenous filmmaking, Kadazandusun identity, telemovie, film studies.

Item Type: Proceeding (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sabah filmmaking, Indigenous filmmaking, Kadazandusun identity, telemovie, film studies.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts
Depositing User: Emang
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2021 06:31
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2021 06:31
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/37053

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