Today Is the 97th Birthday of the Father of Indonesian Cinema. Here’s What You Should Know About Usmar Ismail

On what would have been his 97th birthday, a Google Doodle celebrates prolific film director and the father of modern Indonesian cinema Usmar Ismail.

Born in 1921 in what was then the Dutch East Indies, Ismail belonged to an aristocratic family and received an elite education.

Shortly after independence was declared in 1945, Ismail began making films, but was he briefly arrested by the Dutch forces after they discovered he was a major in the Indonesian National Army. The first film Ismail...

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