Despite incessant calls and outcry by many film critics in Ghana condemning movies produced from Kumasi that have often been tagged “Kumawood”, award winning Ghanaian movie producer and CEO of Sparrow Productions, Shirley Frimpong Manso has against all odds commended such movies and acknowledged the pivotal role these movies played in ensuring the interests and hope of a “movie industry” existed.
Speaking on NewDay on TV3, producer of award winning movies A Sting in a Tale, 6 Hours To Christmas, The Perfect Picture, Adams Apples, Scorned disclosed although there were a lot of challenges, Kumawood movies kept the movie market going at a tough moment when the Ghanaian market was almost non existent. She stated it would be unfortunate and unfair for anyone to condemn such movies as such productions are made out of individual efforts with no institutional interventions.
“Its like going to Makola market and telling somebody who’s put up his store that your market is not looking good. We could only suggest positively”
As a way forward for movie makers, Shirley believed it would be in the interest of the government of Ghana to support the industry as anything portrayed goes a long way to sell Ghana.
She also asked the government to put in place the right structures before passing and implementing the Film law which has been laid before parliament and also for interventions to aid the film industry only if it existed.