This situation becomes increasingly dramatic because the supremacy of foreign films in theaters is massively relayed by the flood of images broadcasted on public and private channels.
African children in cities and campaigns are daily subjected to mental, psychological and cultural pressure of series, serials, dramas, sitcoms, cartoons, clips of all kinds in which violence, crime, sex, power desire, money and power are the basic contents
In such an environment, youthfulness completely lost his family, social, cultural benchmarks. He became unable to think and understand the phenomena that determine the evolution of our societies where he must nevertheless register his history and destiny. A deep acculturation which damages are incalculable rooted gradually in our customs.
Tales, myths, legends, languages and then, rich folk traditions of Africa are dying slowly under our eyes. Their transmission is no longer guaranteed by the usual means of speech.
The image has become by excellence the medium for social communication. But the continent has lagged far behind for this mutation. It is now in the extreme urgency of forging at all costs its autonomous production capacity for films and audiovisual works reflecting its own vision of the world, its history, its imagination and its values.
This is a vital necessity for Africa but also for the rest of the world would lose much not to enrich the specific contribution of this continent whose civilizations bear universal values and part of the destiny of humanity.
FEPACI – Pan African Federation of Filmmakers – which gathers filmmakers from the continent and the diaspora with their national associations offers a program of development and strengthening the film and audiovisual industry across the continent.
This program meets the needs of structuring the economy of the 7th art, by the professionalization and strengthening of its capacity of training, production, theatrical distribution on the one hand, and on the other of broadcasting and co producing with public and private broadcasters. The proposed professionalization in logic of jobs creation, aims to develop the structures, skills, knowledge of the various operators, and simultaneously create jobs, to consumption products of quality.
The narrowness of the African market, linked to the lack of “sociological backgrounds” in a context where urbanization has not always been synonymous with population increased level of living, and insufficient structure of the economy of culture, in respect of commercial channels of distribution and broadcasting of products, are constraints that involve emergencies.
To respond to these emergencies, FEPACI, its federal bureau and the executive secretariat are working on four fronts:
1 – The creation of a pan-African fund for film and audiovisual. President Abdou Diouf, then Secretary General of the OIF remained dedicated to our request since 2010, to help us create this essential institution. The organizational and legal basis could thus be defined.
2 – The development of a business plan is underway to search for necessary funding for the development of African film and audiovisual industry program, taking of course the existing account. The main points include:
– A high-level school in each region of the continent and in the Diaspora for youth training and capacity empowerment.
– A professional postproduction structure at least in each region of the continent and in the diaspora. We can not keep going to finish our films abroad.
– Production and distribution Companies, and theaters.
– The production of quality films.
3 – The preparation, in collaboration with the African Union, the inventory of fixture of the Cinematographic and Audiovisual Industry in Africa. The final document must be presented to the next Summit of Heads of State expected for 26 January 2016 in Addis Ababa. The objective is to give effect to the decision taken at the Maputo Summit in 2003. This decision was the creation of two institutions:
– An African Commission for Cinema and Audiovisual;
– An African Film Fund promotion.
4 – The opening of a communication structure at the federal headquarters in Ouagadougou.
These goals are within reach. They are the work of the federal office that clearly defined it, in Nairobi last February, for the Secretary General, the 17 Regional Secretaries and the Executive Secretariat based in Nairobi. Their achievement is absolutely linked to the general mobilization of filmmakers, and their National Associations. Together we can manage to develop our sector as we have always done it with our own means and often and especially with our intelligence. We need solidarity to convince our governments that it is urgent that efforts must be made to support the emergence and development of indigenous capabilities for the production of images.
The last word goes to our Illustrious Pioneers who opened wide for us the doors of cinematic writing. Their commitments and their struggles were motivated by that sentence, I quote: “The image as a demonstration of the reality and the collective consciousness is a determining factor of handling their destiny by the peoples of the South, and particularly those of Africa. ”
Good African Cinema Day
The Secretary General Cheick Oumar Sissoko
The Regional Secretaries Ahmed Atef – Egypt, AbdenourZahzah – Algeria; Cheikh Ngaido Ba – Senegal, MariamaCamara – Guinea Conakry; Emmanuel Sanon – Burkina Faso, Fidelis Ducker – Nigeria; Patrick Kuba Badianjile – DRC, Cyril Danin – Chad; Abraham Haile Biru – Ethiopia, Maria Sarungi – Tanzania, Mohamed Said-Ouma – Comoros; Basil Dube – South Africa, Abius Akwaake – Namibia; Jean-Pierre Bekolo – France; Asha Lovelace – Trinidad; Aboubacar Sanogo – Canada; Joel Zito Araújo – Brazil.
The Executive Secretariat: Jane Munene – Kenya; Maurice Muyimi – Kenya –