13 February 2013

Gambia: The Film 'Hand of Fate' Launched'

Ibrima Ceesay's film 'Hand of Fate' launched recently at the Kairaba Beach hotel, is a project centered on violence against girls and women with a special focus on early/child marriage.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, the executive director of Mandingmory Entertainment and the director and producer of the film 'Hand of fate' said the film is hundred percent Gambian meaning all the actors and actresses plus the environment are all Gambian. He said the 'hand of fate' film is out to enlighten the people on the effects and dangers of child marriage and discourage them from promoting the practice. He said hand of fate film is a tool which is out for meaningful change and transformation. He said this film exposes the hazard a child undergoes especially if they are married to men who are significantly older than them. "Many girls are forced into marriages by parents or families, which means that consent is made by somebody else on the child's behalf and the child does not have the opportunity to exercise the right to choose. According to him other children are too young to make an informed decision" . He said that an early marriage is forced marriage; adding that many girls who are forced to marry early suffer from prolonged domestic violence and is often linked to wife abandonment, plunging young girls into extreme poverty and increasing the risk that they will be forced to enter the commercial exit in order to survive.

Mr. Modou Joof, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Culture outlined the significance of creativity and advocacy. He said this film would not only be a tool for government but also for other sister organisations with similar objectives. He said this would enhance employment and income generation .

Francis Lity Mboge, the Minister of Works, Construction and Infrastructure was also at the launching ceremony. He thanks the entire actors and actresses and the director for this positive initiative. He also calls on the entire youth to emulate Mr. Ibrima Ceesay and be creative and self sufficient. He said this film will make an impact on the agenda which according to him is one of the most serious concerns to the modern world.

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