The Language of Cinema

Kineo - December 10 2008, 1:04 AM

My fellow Haitians, the recent merger with Van Vicker and NollyGolly is a great step in the right direction.

But I'm afraid it will not elevate Haitian Cinema to the level that it really has the potential to go to. The history of Haiti is one of profound legacy, and the world has yet to know the many amazing stories that the little island can tell.

My brethren, I will tell you the secret and do not take my words lightly.

Haitians movies must be made in English to be able to compete in the global industry.

Hollywood dominates the arena, so therefore English is the language of Cinema.

If China were number one, Chinese would be the language of Cinema.

The Nigerians know this, and that is one of the main reasons why they have become so successful.

Ever since they began making films in English, things have never been the same.

The Indian film industry is the largest in the world in terms of ticket sales and number of films produced annually (877 feature films and 1177 short films were released in the year 2003 alone).

There has been a growing presence of Indian English in dialogue and songs as well. It is not uncommon to see films that feature dialogue with English words and phrases, even whole sentences.

There are a growing number of films made entirely in English.

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