Cikgu Hana


Swati Verma


Posted on:

16 Dec 2021

Film Reviews
Cikgu Hana
Directed by:
Wan Dinnie
Written by:
Wan Dinnie
SK Temong, Serian
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The storyline of the film is about two students out on a journey to explore the history of Malaysia and also they are looking for an old teacher named Cikgu Hana. Through this journey, they learn about various events that were culturally important for their country. It also talks about the events highlighted in the storyline which had a huge impact on the modern life of the students.

The short film uses a bright colour pallet which helps enhance the animation style and the visual storytelling experienced by the target audience. The makers have used various elements like real images, artificial ageing to give the project a sense of realism. The technique of Rotoscope is used effectively so that the narrative could move forward smoothly without any hurdles.


The writer-director of the film Wan Dinnie takes us yet again to his favourite educational setup with a deeper message hidden inside the creative as well as the visually appealing piece. The music of the film is a crucial element in the making of the movie which enriches the film making it more enjoyable for the viewers. The dialogues in the Malaysian language are very fast-paced and the subtitles are really small making them difficult to follow. Nonetheless, all the elements fit into the world Wan Dinnie has created.


Cikgu Hana promotes the hard work of all the teachers who dedicate their lives towards building and shaping the future of the students and hence shaping the future of the country in the long run. It also teaches us that learning is an ongoing process and it should not stop as it is very much needed to be updated about everything that is rapidly changing around us. Another lesson taught to us through the movie is that one should be responsible for their happiness and peace of mind. He /she should not depend on other people or things for it. The short film believes in learning as a concept and does not care about whether it is formal or informal.


The camera work of the animated piece lets the audience feel that they are involved in all the action that is happening inside the plot of the short film. The effortless transitions from one scene to another aids the director to keep the enthusiasm of the viewers intact up until the end. The various camera techniques allow the audiences to experience the history and culture of Malaysia first hand.

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Swati Verma
Swati Verma
Short Film