- Title: Indonesian mobile cinema and karaoke bring joy to poorer residents
- Date: 23rd May 2017
- Summary: DEPOK, WEST JAVA PROVINCE, INDONESIA (RECENT) (REUTERS) WORKER PUTTING 35 MM FILM DISKS ON TABLE FOR CHECKING VARIOUS OF WORKER CHECKING FILM WORKER CARRYING FILM DISKS AWAY (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) MOBILE THEATER OWNER, LUKMAN HAKIM SAYING: "Despite financial problems, as income has not been enough to make ends meet. We still preserve this to provide entertainment for the public." WORKER PUTTING 35 MM FILM AROUND REEL WORKER'S FACE VARIOUS OF WORKER ROLLING FILM AROUND REEL VARIOUS OF WORKERS ETABLISHING WHITE SCREEN IN FIELD VARIOUS OF MOVIE PROJECTOR IN FUNCTION SCREEN SHOWING INDIAN MOVIE SCREENS SHOWING MOVIES VARIOUS OF MEN HOLDING UP SCREEN THAT FELL DUE TO WIND (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) RESIDENT, IKA NURHASANAH SAYING: "This is a traditional form and our culture that we should preserve. Nowadays teenagers don't know anything about this kind of theatre they only know about modern ones. It would be more fun if rain starts pouring and we are all dismissed." (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) RESIDENT, NURUL FITRIYAH SAYING: "This theatre is free of charge and we can watch old movies which we hardly find out there. " VARIOUS OF TRADITIONAL FOOD STALL LOCATED BETWEEN MOVIE SCREENS RESIDENTS WATCHING MOVIE JAKARTA, INDONESIA (RECENT) (REUTERS) NEON SIGN SHOWS DIRECTION TO CINEMA MOVIE GOERS AT MODERN CINEMA ENTRANCE SIGN READING (English) "SELF TICKETING" VARIOUS OF A COUPLE BUYING TICKETS FROM SELF-TICKETNING MACHINE
- 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: LVA0016I73SYH
- 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But 37-year-old Indonesian entrepreneur Lukman Hakim is using the outdated format and equipment to bringing both nostalgia and an evening of fun to neighbourhoods with his mobile cinema.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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