'Martabak Bangka' set for May 16 release on YouTube

'Martabak Bangka' set for May 16 release on YouTube

‘Martabak Bangka’ will release on YouTube at 3 p.m. local time on Saturday (May 16, 2020). (ANTARA/HO)

Sungailiat, Bangka (ANTARA) - Months after it was launched in cinemas, Martabak Bangka will be released on YouTube at 3 p.m. local time on May 16, 2020 (Saturday) to provide entertainment to the public amid the coronavirus outbreak, the movie’s producer said.

Arbi Leo, the executive producer of the movie, said he considered YouTube a suitable choice as currently, most people are bound to their home and prohibited from visiting cinemas due to the implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to stem COVID-19 transmission.

"We are deliberately presenting Martabak Bangka, the movie, directly to people's homes so they can enjoy it with their family," he said in Sungailiat, Bangka, Monday.

The decision to make the movie available on YouTube was aimed at supporting the government’s stay-at-home policy and quenching the thirst of Indonesian moviegoers, especially those who missed the opportunity to watch the film when it played in cinemas last year, he said.

Martabak Bangka is more than a movie about one of Indonesia's famous desserts, he added. Martabak bangka, or sweet martabak, is a pan-fried bread served with a variety of toppings, ranging from peanuts to strawberry to cheese and chocolate.

Martabak Bangka will showcase the beauty of Bangka island, which is famous for its beaches and underwater adventures, the producer said. Bangka island is located in east Sumatra, and is about a one-hour flight from Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.

The movie captures some of Bangka island's best panoramas, particularly when the camera follows the journey of Ramon Y Tungka, one of the main actors in the movie, as he explores the island on his motorcycle, ending up at the picturesque Kaolin Aek Biru lake.

"This is a movie about life, love, friendship, and discovering the meaning of brotherhood," Arbi Leo said. 

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