The Namibian Movie Collection
The Namibian Movie Collection, initiated by Joel Haikali, founder of Joe-Vision Production, consists of films made by Namibian filmmakers and foreign films with relevance to the Namibian film landscape. For the purpose of promotion, filmmakers agreed to grant non-commercial rights of their films to be part of the collection and the FNCC granted space in its Multimedia Library for public access. For a broader dissemination and exposure, a catalog of the Namibian Movie Collection is published on the website of AfricAvenir, introducing Namibian films and filmmakers to an international audience. We believe this is necessary and crucial towards achieving the overall objective, the development of the Namibian film industry.
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1. The Power Stone**
Director: Andy Botelle & Kelly Kowalski, production: Mamokobo Video & Research, 1999, English, 53 min
This true story follows the journey of a sacred stone belonging to the Kwanyama people of northern Namibia and southern Angola. Passed down from generation to generation, this sacred power stone has remained at the center of the Kwanyana Kingdom, until the last Kwanyama king, Mandume, was killed in 1917. After the king’s death, the stone disappeared. This documentary takes us on a quest to find the power stone. Part One: “When We Were Kings” traces the stone’s migration through precolonial Africa and witnesses the rise and fall of the Kwanyama kingdom. Part Two: “Africa Gets Light and Security” examines the effects of colonialism on the kingdom and follows the stone’s secret journey to Europe during the war against apartheid until its remarkable return home after Namibia’s independence in 1990. Experience the history of this African kingdom as told by Kyanyma storytellers, musicians, poets and artists, and travel back in time to follow the incredible journey of their kingdom’s power stone.
Tel: +264 81 12 84 746
2. 5 minutes of Pleasure**
Director: Philippe TalaveraOmbetja Yehinga Organisation
2007, English, 56min
Anthony, 19 years old and Tanya, 17 years old, have a child together. Unlike many Namibian young men, Anthony decides to take up responsibilities and look after the cild. He moves in with Tanya, drops out of school and finds casual work sweeping the streets. While is love for his baby boy grows stronger everyday, his relationship with Tanya deteriorates. Samantha, a 16 years old school girl; discovers she is pregnant after a one night stand with Musa. She is at a complete lost and needs support from her friend, Rebecca, who has a secret on her own.
3. Remembering Eliphas (Part 1, 2 & 3)**
Director: Ernst Steynberg, production: Social Marketing Association, 2002/2007/2010, English, Part 1: 37 min, Part 2: 76 min, Part 3: 63 min
Remembering Eliphas Part 1
Eliphas has everything. He is a strong handsome soldier with a monthly paycheck and a family at home in the village. He thinks he is living the life that he fought for and deserves, when one day he gets the shock of his life and finds out that he might have more than he bargained for... he might be HIV+. Shocked and afraid, he lies awake at night worrying about what friends and family will think and what he should decide to do. Should he get tested? She has a wife at home and she desperately wants more children...what if he tests positive? How can he tell his wife? What should he do?
Remembering Eliphas Part 2
„Remembering Eliphas Part 2“ was produced for the Namibian Ministry of Defence by Social Marketing Association, as an HIV/Aids awareness video.
Eliphas, a soldier in the Namibian Defense Force, is a good man, strong and true to his country and profession. Nambata is his faithful wife whom he married out of love 16 years ago. They have overcome many challenges, are bound by history, share young children, cattle and a large extended family. Eliphas contracted the HIV virus, and as his secrets are revealed, tensions rise and panic and misleading myths in the community affect his wife and children. To be a soldier requires the willingness to die for one´s country and supreme bravery. But is Eliphas brave enough to face this new and elusive enemy? In this heart warming family drama, watch how love, forgiveness, understanding and tolerance unite a family against the largest health threat of our times. Find out if love is enough to help Eliphas and Nambata overcome infidelity, family turmoil, community stigma, discrimination and chronic illness.
Remembering Eliphas Part 3 – Marching Forward
While some soldiers may relate to Eliphas who has long learned to change his behaviour during the series – abstaining from alcohol, remaining faithful to his wife and adhering to his treatment plan – others may relate more to his more rowdy friend, Mathias whose risky-behaving character makes his debut in Part III Marching Forward.
Tel: +264 81 1246448
4. Tate Penda**
Director : Errol Geingob
Desert film Production
2006, English/ Oshiwambo/ Damara, 117min
A story of love, greed, trickery and happiness. An Oshiwambo girl falls in love with a Damara boy. Yet the girl’s father has already arranged a traditional wedding for her and is not eager to accept his daughter’s wish to marry the one she is in love with.
