16 February 2013

Zambia: Film Industry Panacea for Unemployment Among Youths

LOOKING at the high rate of unemployment level in Zambia that is currently hitting above 50 percent, with illiteracy levels also above 14percent, Owas Mwape, Zambia's renowned film actor sees it as a challenge that needs attention- talent.

He is confidennt that acting and the underexplored film industry could turn many lives for the better should it be well supported.

"Many youths today may not have formal qualifications but could possess amazing talents in acting but would not have a platform for them to explore that!" he says.

Owas is of the idea of creating programmes aimed at empowering the youths and even elderly ones alike through what he knows and does best - film acting.

He observes that youths and adults that have studied film and music in Zambia or abroad also find it difficult to find jobs as the movie industry is very small.

For this reason, the movie star has come up with a deliberate programme that is aimed at helping both the uneducated and educated youths and adults through giving them a platform to use their skills and talents on.

Owas is right when he says: "The challenge, in the past, was to find the right film equipment but a lot of local individuals and local companies based in Zambia have in the recent past bought all the necessary equipment that film makers would require to use,"

He goes on to say: "The only challenge still remains the raising of required funding to help source for the right scripts, personnel and equipment,"

To cement it all, Owas feels that a strong political, that has already been seen in the current government through the creation of the ministry, is necessary as the national policy makers and industry players would work together, to develop the film industry.

"It is possible and can be done very soon," he says.

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