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Jakarta Post

National Film Day overshadowed by pandemic

  • Josa Lukman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 30 2020   /  01:48 am

Stay away so they can spray: A staff member sprays disinfectant at a cinema as it prepares to reopen to the public after closing due to COVID-19 in Shenyang in China's northeastern Liaoning province on Wednesday. (AFP/STR)For the national film industry, the coronavirus has hit particularly hard.March 30 marks National Film Day, which commemorates the start of filming for Indonesia’s first movie, Usmar Ismail’s Darah dan Doa (Blood and Prayer), released in 1950.

Seven decades later, celebrations seem to have been put aside as the nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected over 1,200 people in Indonesia.

At this point, everyone is well aware of the instruction to stay at home to prevent further transmission. Businesses and companies have closed up shop, forcing employees to work from home.

Movie buff Amelia, for example, regularly checks the cin...