Tel: +264 81 27 57 810/ +264 812818396
Tel: +264 46 510012
5. Three and a half lives of Philip Wetu**
Director: Richard Pakleppa, production: Media Logistics Namibia (for GTZ and Goethe-Center/NADS), 2009, English, 30 min
"Three and half lives of Philip Wetu" is Namibia’s first interactive film, which enables audiences to guide the storyline. The film underscores the importance of responsible decision making amongst the youth, especially when it comes to having multiple concurrent partners. Philip Wetu – a young and attractive IT professional – is a player, with a steady girlfriend and a string of other women. When he learns that one of his sexual partners might be HIV positive, he has to make some tough choices or lose everything that he holds dear.
Richard Pakleppa: richardpakleppa(at)dsl.pipex.com
Media Logistics Namibia cc
Tel: +264 61 24 72 31, Fax: +264 61 247 975
P.O.Box 9051, Windhoek, Namibia
6. A Crack in the wall**
Director: Philippe Talavera, production: Ombetja Yehinga Organisation, 2008, English, 89 min
On the 18th of September 2006, Susan Njikata (Loide Imasa), a student at the University of Namibia, goes to Club X’tazy with her friend, Caroline (Grace Swartbooi), Caroline’s boyfriend, Coliin (Ebenezer !Naruseb) and his friends Paul (Barnabas Ochurub), Ben (Bergo van Wyk) and Dave (Mathew Murumbua). But the evening turns into a nightmare and in the early hours of the 19th of September, she is brutally gang-raped. Or, is she making up a story to get access to medication after having engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse with two men and maybe even to justify failing her second year to her parents? From the Women and Child Protection Unit to the Court, those involved in the case will try to understand what happened to Susan that night.
Also starring Lize Ehlers, Norman Job, Dawie Engelbrecht, Tanya Terblanche, Dudley Vialt and Elize de Wee, A Crack in the wall is just not a story of a thrilling court case, but the adds a rape victim has to deal with.
7. Flight to Heaven**
Director: Virginia Witts, production: Clever Clogs Productions, in collaboration with African Renaissance Productions and Mafisa Media, 2008, English, 24 min
This film offers an intriguing yet compellingly fresh approach on a subject we all will deal with at one point or another but try and ignore for better part of our lives: disposal of our mortal remains.
Tel: +264 811285915
8. Testimony - Breaking the Wall of Silence**
Director: Simon Wilkie, production: Breaking the Wall of Silence, 2003, English, 53 min
Testimony is a story of courage and endurance - of four people who were detained, tortured and imprisoned for years in underground dungeons by the liberation movement they had joined to free their country - Namibia.
In the late 1970s, many Namibians went into exile to take up arms against the South African occupation. But the liberation movement South West African Peoples Organization, SWAPO, in exile was rent by division and insecurity. In a climate of fear stories of South African spies abounded. As a result, the liberation movement detained and tortured many of the exiles until they confessed to being South African enemy agents.
Pauline Dempers, Dean Waggie, Ben Gowiseb and Sam Thomas tell the story of exile, torture, imprisonment and final release. Their testimony is a tribute to those who never came home. As members of the Breaking the Wall of Silence Movement, they intend to hold the culprits accountable, in search for reconciliation, truth and justice.
Breaking the Wall of Silence Movement
PO Box 40587, Ausspannplatz Windhoek, Namibia
9. Die Ossis von Namibia *
Directors: Klaus-Dieter Gralow, Roger Pitann, Hans Thull, 2006, 90 min
What has happened with the so called “GDR-kids”? Former “GDR-children” speak about themselves, about eleven years of their life in East-Germany, fifteen years in Namibia, about their home country and their family. Politicians, educators, teachers and adoptive parents from the GDR and from Namibia comment the political background of this time.
Hauptstr. 60, 23996 Bad Kleinen/Germany
Tel: 0049 (0) 38 423 50085
10. Generation X**
Director: Thorsten Schütte, 2005, English, 92 min
15 years after the end of Apartheid in Namibia. For the first time a multi ethnic school class is preparing for the final exams in a former white elite school of German origin. This first post-apartheid-generation knows segregation only from history books. But still it is a long way to overcome the shadows of the past.
NAMIBIA – GENERATION X tells the story of a new generation of black and white Namibians in disrupted black and white community. Young people, who are trying to handle the burdens of the past and who are seeking to define their identity amidst times of cultural and political upheaval.
Schlossstrasse 69, 70176 Stuttgart, Germany
11. Skymaster… Township Jazz from the Old Location**
Director: Hidipo Nangolo, production: 3rd Eye Production, 2008, English, 56 min
Witnesses and accomplices recall the glorious days of Township Jazz in Namibia’s shanty town. J. A. Mureko formed the first known band and influenced a whole generation of musicians. His myth is revealed in tales still echoing in a generation of musical instrument players, citing him as their teacher. Music was all that was left in the midst of the harsh realities of segregation. Township jazz subculture disappeared by 1975. Filmmaker Hidipo Nangolo retraces the legends of township jazz, reuniting six musicians after 35 years.
