A Notional History

Documentary Theatre

An activist, a journalist, and a performer excavate school textbooks, inherited memories, and video interviews of exiled revolutionaries – uncovering erasures, exclusions, and questions around the Malayan Emergency. They investigate and speculate on the possible histories for a ‘New Malaysia’, intersecting the personal, the national, and the notional. Directed by Mark Teh, this documentary performance takes back Malaysian history and gives it a new perspective.

About Penang Modern Dance Ensemble (Euphoria)

Penang Modern Dance Ensemble (Euphoria) aims to promote and develop new dance creation that revitalises Penang’s multicultural dance traditions while providing opportunities for talented artists from diverse backgrounds and interests to come together. They seek to represent our community and environment through dance, a universal language that brings people together. Euphoria brings and supports acclaimed, talented, emerging choreographers local and beyond to create and present original modern cultural dance, to be presented in Penang, with the aim to stage these dance pieces at prestigious performance venues in cities around the region. It nurtures young dancers, encouraging them to attain professional standards to perform locally and internationally to promote the vibrant cultures of Penang through Modern Dance.


Indrani Kopal

Indrani Kopal is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, a Fulbright scholar and a former video journalist at Malaysiakini.com. Her documentary, “The Game Changer” was screened at 17 international festivals and won multiple awards, including the Best Short Documentary award at the 2014 Harlem International Film Festival and at the 2015 Cannes American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. In 2018, she was awarded the Mira Nair Award for Rising Female Filmmaker at the Harlem International Film Festival for her feature-length documentary, “Incarcerated Rhythm”. Indrani Kopal is the founder of Far East Documentary Centre and currently a senior lecturer at Taylor’s University in Malaysia.


Tunku Mona Riza

Tunku Mona Riza is a woman of expression! After graduating from New York Film Academy, the then television commercial director decided to pursue the path of producing and directing feature films. Tunku Mona’s asset is her passion for storytelling. With her strong sense of creativity and technical knowledge, she immediately earned her success with her second television film “Parit Jawa”, widening the window of creativity for the Malaysian film industry. Tunku Mona’s works are always based on detailed research materials and insights of true stories. With every story she tells, she does not only create it through the lens of film directing but also with her soul as though she is bringing life itself into her film. This can be seen through her debut feature film “Redha” which earned 17 coveted local and international awards, making it hold a record of the most awarded Malaysian film in the country. The internationally renowned film director shows that she has the cutting edge of making a simple story extraordinary.


Dennis Lai Chaing Ming

Dennis Lai Chaing Ming is a highly acclaimed film producer and screenwriter. He currently holds the position of president for the Chinese Film Association of Malaysia. He has been getting involved in film and television production as well as screenwriting on a full-time basis since 1989. He was a television assistant director and production manager up until 1996. Some of his most popular films include “The Iron Lady” (2009), “Ice Kacang Puppy Love” (2010), “King of Mahjong” (2015), “Let’s Eat!” (2016) and more.


16 & 17 July 2022




Loft 29

Ticket Prices:

RM50, RM160 (Group of 4)

Age Suitability:

6 years old and above

Announcement of Winners


24 July 2022



Streaming Platforms:

George Town Festival Facebook Page & YouTube Channel

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