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Chinese film festival opens in Ghana to mark 55th anniversary of bilateral ties

Xinhua | Updated: 2015-06-15 14:20

The Chinese Embassy to Ghana opened a Chinese Film Festival at the Silverbird Cinemas in Accra on June 12.

The three-day festival is being held as part of activities to mark the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Ghana.

Over 300 people attended the first day of screening which also attracted state officials, lecturers, students and business executives.

Ghana's Minister for Tourism and Creative Arts said for her outfit, an eloquent testimony of Ghana's relationship with China is the national theater which was built and donated to the country by China.

She commended the Chinese ambassador to Ghana Sun Baohong for the interest shown in the creative arts sector while looking forward to an even stronger relationship between the two countries in the future.

Sun said China and Ghana have in recent years conducted effective cooperation on culture and people to people exchanges.

She said Ghanaians are showing ever-growing enthusiasm in learning the Chinese language and in getting attractive to the Chinese culture.

"Both of our two governments will continue our efforts in setting up more platforms to strengthen the bonds of our two peoples so that China-Ghana friendship will be carried forward from generation to generation," she told the packed cinema hall.

The opening film screened was the 'Monkey King' which is derived from 'Journey to the West', one of the four great classical novels of Chinese literature, which is also very popular among Ghanaians.

Other movies to be screened for free to the public include Partners, Mulan; The Grandmaster; The Flowers of War; Painted Skin: The Resurrection; Confucius, Chinese Zodiac as well as Phurbu and Tenzin.

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