Thursday, 23 December 2010
BEN AFFLECK WANTS TO MAKE MOVIE ABOUT CONGO
With the success of DRC Congo’s star singer Fally Ipupa during the MAMAs, now Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor, director and now Africa advocate Ben Affleck wants to make a movie about the troubled eastern Democratic Republic of Congo but has found no Hollywood taker yet.
"I would love to make a movie about Congo, but unfortunately Hollywood folks claim that nobody wants to see a movie about Africa," said Affleck, who earlier this year founded the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) advocacy group.
Affleck was speaking after launching a report by his advocacy group, which calls for the United States to lead an international effort to bring stability to the troubled eastern Congo or risk the Great Lakes region becoming "another failure of humanity."
The Congo was riven by devastating back-to-back wars that began in the 1990s and ended early this century after claiming some 3.5 million lives.
Affleck directed, wrote and co-starred in bank heist movie "The Town" and has a slew of awards to his name, including a 1998 Oscar for the screenplay of "Good Will Hunting." He is among a growing number of stars who use their celebrity to raise awareness of global crises.