BANGSAWAN

Alina, a theatre student shrouded by inner trauma and insecurity, struggles in her Bangsawan production. She refuses to seek help from her grandmother, a theatre veteran, versed in the ways of Bangsawan. Because of this, it puts tension on her relationships with her cast mates and her best friend.
Whilst this happens, Alina's grandmother soon discovers that her old age has finally caught up to her. Her body no longer as strong as it used to be and she progressively gets weaker, but decides not to tell Alina.

  • Naqib Putra Zalman
    Director
  • Hashif B. Karim
    Writer
  • Ramzie B. tahar
    Writer
  • Naqib Putra Zalman
    Writer
  • Edyln Yew Min Yu
    Producer
  • Dylan Koh Zhe'en
    Producer
  • Maia Chen Rei Fen
    Key Cast
    "Alina"
  • Zinab Binte Jafar
    Key Cast
    "Nenek"
  • Caelen Lee Kwok
    Key Cast
    "Javan"
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Family, Drama, Musical
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Singapore
  • Country of Filming:
    Singapore
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    19:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Naqib Putra Zalman

My name is Naqib Putra Zalman, a 20 year old film student. As a developing filmmaker, I am passionate and focused on my craft especially in directing and screenwriting. I enjoy the creative and collaborative nature of filmmaking. I believe the medium of cinema to be the most accessible art form that can touch the heart of humanity.

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Director Statement

Bangsawan is a malay artform which I am truly inspired from. It all started when I watched one for the first time in real life back in 2019. It's simply beautiful & the poet whom this film was based off upon is chinese & it's amazing that she is able to perform in another language that isn't her mother tongue.