The Jakarta Post
Rumah Bung Karno hosted the first president during his exile in Bengkulu from 1938 to 1942. (www.instagram.com/awanrs//File)
As the hometown of the country's former first lady Fatmawati, Bengkulu has important historical and educational value, as well as tourism potential.
Acting Bengkulu Regent Rohidin Mersyah told a press conference that plans were in store to make a movie of Fatmawati, which would also help promote some destinations that have been visited by her.
"Fatmawati is a very heroic national hero with her background as a Muhammadiyah figure; as well as the designer of the Indonesian flag," said Rohidin in Jakarta on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.
He added that the film would feature various places that were closed to Fatmawati’s heart, such as her birthplace, house, school and where she designed the flag.
"All the story's settings will be in Bengkulu," he said, adding that hopefully these places could be promoted as tourist sites as Fatmawati's napak tilas (public destinations).
The provincial administration is said to have conducted preparations for the film, especially getting permission from Indonesia's first president Sukarno’s family. Half of the family reportedly gave their blessing for the film to be made.
"I've communicated [the plan] with Bu Rahma, Bu Sukma, Pak Guruh, Pak Guntur; the latest one was with Bu Puan and she was very supportive. We'll soon have a meeting with Bu Mega, hopefully she'll give us permission [to make the film]," said Rohidin.
The administration also founded a special company to manage and create the film, hence the movie rights will be in the hands of the government.
"We don't want [the film rights] to fall to other parties so we are cooperating with Bekraf, the Education and Culture Ministry and others," he added.
A team is currently collecting archives and related documents for the film. (kes)