Monday, May 30, 2011
The Untold Stories of Africa
By Miss Tilii
1. THE WAR OF THE GOLDEN STOOL (Yaa Asantewaa) - Ghana
2. BIAFRAN WAR - Nigerian (one of my greatest inspires- Chimamanda Adichie has some great stories that, with her permission, could be turned into film)
3. MALIAN EMPIRE-MANSA MUSA - Mali / Gold Coast
4. CONFLICTS IN THE NIGER DELTA - Nigeria
I know that within these historical events - there area hundreds and hundreds of untold stories, many of us dont even know about. Some filmmaker can just take one of those untold stories and make it into a film.
I love Africa, I love our culture, our languages, our customs and our history. I read a lot of historical books and events and hear stories from many who know more than me and tell me the stories (some accurate others not lol) and my ultimate wish is that one day some African filmmaker will bring this to film (not Hollywood - we dont have to wait for Hollywood to tell our stories like they did with Blood Diamond or King of Scotland and got Oscars or got World acclaim for) -
In 2012 and beyond, I hope some filmmaker can really plan on coming out with a film covering the so many historical events of africa,
We emulate the west in so many of our current home movies - that does not make us unique in any way - and we should be unique. Stories of such as mentioned above - when put into film and told right (right cast - right direction - right production) will have so much accolades. I remember once a friend of mine had a conversations about these topics - she said "Some Stories are better left Untold" - and my question was "Why"? - cos the truth is best not to be known? lol
For those who invest and donate to filmmakers (individuals, banks etc) - this is the type of stories you need to support to have made. The Jews had Schindlers List made and it broke box office records for months on end and exceeded its anticipated revenues. Why not us, and our stories. And please lets not use the "we lack funding" excuse. We can do whatever we put our minds to -and not always stretch our arms for funding from the west.
Though its my wish to see this stories come to film - please - if you think you cant do it - then please dont TRY TO touch it. Do it right - or dont do it all.
Readers - tell me - if you were to choose one Director/Producer to make these type of films - who would choose and also which actors or actress (known or unknown) would you pick - and to play what lead role. What African Stories would you like to see on screen - we covered the "marriage" and "royalty" topics a million times over. I am sure there are many stories you would like to see apart from the regular (fiction or non fiction).
ps: Other stories (not necessarily historical) that can be told as i mentioned in this thread is turning some of these old Pacesetter Novels (by African Authors) into movies. These type of movies is what will make us unique than the west - not copying from the west