The sixth taste of Venezuelan cinema that availed Gambians the opportunity to be exposed to South-American movie and art in shows in selected facilities in The Gambia was Monday launched by the Latin American country's ambassador to The Gambia, Her Excellency Lourdes Perez Martinez.
The launching ceremony, which was held at the University of The Gambia (UTG) Digital Campus Hall in Brikama, brought together scores of dignitaries and a cross-section of Venezuelans and Gambians.
Ambassador Martinez told the gathering that they have been doing the programme over theyears, but noted that this is the first time that her embassy is involving the UTG. She harped on the thriving nature of the Venezuelan film industry, and informed the gathering of the many awards won by her country when it participated in the International Film Festival in Cairo, Egypt, which was held from November 29 to December 6, 2012.
She explained that the movie entitled "Breecha en el Silencio" meaning, "Gap in the silence", was completed in that festival. The said movie, she went on, was completed with 18 other international productions and had generated positive reviews from the public and journalists.
The Venezuelan ambassador further informed the audience that in the past her country was only known as an oil producing nation, but is now also recognised for its role in supporting cultural issues.
On his part, the vice chancellor of the UTG, Professor Muhammadou M.O Kah, expressed delight at being present at the occasion, while acknowledging the educational support of the Venezuelan Embassy. VC Kah described culture and language as very critical for human development, adding that the UTG is unrelenting in nurturing talent. He also stressed that the UTGtakes language and culture very seriously, which he said is manifested in the fact that now they hold lectures on these areas.
Professor Kah also disclosed that they will start giving lectures on the media including journalism, movie and filming, in January, 2013. He concluded by commending the Venezuelan Embassy for its relationship with the nation's citadel of learning.