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The European Film Festival 2021 opens in Accra with a discussion on sustainable fishing in Ghana

14/09/2021 - 18:09
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A conversation on sustainable fishing in Ghana was the subject of a panel discussion that followed the screening of the opening film “Luzzu” at the on-going second edition of the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) at the Goethe Institut in Accra. A French-Ghanaian short animation film “Begho” functioned as the curtain raiser for the festival, which began on 11 September.

The feature film “Luzzu” from Malta, tells the story of a Maltese fisherman struggling with the increasing pressures of the fishing industry, such as illegal fishing and environmental concerns. The issues raised resonated greatly in the local context, as fishermen in Ghana face similar challenges.

The panel included fishermen, a fish processor and a trader, all beneficiaries of the EU funded “Far Dwuma Nkodo” project which aims at securing greater environmental sustainability and social equity in Ghana’s fisheries sector.

 

The opening ceremony attracted a large and varied audience including Europeans, students and ordinary Ghanaians on Saturday 11 September 2021. The Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Ghana, Ambassador Irchad Razaaly officially opened the festival. In his welcoming remarks, Ambassador Razaaly highlighted the importance of supporting the youth in the creative sector.

The film festival will continue this week with eight more European feature films as well as 12 selected Ghanaian short films.

Next Saturday 18 September the festival will culminate in the first ever screening in Ghana of the Ghanaian film “Little Problems” at Alliance Francaise Accra.

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