The authority of the Liberia Movie Union has said it will be hosting its first convention in seven years, and called on movie practitioners to join the effort.
The convention chairperson, Saydee Roberts, said the convention is keeping in line with the constitution to discuss a wide range of issues, including discussing and resolving constitutional matters so as to debate and adapt the draft 2007/2008 constitution.
“Not only that, we will also be promoting the agenda of reconciliation among past and present leadership, and highlighting challenges and growth,” he noted.
Mr Roberts said the union’s constitution contains many ‘clauses and uncertainties’ that need to be made clear to its members during the convention, and to make any necessary changes before it can be adapted.
“Unless the union’s membership come together to argue and later on agree on the constitutional matters, the union is far from unity and success.
“I want to use this opportunity to call on aggrieved members who have not been active in the union for the past year to see this convention as a means of settling all issues once and for all for the betterment of the union,” Mr Roberts said.
Chairman Roberts said time is not in favor of the union and any other future accomplishments, like training of members and the annual awards, will depend on the outcome of the convention.
Mr Roberts also appealed to all movie practitioners in Liberia to remain committed and supportive of the union’s cause, adding that this convention is the beginning of transformation.
According to him, the convention will open with a grand parade from the headquarters of LIMU on Capitol Bypass at 7:30 a.m on Friday, and is expected to be graced by stakeholders, officials, chairpersons of various guilds and associations and the union’s membership.
The convention itself is a milestone for the leadership, but it is also an opportunity for ordinary members to express their dissatisfactions with the performance of the union’s leadership.
Much of the issues that will be discussed and accepted will help curb these challenges. However, they may not be implemented as there is not much cooperation among union leaders.
Currently, the leadership is under serious pressure to come up with plans to make actors and actresses receive pay for their works. They hope to do so from the convention since they have failed to come up with plans to this effect.
Critics will call the convention a “marred big mouth area,” but the union leadership is trying to send out the message that despite financial challenges, required for many things to work, they remain committed to development of the union, and will definitely implement any resolution coming from the convention.