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Daikundi filmmakers struggling with resources’ dearth

Daikundi filmmakers struggling with resources’ dearth

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Aug 25, 2019 - 16:34

NEILI (Pajhwok): Artists and filmmakers in central Daikundi province use their own resources and money to make films and dramas and complain about government’s negligence of the film industry.

Rahman Moahadi, a theater worker in Daikundi, talking to Pajhwok Afghan News, said, “Artists and filmmakers in Daikundi use very limited resources, we do not have a special office or studio here.”

He said the government had neglected the film industry. “We do not have a specified budget for film and cinema productions.”

“We recently started making a 30 minutes film by using our own budget. The story is about the sufferings of a mother,” he said.

Mohammad Farzam, another cinema artist in Daikundi, also complained about shortage of facilities for artists.

He said they had recently formed a group of culturists and artists in Neili city, the provincial capital, only and the group was now busy making a theater drama.

“Artists in districts do nothing because they lack budget and resources”, Farzam added.

He also accused the government of having neglected the film industry and said, “The current situation of the cinema is very bad in the country and we have no domestic production in this area and that is the reason our television channels air foreign serials.” 

Nikbakht Rafar, another cinema worker who has received bachelor degree in journalism form Kabulinfo-icon University, said she had been working in theater for the last one year.

“Besides shortage of resources for film production, negative traditions are another challenge that artists face,” she said.

She said besides lack of government support, they were also mocked in the societyinfo-icon and some people had a bad image about womeninfo-icon and girls working in cinema or theater.

Haba Haidari, director of Nama Artistic and Cultural Group in Daikundi, also complained about negative traditions facing the film industry.

“Women who sing or work as models in films have a negative image in society and they are not supported by any organ,” she said.

Mohammad Hussain Sirat, Daikundi information and culture director, acknowledged government’s negligence in supporting cinema and artists.

He said 30 institutes of artists and filmmakers were registered in the province. He said artists faced many problems and even did not have a special office and budget for creating cinematic contents.

Sirat said they were trying to draw the government’s attention toward improvement in film productions.

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