Appeals court orders retrial for Ffriend

first_img Ffriend, speaking exclusively to The Gleaner, said his lawyer explained that the appeals court ordering a retrial could work to his benefit. “He said me going back was a positive thing. He said the appeal judges realised that mistakes were made and the first judge has to correct them because the procedure was not fair to me,” Ffriend said. The Gleaner understands that the appeals court threw out the first verdict, which could mean that if Ffriend is found guilty after retrial he could face a more severe sentence, but in practice, he is likely to end up with the same sentence or a reduced one. However, because of the ruling of the appeals court, Ffriend’s legal team has ‘the wind at their backs’ as the prosecution’s case has been weakened by the ruling. A Serbian Appeals Court has ordered a retrial of the vehicular manslaughter case against Jamaican basketball player Kimani Ffriend, citing mistakes made by the judge who heard the initial trial, which concluded last year with the Jamaican getting a three-year sentence. The 36-year-old Ffriend, who had been in custody since November 2012 and under house arrest since August 2013, had his ankle bracelet removed late last week and is free to move about while he awaits a new trial date. However, he is to report to the police on the first and 15th of the month. There were no available details on whether there were other conditions of Ffriend’s freedom as his lawyers had not yet received official documentation from the appeals court. He was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment in September 2014 for the death of Nevena Dragutinovic, a 30-year-old account executive. She was struck by a car being driven by the Jamaican along France Street in Belgrade at about 4 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2012, shortly after she alighted from a taxi cab, which had reportedly stopped in the middle of the road. Her boyfriend and sister were also passengers in the cab from which she alighted and testified against Ffriend in court. unfair procedurelast_img read more

Batangas, Navotas unbeaten

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Super Bowl and Fil-Am football heroes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Batangas’ win negated the 32-point performance of many-time PBA scoring champion Gary David.Acuña tallied 13 points while Eguilos finished with a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds as Batangas followed up its 73-65 win over Valenzuela last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNot to be outdone were the Navotas Clutch, who nipped the Bulacan Kuyas, 77-76, in overtime.Gino Jumao-as, a former University of the East player, had 16 points to lead the Clutch who also improved to 2-0.center_img Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Batangas and Navotas pulled off contrasting wins on Saturday night to stay on top in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Anta Rajah Cup.Former University of the East star Val Acuña joined forces with big man Jhaymo Eguilos in a big second half show to help the Batangas Athletics beat the Bataan Defenders, 88-73, for their second straight win in the tournament bankrolled by Sen. Manny Pacquiao with 1998 PBA MVP Kenneth Duremdes as commissioner.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View commentslast_img read more

Weah Promises to ‘Expand Sports’

first_imgPresident Weah giving his State of the Nation Address Speech at the Capitol Building 3 [Desktop Resolution](Photo by: Nick N. Seebeh)Former international football icon and now President, George M. Weah, says he would ‘expand sports’ across the country as one of his government’s four pillars of development, though he did not elaborate.The president’s brief announcement to “Expand Sports” was made on Monday, January 29, in his first state of the nation’s address to the legislature at the William R. Tolbert Joint Chambers at the Capitol Building.The development of sports in the country is the responsibility of the Ministry of Youth and Sports – the policy and implementing political arm of the government.According to the Act that established the ministry, it is also responsible to formulate programs, construct sporting facilities, recommend subsidies for sporting associations, federations, and related sporting organizations as well as recommend a bilateral relationship that would help to expand sports in the country.The President, who is also the Chief Patron of Sports, has the “obligation” to help the ministry to articulate its policies and expand sports through the erection of sporting facilities and the training of players, administrators and technicians.According to the log of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Liberia has 21 sports: the development and promotion of the majority of the sporting codes, instead of only football, would be commendable.The sporting codes include football, athletics, basketball, kickball, volleyball, table tennis, lawn tennis, golf, karate, Taekwondo, Wushu, boxing, handball, netball, cricket, among others.Many sports enthusiasts say a successful national unity campaign will be more enduring if the Chief Patron of Sports uses sports as a medium.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

