THE EDITOR, Sir:
After reading the article 'Jamaican Mafia' film emerges from the US', published in your Entertainment section on August 17, 2013, one would feel inclined to agree that there are too many Jamaican gangster movies.
As an advocate for human development, I strongly believe in elevating the youth of our country and can understand the frustration of our Jamaican people who have to deal with the daily news of gun violence and then watch it played out in film productions.
However, one can also agree that past movies such as Shottas have done well. These productions have aided in job creation and in showcasing the skills of some of our talented actors and actresses. Also, producers do have good intentions and do not set out on a mission to promote only the negatives of our country.
On behalf of the Jamaican people, I would love to say thanks to Dale Foti for her hard work with our producers. I will agree that A Dance for Grace did depict a different theme and yet, there were many critics.
I was surprised with the comment: "Even those of you who hate ... I can surely tell you that NO ONE will rain on our parade with this film. ... There will always be haters." Such a comment can only come across as not knowing how to handle constructive criticism from the general public.
Jamaican people have a right to voice their opinions. One needs to learn how to deal with these negatives. Saying that there are too many gangster films being produced about Jamaica does not mean that the minority, which does not speak for the majority, hates gangster films or their producers. Rather, readers would love to see these talented minds focus on other themes that depict our country in a positive light. Unfortunately for some, dancehall is viewed as being vulgar.
Based on my minimal involvement in aiding producer Orville Matherson in fundraising for A Dance of Grace, I can say responses received from fans internationally were overwhelming. Many asked with excitement if the movie was like Shottas, etc. Despite negative views, these gangster films have been doing well commercially. I have no doubt that Jamaica Mafia will do the same.