Independent Versus Mainstream Islamic Cinema in Indonesia

Tito Imanda

in Southeast Asian Independent Cinema

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9789888083602
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209114 | DOI:
Independent Versus Mainstream Islamic Cinema in Indonesia

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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

Chapter.  6626 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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