I have a brother who blogs. He is none other but Chris Handler. I have observed his history on Film Making and to know his obsession with the Ghana Film Industry has a libido that can impregnate an industry with ideas enough to last a generation is refreshing. The sorrowful part of the positive exuberance stripes through the streams of policy makers who won’t swing a cane to whip the industry into the right direction until election hopes on its limping legs to our existence. He has consistently suggested hints on solutions to the issues that confronts the Film Making industry and till now, I thought his blog was a silent one.
But as usual, politicians including the President have set the ball rolling. At his usual best last night, he actually bathed in his communication elements at his manifesto launch. He proposed a film village in consultation with the stakeholders in his next term. Unfortunately, he forgot or perhaps lost sight of the fact that, there is a defunct Ghallywood Film Academy on the Accra-Sogakope Road established under his regime through GYEEDA.
On his blind side, he forgot there was a Film Bill led by Juliet Asante, James Aboagye etc, Creative Arts Bill and Broadcasting Bill on the floor of parliament waiting to be served with a welcome.
In any case, does it even matter?
The major subject we treat in this Ghana is our abilities to institutionalise policies, ignore them to rot and swim in a pool of corruption.
To even probe this further, I wish to ask;
Should it not be the case that any serious minded person willing to do the industry any good engage the spine to give it a legal backing?
I mean get it legal feet to stand on and regulate the proceeds that trickle in to help the economic growth of the entire country?
Well, no worries, we are still waiting for Obour’s KPMG research to be made available to the public. Cold Story!
I could only grin to the lies we get served with and try to wish on us something that might never happen to our destinies until we find a voice with conviction, maybe then we can start getting things right.