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still from Lewat Djam Malam (After the Curfew) (Usmar Ismail, ID 1954)

After the Curfew

Usmar Ismail / ID, 1954 / 101 min.

An idealistic soldier returns from the front after the war of independence, but has trouble reintegrating into the new Indonesian society. With Lewat Djam Malam (After the Curfew), Usmar Ismail set out an artistic milestone in Indonesian film history, candidly depicting the aftershocks of the revolution and the first steps of post-colonial Indonesia.

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Director, screenwriter and producer Usmar Ismail is often seen as one of the fathers of Indonesian cinema. Originally a theatre-maker, he became interested in film early on, realising during the Japanese occupation that film can be more than just entertainment. He started making films in the late 1940s and in 1950 set up his own production company, Perfini (Perusahaan Film Nasional Indonesia).

Restored in 2012 by the National Museum of Singapore and the World Cinema Foundation in association with Konfiden Foundation, Kineforum of the Jakarta Arts Council and family of Usmar Ismail Estate. Restoration work was carried out at Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory. Restoration funding provided by Doha Film Institute.



Usmar Ismail

Production year




Original title

Lewat djam malam


101 min.







Part of


Revolusi! at the Rijksmuseum and Revolusi! at Eye: both institutions will introduce you to the Indonesian war of decolonisation. The film museum will screen a programme of Indonesian ‘battle films’ of which some have never been seen in the Netherlands before.

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still from Lewat Djam Malam (After the Curfew) (Usmar Ismail, ID 1954)
still from Lewat Djam Malam (After the Curfew) (Usmar Ismail, ID 1954)

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