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Filmmakers warn of protests over cinema bad condition

Filmmakers warn of protests over cinema bad condition

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17 Dec 2016 - 20:01
Filmmakers warn of protests over cinema bad condition
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17 Dec 2016 - 20:01

KABUL and accused the government of not paying attention to art and culture.

Eng. Latif Ahmadi told to a press conference here in Kabul that they would stage protest rallies if the sector was paid no attention.

“Our cinema and theatre are in bad condition, there has been no production and no attention is paid to art and culture. This field is total ignored and we are forced to take action and it is a warning to the government.”

He said until 1371 solar year, there had been a balanced progress in the field of art and culture, recalling artists would be supported and appreciated by then government.

After 1371 year, attention to cinema and theatre was withdrawn and during Taliban’s era there was an anti-culture contest powered by foreigners, which forced many filmmakers and culturists to leave the country. Some filmmakers were flogged and others put into jail.  

He said they had their hopes pinned on Hamid Karzai during his presidency, but unfortunately during his time the art and culture remained unrecognized and even the ‘Kabul Theatre’, a few meters from the Presidential Palace, was also not reconstructed.

He claimed the Ministry of Information and Culture had conducted no programme on culture. He called a lack of fund for film-making and absence of capacity building programs for filmmakers as main issues.

Faqir Maiwand, a media affairs analyst in war-torn countries, was also present at the conference. He asked the government to pay serious attention to cinema and theatre.

However, Ministry of Information and Culture’s spokesman Mohammad Sabir said investment in the AFO was one of the ministry’s priorities. Filmmakers had never been out of attention, he said, pointing to the Art Festival, which would end this current week. He said hundreds of culturists were being honored, including 47 filmmakers.

Sabir also informed about buying cinematic equipment at a total cost of $200,000 for the AFO, and said other private filmmakers could also benefit from the equipment.

AFO is Afghanistan‘s state-run film company. It was established in 1968 and the current president is Latif Ahmadi.

It is also a film archive. Many of its contents were destroyed by the Taliban, although some staff members saved valuable films risking their own lives. A number of rescue and archival efforts were chronicled in the 2015 documentary ‘A Flickering Truth’.


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