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90s soap opera ‘Keluarga Cemara’ to be adapted into film

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, January 9, 2018  /  08:30 pm
90s soap opera ‘Keluarga Cemara’ to be adapted into film

One of the most popular soap operas in the 1990s, Keluarga Cemara highlighted Indonesian family values, such as sincerity, simplicity and togetherness. (Shutterstock/File)

Local soap opera Keluarga Cemara, which first aired in 1996, is set to be adapted into film.

Production on the Yandy Laurens-helmed film reportedly kicked off in early January for a mid-2018 release.

According to kompas.com, the movie version will be quite different from that of the small screen as it will serve as the series' prequel.

“In the series, they’re already bankrupt,” the film’s producer and cowriter, Gina S. Noer, told tempo.co.

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One of the most popular soap operas in the 1990s, Keluarga Cemara highlighted Indonesian family values, such as sincerity, simplicity and togetherness. After going bankrupt, Abah works as a becak (pedicab) driver, while Emak helps out by making and selling opak (Sundanese corn-flour chips).

The series is based on book written by Arswendo Atmowiloto, who also served as the soap opera's scriptwriter, production designer and producer.

Among the announced cast members are Ringgo Agus Rahman (Jomblo, Get Married) as Abah; Nirina Zubir (Heart, Get Married) as Abah’s wife, Emak; JKT48 member Adhisty Zara as the family's oldest daughter, Euis; Widuri Putri Sasono as Euis’ younger sister, Cemara; Yasamin Jasem; Kafin Sulthan; Asri Welas; and Maudy Koesnaedi. (wir/kes)