11 juveniles granted presidential pardon

first_imgEleven inmates of the New Opportunity Corps (NOC) on Thursday received pardons from President David Granger. These comprise nine females and two males between the ages 13 and 17.According to the Government in a release, the pardons will take effect from Thursday, December 20, 2018.It is expected that this expression of compassion and humanity by the Head of State will result in families being reunited, with the pardoned offenders leading good and fruitful lives henceforth. Since his ascent to office, President Granger has pardoned dozens of prisoners.On Wednesday, the President pardoned three female prisoners, thus allowing them to be home for Christmas.The three women were pardoned pursuant to presidential powers under Article 188(2) of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.The trio – Joanna Beckles, 26; Felicia Henry, 22 and Keysha Gibbs, 17 – who were all at the New Amsterdam Prison for various offences will be released today. The women have all served a portion of their respective sentences for larceny and forgery.In 2015, 60 convicts were granted presidential pardons on Guyana’s 49th Independence anniversary by the President.The release of prisoners in 2015 caused much controversy after Government had refused to release the names and offences of those pardoned.The President had indicated intentions to release another 60 young men and women in 2016, but this did not materialise.In 2017, nine women prisoners were pardoned for Guyana’s 47th Republic Anniversary.The prisoners, who were all inmates at the New Amsterdam penitentiary, were Kamla Bisram, 30; Malinda Beaton, 31; Charissazan Charles, 18; Sasha Christopher, 18; Jenny Davis, 26; Vanessa Frank, 26; Barbra Hunte, 51; Kamwattie Persaud, 23 and Dhanmattie Seenarine, 47.last_img read more

Wijnaldum: Contact made between Newcastle and Liverpool but fee not yet agreed

first_img Georginio Wijnaldum: The Dutchman scored FOUR goals against Norwich in 2015/16 Newcastle are yet to receive an acceptable bid for midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum despite speculation he is close to joining Liverpool.It is understood that there has been contact between the two clubs and that a fee for the £25million-rated Dutchman has been discussed.However, sources on Tyneside have indicated that the terms proposed to date do not meet the club’s requirements and as such, no deal is in place.The Magpies do not want to sell Wijnaldum, who joined them in a £14.5million switch from PSV Eindhoven last summer, and have no need to do so despite suffering relegation from the Premier League.But there is also an acceptance that every player has his price, and that a disgruntled player could be more trouble than he is worth and should Liverpool come up with the right money on the right terms, they may well do business.Wijnaldum, whose situation is also being monitored by Tottenham, was Newcastle’s leading scorer last season with 11 goals, four of them in a 6-2 league demolition of Norwich, although his form was patchy and he was unable to help the club retain its top-flight status following the appointment of Rafael Benitez as manager.The Spaniard is hopeful of keeping many of his big names to lead the fight for a swift return, but is also aware that sacrifices may have to be made to fund his rebuilding work.Andros Townsend, who had a £13million release clause in his contract, has already left for Crystal Palace, while Wijnaldum and France international Moussa Sissoko, who could cost up to £35million, have been linked with a series of potential buyers in recent weeks.However, neither has yet attracted an offer which matches the Magpies’ criteria and will not be allowed to leave unless that changes. 1last_img read more

