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Jakarta’s film archive in dire condition

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 21 2012   /  08:00 am

Lewat Djam Malam (After the Curfew), a film directed by Usmar Ismail in 1955, was screened at the Classic Film Program of the Cannes Film Festival in France last Thursday. The film, deemed as rare and little-known as it is beautiful and necessary, was screened after having been restored in Bologna, Italy, over more than seven months, thanks to the National Museum of Singapore and the nonprofit foundation Yayasan Konfiden.

 “Lewat Djam Malam, like many other movies, was in a critical condition and needed to be rescued,” said Alex Sihar, the director of the foundation. The classic film is hard evidence that the public can participate in preserving film collections.

However, it is only one of nearly 2,000 films that are in a poor condition due to a lack of adequate storage facilities at Sinematek, the Indonesian cinematheque, at the Usmar Ismail film building on Jl. ...