The documentary "Skymaster" and the two soundtrack albums "Dakotas" and "Benguela Breeze" by the Original Jazz Masters are part of are part of an audio-visual research and script development project to produce the feature film "Skymaster". Any interested partners or donor should contact Nghidipo Nangolo.
Tel: +264 81 1279068
12. Big Mouths Open Minds**
Director: Kelly Kowalski, production: Terraplane Production, Mamokobo Production, 2003, English, 60 min
Camera: Eran Tahor, Andy Botelle, Guy De Lancey, Marius Scriven; edit by Kelly Kowalski, Guy De Lancey, Greg Shaw; sound: Steph Albertyn, Kelly Kowalski, Manuel Jacobs; support: Ford Foundation
As the last African country to gain independence in 1990, Namibia opted for democratic rule. Twelve years on, how have the abstract concepts of 'Independence' and 'Democracy' taken root in Namibia's urban landscape?
Tel: +264 61 249 947
13. Cul de Sac**
Director: Joel Haikali, 2003, Kwanyama/English, 30 min
Starring: Joel Haikali, Evelyn Ashipala, Kibi Tsuses, Patrick Kamati, Vincent Mwemba
From one moment to the next young Pandu gets kicked out of his uncle’s house, loses his girlfriend and the life he had. The dynamic zero budget drama the Cul de Sac takes the audience on the turbulent journey of a young black Namibian, who has to survive in Windhoek city and find his way against all odds.
14. The world of today**
Director: Joel Haikali, 2004, English / Afrikaans, 29 min
Starring: Marlise Marton, David Dumeni, Albert Ricket, Ananias Nuule, Asser Kauazunda, Sasha O. Simpson, Kaudife
The life of young Jackson, living in Katutura, taking care of his family with low paid occasional jobs, changes forever when he ends up in the wrong white neighborhood, helping someone in need. This Nigerian style drama is a portrayal of Namibian post apartheid society having to deal with racism, stereotypes and the separation between the rich and the poor.
15. Tulila’s Fate**
Director: Oshosheni Hiveluah, English, 12 min
Starring: Desré Christian, Marc Chiyzuka, Audrey Mootseng
Tulila meets Jack, whom she believes to be the man of her dreams. He fills her heart with promises of reuniting in the harbor town where he works at sea. They spend a passion filled night together and a couple of months later Tulila discovers that she is pregnant. She goes on her first journey out of her hometown to search for him. Along the trip she meets a young lady who instills some confidence into her naive character. In the harbor town she discovers that that the address Jack gave her is a fluke and she has to make decisions about growing up and learn to make some tough choices.
Oshosheni Hiveluah Tel: +264 81 2321222 oshosheni(at)yahoo.com
Director: Natangwe Jimmy, executive producer: Paul van der Veur, 2006, English, 26 min
Funded by The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
Elisabeth is sharing her story, how she lives with HIV and how she decided to help people who feel guilty for being HIV+.
Tel: +264 81 2272456
17. 100 Years of Etosha**
Director: Tim Huebschle, Namibia 2006, Documentary, English, 43 min
Etosha National Park, Namibia's premier wildlife park and tourism hot spot, celebrates its centenary on March 22nd 2007. 'Chums' as the original inhabitants, the Heikum San, call it, mesmerizes and hypnotizes the human spirit through its massive waterless saline pan, formed, according to local lore, when the tears of a Heikum mother, who lost her child, evaporated.
Tel: +264 812857277
18. Rider without a Horse & Other Short Films**
Director: Tim Huebschle, 2006-2009, English, 26 min
The story revolves around the Reiter (German for Rider) of the Rider Monument in Windhoek - one of Namibia’s most prominent historical monuments - coming to life and being confronted with his own identity.
In a funny but serious tale, the Reiter’s journey takes him through a changed world, as he stumbles upon the 18th Independence Day celebrations in the nation’s capital. The Reiter finds himself confronted by a modern reality. He has to deal with mixed race couples, rude taxi drivers, obnoxious prostitutes and drag queens and finally black men in uniforms. All the Reiter longs for is something familiar. And this will lead to his entanglement in a Herero protest march against the signing of a Namibian-German development treaty at the Alte Feste. His experiences of today’s social and political realities make him question what he really stands for. With a simple gesture the Reiter manages to turn around the meaning of the monument - making a positive statement for Namibia’s future!