The longest serving managers in England include Pochettino, Dyche and Howe

first_img10. Chris Hughton – Brighton and Hove Albion (3 years, 152 days)After drifting around at Newcastle, Birmingham and Norwich – Hughton has finally found a place he can call home. The Irishman became the first BAME manager to be named Premier League Manager of the Month last February as he guided the Seagulls to the magic 40-point mark, comfortably clear of the drop in 15th. 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 Pochettino, Howe and Dyche all feature in the top ten 5. Sean Dyche – Burnley (5 years, 214 days)Burnley have shown that patience remains a virtue. There was no knee-jerk reaction when Burnley were relegated back to the Championship in 2015. Instead, the club trusted Dyche to get them back to the top flight (which he did emphatically) and reaped the rewards last season with an incredible eighth-place finish.center_img GETTY 6. Keith Hill – Rochdale (5 years, 130 days)If at first you don’t succeed… go back to your former club. That’s what Hill did when he was sacked by Barnsley in 2012. The Rochdale legend returned to the Dale for a second spell as manager and hasn’t looked back since. 2. Gareth Ainsworth – Wycombe Wanderers (5 years, 250 days)?After finally earning promotion to League One last season, Ainsworth said: “For us and Accrington to be in the top three this season, it’s turned the finances of the league on its head.” He’s not wrong. It also showed that giving managers a bit of time sometimes works, too. 1. Jim Bentley – Morecambe (7 years, 19 days)Morcambe love Bentley so much that when he recieved a £1000 fine for being sent off from the dugout, the fans raised it themselves with a bucket collection. As of today, he is the longest serving manager in the top four tiers of English football. 9. John Coleman – Accrington Stanley (3 years, 256 days)“Accrington Stanley, who are they?” The club famously mocked in a milk advert had the last laugh this season. 50 years after their entire existance was threatened, Coleman guided the tiny club from Lancashire into League One to truly justify their reputation as ‘the club that won’t die’. 4. Eddie Howe – Bournemouth (5 years, 231 days)If you told a Bournemouth fan in 2012, when Howe was appointed, that he would guide the Cherries to ninth in the Premier League five years later, you would’ve been laughed out of the room. The club were mid-table in League One at the time.3. Neal Ardley – AFC Wimbledon (5 years, 234 days) Like many managers on this list, Ardley spent much of his playing career at Wimbledon. So he knows how much it means for the club to finish above MK Dons, something he was lucky enough to oversee last season. Football managers come and go faster than you can say Leeds.Paul Tisdale, who left Exeter City today after 12 years, was the last remaining man to have spent over a decade at his club.Managerial moves dominate the headlines just as much as player transfers these days. A quick glance at today’s back pages will tell you that, with one man on our list ironically being linked with a switch to Real Madrid.But loyalty isn’t totally dead and some clubs still bide their time. In most cases, their patience is rewarded.Scroll down to see the current top ten longest serving managers in England. 7. Darrell Clarke – Bristol Rovers (4 years, 65 days)It’s no wonder Bristol Rovers have been so loyal to the man who brought them back from the brink. Clarke was appointed in 2014 as the club fell out of the Football League, but secured back-to back promotions to quickly drag Rovers up to League One. The loyalty goes both ways – Clarke turned down an approach from Championship side Leeds in 2016. 8. Mauricio Pochettino – Tottenham Hotspur (4 years, 5 days)But, for how much longer? Pochettino’s project at Spurs could be brought to a rather abrupt halt if the rumours linking him to Real Madrid are true. And despite being at the club for four years, he is yet to win any silverware. 11last_img read more

4 LANTERNS USL: FINN HARPS RES 2, SWILLY ROVERS 3

first_imgFinn Harps Res. 2Swilly Rovers 3 Harps started this game brightly and created a number of half chances, there best coming from Buchanan who’s shot was blocked by Fisher which was well set up by Aaron Scanlon. There efforts paid off as on 14mins they took the lead after great work between Darragh Black, Jp Malley played in Aaron Scanlon who finished expertly past Wade. Swilly responded well and created a number of chances, McHugh had a great chance to level as when he was played in by Jordan Toland, he rounded the keeper and Porter somehow got back to clear it off the line. Mark McGinley then made a great double save to deny Michael McHugh twice and from the resulting corner David Fisher headed wide. Conor McGlynn then made a great block to deny the onrushing McGeever at the back post. Harps finished the half brightly and had some neat passages of play in midfield and held out until the break. The second half didn’t take long to get going and with just 30 seconds gone Swilly equalised as from a Liam O’Donnell flick on, Laurence Toland finished at the back post to put Swilly back on terms. Darren McGeever had a chance shortly after and McGinley made a great reaction to keep the scores level. Harps got back in the game and started to push forward and from a Darragh Black cross Jp Malley headed home in the 65th minute to put Harps back in the lead. Dean McConnell had a good chance to extend the lead but he shot over under pressure from McDaid. In the 70th minute, Swilly equalised yet again as McGeever shot home from a Fisher cross. Both sides pushed on for the winner and the away side managed to get the winner in the last minute as from a Toland corner, Marty Boyle connected perfectly and finished high into the roof of the net to give Swilly the victory. A good enjoyable game all round. Finn Harps: Mark Anthony McGinley, Conor McGlynn, Hugh Moy, Shane Porter, Dylan Quinn, David Ward, Dean McConnell, Shane Buchanan, JP Malley, Darragh Black, Aaron Scanlon.Swilly Rovers: Gareth Wade, David Fisher, Jordan Toland, Marty Boyle, Gareth Colhoun, Marty McDaid, Liam O’Donnell, Dylan Hegarty, Michael McHugh, Laurence Toland, Darren McGeever. Subs: Kyle Black for O’Donnell, Daniel O’Donnell for Fisher, Darren Dunworth for McHugh). 4 LANTERNS USL: FINN HARPS RES 2, SWILLY ROVERS 3 was last modified: June 18th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Finn Harps Rservesswilly roverslast_img read more

