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Jakarta Post

Apologies to `Kata Maaf Terakhir'

  • Nauval Yazid


Jakarta   /   Sun, August 30 2009   /  11:55 am

Is it worth the effort to release a film in Indonesia during the Ramadan holy month? For a long time, Ramadan has been considered not the best time for filmmakers to release new movies. Cinemas see attendance rates drop drastically during Ramadan, especially during its first week, before a sudden resurgence during the post-fasting Lebaran period one month later. While the situation has improved in recent years with several worthy mainstream Hollywood films released (perhaps due to the continually shifting Ramadan calendar that follows a lunar cycle), the same does not yet apply to local films. During the past three Ramadans, we've seen forgettable low-brow horror and occasional comedy flicks released for screening in otherwise vacant cinemas. We pity those whose memories of Ramadan comprise watching Genderuwo The Movie, The Wall, Lawang Sewu Dendam Kuntilanak (lawang sewu:...