British-Ghanaian actress Ama K. Abrebrese has highlighted the importance of film in selling a country’s identity and tourism.
According to her, films have so much potential in aiding nation-building; hence, she is encouraging the Ghanaian government to tap into the industry and invest in it.
“I know some people think that film is just for entertainment but the film is more than that. It promotes your country and your culture. People watch films and they will be like I want to go to England and where Harry Porter was filmed because they love Harry Porter.
“So there is so much; films can be used in terms of not only nation building but growing across the diaspora and even promoting tourism,” she said in an interview with Noella Kharyne Yalley on ‘Xclusives.’
She also explained her seeming hiatus off the film scene and, according to her, she has been occupied with a number of exciting projects she is working on.
“I have been producing quite a number of things. When [I am] busy working, I don’t go to events. So I have just been working, I have some exciting things coming up,” she hinted.
Meanwhile, she has called on those who speak ill of Ghanaian films to stop belittling the movies from the industry.
The actress, who has featured in ‘The Burial of Kojo’ ‘A Sting in a Tale’ and many others said, in as much as some people are not fans of Ghanaian films, others love it.
“You don’t have to like my work. It is not my fault that you don’t like everything because it is Ghanaian. Just do not down it. That is my issue.
“Sometimes you find a Ghanaian denigrating somebody’s work which probably the person used their last penny to produce,” Ama K. Abebrese said.
She added that “until you step into a producer or a director’s shoe, you wouldn’t know the sacrifices they’ve made.
“Any producer will tell you the challenges or what they have to go through to get their film made with very little support because of their passion. Just because you do not like it, doesn’t mean somebody won’t love it.”
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