There are some things that only the process will teach you and what I’m learning through trials and situations is that even the valleys and crevices that we come to are purposeful in the masterpiece of our life. Yeah it’s about 6am so you’ll have to forgive me for being so philosophical…but I just keep thinking about my long term goals and can’t help but recognize that at every step, it’s going to be an uphill battle. I strongly believe that God put me on this earth to help create content that provokes even the most narrow of minds. Traveling to Ghana last year and spending time doing research on the film industry helped me realize how powerful western media is.
It’s so easy to dismiss media as just a form of entertainment but it goes deeper than that. It’s the amalgamation of films, TV shows, etc that shape our perceptions and determine how we view ourselves and our environment. In Ghana/ Africa, western media has a huge presence. And what I recognized from doing research is that many people neglect to appreciate their own culture because of the oversaturated climate of western media. In Ghana street corners were decorated with bootleg DVDs, the major movie theatre showed predominantly U.S. movies, and of course music.
However, with that said- there is also the other side of the spectrum where western media has skewed Africa to be this dark, distant, and mystic continent where progress doesn’t exist. Some of my favorite movies- “Hotel Rwanda”, “Last King of Scotland”, and “Hotel Rwanda” are guilty of this. They tell compelling stories but are the only stories about the continent penetrating a global box office and creating a presence. And because of that- they are the only depictions that many people see of the continent.
It runs deep my friends.