Ris­ing Film In­dus­try

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The South Su­danese lo­cal film in­dus­try, though still de­vel­op­ing, is slowly grow­ing fol­low­ing the launch of the an­nual film fes­ti­val last year, which en­cour­ages pro­duc­tion of films re­flect­ing the coun­try’s cul­ture.

Most movies at this year’s fes­ti­val, which opened on Septem­ber 6, are works of young men and women in­spired by their coun­try’s past and present that also in­cludes so­cial and cul­tural com­plex­i­ties.

Wilma Poni, 22, a bud­ding ac­tress and also stu­dent of ac­count­ing and fi­nance at Juba Univer­sity, plays a role in the movie which is cur­rently a nom­i­nee in this year’s sec­ond an­nual film fes­ti­val or­ga­nized by Juba Film Ltd.

“When some peo­ple watch the film, they will be in­spired to work hard,” she said, adding that South Su­danese movies could soon com­pete on the re­gional scene.

Ac­cord­ing to John Thomas, one of the di­rec­tors at Juba Film Ltd., this year has seen im­prove­ment in the qual­ity of the pho­tos and pro­duc­tion among the 32 lo­cal movies and 37 for­eign movies be­ing screened.

“There is big progress. The sto­ries are nice, the screen and the scenery are very nice. Af­ter this we are look­ing to im­prove fur­ther next year,” Thomas said.

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