Cinema needs govt’s attention, say actors
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Cinema film actors in northern Balkh province say the industry needs government’s attention and support in implementing plans and production.
Dozens of actors and actresses on Wednesday celebrated the World Cinema Day in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital.
Talking to Pajhwok Afghan News on the sidelines of the celebration, actor Shafiq Sawarari said he had developed distance with the industry due to a lack of government’s attention.
He said they had good plans for making films and other entertainment programs but they lacked resources.
“The government is guilty of not assisting us. In other countries, their governments cooperate with cinema unlike in our country.”
Actress Mah Talash told Pajhwok that most of her family members were in the industry. She said social problems were hurdle in her family’s acting.
She said the youth usually harassed her in the street for acting in cinema.
Afghan Film official Sadiq Sarwarzada accused the government of no cooperation and also complained local traders shied away from investing in the field.
Balkh information and culture officials said development of cinema industry was essential but they lacked budget for the purpose.
Deputy information and culture director Atta Mohammad Saho said in practical they had no budget for cinema. However, he said they had helped actors and the industry to increase coordination.
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