Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has challenged local film producers to prioritise social cohesion in their storytelling.

Mthethwa has been speaking on the first day of the two-day South African Film Summit underway at Skyrink Studios in the Johannesburg CBD.

The summit brings together industry practitioners to discuss ways of growing the industry, among other things.

Minister Mthethwa says he’d like to see the South African story dominate the narrative in the local film industry.

“What is or what should be our identity today? And the creative would be best positioned to respond to this question. As we gather today, we must not forget the long journey that has led to this point. We must not forget the majority of our people have historically been excluded in the critical processes, and tasks assigned in the value chain in the development of this sector, more importantly young people, women and people with disabilities,” says Mthethwa.