By Dadcorf Junior

Malawi’s Movie think tank – Film Association of Malawi-FAMA has expressed concerns over lack of government’s commitment in elevating arts standards in the country.

The revelations come at a time when the Film industry has recently been hit hard by lack of resources that has seen low participation of the country on international Scene.

In an interview with EM, President of Film Association of Malawi, Ezaius Mkandawire said lack of government’s commitment and interest from the cooperate world is negatively affecting the country’s film industry.

“We are not satisfied with what the government has so far done to our industry. There are much better things that the government could have done some time back. For example, it’s high time we had the Arts council but all these are neglected hence affecting the industry,” said Mkandawire.

Mkandawire also finger-pointed the country’s ministry of education for not revising the secondary school curriculum so as to meet the needs of the country’s Arts industry.

“We have expressive arts in primary school, but little is seen at secondary school. This only shows that we do not have that massive transition to boost arts in the country,” reasoned he.

Mkandawire also called on the cooperate world to assist in boosting the art industry nationally.

“We want companies to come in too; they should help in boosting Arts in the country. I think just waiting for government alone won’t bear fruits,” he pleaded.

Meanwhile EM has learnt that the ministry responsible for arts is still trying to separate Arts Council from National Heritage and Arts Council as per request by the Musicians Union of Malawi.



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