Gurira’s suc­cess should mo­ti­vate arts in­vest­ment

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ED­I­TOR — Danai Gurira re­cently landed a role in Mar­vel’s up­com­ing movie called The Black Pan­ther. This is by no means a small feat for an ac­tress who seems to be strik­ing the right chords in Hol­ly­wood.

Danai’s ex­ploits show that there is tal­ent in Zim­babwe and if we in­vest in our film in­dus­try, we can be bet­ter than most of our African coun­ter­parts.

We have some of the best con­cept cre­ators on the con­ti­nent. A coun­try which houses classic writ­ers like Shim­mer Chin­odya, Charles Mun­goshi, and Mbizvo Chi­rasha among oth­ers should be ashamed of its fail­ure to turn the sto­ries these and other writ­ers have writ­ten into film adap­ta­tions.

Even on the dig­i­tal space, Zim­bab­weans have been show­ing their propen­sity to en­ter­tain. Com­edy star­tups like Bustop Tv, PO Box and Baba Ten­cen have been mak­ing ef­forts to reach the peo­ple through the new me­dia. It is time for a clear arts pol­icy to be put in place.

A pro­vi­sion for a spe­cific bud­get should be awarded to our lo­cal broad­cast­ers specif­i­cally for con­tent cre­ation and cre­ative in­cen­tives. I was pained to learn that one of the head writ­ers in pop­u­lar South African TV show Isibaya, is a Zim­bab­wean. If all those peo­ple could come back home to re­build our film in­dus­try, we would reap beau­ti­ful div­i­dends.

But all of this is not pos­si­ble if there are no pro­tec­tive poli­cies on their in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty which shield them from piracy, competitive re­mu­ner­a­tion among other things.

The film in­dus­try which gave us clas­sics like Yel­low Card, Ne­ria and More Time can still be re­vived if in­vest­ment and favourable poli­cies are chan­nelled. Nathan Muzuva

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