AFRICA UNITY MOVIE “6 FEET OF SPACE” LAUNCHED
AFRICA UNITY MOVIE 6 FEET OF SPACE LAUNCHED
Last Friday on the 25th of May 2018, Ghana joined her fellow members of the African Union to celebrate AU day which marked the unity and the originality of the African people.
On this day at Paloma Hotel, a reputable Ghanaian production company , Messiah Entertainment and its partnering bodies focused on the African movie industry and stake holders can promote unity through film making; on the same day a movie that seeks to Promote African Unity “Six Feet Of Space” was launched.
The event which was in form of a press conference saw the attendance of celebrated actor Fred Amugi, actress Roselyn Ngissah, Benjamin Nana Dwomoh – Doyen
CEO, Messiah Entertainment, Phil Efe Bernard
, Nigerian Director, Mawuko Kuadzi CEO of MK casting, Leonard Kubaloe
CEO OBL Studios,
Prince Kodjo Hilton ,
Production Designer, Nathaniel Cruz of Cruz make up, members of the press and other take holders.
A lot of pertinent issues regarding the creative industry was addressed by the guests of the event, these included the participation of the media in film making, telling of the African stories by the African people, originality of contents by African film makers and government roles in the building of a global film industry of the African market.
On 25th May 1963, Africa made history with the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) which brought the Continent together. Since then, the 25th May has been celebrated widely across the world particularly in Africa to signify Africa’s identity and unity.
Today Friday 25th May, 2018 Ghana joins the continent in commemorating Africa Union Day . As we are celebrating this day, we take a twist to the Arts Industry particularly the film quadrant and its role in promoting African Unity.
SIX FEET OF SPACE
In 1969, the world was stunned by the decree ordering all non-Ghanaians without Residence Permits to leave the country. It was received with mixed feelings. Much as the exercise was primarily understood to be the only stern measure to rescue the country’s ailing economy from strangulation and alien domination, many on grounds of fellow feeling abhorred the way it was carried out.
Of course, those who hailed it did so on various grounds some personal, some patriotic. Those who condemned it did so for humanitarian reasons, though some saw in it a glowing opportunity to rail a scathing criticism against the government in power.
Six Feet of Space, though a true assessment of the aliens’ situation, is the writer’s imaginative insight into how this social phenomenon affected a family in particular, and alien families in general, within the context of the aliens’ expulsion. By the time the film starts, Chief Amadi, a Nigerian national, had been living in Ghana for over twenty years, having settled there with his parents ‘when yet a boy’. All traces and reminiscences of home had been forgotten in the oblivion of long years. He had worked his way to wealth and had a Ghanaian wife with a son. He woke up one day as all days to face the hard-to-believe realities of life. How is he to solve the myriad problems that immediately face him emanating from the aliens’ expulsion order? Six feet of Space is a piece that seeks to address the effects of artificial boundaries in Africa established by man to separate himself from his fellow man and the issues of xenophobia attacks in parts of Africa.