Entertainment is an important activity in the life of a human being. People love relaxing after a hard week of work. During this pandemic, a lot has changed in entertainment. Many people do not enjoy themselves as they were used to. For example, authorities shut down cinemas and theaters to curb the spread of the disease. This in turn affected the film making industry. Producers and directors of movies had to find creative ways in maintaining the industry.
Platforms such as Netflix reduced their rates to favor everyone who was stuck at home during the stay at home order. The platform uploaded several documentaries, series, and movies to keep the fire burning in people. Recently, Netflix has added the African movies in their list of films for people to watch.
What About Santana
Santana is an action film. The film is about the enmity between 2 brothers and police officers in the combat against criminal acts. Co-production is between 2 countries in Africa. They are Angola and South Africa.
Maradona Santos and Chris Roland are its directors. It will debut on August 28th on the platform. Santana is the 1st movie from Angola and 2nd from Portuguese-speaking African states to be in Netflix’s list.
Maradona Santos’ Views
“They are believing in us. Music spreads all over the globe, people know the singers, but cinema has always been a local thing, a domestic thing. Now we realize that this is changing. We want to tell our story. We are capable, we want to be part of it. We don’t hide anymore.”
What About Redemption
Redemption is a Mozambican film. The original title for this film was ‘Resgate’. Mickey Fonseca wrote, produced, and directed the Mozambican film. The film lets us know the story of a young man in crime. Writing and looking for funds for the film took a long time. Redemption later became a hit in the country’s cinemas and theaters.
The director says:
“There are, unfortunately, only four cinemas in the state. However, with these 4 cinemas, we managed to stay 8 weeks and almost ten thousand people went to see the film. We took people to the cinema who had never been there before. People are very proud; they love the film. Now, with Netflix, the film has come to life again, it seems like the premiere was yesterday.”
Challenges in Film Making
Independent filmmakers go through a lot of challenges before they put out some good content for people to see. Some of these challenges are digital transformation which has flooded the market. Moreover, producers struggle to find funds, and limited cinemas also play a part in the struggle of filmmaking.
The act of Netflix adding African films in its list will create a different perception of the films. There is going to be a great change in the making of African films as other people around the globe get to know about them. They say charity begins at home. Hence, African people should start promoting their own.