BY KOJO ANSAH
THE NATIONAL president of Film Directors Guild of Ghana (FDGG), Mr Richard Yaw Boateng, has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo-led government to revive the ‘comatose’ film industry in Ghana to help stimulate the Ghanaian economy in tandem with building a ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’.
According to Boateng, ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ cannot be fully achieved if the film industry, with huge potential of injecting significant revenue to the economy and create job opportunities, continues to remain defunct due to lack of financial and technical supports.
He said this in Koforidua during the celebration of Eastern Film Festival organised by the Actors Guild in collaboration with Centre for National Culture.
He said the importance of a vibrant film industry in any country could not be downplayed due to its immense contribution to the economy, culture projection and preservation and the cognitive effect on shaping mindsets about societal cankers such as corruption that undermines the development of the country.
“I’m happy hearing our President Nana Akufo Addo saying he wants to see a ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’. I want to challenge the President that Ghana Beyond Aid must go into growing a Ghanaian society who believe in Ghana beyond. We must see Ghana as Ghana. In the morning, when we wake up, we must see our TV stations talk about Ghana, our pictures should be Ghana, our videos should be Ghana, our music should be Ghana,” Boateng said.
The National president of Film Directors Guild of Ghana appealed to the President Akufo-Addo to build a cinema in each district of the country to help in reviving the film industry.
“The President is advocating among his campaign promises to build One-district-One factory and we also want One-district-One cinema. Ghana needs a film secretariat where we can have a place to develop the industry.
“It is quiet unfortunate that two years ago, the bill was passed and now we have the Cinematography Act 935 but still an Act, which means nothing has been done. We need a Legislative Instrument to activate the Act, ” Boateng said.
He bemoaned the influx of foreign telenovelas and movies on local television, a situation he said would have perilous effect on the Ghanaian culture.