FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

31 January 2013

Gambia: Mandingmory Entertainment to Launch a Film On Early Marriage and FGM

A film by one Mr. Ibrima Ceesay with the title 'Hand of Fate' is planned to be launch on 1 February 2013 by the Mandingmory Entertainment at the Jamaa Hall, Kairaba Beach Hotel. This was disclosed at a press conference held on Monday 28 January, 2013 at the Children and Community Initiative for Development {CAID} office in Kanifing.

Speaking to journalists at the press conference, Mr. Ceesay said the film entitled the 'The Hand of Fate' explores the theme of early marriage and its negative effects on the development of young girls. He said the film contains questions in an attempt to find some answers to certain cultural phenomena, such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), among others.

He disclosed that the shooting of the film was done in The Gambia and produced in the United Kingdom in the year 2012, adding that it is a hundred percent Gambian film which is recorded in English and edited in UK.

The launch, according to him, is expected to be witnessed by such high level officials including the Minister of Tourism and Culture, members of the diplomatic corps and other personalities and that one hundred tickets have been allocated for student from various schools where the film shooting was done by way of complimenting them.

Explaining the film, Mr. Ceesay said it is a story about early marriage and FGM, and focusing on a girl whose parents took her out of school for early marriage and the consequence. He said it also entails some questions such as "Is poverty the underlying cause for early marriage?", "Is complacency or laziness a human nature which blames fate for one's misfortunes or status in life?" and "Are those people in authority blind to the violation of the rights of the girl 'child?" He said the film will answer these questions as they are asked.

Mr. Ceesay said the film is one of its kind in the Gambia to have reached the international level and it has been adopted by 'Girls not brite', which is an organisation with similar objectives.

Concluding, he said the film will be translated in the national languages to enable it to be properly digested by the most vulnerable, adding that a proposal has already been sent to the American Embassy to the Gambia for funding.

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