Inspired By Actual Events

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Inspired By Actual Events Credit: Magali Bragard

I recently watched a movie called ‘the lady’ which is a biographical film based on the life and experience of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese Nobel Peace Prize winner. It was a touching movie, taking the audience through her life, particularly the point in her life when she became vocal in politics and returned home from staying abroad with her family for so long.

She is not the first to have a movie scripted in her honor; Nelson Mandela would be another perfect example. Films or series’ that are written based on real people and real events often have two main goals; the first to teach and secondly to inspire. At least that is how I see it because as much as we mostly seek entertainment in films; we are drawn to other people’s stories.

Why do you think that no matter how many films are based on the theme of slavery people will still have the hearts to go watch it? Or perhaps films on historical tragedies and disasters? I think as much as we are all aware of history and what people went through we not only want to see the best (realest) portrayal of what went down, and in addition to that there is a part of each and every one of us film lovers that delights in knowing what our history entails.

Credit: Anthony Mwangi

That being said it would be lovely to have more films based on real life events from the motherland (Africa). Don’t we have outstanding personalities that have overcome numerous challenges to become inspirations? Don’t we have stories of places so captivating with beauty that we can boast about? Don’t we have the ability and resources to produce and tell our own stories?

The answer to all those questions is ‘We do!’ I have nothing against it but sometimes it is a bit sad to see our stories not only filmed by foreigners but even further scripted and written by them. Like I said I have nothing against them but there is often a sense of pride I get when I am watching locally produced ‘academy worthy’ productions. So why then can’t we tell our own ‘inspired by actual events’ stories? Isn’t that one of the best ways to support local talent!

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