Jakarta, IO – Kineforum seeks to preserve the tradition of screening Indonesian classic films since 13 years ago. This month, Kineforum for the second time held a film screening by a native Betawi filmmaker Sjuman Djaja who was famous in the 1970s.
“The theme of this program is a tribute to Bung Sjuman, our dedication to the filmmaker whose name is immortalized as the name of one of the Kineforum studios inaugurated last September,” said program manager Harry Hariawan, Wednesday (16/11).
Harry said, according to data from the Film Indonesia website, Sjuman was a director, producer, story writer and screenwriter for 49 films between 1956-1985. His long career and contributions to Indonesian film industry has made him one of the national film legends.
Sjuman was well-known for being skilled at making films with various themes, for example in popularizing Betawi culture through Si Doel Anak Betawi (1973), social criticism in Si Mamad (1973) and Yang Muda Yang Bercinta (1977), literary adaptation of Atheis (1974), Kabut Sutera Ungu (1979), and Opera Jakarta (1985).
Kineforum is showing five of Sjuman’s films which the public can watch free of charge from November 17-20 at Taman Ismail Marzuki, Trisno Soemardjo Building. The five films are Yang Muda Yang Bercinta (1977), Atheis (1974), Terang Bulan di Tengah Hari (1988), Gadis Marathon (1981) and Opera Jakarta (1985). (at)