"Finance and fear are reasons why filmmakers are not adapting African stories"
"We have so many stories, and we are not telling the world about them, that's so frustrating." - Sika Osei
In a recent interview with Pulse Nigeria, Ghanaian TV presenter and actress Sika Osei, shared her opinion on adaptation of African stories.
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According to the actress, finance is a major reason why filmamkers are not able to adapt African stories.
Read excerpt from interview below;
"How many movies of Queen Elizabeth have we watched? Or even The Titanic, or things like that. Things that have happened in history that people outside are proud of, and feel like they can adapt into something dramatic."
"We have so many stories, and we are not telling the world about it. It's so frustrating. I'm sure there are a lot of people out there thinking like me when it comes to folktales, or just little things that we heard when we were younger, that we can make amazing stories out of.
"I think usually it is just finance, and the ability to finance such huge intricate project. Because, if you do it and you don't do it well, you know we're coming after you.
I also think there is the fear, because these are stories we cherish so much that if we are not going to be able to do them as good, maybe we shouldn't do them at all."
Osei's movies include "A Place Called Happy," "Grey Dawn," among others.
She also plays lead role in her second short film, a psychological thriller titled undefinedwhich touches on the subject matter of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
Watch Sika Osei's interview above.
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