Rising Film Industry
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.