Kenya Film Classification Board says the film industry in Africa has the power to solve some challenges facing the continent.
Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Film Classification Board, Dr Ezekiel Mutua, made the remark in an address he presented at the 2019 Nigerian International Film Summit in Lagos, South-west Nigeria.
According to him, the power is already being felt even without official recognition by the African governments.
“Africa has its fair share of the challenges in the film industry, but the opportunities should be seen in the new technologies.
“Although the new technologies are posing challenges to regulators, its innovation helps the youths to focus and sell to wider audience.
“However, it calls for regulators to classify films in such a way to protect children from adult contents, and preserve our cultural values,” he said.
Mutua noted that African regulators should focus more on classification ratings for appropriateness than on censorship with focus on how Africans could tap on the potentialities, to command respect in the global arena.
He disclosed that the Kenya film industry is committed to forging concrete relationships with Nigeria on film, but that to make this relationship possible, Africans coming to Kenya would no longer be issued visa in their countries, but at the point of entry to Kenya.
For her part, the Head of Department, Mass Media and Writing , Pan Atlantic University, Lekki, Victoria Island, Dr Ngozi Okpara, said there was need for synergy between the academia and the film industry, to make researches relevant to the society.
Okpara, while delivering a paper titled: ‘Film Studies, Reflections on Academia and Realities of Film Business’, said there was need for students to have the practicals, to feel the realities of the modern world.
According to her, it is time to de-emphasise on skill-based education and make students to understand the realities of the society.
She also emphasised the need for internships so that the students would go out and have the workplace exposure of whatever theory they had been taught.
The theme of the summit is: ‘Bridging the Gap, Challenges, and Future of Film Business and Production Collaborations between Countries in Africa’.