An Indonesian tax has already put an end to Hollywood films being shown in Indonesian cinemas.
To fill the void the cinema trade turned to local films, most of which seem to be from the low budget ghost film genre.
Now the Indonesian
censors are taking aim at this, already 2nd choice, cinema programming.
Muklis Paimi, head of the board, known as the LSF, appeared to suggest it would consider banning the popular genres for screening.
We want to use the upcoming
Ramadan [Muslim fasting month] as the right moment to suggest that filmmakers stop making low-quality movies with a lot of sex scenes in them, Muklis told Metro TV:. We will not pass any movies exploiting those two things.
filmmakers to make movies with educational values.
He added that the LSF also welcomed any filmmakers wishing to discuss the concepts of their upcoming movies: If they want to make such movies, they have to have a dialog with us first. The
current practice is, [filmmakers] only come to us once their movies are finished .
He said the current situation posed a dilemma for the LSF: It's problematic. If we censor the movies too harshly, the movie producers will hold a rally
against us, saying that they will suffer material damages if we do not recommend their movies. In the end, it will affect the national film industry. But when we are being lenient with our censorship, we will receive protests from the Indonesian Council
of Ulema (MUI) and the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) .