Misunderstood by his critics


By ZIEMAN
  • Nation
  • Monday, 11 Jul 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: When producer David Teo decided to distribute Indonesian hit movie Kiamat Sudah Dekat in Malaysia recently, he was branded “unpatriotic” by some quarters. 

Teo does not understand why some parties were against the idea of bringing in Indonesian films as he was just trying to revive the local film industry. 

“At a time when our movie industry is going global, we are doing just the opposite,” said Teo, the chief executive officer of Metrowealth Movies Productions. 

The preview of Kiamat Sudah Dekat was held last Thursday. Deputy Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Wong Kam Hoong was among those who attended the preview. 

When asked about suggestions that Indonesian movies be stopped from being shown in Malaysia, Wong said:  

“It’s a bit premature to suggest such a move. I think bringing in Indonesian movies can generate healthy competition and will increase the spirit of competitiveness.” 

“We should open our market to other movies as well. To me, Kiamat Sudah Dekat is an enjoyable movie with good eastern values, directing and acting.  

“The movie is a clear indication that we do not have to ape the West to be on par with them. Local producers should take cue from this movie,” he said. 

Despite all the negative remarks, Teo is confident that Kiamat Sudah Dekat, his first attempt at distributing Indonesian movies in the country, will be well-received by the local audience. 

“The movie has all the ingredients of a winner from the simple yet entertaining storyline. There is also a religious undertone which would go well down with the Muslim community.  

“The preaching was done in a light-hearted way but is still meaningful,” said Teo. 

Teo said he picked Kiamat Sudah Dekat after sitting through 15 Indonesian movies. 

Directed by Deddy Mizwar, the movie tells the story of a rocker named Fandy (Andre Stinky) who falls for a religious girl named Sarah (Ayu Pratiwi), a daughter of an imam (Deddy Mizwar). 

Fandy, who is serious of marrying Sarah, has to meet several conditions set by Sarah’s father, one of which is that he has to recite the Quran fluently. 

Kiamat Sudah Dekat will be screened nationwide on July 21 in 20 cinemas in Malaysia.  

If all goes as scheduled, Malaysians will also get to see the 30-episode television drama series Kiamat Sudah Dekat in October, said Teo.  

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