Hidayah Hisham — When Grief and Incarceration Meet in Film

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Published Apr 22, 2021, 8:49 AM

When Hidayah Hisham was nine, she was unable to make sense of her Dad’s disappearance. 17 years later, she confronts her own past when she films the story of Siti — a daughter fighting for her father’s freedom — in her documentary Ayahku, Dr. G.


Hidayah Hisham is a video producer and presenter at BFM 89.9 - The Business Station. Ayahku, Dr. G is her first documentary film, made with her fellow filmmakers Loh Jo Yee and Dominique Teoh. The documentary captures the journey of a daughter fighting for justice to save her father from death row. Ayahku, Dr.G  premiered at Freedom Film Festival 2020 and won the Film Grant Prize at the event. 

Episode Structure 

  • 00:00 - Language Disclaimer
  • 01:38 - Introducing Hidayah Hisham and her film 
  • 02:26 - Ayahku, Dr. G: Who is Dr. G?
  • 04:12 - ‘It’s really, a film about grief.’ 
  • 08:24 - Siti fighting a legal battle
  • 09:48 - What happened to Hidayah’s father 
  • 14:25 - Paralysing experience of witnessing addiction as a child
  • 17:59 - ‘But he was still a really great dad.’ 
  • 19:10 - ‘I felt like I was always running, really, really fast.’ 
  • 20:00 - Relief and catharsis from filming 
  • 21:20 - How well do we know ourselves that we want to keep fighting for things? 
  • 23:09 - ‘You’re not alone.’ 
  • 23:46 - Ezra’s final thoughts on Ayahku, Dr. G
  • 24:41 - Watch Ayahku, Dr. G at our website! 
  • 25:42 - Outro and credits


Watch the trailer of the film, Ayahku, Dr G.

Q: How can I watch the film?
If you’d like to watch Ayahku, Dr G, sign up for our newsletter. After signing up, you will then receive a private link via e-mail to watch the film, available only for a limited period of time.

Q: How do I find out more about Dr. G and his daughter, Siti?
For a timeline of what’s taken place with Dr G, and his current status, read more articles here. Check out the official website representing Dr. G and his cause, made by the directors of Ayahku, Dr. G. You may get involved with the campaign if you wish to support his cause and help raise awareness for his case. 

Q: Is there a way I can donate and support them directly?
Absolutely. Click here to help Siti and Dr. G today in acquiring the funds needed to support them during Dr. G's incarceration. If you would like to contact the fundraising team directly, please email to the filmmakers at ayahkudrg@gmail.com.

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