Dutch film criticized for public subsidy

'Mafrika' unlikely to ever reach local audience

AMSTERDAM -- Dutch minister of Development Cooperation Bert Koenders is under attack for subsidizing a feature film that will never be released in cinemas.

His department invested 400,000 euros in the black comedy "Mafrika," directed by Paul Ruven. The film was meant to raise interest among Western teenagers for the problems in Africa.

However, no Dutch distributor is willing to release the film that stars actors from "Blackbook" and "Hotel Rwanda."

"Mafrika" won the public award at the recent Dutch Film Festival.

Opposition party D66 has asked minister Koenders to justify why he public money on a project that clearly will not reach its goal. D66 accuses Koenders of careless conduct.
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