Other Short Films
Afroshine - Ti Mama
Afroshine - Hope
Lady May - Chocola
Gazza - Mokasie
EES ft. PDK - U my Lady Beef
19. 18 Years in Windhoek**
Short Film Collection
Directors: Joel Haikali, Tim Huebschle, Perivi Katjavivi, 2008, English
Under the theme "18 years in Windhoek", three young Namibian film makers set out to explore the changes since Namibia's independence in 1990 - with three very different results, sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, but always personal and at the same time universal.
Joel Haikali - "Differences"
In "Differences" the idyllic lives of three meticulous Windhoek office workers, one black, one colored, one white, is disturbed, when they suddenly wake up next to their colleague's wife one morning. This satiric short film challenges the social reality of segregation based on alleged cultural, racial and ethnic differences, which Namibian society still faces 18 years after independence.
Perivi John Katjavivi - "The Shop"
A poignant look at independent Namibia from the street level up, as the same Windhoek convenience store shop with the same white shop assistant gets depicted during three different periods of independent Namibia. At the core the film explores our inability to communicate effectively as a society, but also reflects the current economic difficulties with escalating food prices and social deprivation.
Tim Hübschle - “Rider without a Horse“
The story revolves around the Reiter (German for Rider) of the Rider Monument in Windhoek - one of Namibia’s most prominent historical monuments - coming to life and being confronted with his own identity. In a funny but serious tale, the Reiter’s journey takes him through a changed world, as he stumbles upon the 18th Independence Day celebrations in the nation’s capital. The Reiter finds himself confronted by a modern reality. He has to deal with mixed race couples, rude taxi drivers, obnoxious prostitutes and drag queens and finally black men in uniforms. All the Reiter longs for is something familiar. And this will lead to his entanglement in a herero protest march against the signing of a Namibian-German development treaty at the Alte Feste. His experiences of today’s social and political realities make him question what he really stands for. With a simple gesture the Reiter manages to turn around the meaning of the monument - making a positive statement for Namibia’s future!
Joel Haikali: Tel: +264 81 256 0283, Joelhaikali(at)yahoo.com
Perivi John Katjavivi: Tel: +264 81 81 3817938, pkproduktions(at)gmail.com
Tim Hübschle: Tel: +264 812857277, namcine(at)gmail.com
20. My Bitter Sweet Life with HIV**
Director: Vickson Hangula, production: Home Brewed Production, 2008, English, 21 min
At the tender age of 17 Livey Van Wyk Samaria, a young Namibian girl is pregnant and HIV positive. Life has dealt this young individual a shocking blow. Is this fair? Has her world come to an end?
The story takes the viewer through an emotional and dramatic journey of a remarkable human being who recovers from this early set back in her life. Against all odds she fights back showing signs of human resilience, willpower, determination, bravery and above all the goodness of humanity as she gives HIV/AIDS a human face.
“My Bittersweet Life With HIV” is a 21 minutes long piece driven by a commentary by Livey Van Wyk Samaria and shows the present day and life of Livey. The documentary follows her in her private environment as she lives positively as well as her life as a motivational HIV/AIDS speaker and the impact that her story and book has made on communities.
Tel: +264 813964076
21. Between Friends**
Director Vickson Hangula, production: Home Brewed Production, 2008, English, 24 min
Starring Inyemba Kamwl, Tuwilica Kahuika, Muhinda Kaura
An intricate plot woven through the lives of three young people, “Between Friends” tells the story of two young women who try to make a living from a small hair salon. Queenie, the bubbly extrovert, dreams of love and “happily ever after” with Desmond, while Kiito needs to provide financially for her sick father and younger siblings in the rural parts of Namibia. Realizing the financial predicament of the two women, Desmond exploits the situation. He manipulates Queenie into having unprotected sex with him and offers financial assistance to Kiito, after which he coerces her into having casual sex with him. Queenie finds out about this, and now the question is: will the friendship of these two young women withstand the betrayal of their trust? Is Desmond able to play them off against each other and get away with it? “Between Friends” deals with the age-old question of trust and friendship amongst women, in the current era of risk to contracting HIV. The production of the documentary is by Home Brewed Productions, for Positive Support Services.
Tel: +264 813964076
22. Kauna’s Way**
Director: Vickson Hangula
Starring: Frieda Karipi as Kauna, Naomi Boys as Priscilla, Frederick Philander as Principal, Cloete Laurenda Olivier-Samson as Mrs. Madjiet, Sasha Olivier-Samson as Stella
Set in a local high school in Katutura, Windhoek’s township, ‘Kauna’s Way’ is about two school girls pitted against each other in a scholarship competition. Priscilla comes from a caring and loving family, while Kauna is by all account the breadwinner and caretaker to her younger siblings doing all the cooking, cleaning and other chores. When the scholar- ship becomes Kauna’s desperate means to escape her life of drudgery, she is willing to sacrifice her friendship and even herself.
