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Back to cinema to support film industry, fight piracy

  • Luki Safriana

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Thu, April 1 2021   /  01:00 am
Now playing: Visitors wait for the screening of a movie at CGV in Grand Indonesia shopping mall, Central Jakarta, on Oct. 21, 2020. Movie theaters in Jakarta have reopened with limited seating, allowing only 25 percent capacity for each showing, to prevent COVID-19 transmission(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Recently, Indonesian filmmakers published an open letter to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, asking for his support and assistance to revive the big screen industry in the wake of the pandemic. The letter, dated March 5, went viral after numerous film personalities and filmmakers, such as Hanung Bramantyo, Mira Lesmana, Joko Anwar, Ernest Prakasa, Mawar Eva De Jong, Syakir Daulay, Zaskia Adya Mecca, Dian Sastrowardoyo and Adipati Dolken, posted it in their social media accounts. Into the second year of the pandemic, the national film industry is still struggling. Cinemas have reopened but the public is not really enthusiastic about returning to movie theatres mostly due to concerns about possible virus transmission and restrictions imposed by the authorities, even though health protocols are in place and mass vaccination is underway. This is unfortunate because cinema...