It appears filmmaker Leila Jewel Djansi is not happy about Hollywood movie, ‘Coming 2 America’ and has raised some concerns about it after watching the movie.
The movie, which was initially released in December 2020 was premiered globally on March 5, 2021.
The movie is a sequel to the original film which was released in the year 1988.
However, American-based Ghanaian filmmaker, Leila Djansi believes the producers of the movie did not do a good job in portraying Africa to world.
In a post sighted on her Facebook page, Leila Djansi indicated that being an African, she found ‘Coming 2 America’ mildly offensive.
According to her, it was bad on the producers’ part to fill the African continent with Jungles, wild animals, child warriors and war while projecting the continent.
She added that these tropes tell how discriminatory and disrespectful producers of Hollywood movies are and said there are great ways to sell the African continent than what they did in the movie.
Leila Djansi stressed that Africans are regular people and she spent about 15 years of her child life in Ghana but never saw any of the things mentioned above.
She opined that villages in Europe and child gangs in America should be the reason why Hollywood producers should not try to defame Africa.
Her post read:
As an African, I found #Coming2America mildly offensive. Jungles, wild animals, child warriors and war. Come on Hollywood, these tropes show how discriminatory and disrespectful y’all are. Enough!
There’s more to Africa and please don’t try hiding em within wealth.I don’t understand this unwillingness to change and accept that these images and ideas are wrong, mostly lies. Spent 15 years of my life in Ghana and never even seen a squirrel.
Child soldiers? Chicago gun totting gang kids? Can we talk about that? STOP!! Africans are regular people. African cities are cosmopolitan. African villages are what they are based on culture and geography. Let’s not discuss villages in the South. Georgia?
I swear someone will be asking me about lions this week. Jesus take the wheel.”