Friday, September 4, 2015

Gambian Film ‘House Maid’ Gets America Screening on September 26


Jallow, who starred in the Film as Cherno, said: “The film is significant because it helps society understand that house maids are not slaves and must not be treated as such.”  (Photo Credit: Zaidi Entertainment Production)

‘House Maid’, a Gambian film directed by Bubacarr Zaidi Jallow, is scheduled to make its first screening in the United States of America on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

The film will be screened in Washington, DC during the city-wide “Art All Night” programme which will feature art programmes around the city.

The House Maid’s premier is being organized in collaboration with the Washington-based Port of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership (POHGEP).

Jallow, who starred in the Film as Cherno, said: “The film is significant because it helps society understand that house maids are not slaves and must not be treated as such.”  In the story, a wife loses her man to their maid.

“The wife gives a lot of priority to going to the gym and other programmes instead of sharing those moments with the husband and expecting the maid to take care of him because she pays the maid,” explained Jallow, who wrote, casted, produced and directed the film.
Photo Credit: Zaidi Entertainment Production

When quizzed about how acceptable such a story of male infidelity (i.e., Arnold Schwarzenegger and Marie Shriver Kennedy) would be in the western world, Jallow said both partners in the film neglected the marriage and that he based the story on what he observed in his neighborhood.

Like many low-budget films, the director also has an acting part in the film. The other actors are also Gambians who are part of Zaidi Entertainment Production. The film’s editor, Lamin Janneh, studied filming in Egypt.

“I met him at a meeting of film makers and directors,” Jallow continued, "but for me, I haven't studied it anywhere - it is just a talent from God.”

Jallow added: “Though, I am not getting paid for the showing, I appreciate POHGEP successfully petitioning having my film being screened in the USA because it can lead to greater opportunities.”

Photo Credit: Zaidi Entertainment Production
POHGEP President, Wayne Young, said: “When I first saw the film’s trailer, I was interested in showing the film in America.”

POHGEP is involved in education, community, and culture projects. In addition with its work with Jallow, POHGEP also created the “West Africans in Early America” exhibit available for viewing at the Juffreh Slavery Museum, the National Library, and Timbooktu Bookstore in The Gambia.

The ‘House Maid’ cast are Bubacarr Jallow (known as Cherno), Nancy Nanz (Jahou), Binta Kassama (Yassin), and Kitab Fatty (Demba).



Written by Modou S. Joof


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