Film is a cultural diplomacy tool, a trade enabler, a global connector an employment creator. It is also a powerful tool for communication.
These were some of the points raised by a delegation to the Communications Ministry by stakeholders of the film industry, led by the Black Star International film festival (BSIFF) Among the delegation were the president of FIPAG, the vice president of GAFTA, Mr. Abequaye, formally of the Ghana Film Industry and Mrs.
Akofa Adjani. The delegation was led by the Executive Director of the BSIFF, Juliet Asante, who is herself, a veteran filmmaker. The group emphasized the need for government to work with the industry to pass industry friendly policies.
In his address, Mr. Abequaye pointed out that Ghanaians were key to the formation and stability of one of the most globally successful film festivals in Africa, Fespaco, which takes place in Mali annually.
He also pointed out the role of Ghanaians in helping to establish the phenomenon of Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry. The Deputy Minister of Communications, Mr. Ato Sarpong, spoke about the impact of film on his own life and how he had sold films at university to pay bills.
He reiterated the importance of film as a communication tool and entreated the industry to take note of its influence during this election season, by making films that push the theme of peace. The Minister of Communications, Dr. Omani Boamah, who had been called to an emergency cabinet meeting and was unable to attend the meeting, as earlier planned, left word of his support and the support of the government to ensuring that their ministry works with other relevant ministries to explore industry friendly policies.
The government is especially interested in the industry because of its role in providing employment. A typical film set employs 20-50 people per project, on different skill levels. This is therefore seen as the least government can do to help support to contribute to closing the unemployment gaps.
The film Industry is also key in pushing tourism, investments and serves as a foreign exchange earner for the country. Learning from the experience of Nigeria, an industry that had grown to become the second largest foreign exchange earner for the Nigeria at some point.
The delegation also employed the government to demonstrate its commitment by adopting a policy that mandated all Ghanaian embassies to show Ghanaian films to audiences globally as a way of connecting, engaging and opening up interests to the country.
Such a move will create an avenue for engagement and ensure an opportunity for global communities to connect with Ghana, understand and appreciate our culture, develop curiosity that may lead to Tourism and investment. Mr. Ato Sarpong, on behalf of his Ministry, made a firm commitment to this policy by promising to push forward an actionable plan immediately, in conjunction with the Foreign, Tourism and Creative Arts as well as the Trade Ministries to pass the policy on for all Ghanaian embassies around the world to show Ghanaian films as a tool for engagement.
The Ministry will also work to help ensure the passing of the film bill, which has been in the works for some time. The Executive Director of the BSIFF, Miss Juliet Asante reiterated the commitment of her team to sustaining the conversation and to working with the government to achieve shared goals.
She also took time to explain the event for the festival in August which will take place between the 25-27th. With over 1000 films submitted already to the festival, it is clear that the world was waiting for Ghana to make this move and to take her place in the film festival circuit on the continent. Festivals serve as an important platform for local and global engagement.
Government expressed its support for the festival strategy to also show films at under-served places around the city. Venues around James Town, Circle, Kasoa, are some of the targeted areas.
7 shocking Bible verses you will never believe are actually in the Bible
For most Christians, the Bible or the Holy Bible as many call it is their yardstick. The book is revered, believed in some cases to possess magical powers and is also regarded as the law.
Many will however be shocked by some verses of scripture in the Bible that they have not come across before. Here they are:
- Deuteronomy 25:11
This Bible verse is weird, funny and kind of scary. Deuteronomy 25:11 says:
“When two men are fighting and the wife of one of them intervenes to drag her husband clear of his opponent, if she puts out her hand and catches hold of the man by his privates, you must cut off her hand and show her no mercy.”
2. Psalms 137:9
This Bible verse is confusing and scary at the same time. It says: “Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.”
3. 2 Kings 2: 23 – 24
Elijah was obviously in a bad mood here, no other way to explain it. 2 Kings 2: 23 – 24 says: “And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.
“And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.”
- Leviticus 18:22
Homosexuality is spelled out as a sin clearly in this Bible verse: Leviticus 18:22 “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”
5. There was a nudist here, why he was running around remains unclear. Mark 14: 51,52 has this to say: “And a young man followed [Jesus], with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.” Many believe the naked man was Mark.
6. 1 Peter 2:18
On the matter of slavery, the Bible had these to say, at 1 Peter 2: 18: “Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.”
- Jeremiah 19:9
Cannibalism? This Bible verse proclaims some scary things. Jeremiah 19:9 says: “I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and daughters, and they will eat one another’s flesh because their enemies will press the siege so hard against them to destroy them
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