Inspiring New Talent, Telling Our Story

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The winners of the 2014 Liberia Movie Union Inter High School Drama Competition has finally concluded, leaving three high schools victorious out of the 12 schools that partook in the competition.

Kadiatu Kaba Kamara, vice president of the Liberia Movie Union stated during the finals her reason for initiating such a sensational event.

“We initiated the entire program last year, it was a success and we thought that students were happy about the program.  The union thinks it’s something to keep the children from the streets. Its something fun and well educative,” she said.

Furthermore, Mrs. Kamara also explained the content of the program to LIB LIFE and how the winners would be selected.

“Today we are celebrating the finals of a program we initiated last year for the inter high school drama competition. Schools compete through drama while portrayingthe ills of our society and also dramatize our culture and stuff like that. We started with 12 schools and only five are left in the race today. There will be a competition between the five schools that will be performing drama. After the competition, the judges will decide on three of the best schools. And the schools will be given compensation or a token for participating.”

Five schools including B.W Harris, Revelations S.D.A., Christ The King, Len Miller High School and Isaac A. Davis each had a opportunity to show what they had by portraying some very serious issues including child abuse, illiteracy, domestic abuse and child abandonment.

One young man, Elam King, who won best actor and director during last years competition felt very confident that he would walk home with the title once again.

“My school, Len Miller High, is in the competition. My former school, Susan Berry High School, won last year but is no longer participating in this competition. I won best actor and director of the year, and my school won as well. Today, I aim to take it for the second time; it’s part of me already,” stated the talented young director.

Kamara feels that activities like these can help the film industry scout new talent in acting, directing, as well as design.

“We are talking with producers and Liberian TV stations to show some of these dramas to show that our students who are citizens have this potential and talent in them. We need to see these dramas instead of looking at foreign movies. Let it be the content on our own television stations where we see our own people portraying what we are,” she insists.

The competition is said to be sponsored solely by the Movie union and well-wishers who hope to see more of its kind. Kamara also hopes that a future will come out of such a program.

“We are hoping that this will go on to fill more than just an auditorium. It will go to national television level and, if possible, we can even do it in the sub-region. But for now, we’re hoping that it will go to the national level, throughout the counties.”

Meanwhile, three schools were announced as winners after an intense, interesting and fair performance.  Christ The King came in the third place, Len Miller High School as second place and Revelations S.D.A. took the title. 

 Elam, who expected to win but came third place instead, told LIB Life with the confidence of a winner: “In everything I do, I always try to out-do myself.  I expected to win because of my story line, my articulation, stage performance and body language. I came in third place instead. I really feel good when it comes to movies and in am love with making movies. But there’s no sponsor or support. I feel good because if I lose it gives me more inspiration to do better.

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