The Deets: Matt Chapman’s clutch homer saved the A’s magical season

first_imgBoy, did Matt Chapman pick an opportune time to murder a baseball Wednesday night.The A’s — losing 2-1 to the Angels in the top of the ninth, having gone 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position in the contest up until that point — were poised to fall a half-game back of the red-hot Tampa Bay Rays, into second place in the American League Wild Card standings, all while giving an undeserved reprieve to the Indians (who would have been one game back of a Wild Card spot) for their loss to the …last_img

Riding the wild Cape winds

first_imgThere are some good spots in Cape Town for beginner windsurfers. This is not one of them. Bart de Zwart tests some high- wind equipment near Cape Point. Big waves give the opportunity to get some speed up coming in to the beach – and to get airborne going back out. (Images: Jennifer Stern)Jennifer SternWhen the wind is howling in Cape Town, most people batten down the hatches. But Stefan Gölnitz, Bart de Zwart, Gunther Baade, Jonas Holzhausen, Manuel Vogel and Frank Lewisch are not like most people. These guys come to the Cape because of the wind, not in spite of it.So the attendant at the gate of the Cape Point section of the Table Mountain National Park had to shake herself out of her inaction-induced reverie to sell them tickets. Not many people were braving the Cape of Storms with a howling southeaster blowing.But it was the perfect opportunity to test some wave-jumping boards and heavy weather sails, so the test team set off to play in the wind and waves.Gölnitz is a journalist for a Surf Magazin, the biggest windsurfing magazine in Germany and – strange as it seems – the best-selling windsurfing magazine in the world.  Germany has well over 100 000 active windsurfers, which makes it probably the biggest windsurfing market in the world. This is partly because the newer craze of kite surfing, which has seduced so many windsurfers away, has not really caught on in Germany to the same extent it has in, say, South Africa.After a short session near the Cape of Good Hope, they moved off to Witsand – a popular spot for experienced boardsailors.  And they went wild. There were a couple of intrepid kite surfers there when they arrived, but they were just getting out the water as the wind was picking up.Cool jobGölnitz has a pretty cool job. He has to do some nice travel articles, and he gets to play on the water more than most people who have regular jobs.But probably his favourite assignment is his six-week sojourn in Langebaan, where he and his colleagues test the latest, newest and hottest windsurfing equipment. They test light weather equipment in Italy, but they have to leave Europe to get really consistent high winds and big seas, so they come to Langebaan.This is the 12th consecutive year the Surf Magazin test team have used Langebaan as a location, and it has become an automatic choice.  “In fact,” Gölnitz says, “if the water was warm, this would be maybe the best windsurfing destination in the world.”Langebaan, he says is the perfect base. The lagoon is calm and protected so they can test relatively light weather gear when the wind is not too strong. When it picks up – as it usually does in the afternoon – they can test racing gear, getting up to tear-blurring speeds across the turquoise lagoon.“And,” he adds, “Swartriet is a short drive away when we want to do wave jumping.“And Cape Town is close by, so we can go to Big Bay to surf or to Cape Point and Witsand. There are so many good sites in just an hour’s drive.”Gölnitz says it’s not only the quality of the wind and sea conditions – fabulous as they are. It’s also the general vibe of Cape Town.  “We’ve done the tests in Egypt and the Caribbean before,” he says. ‘But it’s boring. There’s nothing to do when you’re not sailing. In Cape Town, if the weather is bad, we can go to a movie or to the Waterfront. Or even play golf.”A bit of translation may be needed here. Bad weather for Gölnitz means no wind, regardless of how sunny and warm it may be.They are based for the whole six weeks at the Cape Sports Centre. It’s conveniently right on the beach and it has the facilities to effect repairs if necessary. And it’s the centre of action for windsurfers, kite surfers, paddlers and cyclists with all manner of active happenings going on all the time, so it’s a vibe they can relate to.They need to test an enormous amount of equipment so it’s fortunate for them they have a sponsorship with a German airline, otherwise the cost of flying about 600kg of gear from Europe to the tip of Africa and back again would be prohibitive.  And that’s not even the half of it. The rest is brought over by the manufacturers themselves.International windsurfingThe first week of their stay is a real who’s who of international windsurfing. The top equipment manufacturers in the world fly in to Cape Town with a selection of gear they’d like tested, and then they spend a few days in Langebaan networking, pushing their products and – of course – sailing.After that first week, the team gets down to the serious work of testing the gear. It sounds like a cushy job but it really is hard work.The other five members of the team are not journalists, but are mostly semi-professional or professional windsurfers – either teaching windsurfing or running shops. It’s mid-winter in Germany when any sensible person would be sitting in front of a log fire with a mug of glühwein, or – at most – skiing, so business is slow for the water sports industry.While their skill is an essential ingredient in their being part of the team, size also does count. The team consists of three pairs of sailors of similar weights – two light, two medium and two heavy.And they don’t just go out there and have fun. They will perform specific tasks with a range of different boards and sails, and they take copious notes. Then they spend hours in the evening comparing their opinions, and recording their scores.The result is the most authoritative review of windsurfing equipment in the world. Keen boardsailors from other countries have started to learn German just so they can read it.While it’s not a holiday, and they are here to work, six weeks is a long time so many of the team are joined by friends and family for a week or two, and they certainly enjoy spending time in Cape Town.  They’ve got another couple of weeks, and then it’s back to a European winter – but that’s not too terrible a fate. There’s skiing and glühwein, and Christmas with real trees and homemade stollen.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesInto the big-wave DungeonsThe agony and the ecstacy The adventure starts here Useful linksSurf MagazinCape Sportlast_img read more

