06/11/2008 14:30
Cameroon: UK Artists Create Film Company in Country
A group of film makers and artists from the UK have created a film company in Cameroon called "Zoomers Pictures".

The aim of the film company, according to the group, is to provide humanitarian assistance by training and providing young people in grassroots communities with a greater say in environmental, developmental and sustainable research through films.In order to attain this objective, the group started by contributing computers, video camcorders and TV sets.

Presenting their mission at the British Council recently, the group's director, Cameroonian born Zigoto Tchaya Tchameni, said the assistance termed "Hope Humanitarian Project on Practical Education", aims to help young people to use film making as a medium to use their immediate natural resources to create opportunities for themselves rather than waiting for the government.

He said children will be thought on how to use the new film soft-wares. To him, the gesture is out to empower the underprivileged and make the young to work hard to acquire their own equipment in future. He said the Hope Project will start with a projection of a film entitled "The Match" set in Babessi, Northwest Province of Cameroon. The film would treat conflicts between African and modern tradition as well as deal with issues of racism.

On his part, the Director of the British Council, Paul Norton, lauded the initiative of the group. He said the project will help to improve the living conditions of the underprivileged and enhance community development.

Zigoto is one of the beneficiaries of the Chevening Scholarship from the British Council, Foreign and Commonwealth Office through the British High Commission to study MA in film making in Kingston University in London, UK. He said he was one of the underprivileged before he had the Chevening Scholarship and thought it vital to contribute in empowering the numerous street children back in the country who can't afford to forward their education.

It is also hoped that the Hope Project would revitalise the growing film industry in the country.The group, from the Kingston University in London, has members from Norway, India, China, Jordan, Luxembourg, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, Cameroon and the UK.

Source: allafrica.com

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