Why the “Westgate Mall Attack” Movie Will Be Filmed in South Africa and not In Kenya

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FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 file photo, civilians who had been hiding during gunbattles hold their hands in the air as a precautionary measure before being searched by armed police leading them to safety, inside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 following an attack by armed Islamic extremist group al-Shabab. Undercover police officers armed only with pistols and walkie-talkies, as well as unarmed mall security guards helped save countless lives in the initial minutes and hours of the attack - heroics those they brought to safety say have gotten too little attention. (AP Photo/Jonathan Kalan, File)In September 2013,Kenya experienced difficulties coming into terms with the terrorism heinous attack that robbed over 67 lives leaving many injured as well at the Westgate Mall in Westlands.

So apparently,2-years down the line,filmmakers have decided to film the attack into a movie.

However,the saddest fact about this awesome idea is that the movie will not be filmed in Kenya but South Africa reason based on expenditure!!!

“Kenya is a beautiful country with a lovely pool of talent. Unfortunately, it is the only country without incentives or rebates to attract filmmakers. That is why many movies about Kenya are made in South Africa. The government is lenient with licences but the incentives are not there. For example, for $10 million spent making a movie, the South African Government gives back $2 million,”explained Richard Harding to a local news outlet.

Richard is the brain behind Kimani Maruge’s movie “The First Grader” a movie that he invested so much energy ,commitment and money but reaped nothing thanks to Kenyan investors who are more into real estate than in film and also not getting enough industry support.

Any question??

MUKAMI KANYI

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