Gabonese cinema in a quest for revival.
A three-day workshop aimed at revitalizing the 7th art has been taking place in (Gabon) Libreville since the 12 of June 2023.
The French Institute in Libreville has been hosting a workshop on Gabonese cinema since yesterday Monday. Organized under the theme “Conditions for the development of a film industry”. This meeting, which ends on Wednesday June 14, 2023 is attended by players in this noble art from Gabon and abroad. Notably, Cameroonian filmmaker Bassek Ba Kobhio, General Delegate of Association Ecrans noirs.
Panel 1, which addressed questions on the “Roles and missions of the national authority in charge of cinema”, concluded with the need to restructure the “Institut gabonais de l’image et du son (IGIS)”, the secular arm of the State, called upon to better organize the sector to enable the private sector to produce high-quality, competitive films.
For his part, Henry Joseph Koumba Bididi, a Gabonese filmmaker, gave a few ideas on how to overcome the current lethargy. “If we want to move towards something effective, we need to redistribute the cards; refocus the IGIS on its organizational role and leave the production role to the private sector,” he stressed. “We must have the courage here to make a sincere diagnosis, without complacency towards ourselves. Gabonese cinema has known its letters of nobility in the relatively recent past, and in a very different context”, says Alex Bernard Bongo Ondimba, Secretary General of the Ministry of Communication.