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Indonesian filmmakers stir protest

Group says censorship issue violates human rights

HONG KONG — Filmmakers in Indonesia this week launched two separate protests.

Highest profile of these is an action in the country’s Constitutional Court against the film censorship system. Industryites claim it breaches two of Indonesia’s human rights laws.

Action is brought by the Indonesian Film Society (Masyarakat Film Indonesia), spearheaded by helmer and producer Nia Dinata, helmer Riri Reza, actress Shanty and academic Tino Saroenggalo. More than 200 prominent industryites put their name to a petition in 2006, which led to the current court case.

The IFS is also behind a series of boycotts of the Indonesian Film Festival, a national awards ceremony. Last year the award for best film was given to “Ekskul,” a comedy drama that allegedly stole music from the Korean film “Taegukgi” (Variety, Jan 5.).

According to local reports more than ten filmmakers have turned down nominations arguing that the awards and fest are not properly run.

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