Hollywood actress Lynn Whitfield has urged African filmmakers to vary their style in filmmaking and desist from getting stuck to outdated movie directing techniques.

“I think it is about time we started expanding our stories, both in Africa and in America. We tend to repeat the same stories over and over again in both our cultures and I’m a little bored with the same story over and over again,” Lynn said.

The actress made the comments at the ongoing Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) being held in Calabar, Nigeria. She was talking about the controversial South African film, ‘Of Good Report’, when she made the comment.

Lynn Whitfield was of the opinion that such stories about the negative effects of slavery had been over ‘flogged’ and there is a need for new direction in terms of content for African films.

“I think we need to start looking at contemporary life. Just open the newspapers and see so much is going on in our communities and we are not touching on some of these. Do not just make film you know that everybody want to talk about because they are accustomed to it. It is time for artistes to break back, go out and tell stories that may be we don’t know everybody wants to know and keep moving the art form forward. This film (Of Good Report) does that. Many people won’t notice but it will be around for a long time,” she added.

Ahead of the 2013 edition of the AFRIFF, Lynn Whitfield was named with Rita Dominic as the ambassadors of the festival. Their faces will represent the brand on the African continent and beyond.

“Lynn is a natural choice as AFRIFF Goodwill Ambassador not just for her accomplishments in Hollywood, but also because of her passionate support for the AFRIFF project since its inception,” Chioma Ude, Executive Director and Founder of the Africa International Film Festival, explained.

From Francis Addo, Calabar, Nigeria.

Culled from News Ghana.

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