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Promoters of the controversial Ghallywood movie “Savannah” in Tamale in the Northern Region have served notice that they are no longer interested in promoting and airing the movie in Tamale.

The FGM movie was expected to be premiered at the Picorna Gardens in Tamale and at the Silverbird cinema from December 25.

The group of promoters including OBL Studios, one Mr Nashiru, King Faisal and Abdul Rashid disclosed this to Dagbon youth front – Dagbon Forum on Thursday December 23.

The controversial movie, Directed by Kobi Rana and Produced by Abdul Salam Mumuni which highlights the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has received widespread condemnation from Dagombas after a trailer of it went viral on social media.

In the trailer, it appears the movie is set up in a Dagbon community where FGM is practiced.

Characters are heard speaking Dagbani, the language of the Dagbon people while Dagbon drums and other culture are widely used.

This angered many who say that the movie was deliberately made to twist the history of Dagbon as where the outmoded and outlawed FGM was practiced.

Even though producers of the movie say the movie was not to slander Dagbon, critics say that it seeks to misinform people because FGM has never been the practice of the Dagomba people.

The Dagbon Forum has already threatened legal actions against the makers of the movie for slandering and defaming Dagbon and Dagombas.

According to the minutes of the meeting on Thursday and sighted by Justicefmonline, the Tamale promoters concluded that “That the film is not a true representation of the culture of Dagbon”.

“That people may misinterpret the movies and that may have negative consequences on their industry and career. ”

“Also the movie may have wider implications and may distort and misrepresent Dagbon culture.”

Story: Mumuni Yirifa Yunus I Justicefmonline |Tamale


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