Daily Trust (Abuja)

1 December 2012

Nigeria: Calls Made for Better Quality Local Films

Goa, India — For Nigeria to participate at subsequent film festivals, it needs to produce better quality movies which can withstand digital screening, Mr. Shankar Mohan says during the 43rd International Film Festival India (IFFI) in Goa, India.

Mohan, who is the director of the festival, said a major challenge many face is that films are still done in video which poses a problem during screening. He said it would be a lot easier if they were in celluloid.

Earlier, the event brought together an all female panel of four directors in the world cinema. They were Krizstina Deak, Director of 'Aglaya,' Dovile Gasiunaite, Director of 'Narcissus,' Filiz Alpgezmen, Director of 'The Stranger' and Christine Francois, Director of 'Secret of the ant children'.

At a media parley, the women shared their views on Indian cinema and gave an entire outlook on their perception about Indian cinema and its existence for 100 years.

Gasiunaite, from Lithuania, said her film is about a talented musician. "In the movie we have used professional musicians performing throughout. This was done to enrich the film and provide a better musical touch to the entire project."

On the other hand, Deak from Hungary described hers as a very strong emotional film that takes place in a circus. Although, the location was Circus but the main intention was to portray relationships.

Alpgezmen, from Turkey, said, "as a director, this is my first feature film. It talks about the journey of a woman living in France. She comes back to Turkey to revive her bond with her home country. This film highlights her trip to Istanbul." According to her, "earlier in Turkey the films had to be shot in Istanbul. The film is a story of a stranger and how the actress portrayed as a character that gets affected by various emotional phenomenon."

Drawing a lot of debate and conversation was Christine Francois' movie which is based on a true story of a child considered to be a witch, because he was breached at birth and came out legs first.

The story set in Benin Republic, the child's origin, was one many participants could relate with as they had similar cases in their home countries.

Francois said "I'm a writer and filmmaker. The actors who have worked in my project are amateurs. This is a medium to express the position of the subject and about spreading awareness about child infanticide."

Speaking about how their movies are received in their various countries, all the directors said Hollywood movies always scored over local language movies.

"The new James Bond movie 'Skyfall', when it was released, had millions of viewers at the cinemas," said Alpgezmen, adding that "but mine had only about 150,000."

They said the lack of audience and market were responsible for meaningful, non-commercial cinema and agreed that film festivals are the right and great platform for showing their movies.

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