Tel: +264 813964076
23. Land Matters**
Director: Thorsten Schütte, 2008, English / German subtitles – Afrikaans Voice over, 64 min
On a farm no one can live without neighbors. Fences, fires of even the casual stop for a cup of coffee – an efficient neighborhood is essential for successful farming. This particularly applies for changing neighborhoods where new people move in and look for their place in the community.
For many years the local farmers’ association in the Nina area engages in programs to welcome emerging and resettlement farmers. The community wants to strengthen relationships and to foster collaboration between all farmers in the area.
The documentary Land Matters by Thorsten Schütte accompanies farmers and farm laborers and allows them to voice their ideas and visions about the significance of land ownership. In the film the protagonists register their observations about their neighborhood and raise also some criticism of certain developments. The documentary invites the farming community in the whole country to join this debate to pave the way for stronger communities.
Schlossstr. 69, 70176 Stuttgart, Germany
24. Hidden in the desert**
Director: Klaus-Dieter Gralow, Roger Pitann, Hans Thull
Sand covers cultures, burying the history of their creators, their everyday life and their art. Evidence of the distant past is sparse, but a few clues survive in hidden places.
Let’s go back to july, 1969. The world is focused on the Apollo 11 mission while in the South of Namibia, an archeological excavation commences.
In a Hunsberg cave, Dr W. E. Wendt, the experienced prehistorian, examines Africa’s most ancient art.
This film re-explores the tracks of his 1969 expedition and shows a formidable collection of rock art sites and the impressive landscape of dunes and rocks.
Hauptstr. 60, 23996 Bad Kleinen/Germany
Tel: 0049 (0) 38 423 50085
25. Weisse Geister / White Ghosts**
Director/ Camera: Martin Baer, production: Hanfgarn&Ufer, Berlin, 2004, German/Otjiherero/ English, 75 min
Country: Germany / Namibia
Available versions: German, English, French, Spanish, Russian
In this documentary Martin Baer attempts to explain what significance a crime which occurred one hundred years ago can acquire for our coexistence in the modern world. How have the Ovaherero kept alive and passed on their memories of the catastrophe of their defeat by the German colonial troops? And how have the Germans handled their history, initially celebrated as a victory and then damned as a crime?
In Namibia, people remember the events from 1904 to 1907 in a completely different manner to those in Germany. Something which still has great significance in Africa is of almost no interest to anyone in Germany. Why have the Germans forgotten and suppressed their past in Africa so thoroughly, and why do the Ovaherero celebrate these events which are described as genocide nowadays and during which they take over and imitate the uniforms and badges of rank of their onetime adversaries?
Martin Baer / Baerfilm
Grolmanstrs. 20, 10623 Berlin, Germany
26. House of Love**
Director: Cecil Moeller, production: Nifa Productions (within the “Steps for the Future“ series), series producer: Don Edkins, 2001, Afrikaans with English subtitles, 26 min
Trapped between sea and desert under a sky of molten lead, the port of Welvis Bay in Namibia is an open prison for a small community of women forced to prostitute themselves for a living. Isolated, dependent, awaiting the few sailors passing through, AIDS is all they have to look forward to. Discreetly, Cecil Moller records statements of the experience of these women, their own stories, their daily combat and their hopes for redemption, supported by religious movements that preach their rehabilitation.
27. Nda Mona – I have seen**
Director/Producer: Richard Pakleppa, series producer: Don Edkins for SABC3 and SACOD (within the Landscape of Memories series), English / Afrikaans, 1999, 27 min
During the occupation of Namibia by apartheid South Africa's forces, their extreme and brutal repression of the liberation movement led by SWAPO fostered fears that the liberation movement was being betrayed from within. SWAPO's response in exile was to detain hundreds of Namibians after accusing them of being spies for Pretoria. IN this film, people tell of war crimes committed by their own liberation movement. This liberation movement after being elected to govern after independence has urged that the past should be forgotten and forgiven. This poses serious questions for the victims. Along with the other titles/countries in the series “Landscape of memory” filmmakers are trying to show in this film how Namibians are dealing with the need to reconcile themselves to the violent past from which they have recently emerged.
28. Love Is...**
Director: Perivi John Katjavivi, Producer: Old Location Film Production/Obed Emvula, with: Morris Kalunduka, Heather Dennis, English, 2010, 22 min
An urban story, set in Windhoek, Namibia. Love Is... follows to young lovers, who are forced to confront and decide what their dreams and wants really are.