African filmmakers discuss the state of African cinema

first_imgFive of Africa’s top independent filmmakers participated in a discussion panel at the 2017 Rapid Lion South African International Film Festival, sharing their thoughts on the state of African cinema and its future.Film directors (from left) Vincent Moloi, Steve Gukas, Arthur Musah, Daryne Joshua and David Mboussou discuss the African film industry with mediator Eric Miyeni at a Brand South Africa discussion during the Rapid Lion South African International Film Festival on 6 March 2017. (Image: Brand South Africa)CD AndersonThe RapidLion South African International Film Festival is showcasing the best films and filmmakers of Africa and its diaspora, and BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) members. The festival will run until 12 March 2017 at the Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg.The festival includes screenings of films and documentaries, as well as panel discussions and an awards ceremony. The workshops focus on deepening mutual understanding, strengthening collaborative relations and exploring opportunities for growth and investment in the film-making industry.Brand South Africa has partnered with RapidLion to celebrate African filmmaking, particularly South African cinema. Under the theme of Inspiring New Ways, the partnership aims at soliciting ideas and perspectives from filmmakers and industry players on how African – and the South African Nation Brand – stories can be communicated in visual form, through compelling storytelling.During a recent panel chaired by festival director Eric Miyeni, a diverse group of African directors spoke about their experiences working in the industry, promoting their films to a global audience and finding the spirit of true African storytelling.The discussion focussed specifically around the theme of “how should cinema reflect Africa today?”.The five filmmakers were:David Mboussou, Gabonese director of the documentary series I am Congo.Arthur Musah, US-based, Ghana-born documentary maker. His film Naija Beta follows Nigerian undergraduates returning home to host a robotics summer camp for high schools.South African documentarian Vincent Moloi. His documentary, Skulls of My People, is an in-depth look at the history of German colonialism in Namibia and its effect on the country’s indigenous people.Steve Gukas, Nigerian director of the highly praised Ebola drama 93 Days, which stars Danny Glover.South Africa’s Daryne Joshua, director of the critically acclaimed prison drama Noem My Skollie.Combating the legacy of Western voyeurism@Brand_SA @MarketTheatre @ArtsCultureSA @Abramjee @RapidLionFilm African stories in an eye of an African, not WEST! #BrandSAPanelDiscussion pic.twitter.com/g8ueCoYyGM— Nkululeko Ngubane (@Nkulie14) March 6, 2017Miyeni opened the discussion highlighting the challenges of being an African filmmaker attempting to take African stories to the rest of the world. With a legacy of these stories being told through a more Western/European lens, African filmmakers, he said, have a responsibility to represent the continent and its people more accurately. Filmmakers also needed to find the stories that have yet to be told, and take those stories to the world.Mboussou concurred, aptly using an African proverb – “until lions are able to tell the story, hunters will always be the winners” – to encourage the sharing of ideas and knowledge between the continent’s filmmakers and finding common ground to get more African stories told globally.Musah, as American-Ghanaian, said it was important to get the stories he told right through diligent, honest research.Gukas reiterated that African stories need not fulfil conventional Western film narratives, but focus on the human experience. “Africans can find any story to tell, good or bad, as long as it was mindful of the right sensibilities and responsibilities of telling those stories.”Joshua, who with Skollie, attempted to tell a different kind of story about South Africa’s coloured community, said it was important to get the narratives right through cooperation and collaboration with the community whose stories filmmakers are attempting to tell.What challenges exist within African cinema?