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Jonathan urges filmmakers to use their works to promote our culture

President Goodluck Jonathan has called on
African filmmakers to endeavor to use the
platform of their works and talents to promote
the cultural heritage and traditions of the black
people.
The President made the call, while declaring open
this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa
International Film Festival,AFFRIF, which is
holding in Calabar, Cross River State.
Speaking through the Minister of Tourism, Culture
and National Orientation, High Chief Edem Duke,
Jonathan commended the film makers for not
only using their crafts to reposition the place of
the black people in the comity of nation, but also,
for ensuring that the rest of the world see Africa
truly in the light that is appropriate for the
continent.
His words, ” It is my believe that it is proper to
acknowledge and celebrate all of you who in your
different and various roles have weaved together
the story of Africa, it’s trials, triumphs and joys
that reposition us in the comity of nations, and
ensured that the western world see Africa truly in
the light that is appropriate for us.”
Continuing, the President said , “It is my
expectation that we will be celebrating till the end
of this week, some wonderful films and talented
personalities. It is my hope that we should
continue to use the platform of your movies to
promote the culture and the traditions of Africa .
Also, it is my believe that as we continue to
venture into growing this sector and redefining its
place in the global movie industry, we will
continue to give credence to those positive
attributes of Africa, those important value
systems that we have overtime promoted and
projected.
Oftentimes, people have criticized us that for
some of our films, we spend a lot of time
exploring themes of tragedies and such story
lines that do not extremely celebrate our cultural
values. But I thereby state that at end of each and
every such stories, there is always a bottle line of
good triumphing over evil and that is the value
system and the true story of Africa. I believe that
it is in the realization of that the western world
has today moved away from the era of “Dracula”
that we used to know to the Spider-Man of today.
A force of justice and positivity over that of evil. ”
The festival, which opened with the screening of a
controversial documentary film on the recent
political struggle in Egypt titled”The Square” will
end on Sunday, November 19.
In attendance were movie stars and stakeholders
including First Lady of Cross River State, Obioma
Liyel-Imoke, veteran film maker, Tunde Kelani,
Mahmud Ali-Balogun, Charles Novia, Rita Dominic,
Linda Ejiofor and Bond Emereuwa among others.

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