In "MaJie," a documentary film produced by Liu Im Cheng follows the journey of the unsung heroines, majie (媽姐), a pioneer group of women who migrated from China to Malaya and Singapore to work as domestic servants.

This production shows footage all the way back to Shunde, in Guangdong province to meet with the only living majie Huang Rui Yun. The exclusive interviews conducted discloses the episodic narrative of her youth days here in Singapore, of her stories about struggles, perseverance and sacrifice.

Coupled with vividly re-enacted scenes and storytelling techniques, the documentary film aims to illuminate through the rich and complex historical period during the 1930s issues and topics that are deeply reflective and universally relevant to today's societal conditions and way of living.

  • Im Cheng Liu
  • Im Cheng Liu
  • Im Cheng Liu
  • Rui Yun Huang
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 14, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    7,500 USD
  • Country of Filming:
    China, Singapore
  • Language:
    English, Mandarin Chinese
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - LASALLE College of the Arts
Director Biography - Im Cheng Liu

Liu Im Cheng, a filmmaker based in Macao currently studying in Singapore. Was blessed with opportunities to experience all walks of life around the world from a young age, this enables a holistic perspective to her curiosity of people, culture and history. Im Cheng is noted for her breathtaking shots that capture the essence of humanity and showcase the richness of history. Equipped with her humanistic perspective Im Cheng's previous documentary delved into how the food “Popiah” united families to their culture. This film was awarded the best documentary award and the best 19-21 age group award in the Across Asia Youth Film Festival (AAYFF). Im Cheng’s emotionally impactful works look into discovering one’s link to their culture and history, and in her most recent self directed and produced documentary looks to discover her own connection to her past. In “Majie” she aims to uncover the truth of the majie and to illuminate their contributions to women today. Through her strive to be realistic and touching, she utilises beautiful compositions with an accurate reenactment of the past to express the importance of the contributions of these forgotten women. “Majie” aims to remember the people swept by the waves of time, placing emphasis on the actions we leave behind in this mortal world.

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