Filmmakers lament challenges, call for gov’t support

Friday, July 12, 2019

Gambian filmmakers have lamented challenges that are currently hampering the smooth operation of the industry and called on government, philanthropists and individual citizens to support Gambian talents by investing more in films.

A young filmmaker, Mulai Mamali acknowledged that Gambians have talents but it is always hard for them to showcase them due to lack of support and sponsorship.

“When we talk about film making in Africa, Gambians do better than many countries. We have more than 50 filmmakers in the country, but they hardly succeed because they lack support.”

Mamali said some of the filmmakers are now involving international actors and actresses in their movies just to show the world that Gambia are also well capable filmmakers who just need to be recommended.

Pa Modou Cham, producer and director of Gamstars Movie Production explained that the issue of improving Gambia’s film industry should start from the government, because they promised to create more job opportunities for young people.

“I think the government should now start to create festivals for filmmakers and provide grants to support our products. We need to be recommended and we can only achieve that if our own people appreciate our works.”

Cham thus called on producers, directors, scriptwriters and actors not to give up, reminding that better days are ahead and the future is bright.

Ebrima Sallah, indicated that films industry is one the fastest growing economy and could contribute significant to the socio-economic development of any country.

“I started acting some five years ago and I know the difficulties we are facing, but I’m still going to tighten my belt and look forward to see my success.”

Author: Pa Modou Cham