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Jakarta Post

Sinematek: A struggling home historical films

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, March 25 2012   /  02:37 pm

In a cold, dark basement, a treasure — some 2,700 old and new films — lays on rows of shelves in silence, waiting for a chance to hit the big screen once again.

When the door to the basement floor was opened, a strange odor hit the nostrils.

The room, some 100 square meters in size, is home to extensive film collections, including those dating back to the 1940s. The collections are a vital part of Sinematek Indonesia, a non-profit institution dedicated to maintaining the country’s film archive.

The institution is spread throughout the five-story H. Usmar Ismail Film Center, which is located next to Pasar Festival in Kuningan, South Jakarta. It consists of an office on the fourth floor, a film storage and maintenance area in the basement and a film library on the fifth floor.

To the eyes of outsiders, Sinematek looks just fine. It has become a main source...