There are claims the latest law governing filmmaking in Indonesia is stricter than its predecessor dating back almost 30 years.
Director Riri Riza and producer Mira Lesmana say producers and directors had been hoping for more self regulation in
the revised regulation.
But Lesmana told Radio Australia's Connect Asia program that the new law hands all power to the government: It puts the government in total control of all the activities of making a film, from permits, from what to say
and what not to say, all the way up to penaltie s. Which for us is just going totally backwards to what we wanted.
She says even self-funded projects have to follow the regulations: We don't have a classification board. What we have
is a censor board and there is no film whatsoever that can be shown in the cinema if you don't have censor cards saying that it is suitable.
Riza says one aspect of the new law is that 60% of screen time has to be reserved for Indonesian
productions, regardless of quality: That is something that you call government intervention in the industry . It's trying to regulate whatever aims in the film industry, which is dangerous.
He says he wants to remind the Indonesian
government that Article 28 in our constitution that protects the freedom of saying whatever you want to say and freedom to access information .