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Jakarta Post

Reviving Usmar Ismail’s legacy

  • Triwik Kurniasari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, June 24 2012   /  12:12 pm

While some Indonesians might be familiar with Usmar Ismail and his classic works, others might know little about the father of Indonesian cinema.

He is recognized for his efforts in developing the local film industry, including founding the Indonesian Film Producers Association (PPFI).

Among his credits are Darah dan Doa (Blood and Prayers, 1950), Enam Djam di Djogja (Six Hours in Yogyakarta, 1950), Dosa Tak Berampun (The Unforgivable Sins, 1951), Terimalah Laguku (Please, Accept My Song, 1952), Krisis (Crisis, 1953) and Lewat Djam Malam (After the Curfew, 1954).

Sadly, since its production, the original print of Lewat Djam Malam was heavily damaged. But with funding support from the National Museum of Singapore (NMS) and the World Cinema Foundation (WCF), established by noted filmmaker Martin Scorsese, Sinematek Indonesia (The Archive of Indonesian Motion Picture...