The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, has called on content creators to produce films that inspires hope and promotes Kenyan culture, moral values and national aspirations.
Speaking at the Cathedral of Praise Ministries in Imara Daima on 10th October, 2020 during the commemoration of the World Mental Health Day, Dr Mutua said that there is great need for content and films that inspire youths to endure pain and rejection, and learn from failure.
“We need to tell stories of people who never gave up because successful people are those who could have given up when they faced challenges in life, but did not,” he said.
Dr Mutua warned that media content that glorifies drugs and substances abuse, betting and gambling can ruin young children and their perspective on life.
“The reason we regulate films is to protect vulnerable groups like children and youth from misleading information. Media content that glorifies drugs and substances abuse, betting and gambling can ruin young children and their perspective on life,” the Board’s CEO added.
He noted that the Board is partnering with Google to offer Digital Parenting Skills to parents in a bid to empower them with skills that foster children online safety as they navigate the internet.
Speaking at the event as the Chief Guest, Ministry of Health (MoH), Chief Administrative Secretary, (CAS), Dr. Mercy Mwangangi hailed the work being done by KFCB terming it very important. “I know at times the Board face heavy criticism and resistance but we need to know that bad content can destroy a nation,” she said.
On her part, Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs CAS, Ms. Nadia Abdalla, noted the need for Kenyans to be educated on mental wellness, mental illness and management in order to increase early recognition of symptoms and reduce the severity of most of the illnesses.
The world mental is a global commemoration observed on 10th October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health, this year’s theme was ‘Mental Health for all. Greater Investment-Greater Access’.
The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.