Witch­craft in films re­flects ‘re­al­ity’

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AC­TOR Jim Iyke has de­scribed the Nige­rian film in­dus­try’s fo­cus on witch­craft as its way of telling sto­ries that are based on the “good vs evil” theme.

Dur­ing an in­ter­view, the Nige­rian su­per­star said he be­lieved film­mak­ers in­cluded witch­craft scenes be­cause it came from a place of re­al­ity for them.

“We can’t cre­ate a sur­real re­al­ity‚ we have cre­ate a re­al­ity that is re­lat­able,” he said.

“The re­al­ity is that cer­tain parts of our cul­ture in­formed peo­ple who were cre­at­ing movies at that point in time‚ they were grass­roots peo­ple.

“Peo­ple were em­bed­ded in witch­craft and re­li­gion‚ and all kinds of ills of cul­tures.

“But the sin­gu­lar mes­sage was that good al­ways tri­umphs over evil. That was the chief rea­son for mak­ing those movies.”

Iyke said “black magic” was a part of their re­al­ity they could not ig­nore if they were to tell au­then­tic sto­ries. He be­lieves that telling real sto­ries dis­tin­guishes African film­mak­ers from oth­ers.

The ac­tor‚ who has been liv­ing in the US for the last four years‚ said film­mak­ers from around the world faced crit­i­cal au­di­ences.

“Peo­ple will never al­ways agree with the con­tents or con­cepts of a film. “How­ever, some­times that is the point. “As a sto­ry­teller‚ ours is to spark con­ver­sa­tions and raise de­bates, in fact the more peo­ple re­act to the story‚ par­tic­u­larly with crit­ics, the bet­ter.

“Be­cause it means you are touch­ing a nerve‚ you are do­ing some­thing right.”

The Nige­rian star said he was proud of the courage of African sto­ry­tellers‚ such as what the mak­ers of The Wound (Inxeba)‚ had shown in telling sto­ries that sparked di­a­logues about “un­pop­u­lar” top­ics from across the con­ti­nent. — DDC to

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