Nigerian filmmakers stress on the country's cultural history

Members of the Nigerian creative sector will be linked with counterparts in six other nations to exchange experiences and learn from one another during the festival, which featured both physical and online participation.
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Nigerian filmmakers stress on the country's cultural history

The experts made the announcement at the 4th edition of the Kaduna International Film Festival, held in Kaduna, Nigeria, and attended by some creative industry professionals from all over the world.

The goal, according to Israel Audu, the founder of the Kaduna International Film Festival, is to promote the creative industry in Northern Nigeria and assist emerging talents so that they may project themselves to the world.

He explained that the festival was created to encourage, motivate, and assist the city's thronging adolescents in identifying their latent talents and pursuing a career in film production.

According to him, the festival started in 2018 to see to the development of the Northern part of the country in terms of creativity; which lacked a film festival.

We lacked avenue to interact with one another to see how we can promote one another without having to go to Lagos, Abuja or any other part of the country,” he explained.

Master classes, film screenings, awards, tourism, seminars/workshops, panel discussions, film makers round table, movie premieres, and exhibitions were among the festival's events.

Culture is everything, according to veteran Nigerian actor and producer Zack  Orji, and having cultural heritage as the topic of this year's event is quite appropriate.

The 4th edition of Kaduna International Film Festival

“We are leaving in a time when it looks like we have forgotten who we are. As a people, we have forgotten we are Nigerians, we are very respectful of our elders, we are tied to our culture and traditions and we know these are the things that define us as people,” he added.

“There are so many ways, when it comes to our movies, the way we write our script, we need to do more of grass root cultural script that will project us to the world because without our script, there is no movie so it has to start with our scripts,” Audu said.

The film business, according to the organizers, may be utilized to promote peace, therefore the necessity for the government to invest in the sector in the face of Nigeria's lack of peace.

“We need peace to live together as brothers in solidarity, we need peace for anything to happen, without peace, there can’t be any foreign direct investment in our country by outside companies, so we really need peace in Nigeria at this point in our lives,” said Orji.

Members of the Nigerian creative sector will be linked with counterparts in six other nations to exchange experiences and learn from one another during the festival, which featured both physical and online participation.