JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudanese filmmakers are seeking to present
their country in the global film industry after making strides
in production of locally-made films in recent years.
Akim Palermo, an
actor known for his role in a movie depicting the current
situation in South Sudan, told journalists that he hopes to
produce more films and share South Sudanese stories worldwide.
“I want to go
higher, and take my country to the next level. I want to make
sure that our film industry is represented in the international
level,” Palermo said.
South Sudan’s film
industry remains undeveloped following protracted years of civil
unrest and lack of investment in the sector.
The east African
nation on Dec. 15 concluded its third film festival film where
over 60 locally-made movies were screened during the five-day
director of Juba Films Limited, the organizer of the event, said
the annual event seeks to uncover South Sudan’s potential in the
creative arts sector and enable South Sudanese filmmakers to
showcase their talents in the global arena.
After emerging as
top female in the country’s 2018 film awards, actress Aban Ayul
said she aims to represent the world’s youngest nation in global
film festivals after beating odds at the local level.
Ayul said South
Sudan’s film industry is currently restrained by insecurity,
limited resources and equipment to produce world-class movies,
but she remained optimistic that the sector will pick up with
“We have to improve
ourselves on daily basis and work hard and get better so that we
can go out there and represent our country,” Ayul told
journalists in Juba.
Sudanese film producer Sam Lokudu said the country’s filmmakers
have high potential to excel in the global film market, if they
can investment more time and resources towards production of
“I strongly feel
that South Sudanese films makers and artists settle for less. We
have this tendency of mediocre,” Lokudu said.
“Don’t settle for
less, we need not to accept mediocre.”