Their relationship is rocked when the woman decides, she wants to leave town. Her boyfriend is challenged to rethink his own life and wether he is following his own dreams or just letting life pass him by.
This film shows two young Namibians dealing with the stresses of a relationship and wether we are able to come to a loving and understanding resolution as opposed to a violent ending.
Perivi John Katjavivi
29. We were young**
Director: Philippe Talavera, Producer: Ombetja Yehinga Organisation Trust, English, 2009, short fiction, 55 min
Tyson tried smoking his first cigarette when he was still in Primary School. John never liked school and wants to fail grade 10 in order to feel free again. Cubic dreams of the day he will finally meet his father. Patricia has learning difficulties and decided to drop out of school. Four young Namibians, Tyson, John, Cubic and Patricia, have to deal with the heavy realities of unemployment, prison, teenage pregnancy and lack of parental love. Four stories, when once… we were young.
30. Africa Light / Grey Zone**
Director: Tine Schwanemann, Producer: Stefanie Paul, in co-operation with Film Academy Baden-Wurttemberg & HFF Potsdam-Babelsberg, English, 2010, short documentary, 13 min
"Africa Light" - as white local citizens call Namibia. The name suggests romance, the beauty of nature and promises a life without any problems in a country where the difference between rich and poor could hardly be greater. Namibia does not give that impression of it. If you look at its surface it seems like Africa in its most innocent and civilized form. It is a country that is so inviting to dream by its spectacular landscape, stunning scenery and fascinating wildlife. It has a very strong tourism structure and the government gets a lot of money with its magical attraction. But despite its grandiose splendor it is an endless gray zone as well. It oscillates between tradition and modernity, between the cattle in the country and the slums in the city. It shuttles from colonial times, land property reform to minimum wage for everyone. It fluctuates between socialism and cold calculated market economy.
The film "Africa Light - Gray Zone" tells the story of a country, which is a representative of an entire continent and its development. And finally this is even a story of our entire world.
31. Catch 22**
Director: Simbi Gibson, Producer: Simbi Gibson/Frollywood Pictures, English, 2010, short, 24 min
A young girl is in a dilemma after realizing that she is pregnant at the same time that she is awarded a job with a prestigious airline company. A dramatic story that documents how greediness and selfishness can destroy life.
32. Not a life you asked for*
Director: Dudley Viall, Producer: Legal Assistance Centre, English, 2002, short, 40 min
Not a life you ask for is a documentary on sex workers in Namibia. The film includes a discussion about the violence they experience and the impact their work has on their lives. Sex workers, pastors and a Government official are interviewed.
Legal Assistance Centre
33. Whispers in the Wind*
Director: Dudley Viall, Producer: Legal Assistance Centre, English, 2002, short, 75 min
Whispers in the Wind is a film about a Namibian family who experience serious and subtle forms of domestic violence. The step-father, a long-distance truck driver subjects his wife and two children to many different forms of domestic violence. The film ties the theme of domestic violence to the issues of child abuse and HIV/AIDS. A young girl is raped by her promiscuous step-father. She becomes pregnant and discovers that she is HIV positive. Her mother has also been infected. A strong dramatic element is included as the film reveals the fact that the step-father is the culprit only in the closing moments. The responsibility of the churches to speak out about HIV is a powerful strong sub-theme in the film. One scene shows how difficult it can be for women to negotiate condom use in a context of violence, while other scenes portray more subtle forms of child abuse – such as belittling children, neglecting children, and favouring male children over female children in the allocation of food. The film this portrays a spectrum of child abuse from widespread forms of maltreatment to extremely serious abuse in the form of rape.
Legal Assistance Centre
34. Love and Respect*
Director: Dudley Viall, Producer: Legal Assistance Centre, English, 2001, short, 47 min
The film is available in English, Afrikaans, Oshiherero, Oshiwambo and Nama/Damara.
Love and Respect is a film about relationships in Namibia. The story centres around two couples. In the first relationship the male partner is jealous of one of his girlfriend’s work colleagues. The story progresses to show the girlfriend being harassed by the work colleague and nearly raped. Due to the absence of love and respect in her relationship with her boyfriend, she had not felt able to speak out about the problems she experienced at work. In the second relationship, the male partner is unemployed and this is a catalyst for abuse in the relationship. The culmination of the abuse is when he forces his girlfriend to shoplift, only for her to be caught and arrested. This outcome shocks him into realising the problems in their relationships and he starts to address his problems. Both relationships feature dramatic events which serve as turning points in the relationships. The aim of the film is to show that a number of factors – including the presence or absence of love and respect in a relationship – are important to reduce situations of domestic violence and misunderstandings in relationships.
