The African film critic must be « heard » in the ecosystem of the 7th art became more commercial, said the journalist and French film critic Michel Amarger.
»The first challenge today of the film critic is to be heard and respected, because it has the right to quote and speak, » he said Saturday during a webinar.
It was a virtual meeting organized by the African Federation of Film Critics in collaboration with the structure »Noo’cultures ». It was a prelude to the 27th edition of the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (Fespaco).
The theme was »what challenges today for African critics in the ecosystem of the film sector ».
Specialist in African cinema, Michel Amarger, believes that with the development of the film industry has become increasingly commercial, « we need more people who deal with the promotion than criticism.
The diversification of audiovisual means can help the expression and visibility of critics of African countries facing mobility, » said the journalist.
He insisted on the fact that it was more difficult to sensitize people by a critical discourse to encourage them to see a film that does not often last on the screens. He said that cinema needs less criticism than promotion and publicity.
The role of the critic must be militant, detect new trends, take into account the context of manufacture of films in front of a difficult cinematographic context in Tunisia, » said the Tunisian critic Narjes Torchani.
She advocates for a « diversified » criticism that is academic or informative.
These film critics recommend the establishment of a status of the critic for greater recognition of the profession.
We need to get together to carry out joint actions, set up an economic model for the mobility of critics on the continent and elsewhere in the world, » said the Beninese critic Espéra Donouvossi, a specialist in development and management of cultural projects.