91 classic Singapore Malay films added to UNESCO Memory of the World Programme

Malay film, Mat Bond

Malay film, Mat Bond

SINGAPORE: Ninety-one of Singapore’s Malay classic films have been added to the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme, in recognition of their value in documenting the past. The UNESCO Memory of The World Programme seeks to preserve documentary heritage and promote universal access.

One of the films is Mat Bond, which tells the story of a man who dreamed of being a spy from a young age. It is part of the Cathay-Keris Malay Classics, which were produced between the 1950s and 1970s. The collection represents a part of Singapore’s Golden Cinema era, and is now part of the UNESCO programme.

According to the Asian Film Archive, these 91 movies are historically and culturally important to communities in Southeast Asia as they embody Singapore’s heritage and feature traditions of society during their time.

The Asian Film Archive is encouraging the public to donate materials which document the history of Singapore and Southeast Asia. The closing date for submission is on Dec 31 this year.

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