A film that touches on events of 1965 starring Marcella Zalianty and directed by Eros Djarot runs afoul of the police.
The shooting of the film Lastri: Suara Perempuan Korban Tragedi 1965 (Lastri: The Voice of Women Victims of 1965), has been delayed because police in the Central Java city of Solo/Surakarta have declined to give permission for filming, as they suspect the content of the story may be pro-communist, and hence illegal.
A 1966 decree by the parliament bans any promotion of Marxist-Leninism in Indonesia and remains in force.
Scene from Lastri
Filming in Solo had been planned to take place at a factory site, and around the Pasar Gede Solo area, but the owners of the factory have since revoked their permission to use the premises, and an anti-communist organisation, Rakyat Anti Komunisme, has threatened to disrupt any filming near the market. The Solo branch of the Gerakan Pemuda Ansor have also complained about the movie.
Parts of the film have already been shot, in Jakarta, where the city's police office did give permission.
Lastri is the first feature film by "Keana Production", and tells the story from the book by the same name, written by Ita F. Nadia, of a teenage love triangle involving members of two communist front organisations, Gerwani (communist womens' group) and the Consentrasi Mahasiswa Indonesia (CGMI) (communist affiliated student group), and a young soldier.
The main roles are played by Marcella Zalianty and Tio Pakusadewo, along with jazz singer Iga Mawarni, with other roles taken by Slamet Rahardjo, Dwi Sassono, Artika Sari Devi, and Lukman Sardi.
Beautiful "communist", Marcella Zalianty
December 14th 2008. Director Eros Djarot has cancelled production of the film, after having completed twelve scenes. He says this is due to the difficulty in obtaining permission for further shooting, and the recent, unrelated, arrest of actress Marcella Zalianty. kompas