Hollywood shooting films in Kenya has an obvious economic advantage.
We have been losing out on this economic advantage to Nigeria and South Africa.
It’s a well-known fact that KFCB refused to air Wanuri Kahiu’s movie Rafiki in Kenyan cinemas and screens.
According to www.kenyans.co.ke, Uhuru Kenyatta signed a film incentives package during a Cabinet meeting that is going to help foreign filmmakers make more movies in Kenya.
Apparently, Kenya is a great place to shoot films, because we have great actors (obviously), and Hollywood shooting films in Kenya has an obvious economic advantage.
We have been losing out on this economic advantage to Nigeria and South Africa, where the majority of African-shot films are filmed.
The head of KFCB (Kenya Film Classification Board) also added that lack of incentives and tax rebates has been the weakest point in selling Kenya as a top filming destination.
This whole signing and dramatic comment-giving left me questioning the point of these incentives.
First of all, anything that the head of the KFCB supports is generally a white elephant, in my opinion; he’s either getting something out of it, or he’s getting something out of it.
Two, if these two are so concerned about films being made in Kenya, then why haven’t they supported the films that have already been made in Kenya, by Kenyans, and the filmmakers making them?
It’s a well-known fact that KFCB refused to air Wanuri Kahiu’s movie Rafiki in Kenyan cinemas and screens, before a very public court battle, and even then, only for a week.
This has nothing to do with the subject matter, for this particular article, but everything to do with the hypocrisy being touted by such stories.
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