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Cinema comes out of the dark ages

  • Triwik Kurniasari

    THE JAKARTA POST

Jakarta   /   Sun, December 27 2009   /  02:06 pm

In the 1970s and 1980s, the Indonesian film industry experienced its so-called "golden age", turning out several quality flicks - a trend replicated in the 2000s. A few decades ago, the Indonesian Film Festival (FFI) with its coveted trophy, Piala Citra, was a highly anticipated and prestigious event for every one connected to the local film community. But during the 1990s, the bright lights of the industry faded to darkness. Several reasons have been offered as the reason for the poor output, including the emergence of several private TV stations, offering entertaining programs for free, thus diminishing cinema. During those gloomy years, Hollywood flicks dominated Indonesia's cinemas, with very few local movies screened in theaters. Even the FFI went into a hiatus, such was the state of the industry. But the past decade has seen an amazing turnaround in the producti...