Fama optimistic of reopening film industry

The Film Association of Malawi (Fama) says it will soon open the industry amid a drop in cases of COVID-19 the country is registering.

According to Fama President Ezauis Mkandawire, film production is dependent on other industries that were also impacted by the pandemic and its reopening relies on the progress of other sectors.

“We commend the government in containing the COVID-19, you should appreciate that film is not a stand-alone industry it depends on other industries for it to thrive.

“Now that the government and all other stakeholders are willingly opening such places, we should appreciate and we should be thankful that that will have a positive impact from the film industry,” said Mkandawire.

He added that people in the country should expect that film festivals will resume soon once all consultations are fully done.

“Malawians should expect that there should be having more films been shot and festivals all around as a result of the opening that is as a result of the current scaling down of the COVID-19,” said Mkandawire.

On 20 March 2020, COVID-19 was declared a national disaster in Malawi, and on 2 April 2020, the country registered the first cases of COVID-19 which eventually prompted a ban in all public gathering.

Three new cases have been registered in the past 24 hours bringing the total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases to 5,897 and the death toll in the country still remains at 183.

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