It’s a wrap: More than 40 graduate with film, TV skills

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More than 40 young Papua New Guineans graduated with certificates in film and television directing, acting and screen writing during the launching of local films yesterday.
The course, which was run by the PNG Digital Arts Foundation and was supported by the National Capital District Commission Youth Desk and PNG Women Community Services, taught 42 participants on film and television directing, acting and screen- writing programmes.
During the graduation, two films were shown to showcase the participants work in film and television production.
One of the films was Forget the Past, produced by Osborne Mandembo, 25, from Northern.
Mandembo said the film was inspired by the lives of school leavers who resorted to criminal activities after dropping out of the government education system.
“I made the film with the aim of reaching out to the school leavers to lead positive lives,” he said.
“Just because you didn’t make it, doesn’t mean you are a failure.
“Look at life positively and live positively.
“Don’t engage in criminal activities but do things that are productive, you are still a productive member of your family and community.”
Moresby South technical and vocational education training coordinator Rose Hagua said she was happy to see that the youths had produced local films that had local actors and actresses in it.
“I am a former teacher and I don’t like the word drop-outs,” she said.
“I think of them as school leavers because there was no space in the system for them to continue so they dropped out.”