Legal Assistance Centre
35. A Betta Way**
Director: Dudley Viall, Producer: Legal Assistance Centre, English, 2009, short fiction, 30 min
Set in a rural community school, Paulus and his friends are subjected to almost daily beatings at school and beatings at home. When Paulus comes across a comic about alternatives to corporal punishment, the information starts him thinking. In the humorous events that follow, the audience learns that there are better methods for disciplining children.
Legal Assistance Center
Director: G. Tanya Detering, Producer: Tanic Pictures in association with Media Logistics Namibia cc, English, Afrikaans with English subtitles, 2010, short, 17 min
Two best friends, Marie and Jessica, get themselves into serious trouble. They are on a farm in the middle of nowhere, after trying to escape their reality by running away from home. The girls’ courage and strength is tested and pushed to the limits. A teaser to a feature film in the making.
Winner Merit Award at LA Cinema Festival of Hollywood, USA
Winner Audience Choice Award at the Namibian Theatre and Film Awards 2010, Namibia
G. Tanya Detering
37. Namibians are going to the Sun*
Director: John Nashongo, English, 2005, short, 2 min
In the News in Headlines: the President addressed the pupils at a Secondary School saying that “the Namibians are going to the sun.”
Other movie: The cock and the aunt (4 min.)
Every dawn, “Sleepy Head” gets woken up by his aunt in a very irritating way, assaulting him with chores such as feeding the cock. Till the day she finds “Sleepy Head” with a surprise.
38. Wanahepo - The Return of a Namibian Hero*
Director: Per Sanden, Producer: SWAPO Party Archive & Research Centre (SPARC) and A.D.S., English, 2006, short, 57 min
In 1973, Jason Hamutenya Ndadi – Wanahepo – appeared to the world for the first time. He had played a significant role in escorting a Swedish TV-team on the first visit by foreign journalists to SWAPO’s operational areas in the Caprivi. The TV documentary provided an opportunity for SWAPO and the liberation struggle of the Namibian people to be brought directly to the international community without threat from the South African apartheid regime and, through Wanahepo, to give the guerrilla commander a humanity and human face. Such sequences constitute an important element of this film.
Wanahepo was killed in 1977 and buried in Lubango, Angola. In this film his family and comrades give their personal impressions of Wanahepo as a leader, commander, husband, and father. The film also portrays the emotional repatriation of Wanahepo’s remains to his final resting place and his reburial back home in Namibia.
SWAPO Party Archive & Research Centre (SPARC)
39. My Father’s Son**
Director: Joel Haikali, Producer: Pedro Mendoza, Joel Haikali, Robert Tarquinio, English Oshikwanyama, Afrikaans with English subtitles, 2009, fiction, 88 min
A comedy about Ngilifa, a successful Windhoek citizen, who is in a midlife crisis and returns to his home village which he left 21 years ago. He sets out to search for his little brother who still lives in the village to ‘free’ him from the ‘backward’ traditional life as a cattle herder. In a comic way the film negotiates the relation between urban worlds of modern Africa and its traditional roots.
40. Cries at Night**
Director: Oshosheni Hiveluah, Producer: Media Logistics/Goethe Institute Johannesburg, production within the series “Latitude”, English, 2009, short fiction, 13 min
Lazarus’ niece is involved in an accident where he meets Victor. Something about Victor leaves Lazarus restless and he can’t forget the encounter or the man. His restlessness turns into obsession when he begins to follow Victor and kidnaps him and locks him in a dark cellar. There they embark on a trip down memory lane. Victor is revealed as Lazarus’ former torturer who tormented and traumatized him in the dungeons before Namibia’s independence. Lazarus finds it hard to deal with his past, which has haunted him in his dreams ever since and craves for forgiveness and healing.
41. Gesie in die Glas (Little Spirit in the Glass)**
Director: Krischka Stoffels, Producer: Cutting Edge Pictures, English, 2010, short fiction, 9 min
Gesie in die glas is a very popular ghost story amongst the Afrikaans speaking people of Africa. Many have heard scary stories of people getting slapped and possessed and in some extreme cases, killed. Of course these are all just stories heard from people who heard it from other people. A primary source or an eye witness is usually never available. The sources of these stories are usually from someone who 'would never lie'.
The story told here is about three friends who want to ‘let loose’ and enjoy the last day of school find an old abandoned house to hang out in. Like all abandoned houses, this one comes with a story, however strange.
