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How COVID-19 is affecting Indonesian cinema

  • Josa Lukman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 9 2020   /  01:53 am

All down: A still photo from Ali & Ratu-Ratu Queens (Ali & The Queens of Queens).As we enter our third month of the pandemic, what does it mean for Indonesian cinema?It has been nearly two months since the first cases of COVID-19 were detected in Indonesia, and much of the country has been under strict restrictions on movement.

Even as the government has said the curve is flattening in Jakarta, people are still being encouraged to stay home and the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) has been banned.

The holiday season is usually a time for theatrical releases, but with cinemas shut down across the country, much of the population is at home either glued to their TV screens or streaming their favorite movies.

Last month, numerous new releases by major studios were postponed indefinitely when cinema giants Cinema XXI and CGV shuttered their doors to comply with the gover...