Black filmmakers must reflect the reality of our existence

2017-02-06 10:32

Black filmmakers are not telling substantial stories. They are telling Eurocentric stories in an Afrocentric context. Their ideas are not shaped by our experiences. Even the development of black filmmaking itself is less committed in setting a unique standard of African content, outside from the context of western standard. A content that is African in its outlook. Viable to tell African stories in a way that Africans will relate to them. By creating films that would inspire black people, to become the greatest version of themselves.

However, they should be blamed for the current state of our content in South African film-making.

Central to the question of content independence, is the question of freestanding will to uphold African value system. In order to challenge the upward spiraling movement of certain popular lifestyles, that are falsely claiming historical relation to Africanness, when there is none.

These non-African lifestyles became the critical subject of focus for black filmmakers; they have received more attention than actual African lifestyles. Because, they are supported by the system in its attempt to disorganize the principles of African lifestyle. Using black filmmakers as key agents, in the deconstruction of our communal value system. By constantly pushing into our societies, the ideas of an agenda whose origin is untraceable in the history of African societies.

Black filmmakers are unconsciously misguided by their work of fantasy.

The thematic structure of their stories is overpowered by the methodology of their ideas. That is designed to justify the foreign content as valid. They are disconnected from black people. This, alone, highlights an alarming need for them to rediscover themselves in their role. It indicates the necessary preservation and restoration of nonpolluting South African content. That seeks to rehabilitate black people.

Black film-makers should stop allowing themselves to be led by nose in emulating global content, that is far distant from our way of living.

On the contrary, their work must symbolize true Africanity. Their stories should unburden black people of all the self-hate. That causes them to prefer western films over films that tells their own stories. They should write stories that reflect the reality of our existence. A particular tradition of storytelling, that teaches us about ourselves.

The role of black filmmakers in our society is that of creating the future with images of hope. Theirs must be to portray, overwhelmingly, an experience with meaningful articulation that will ingeniously set a perceived frame of black film-making. By providing an excellent interpretation of real events through performance. Because filmmaking is a powerful tool that informs change in the mindset of the people. Therefore, its objective must be to transform a situation of an ordinary life into an inspiring form of change.

In completing the reality of our circumstances, these narratives must creatively project an interpenetration of enlightenment.

Because we are living in the age of media, where it influences how we think and what we think. In that regard, black filmmakers must reconsider the connection between the state of blackness and film. To find the unitary ground of reconciling the two. To an extent where black people will be comfortable in embracing their own stories, without feeling ashamed.

Careful consideration should be given to issues of importance. Black filmmakers shouldn't sensationalize homosexuality as an upstanding theme of black filmmaking. There are significantly a lot more issues that equally deserve a thoughtful approach.

The basic formation of their scripts must be informed by the desire to unfold the complex patterns of social injustices. As storytellers they should be mindful of their responsibilities by exploring the dynamic manifestation of systematic oppression, in the post-apartheid South Africa. And prioritize far-reaching ideas that will substantively deal with these injustices at the root.

They must join the ranks, as an integral part, in the fight against white supremacy. Serving tirelessly in the selfless struggle for equality, to gradually collapse the vestigial remains of apartheid's legacy. That continues to perpetuate the consequences of black suffering.

Black filmmakers must present purposeful and impactful stories that are rooted in Africanness. To enable the destiny that will ensure the plausibility of their content. They must artistically navigate the territory of black existence.

Moreover, they need to find the answers to some hard questions. Why do black themed-films are still written, produced and directed by white filmmakers in the presence of black filmmakers?. And this fact ushers a need for black filmmakers to reconsider their role, since they seem to have lost sight of it.

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