All About Indonesian Film Artists Association Day You Need to Know

The 10th of March is commemorated as PARFI (Peringatan Hari Persatuan Artis Film Indonesia) Day, or Indonesian Film Artist Association Day. In 1940, artists formed Sarikat Artis Indonesia (SARI), a professional association that would later become Hari Persatuan Artis Film Indonesia (PARFI). The organization’s members consist of Indonesian performers who work in the entertainment industry, including actors, playwrights, directors, singers, painters, and dancers.

11 years later, in 1952, a new organization called Persatuan Artis Film dan Sandiwara Indonesia (PERSAFI) was established as a continuation of SARI. Persatuan Artis Film Indonesia (PARFI) was created at a convention in Manggarai in 1953.

Following that, the second congress was convened with actors and film industry professionals in attendance, and on March 10, 1956, Fatmawati Soekarno, the first lady at the time, formally launched PARFI. Suryo Sumanto was the first general chairman of PARFI at the time. PARFI was formed out of excitement with the purpose of implementing Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution’s ideals of promoting the nation and state.

Usmar Ismail, Suryo Sumanto, and Djamaludin Malik were also important to the establishment of PARFI. Usmar Ismail provided knowledge, Djamaludin Malik handled business, and Suryo Sumanto, a journalist and writer, all worked together to promote Indonesian artists and films.

Source: Tribun News


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