Central Region moves to salvage movie industry in Ghana

By
Isaac Arkoh, GNA

Kasoa (C/R), Sept. 27,
GNA – The Actors Guild in the Central Region, has vowed to revive the movie and
commedy industry in the country.

The region, which is
regarded as the traditional home of the indigenous Ghanaian movie and comedy
industry, has step-up efforts to revive the declining movie industry.

The move would see the
revival of all Actors’ Guild in the districts, Acting Clubs in schools and
communities to rake in their support through competitive acting.

Through that, the
association would reach out to every nook and cranny to unearth new talents and
sharpen their skills through periodic training and capacity building in
designated cinema halls across the region.

In an interview with
the GNA Entertainment, Mr Isaac Agyare, Chairman of Agona Swedru branch of the
Actors Guild said, they were determined to protect the legacies of pioneers in
the region.

He commended
celebrated movie icons from the region who set the pace and moved acting to its
zenith such as Supper OD, “Kohwe”, Araba Stamp, Mr Clement Bonney
alias “Mr Beautiful”, Osofo Dadzie and group, Adehye drama group
among other folktale groups.

Mr Agyare said, the
time had come for players in the sector to look at re-branding the Ghana film
industry to make it attractive again.

According to him, the
revival of the industry was key to job creation, tourism promotion and the
protection of the cultural heritage of Ghana.

Mr Agyare also called
on the government to initiate policies to reduce the saturation of telenovelas
in the local media saying “it is adversely affecting the industry”.

“The government
must enact laws and initiate efficient television content policies that allowed
more local content to inculcate good moral values in the young generation,”
he said.

In addition to that,
he urged local movie and TV producers to protect the local industry and fight
for their content, by demanding that government puts in the place the right
laws to protect their work.

He reiterated calls
for Ghana Film sector to be given an industrial status where government will
consider placing it under either the Ministry of Trade or Tourism to seek their
interest.

GNA

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