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Jakarta Post

Filmmakers see silver lining in pandemic

  • Jessicha Valentina


Jakarta   /   Sat, August 29 2020   /  01:00 am
A still from 'Guru-guru Gokil'.(Courtesy of/Netflix)

Producer Mandy Marahimin of Tanakhir Films’ Semes7a (Universe) planned to take the environmental documentary to other cities after it premiered at a selected number of theaters earlier this year.   “Then the pandemic hit,” Mandy said in August at a virtual discussion hosted by streaming giant Netflix.   As with other Indonesian industries, the film industry has been battered by the coronavirus epidemic. Major studios indefinitely postponed numerous new releases, while movie theater chains Cinema XXI and CGV have been temporarily closed since April.   Amid the many uncertainties, however, Indonesian filmmakers have found a silver lining: digital platforms.   The health crisis has inadvertently increased the popularity of video on demand (VOD) services. Netflix reported a profit of US$709 million from $5.8 billion in revenu...