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David Dontoh: Movie Industry has 207 job areas

David Dontoh

David Dontoh

Ghanaian movie industry stakeholders are not relenting on their calls to business moguls, banks and governments to give some attention to their industry.

They believe giving the industry some serious concentration will not only make it grow and improve the quality of movie production in Ghana but also go a long way to lessen the stress on the national economy.

Veteran actors David Dontoh and Akorfa Ejeani Asiedu last week reiterated the call on TV Africa, saying the movie industry had 207 job areas.

“The last time we checked, we had about 207 job areas,” David Dontoh said on TV Africa’s business programme hosted by Yvonne Ohui McCarthy.

It is one of the reasons they think the movie industry is the best place to invest.

Even though David and Akorfa didn’t enumerate the job areas, the movie industry employs actors, directors, cinematographers, costume designers, art directors, makeup artistes, production managers, journalists, accountants, drivers and a host of others.

Some other concerns about government supporting the movie industry were also raised on the programme.

Yaw Boakye, a lecturer at Nation Film & Television Institute (NAFTI), said industry stakeholders should be cautious of how they sought government intervention.

His reason was that if governments were given a total control of the movie industry, it could rather use it for political advantage and dictate to independent filmmakers, which shouldn’t be so.

He however urged governments to a certain extent endeavour to create an enabling environment for the industry to flourish.

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