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Movies are made to resemble that which is real. While most movies are fictional, others are done to tell true stories. Such is the latest ‘Okomfo Anokye’ movie from Paul Gees production.

Meanwhile, information reaching Flex newspaper indicates that a Krobo youth group in Somanya called ‘Krohinmge’ has expressed their dissatisfaction with a scene in the movie which according to them casts a spur on the image of the Krobo woman.
In an interview with the group leader on Adom FM’s 6pm news bulletin last Monday 13th May, 2013, he said the group was not happy with the scene where some ladies who expressed admiration of Okomfo Anokye’s manhood, when they saw his nakedness while he was bathing by the riverside were cursed by the priest that they and their generations would be prostitutes. The part which drives them mad is where the ladies were speaking Dangme, which is a Krobo dialect.
He explained that was an affront to their tribe because it paints a picture about Krobo women as prostitutes, which is not true. He then called on the producers of the movie to rectify that mistake which aside being derogatory, isn’t realistic because what it portrays in that scene never happened in the life of Okomfo Anokye.
When Paul Adjei, producer of the movie was contacted in the bulletin, he said it was right to sometimes add or subtract facts from stories that are retold in movies so it was not much of a problem to have included that scene.
He said, he never meant to denigrate the image of any tribe. He just wanted to include another language in the movie so that their movies don’t always become a Twi thing.
What aren’t our movie producers doing right in producing movies that tell stories that have to do with ethnic groups, religions and political parties? You remember few years back when some Muslims mauled the ‘Mallam Issa’ movie for misrepresenting who a mallam is when to them, Agya Koo didn’t play the mallam role right? You remember the heat that surrounded the ‘Atta Mortuary man’ movie too?
It is about time we realized that these institutions are things that bind people in this country so issues related to them must be dealt with, with great caution. A word to the wise!

 

Kwame Dadzie

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