China Looking Forward To Partner With Ghana In Advancing Documentary Film Making

The government of the People’s Republic of China is relishing opportunities to explore cooperation avenues in the arts and entertainment industry in Africa, especially Ghana.

China, is looking at partnering with developing countries especially Africa to boost the entertainment to help better tell their own story across the globe.

Speaking at a seminar-workshop for selected media and documentary film making professionals from developing countries in Beijing-China, a Senior Lecturer at the Communication University of China, Professor Jin Haina, stated that developing countries could make great strides in the entertainment sector by exploring documentary film making development.

She disclosed that China produces about 52 films yearly and annual revenue of over one billion dollars from a single film, adding that "it could also be the story of African countries should there be cooperation and sharing of ideas".

Professor Haina explained that with the availability of dubbing and sub-titling methods, African countries and China could exchange Television film series to bridge cultural differences and share a common goal of attaining domestic and international development through entertainment.

The Deputy Director for Film and TV Dubbing Services at the China Radio International (CRI), Mr. Meng Yi, noted that China would be in the position to cooperate with state and private media in African countries and to provide documentary film products for free broadcasting or in a cooperative way.

He contended that translation has been the most difficult part in efforts to localize documentary film contents for other countries since that has to do with translating meanings according to local cultural structures.

Mr Yi, however, stressed that the CRI Radio and TV Translation Centre of China has in place assistance avenues that is ready to train potential translators from African countries to easily translate the Chinese series or documentary films into their respective local languages for easy understanding.

About 45 media and documentary film making professionals from developing countries have been selected by the Chinese Government to participate in the on-going three-week training at China’s Research and Training Institute for National Radio and TV Administration in Beijing.

China will provide Africa with 50,000 government scholarship and 50,000 training opportunities for seminars and workshops, and will also invite 2,000 young Africans to visit the Asian giant for exchange.

800 to 1,000 participants take part in the Research and Training Institute each year.

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