Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Indonesian Film Turmoil

The film industry in Indonesia is in the midst of several conflicts: one dealing with regulation and the other with the top award presented to a film during a recent festival. The two controversies seem to pit young filmmakers against the established film industry.
I’m the first to admit I don’t know much about Indonesian film, but from the outside it looks like young filmmakers are rallying against a federal law that involves a government censor. http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article-southeastasia.asp?parentid=62370
The second controversy surrounds accusations of copyright infringement against the producers of Ekskul, a comedy-drama. http://www.ekskul.com/ Apparently the score of another film was lifted without consent and used in Ekskul.
In response, more than 20 directors, actors and film professionals returned their Citra Awards to the Indonesian Film Festival in protest.

Indonesia Flood Relief Effort


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