Singapore International Film Festival 2016 FOR NIZAM: A RETROSPECTIVE



A celebration of one of the boldest and most original voices in Singapore cinema, this retrospective looks back on the film legacy of the late Abdul Nizam who succumbed to lung and pancreatic cancer this June. 

From his award-winning Datura (1999), to the ground-breaking television series Koridor (2002) based on Alfian Sa’at’s short story collection, and never-before-seen shorts from Nizam’s film school days and his final work, the festival pays tribute to a one-of-a-kind artist who has left an indelible mark on Singapore cinema.

Film schedule

27 Nov | 7pm–8.30pm

1998/Singapore/6min/Rating TBC 

1999/Singapore/18min/English, Malay and Arabic with English subtitles/Rating TBC 

1999/Singapore/18min/English, Malay, Hokkien and Cantonese with English subtitles/Rating TBC 

To Paisan
2015/Singapore/6min/No dialogue/Rating TBC

Singapore/2016/8min/English/Rating TBC 

29 Nov | 7pm–8.30pm

2000/Singapore/37min/English and Mandarin with English subtitles

Garin’s Humanisme: The Making of Unconcealed Poetry
2000/Indonesia, Singapore/45min/English and Bahasa Indonesia with English subtitles/Rating TBC

30 Nov | 7pm–9pm

Koridor Episode 1: Video
2002/Singapore/65min/Malay with English subtitles/Rating TBC

Koridor Episode 3: Hari Jadi (Birthday)
2002/Singapore/46min/Malay with English subtitles/Rating TBC

2 Dec | 7pm–8.20pm

Koridor Episode 5: Episod Terakhir (Final Episode)
2002/Singapore, Indonesia/77min/English, Malay and Mandarin with English subtitles/Rating TBC

2 Dec | 9.30pm–11.30pm

Keronchong for Pak Bakar
2008/Singapore/56min/English and Malay with English subtitles/Rating TBC

Breaking the Ice
2014/Singapore/55mins/English/Rating TBC

About Abdul Nizam Abdul Hamid (1966-2016)

A graduate of Ngee Ann Polytechnic's Film, Sound and Video Department, Abdul Nizam is an award-winning Singapore indie filmmaker and musician. His final-year project, an arthouse short film Datura, picked up the Best Short Film prize at the 1999 Singapore International Film Festival and clinched third at Poland's 6th International Film and TV Schools' Festival in the same year. Other notable works include Breaking The Ice (2014), a documentary on Singapore performance artist Jeremy Hiah, and Keronchong For Pak Bakar (2008), a tribute to veteran cinematographer Abu Bakar Ali who worked with Malay film and music icon P. Ramlee.

Besides filmmaking, he was also passionate about music, having played in pioneering home-grown indie bands The NoNames and The Oddfellows.


The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is the largest and longest-running independent film platform in Singapore. Founded in 1987, the Festival has become an iconic event in the Singapore arts calendar that is widely attended by international film critics and recognised worldwide for its focus on Asian filmmakers and the promotion of Southeast Asian films.

Always at the forefront of independent filmmaking, SGIFF continues to be a platform for both established and aspiring filmmakers to showcase their films to an audience of local and international film buffs.

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Focus: Mutating Mythologies – Hybrid Cinema of Latin America will also take place at The Arts House as part of SGIFF 2016.

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