David Dontoh Joins Kumawood Debate And Says ‘They Are Disgracing Ghana’
Local Ghanaian movies, mostly called ‘Kumawood Movies’ have come under serious criticisms from many Ghanaians concerning the kind of movies produced from that side of the industry.
The paramount among the criticisms is the level of the quality of these movies released onto the market and the stories they portray.
Actor Eckow Smith-Asante not long ago said ninety percent (90%) of movies produced from that sector of the local movie industry are having a negative effect on the Ghanaian movie industry as whole which he received lots of animadversions from his colleagues and the general public.
Veteran actor David Dontoh has added his voice to the long talk about how ‘Kumawood Movies’ are portraying our culture to the outside world wrongly. In an audio tape played on Adom FM’s Adom Entertainment Hall Show over the weekend, the ace actor said Kumawood movies are not only destroying the Ghanaian movie industry but also destroying the Akan culture.
“…Kumawood movies are not only destroying the film industry but the Ghanaian culture and the Akan culture. Unfortunately they are not using the right people who know how to make the films well because they are not using the universal film language,” he said.
Speaking on how foreigners think about Ghanaians, he said “what foreigners ask when watching our movies is that ‘oh so these people are they that erratic? Don’t they have sense to tell sensible things to people? Is that how every Ghanaian behaves?
“A lot of people outside think that every Ghanaian is a comedian because that is what they have been portraying in our movies. What you tell them is what they think about.” he added.
He further stated that you can’t see an American and say that he is poor because of what they have been demonstrating in their movies.
“Why is it that the whole world everybody thinks Americans are very strong, powerful, disciplined, and authoritative human beings? It’s because of what you have seen Americans of in films. You don’t see an American and think he is poor because they don’t tell you they are poor in their movies,” he noticed.
He advised that these movies are used to depict the Ghanaian and Akan culture so it should be done well by exhibiting both the good and bad sides of the society but not only the bad side.
“In as much as you are telling a story, don’t forget there are two sides of a coin. So if you are shooting a movie, you should compare the bad side to the good side of the society so that the person watching will see the sensible logic from what you are doing.”
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