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Southeast Asian Independent Cinema$
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Tilman Baumgartel

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083602

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083602.001.0001

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Independent Versus Mainstream Islamic Cinema in Indonesia

Independent Versus Mainstream Islamic Cinema in Indonesia

Religion Using the Market or Vice Versa?

(p.89) 7 Independent Versus Mainstream Islamic Cinema in Indonesia
Southeast Asian Independent Cinema

Tito Imanda

Hong Kong University Press

This essay discusses the correlation and struggle between the two motives in the recent wave of religious films from Indonesia: on the one hand, the propagation of religion to as wide an audience as possible, and on the other hand the desire to make as much profit as possible. After the religious melodrama “Ayat-Ayat Cinta” broke ticket sales records for local movies in 2008, a number of other films followed in the same year, confirming the beginning of the new film trend.

Keywords:   Independent Cinema, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Ayat-Ayat Cinta, Religious films, Religion Islam

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