Gadalla Gubara, reputed as eastern Africa's first filmmaker, says African filmmakers have a rare opportunity of creating a culture that would be plunge the continents film industry into prominence.
Speaking at the 5th Congress of the East African Amakula film Festival in Kampala, the Sudanese-born Gubara, said he strongly believes the steady and strong growth coupled with the continent's resourcefulness will roll Africa as the next cultural phenomenon.
He assured the filmmakers attending the Amakula film festival that they would be critical in driving the African Cultural Revolution.
Gubara by developing a culture that would destroy Africa's highly west influenced cinema industry. He reiterated the need to exploit the existing resource endowments to capture natural cinema free from influence from the west.
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Gubara believed to be the first filmmaker in Eastern Africa, has been in the film sector for six decades with 33 films to his Name. He made his first film in the late 1940s while working with the colonial film unit in the Sudan.
the Amakula Kampala International Film Festival organizers recognise Gubara as an African film legend because of his solitary pursuits as well as the general bias against the film industry in the region.
Though he is visually impaired now, Gubara's hearing and talking ability remains strong, echoing the desire for a strong film industry on the African continent.