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Portray Ghanaian culture in movies - Boafo 8/16/2008

Accra, Aug. 12, GNA - Actors, actresses and film producers have been called upon to be natural in acting and also portray the nation''s culture in their movies in order to sell country''s culture to the outside world. "The film industry in the country has a large market and it is one of the best means by which we as Ghanaians can sell ourselves to the outside world," said Mr Sampson Kweku Boafo, Minister of Culture and Chieftaincy Affairs, said.

Speaking during a courtesy call on him by the Akan Film Producers Association, an association made up of actors, actress and producers of movies in the Akan language, he urged the producers to always try and translate their movies into English language in order to satisfy those who cannot speak the language.

The Minister urged them to eschew squabbles, jealousy and accept criticisms in good fate so that the movie industry could thrive. He said the Cultural Awareness Month would be celebrated October aimed to getting people to put on traditional dresses and eat local foods , adding that plans were also underway to conduct an exchange programme between actors in Ghana and Malaysia. Enumerating on the aims and objectives of the Association, Mr James Aboagye, Secretary of Akan Film Producers Association, said it was formed to promote films made in the Akan language and also enhance Ghanaian culture and tradition.

He said the Association was also formed to foster unity among stakeholders in the movie industry, encourage members to use standard production techniques and also sponsor members abroad for to attend seminars. Mr Aboagye appealed to the minister to help put a stop to the piracy of Ghanaian movies in other countries, set up a fund for the Association so that it can take care of its activities and also land on which to build an office.

Source: GNA

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