Ghanaian Media Personality, Eli Kharis says African leaders investing in infrastructure is the way forward on how to make the continent a global filming destination.
Speaking on BBC Africa’s Money Daily, she urged leaders of African nations to upgrade and actively promote the “spectacular locations” in their countries to attract video productions around the world.
“I also think government should show massive support in investing in our infrastructure. We have variety of spectacular locations.” shared Kharis on the edition of the show hosted by Maya Hayakawa.
Morocco is currently the favourite destination of Hollywood producers on the continent. The North African country has hosted high-profile productions including ‘Prison Break,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ Black Hawk Down,’ ‘Sex and the City 2,’ ‘Inception’ and HomeLand.’
She also argued that telling stories of the continent not from the viewpoint of the American or European gaze would be appealing to the West because it is a new experience to them: “We should tell our story the African way. Our authentic culture, history, traditions – people outside Africa would want to hear our truth. And that is our truth, telling our story the African way.”
Born Elinam Amenyo, Kharis doubles as the producer of the movie ‘The Curfew’ – inspired by the funeral of the late Ashanti Queenmother, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II who died at the age of 111 in 2016 and was buried in secrecy in 2017.
Written, directed and Executive produced by McListowel Koranteng, the movie was shot entirely in Ghana because of what producers say is the “originality, authenticity and vibrancy of the culture” of the West African country takes viewers through a journey of discovery, bravery and activities about a transition ritual associated with royal burials.
The lead roles in the movie are played by Ghanaian movie director, Pascal Aka and Princess Fathia Nkrumah, granddaughter of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
Dzifa Glipkoe, Adjetey Anang, Emeline Nsingi Nkosi, Emmanuel France and PY Addo Boateng are also members of the cast of the movie set for release by the end of the year.
‘The Curfew’ is a co-production of Blackmore Studios and Adfcus, with support from Sabre Education, a London-based organization.