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Entertainment of Monday, 26 October 2015

Source: Mustapha Inusah

Dzifa Gomashie speaks on gov't achievements for the movie industry

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Dzifa Gomashie appeared on the show having been to film distribution hub Opera Square within the week to get first-hand information as to reasons why for two weeks no new film had hit the market as reported on Peace FM Entertainment Review.

In making her submission, the minister cum queen mother stated that the encounter with the movie producers revealed power outages, competition from foreign movies, TV stations showing recently released locally made movies and piracy as being the major factors killing the movie industry as little or no return is made on investment.

Mamma Dzramedo I added that an agreement was reached to have the movie makers confer with her at the ministry to have a deliberate discussion and chart the way forward. As to claims that the creative arts is being neglected in preference for its senior colleagues Tourism and Culture, madam Gomashie acknowledged that since the creative arts ministry is a new creation, legal hurdles are being overcome so it can have a solid footing as its counterparts.

She however, opined that there was no need to separate the ministries rather as is done for the Education Ministry, “a supervising minister must head the Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts ministry but there ought to be a figure head for each of the three arms reporting to the supervising minister as is the case for Tertiary and Basic schools in the Education ministry.”

She added realignments are taking place at the ministry to streamline the agencies working under the ministry stressing that unlike private business, governmental business involves bureaucracy and dealing with colleague ministers and sector heads which takes time.

According to the actress and owner of Mama Dzifa’s Kitchen although some industry members presume nothing has been achieved, certain advances have been made.

She mentioned setting up the framework for the creative arts spanning new media, fashion, dance, music, film, craft, arts and others.

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