Film producers Mira Lesmana, Riri Riza, and Nia Dinata as well as actress Dian Sastrowardoyo and other film activists affiliated in the Indonesian Cinema Community (MFI) together visited the Constitutional Court (MK). (8/5). They were present not for film shooting activities but for studying the constitution.
At the office of the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court Prof. Dr. Jimly Asshiddiqie, S.H., Mira Lesmana explained that her community felt the need to learn more about the constitution as well as the citizensâ constitutional rights, particularly those related to the film industry.
Mira said that up to now the state (government) of
Mira also added that one of the reasons is that Indonesian laws and regulations have been left behind, particularly regarding the film industry which are considered weak in supporting creativity and protecting the works of the Indonesian people. âAs Indonesian young generation, we are committed to improving the nationâs condition. However, we think that certain conditions need to be improved first before moving to other matters,â Dian Sastro added.
Riri Riza also added that their action of returning 31 Citra trophies was only a symbol of their seriousness in improving the Indonesian film industry. âOur next move will be filing a petition for judicial review of the film law,â he said.
The Chief Justice of the
Furthermore, Jimly explained that the
Aside from the above, the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court also explained that the Constitutional Court has the authority to hear at the first and final level, the decisions of which are final in conducting judicial review of laws against the Constitution, to decide upon disputes on the authority of state institutions, to decide dissolution of political parties, and to decide the dispute on the general election results, as well as to have the obligation in deciding upon the opinion of the Peopleâs Representative Assembly regarding alleged violations by the President and/or the Vice President pursuant to the Constitution.
Finally, Jimly also invited all of the film activists to participate in building the culture of constitutional awareness for all the citizens, because at present, the state no longer can take the initiative in that effort since it may regarded as an the indoctrination effort. According to Jimly, constitutional mandates will be more effective through the media of cinema as it is said that 70 percent of public perception is built through the audiovisual media such as films or electronic cinema. âIn fact Dian Sastro may act as the ambassador of this constitution,â he joked.
Whereas in response to the MFIâs intention to file a petition for judicial review of the film law, the Chief Justice of the
At the end of the meeting, Dian Sastro as MFIâs representative attached a pin bearing the words âI care for Indonesian filmâ to the Chief Justice of Constitutional Court. (Wiwik Budi Wasito)