Tuesday, 18 December 2018 | 02:37 WIB

Indonesia-India to Host Film Festival to Commemorate 70-Year Relation

Indonesia President Joko Widodo (left) and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) (galena)

NEW DELHI, NNC - Indonesian Ambassador to India Sidharto Suryodipuro plans to open a film festival to commemorate 70 years of relations between Indonesia and India.

"We want to work together with the Indonesian Embassy, ​​the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Indonesian Film Agency, and Indonesian filmmakers next year to conduct Indonesian film promotional activities in New Delhi and Mumbai," Sidharto said on Tuesday (10/17).

The ambassador, who is familiarly called Arto, considers Indonesia and India, which have had warm relations since a long time ago, also have many similarities and interests.

He also considered the film industry as one of the diplomatic assets that has the potential to promote various things about Indonesia which will lead to certain goals. Moreover, India is already famous for its film industry, famously known as Bollywood.

"The aim is to develop an Indonesian brand in India, including tourism, trade, and various other sectors," Sidharto said.

As reported by Antara, the Indonesian Embassy in New Delhi will make serious efforts in terms of organizing the Indonesian and Indian film festivals starting from identifying the audience to the selection of films to be played.

Sidharto continued that the film festival in commemoration of 70 years of diplomatic relations will be held at both embassies in Indonesia and in India.

According to him, Indian people admire things that exist in Indonesia that are very thick with Indian elements. For example, figures of Mahabharata figures in Bali, the Ramayana story staged in Java and on the Island of the Gods, or even names attached to Hinduism but used as names by Indonesians.