Indonesiaâ€™s movie crisis
At one of Jakartaâ€™s biggest movie theaters, Richard Olsen, an Indonesia-based filmmaker, runs down whatâ€™s playing on the big screens.
â€œA Thai horror movie, a Danish film. Normally you donâ€™t see things like this,â€ Olsen said. â€œYouâ€™d see Kung Fu Panda way before youâ€™d see this.â€
But for the past four months, Indonesia hasnâ€™t been getting any new movies from Hollywood. Olsen said he used to go to the movies two times a week, but the last movie he saw in the theaters was The Kingâ€™s Speech, in February.
Olsen said that his friends in Australia tease him, telling him about the great movies theyâ€™ve just seen.
â€œI have no chance to watch it unless I go overseas,â€ Olsen said. â€œItâ€™s ridiculous.â€
The great Indonesian movie crisis, as some bloggers call it, comes down to an unresolved tax dispute. In February, the Indonesian government announced a new system for calculating tax on imported films. The Motion Picture Association of America or MPAA said with the new system, itâ€™s no longer worth it to send films to Indonesia.