- Title: Indonesian mobile cinema and karaoke bring joy to poorer residents
- Date: 23rd May 2017
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) RESIDENT, YENNI CEMPAKA SAYINGm WITH WORDS WRITTEN ON CART IN BACKGROUND THAT READ (In Bahasa Indonesia): "ELIMINATE DEPRESSION, CREATE JOY" IN BACKGROUND: "I feel entertained as well as the rest of the community here, it keeps us amused when we are bored and sometimes exhausted." (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) RESIDENT, ARIEF ROOSENO SAYING: "It's very entertaining especially for residents from the middle and lower classes, as we can get the same pleasure as we do at better karaoke places, at affordable prices."
- Embargoed: 6th June 2017 06:21
- Keywords: Rudi Hantoro Lukman Hakim mobile karaoke 35mm film mobile theatre Indonesia
- Location: DEPOK, WEST JAVA PROVINCE, JAKARTA, INDONESIA
- City: DEPOK, WEST JAVA PROVINCE, JAKARTA, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Film,Human Interest / Brights / Odd News
- Reuters ID: LVA0056I73SYH
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Those with money in Indonesia go to state-of-the-art cinemas and sing the night away at glitzy karaoke bars for entertainment, but in the poorer parts of the country, films and songs come to the residents.
In the last decade, 35 millimetre film has been almost completely phased out as filmmakers and cinemas opt for cheaper, better quality digital formats.
But 37-year-old Indonesian entrepreneur Lukman Hakim is using the outdated format and equipment to bringing both nostalgia and an evening of fun to neighbourhoods with his mobile cinema.
He makes around US$300 by putting on vintage movie shows at weddings and parties at night in local communities in Depok, West Java.
For viewers who gather around the big sheets that are strung up to for a screen, it's a chance to revisit classic Hollywood and Bollywood films that are no longer in circulation.
Bollywood movies are hugely popular in Indonesia, especially in Java and Bali islands, where music and dance is heavily influenced by Indian tradition and performing arts.
Hakim is not the only one who is providing low-budget entertainment.
For five years now, 66-year-old Rudi Hantoro has been pedalling his tricycle around Depok, equipped with a makeshift karaoke bar.
Customers only need to pay IDR. 5,000 (US$ 0.38) to indulge themselves in three songs. Loyal customers are also treated to the VIP discount of IDR. 15,000 (US$ 1.13) for 10 songs. Hantoro earns about US$8 a day, working four days a week, fulfilling his motto written on his cart - "eliminate depression and create joy".
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