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Jakarta Post

A gray world on the silver screen

  • Anissa S. Febrina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 18 2009   /  02:29 pm

In between: The scandal involving high-class prostitute Jamila unfolds a tragic story of a child trafficking victim (Courtesy of Satu Merah Panggung and MVP Pictures) A prostitute, a high-profile scandal and a healthy dose of romance are typical ingredients for an Indonesian movie.

But, if one adds the not-so-entertaining issue of trafficking in women, a movie could potentially be interesting enough to be worth seeing at the cinema, especially in times when Indonesian cinema is still dominated by low-budget B-movies.
A silver-screen adaptation of seasoned theater director Ratna Sarumpaet’s play, Jamila dan Sang Presiden (Jamila and The President), which is scheduled to hit theaters on April 30, is one that offers a break from the routine. And a hope that Indonesian moviegoers will get to see something worthwhile for a change.
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