Production of The Philosophers, the first Hollywood movie believed to be shot entirely on location in Indonesia, began in Jakarta last month. Indonesia’s Tourism and Cultural Ministry believes that Hollywood could serve as a valuable tool in increasing Indonesia’s profile as a tourism destination and its economic development, reported the Jakarta Globe.
"It has the direct impact of increasing tourism and adding jobs to the economy," said Syamsul Lussa, the director of film affairs for the Tourism Ministry, quoted by the Jakarta Globe. "It also gives us more opportunities to showcase the country - its values and culture - which increases the world’s understanding of Indonesia."
According to the Jakarta Globe, the movie, which began production last month, will also feature local acting talent, such as Cinta Laura, and utilize Indonesian production staff. Local television station SCTV has reportedly worked with production staff for over a year to coordinate the shoot.
Indonesia was also the location of many scenes in 2010’s Eat, Pray, Love, which starred Julia Roberts, and actor Richard Gere and his wife recently visited the Borobudur and Prambanan Temples. Sapta Nirwandar, the Ministry’s director general for marketing, said he hoped that Gere’s visit would increase foreign tourism to the Borobudur Temple, in a press release from the Tourism Ministry.