Sudewo, 54, has been a projectionist for 29 years, since the Keong Emas IMAX Theater was still under preparation. Established in 1984, Keong Emas was the largest theater in Southeast Asia in the 1980s with its 840 seats. During those years, Keong Emas was the darling and pride of Jakartans.
Efforts to reopen movie theaters in Aceh have been met with challenges from religious groups and local authorities. Their usual argument: movie theaters are opposed to the spirit of sharia, which stipulates that men and women should not sit side by side. However, what is foreign to Aceh is not movie theaters. It's their absence.
The successful restoration of Lewat Djam Malam in 2012 only highlights the problems of film preservation in Indonesia. As the nation's sole film archive, Sinematek's condition and management are far from ideal.