@Brand_SA @ArtsCultureSA @Abramjee @RapidLionFilm Arts&Culture treaties signed with the world, is it working for us?#BrandSAPanelDiscussion pic.twitter.com/nuslRBcE8x— Nkululeko Ngubane (@Nkulie14) March 6, 2017Miyeni asked panellists what they considered are the issues negatively impacting African storytelling in film.Across the board, the panel agreed that combating African stereotypes in film was imperative.Musah said as a filmmaker working in Africa and the US, it was a difficult to not be influenced by the usual Western film tropes that characterised Africa in film. His role as filmmaker, in general, was to fight clichés and champion realism in the stories he told.Moloi said that filmmakers, particularly documentarians, needed to treat their subjects with respect.Joshua added that even though it was sometimes challenging to find a positive angle in telling real stories, audiences responded well to uplifting, optimistic storytelling even when dealing with difficult themes.Gukas said the most prevalent challenge to making great African cinema was overcoming the “white saviour complex” in films. Not only did the notion of idealising western convention over realistic African stories impact the way the world sees the continent, more importantly, watching “Hollywood heroes” coming to Africa’s rescue impacted the way African audiences see themselves.From a marketing point of view, panellists agreed that filmmakers and audiences needed access to more platforms to see diverse products from small, independent African filmmakers that often get lost in the larger global cinema marketing machine.More specialised film festivals are also needed with better access to online video platforms to get the word out and create a buzz around films, no matter how small, and to boosts audiences.How to make African cinema world class@Brand_SA @MarketTheatre @ArtsCultureSA @Abramjee @RapidLionFilm Role of Cinema in positive portrayal of Africa? #BrandSAPanelDiscussion pic.twitter.com/HAPkQDHwCm— Nkululeko Ngubane (@Nkulie14) March 6, 2017Wrapping up the panel, Miyeni asked the filmmakers how the African film industry could compete with international film markets.Joshua said that even with the exceptional technical skills the continent has built up over the last few years, a focus must now be on writing and storytelling. While finding resources is easy – “all it takes is a pen and a page”- nurturing African writers with good, original and diverse stories is important.Moloi repeated a call for not only finding new markets for African film, but to create our own markets. “Embrace new media, like online video sharing,” and find ways to control the editorial direction of the art form. Also, as agreed by the entire panel, new funding models need to be found that emphasise content over commerce.Movie fans, journalists, bloggers and other influencers need to “be champions of African film and stories”, said Gukas. This kind of exposure will change the narrative of the African film industry and change global attitudes. The films are slowly being made, the world just needs to be told about them.From a technical standpoint, Musah thought specialisation is key. “Perfect the craft, find new ways of doing things using the tools available.”The Rapid Lion South African International Film Festival ends on 12 March 2017. For more information, check the festival website.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more