The work of local filmmakers will become a national pride: Minister Uno

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Jakarta (ANTARA) – Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno has expressed optimism that short films created by local filmmakers will compete and become a source of pride for the national film industry .

“(The film industry) will strengthen our economic recovery, and I believe it will open up new business and employment opportunities,” Uno noted in the press release received Monday in Jakarta.

The minister previously visited the production site of a film titled “Kerupuk” (fried cookies) at the Idaman kerupuk factory in Majalengka, West Java on Sunday, March 6.

Local creative filmmakers should be active in producing films that can evoke emotions and inspire viewers, Uno said while inviting filmmakers to screen their films under the Family Sunday Movie program organized by the ministry.

The program should be a way for local filmmakers to come up with creative ideas through short films, he added.

“The film industry opens new creative opportunities for young people and employment opportunities for others. For the production of this film alone, the filmmaker opened 60 jobs for film crews, actors and employees of Haji Eman (owner of the Idaman krupuk factory),” the minister remarked.

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Short films produced by local filmmakers should showcase local wisdom; micro, small and medium enterprises; as well as other opportunities and particularities that a region has, explained the minister.

“I think the most interesting aspect of this film is that the theme revolves around kerupuk, a local wisdom often seen in our daily activities,” Uno remarked.

The minister noted that once completed, the short film “Kerupuk” would feature in the ministry’s Family Sunday Movie program.

The minister also expressed his belief that films produced by Indonesian filmmakers would be accessible and reach wider audiences on popular media services such as Netflix, Disney+ and Vidio.

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