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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 I've asked Hollywood folks and they always say, ah, nobody wants to see a movie about Africa," said Affleck, who earlier this year founded the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) advocacy group. "I think that points to this general sense that people sort of tune out, that it doesn't matter," he said in an interview.

"It's also a function of trends and conventional wisdom: if it comes down to a movie with fighting robots or a movie on what's happening in eastern Congo, you're not going to win."

Affleck was speaking Tuesday 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."

"In eastern Congo, conflict and insecurity continue while the guns have fallen silent in other parts," the report said.


François Baudry, director of People TV is calling for large companies present in Africa to contact him if they want to use his weekly programmes, largely deployed across Africa to communicate to a wide audience. People TV’s programmes are broadcast across the whole of sub-Saharan Africa and reach about 40 million people weekly. To be put in contact, email: sbeletre @ balancingact-africa.com.
Recent interviews (in French) can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE7XaNkX5KI
and at http://www.youtube.com/user/BalancingActAfrica#p/a/u/1/gNmg4khccRA

Fasken Martineau, a leading international business law and litigation firm announced that Christophe Fichet is joining its team of business lawyers in Paris as a new Partner. Christophe has developed over the years a recognized telecommunications and media practice and a strong knowledge of the African market. With over 650 lawyers, the firm has offices in 9 cities including Johannesburg. Balancing Act interviewed Christophe to get his insights on Africa – watch the 3 videos here: http://www.youtube.com/user/BalancingActAfrica#p/u/14/5x4Iw63wODY
For additional information, please visit the firm's website at www.fasken.com.