Fantastic voyage

Henry Of Malacca — A Malay And Magellan. Photo courtesy of Siam Society

To mark the 500th anniversary of the circumnavigation of the Earth by Ferdinand Magellan, Siam Society is screening Henry Of Malacca -- A Malay And Magellan on Jan 22 at 7pm.

Held in collaboration with the Embassy of Portugal and Camoes -- Institute for Cooperation and Language, this Portuguese documentary revolves around Henry of Malacca, a slave acquired by Ferdinand Magellan (Fernão de Magalhães) from Malacca (Melaka), who then took him on his voyage around the globe between 1519 and 1522. The 70-minute film, made in association with the Malaysian foundation Yayasan DMDI, Portuguese director Pedro Palma recounts the life of Henry of Malacca.

Through interviews with Portuguese, Spanish, Malay, Argentine and Filipino historians and researchers, it retraces Henry's footsteps, as he became Magellan's companion and interpreter during the great explorer's circumnavigation of the world.

The documentary addresses the possibility that Henry was in fact the first man to complete the circumnavigation of the globe, returning to Malacca (from where he had departed some years before) after the death of Magellan at the Battle of Cebu in the Philippines.

The film is in Portuguese with English and Thai subtitles. After the screening, there will be a Q&A session with director Palma.

Admission is free. To register, visit, or call 092-268-8094 or 02-661-6470/3.

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