42. Kuutenya Part 1 & 2**
Directors: Silas Kangwe & Jerobeam Shatiwa, Producer: Kasha Entertainment Group, Oshiwambo, 2011, fiction, part 1: 53 min, part 2: 66 min
Set in rural Ombalantu, Kuutenya is film set in the context of the traditional Oshiwambo culture. The male protagonist is desperate to get married to a local woman, but things always turn out to be different. His biggest enemies are the traditional Oshiwambo norms and his wrong friends. The question is, will he ever make his dreams come true with lots of blockades in his way?
Silas Kangwe & Jerobeam Shatiwa
Kasha Entertainment Group
43. Orange Juice*
Director: Tim Huebschle, Producer: Tim Huebschle, English, 2010, short fiction, 8 min
On a fine day they met over a glass of orange juice. Destiny overwhelmed, they fell completely in love. However they each held a secret. A secret so threatening it would destroy their chance at true love. Years later, still as inseparable as on that one fine day and still very much in love, fate intervenes and both their secrets are revealed. Only the truth will tell the outcome.
Film Festival participations:
2011 - yourindiefilm.com - Top Ten Most Voted Short Films - Canada
2011 - Zanzibar International Film Festival - Tanzania
2011 - ContraVision Film Festival - Berlin, Germany
2011 - Africa In The Picture Film Festival - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tim@collective.com.na, +264 81 285 7277
44. Born in Etosha Part 1 & 2**
Directors: Andrew Botelle & Robert Scott, Executive Producer: Elizabeth Tebbit, English, 2011, Documentary (with Drama & Animation) Part 1: 61 min, Part 2: 78 min
Etosha National Park is world-famous for its huge herds of wildlife and stunning desert landscapes. This is a 2-part documentary that tells the human history of Etosha.
In part I (61 mins) Etosha is brought to life through the oral histories of the many tribes that lived and moved through here. Combining archive footage, interviews, re-enactments and animation we bring these early years to life, from a time before there was even a Park. Part I ends in 1907 when the German (colonial) Governor proclaims Etosha as the biggest Reserve in the world.
Part II (78 mins) recounts the last 100 years of Etosha as a Game Park. From the original inhabitants of Etosha, the Hai //om Bushmen, to the poachers, farmers and game guards that lived in Etosha, through half a century of Apartheid when everyone was forced out of the Game Park, to the liberation war and Namibia’s Independence in 1990, Part II ends celebrating 100 years of Etosha as a Game Park and its bright future.
These are the true stories of Etosha.
The unwritten stories of the people that made Etosha what it is today. Come journey with us through this rich cultural landscape and hear the Hidden Stories of Etosha told by those born here.
- Winner Documentary, Namibian Theatre and Film Awards, 2012
45. Captor & Captive - The story of Danger Ashipala and Johan van der Mescht *
Director: Rina Jooste, Producer: Rina Jooste, English, Afrikaans, Oshivambo, subtitled in English, 2010, documentary, 52 min
Johan van der Mescht was a South African army conscript who was captured in 1978 by Danger Ashipala, a guerilla fighting for Namibian independence. Van der Mescht was held as a Prisoner of War in Angola before being exchanged for a Russian spy, Aleksei Koslov, at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin in 1982. Van der Mescht met his former captor, Ashipala, in 2009, an emotional reunion to complete a story of forgiveness and redemption.
Rina Jooste, Full Circle Productions,
Postnet Suite #225, Private Bag X9, Melville, Johannesburg, 2109
Tel: +27 83 629 0622
46. Sophia's Homecoming*
Director: Richard Pakleppa, Producer: Bridget Pickering, Namibia/South Africa, Nama subtitled in English, 1997, short fiction, 26 min
Sophia's Homecoming reminds us that the devastating personal effects of the massive social dislocations caused by apartheid can never be erased. Sophia, like so many other women, becomes a self-reliant provider for her family, working as a domestic for a white family in Windhoek for 12 years. When her husband Naftali finally finds a job, she returns home with the dream of resuming her former family life. She quickly discovers that during her absence her sister Selna has replaced her in the affections of her children - and her husband. Naftali reluctantly admits that he prefers Selna; he is ashamed of Sophia because she has had to support the family. Sophia pressures Selna to leave but her sister confesses she is pregnant with Naftali's child. Sophia realizes that she alone has developed the strength to make a new life for herself and returns with her three children to Windhoek, an ironic homecoming.
47. From Namibia with Love
Director/Editor: Laura Meriläinen-Amaumo, Producer: Paul Weinberg / University of Cape Town, 2011, English, Finnish/ Oshiwambo/ Swahili/ Swedish, 59 min
Find more info here: www.fromnamibiawithlove.com
From Namibia with Love is a documentary film about love, struggle and devotion for Namibia. It tells the story of an old Finnish-Namibian couple, who fought for Namibia’s independence and liberation from the South African white apartheid oppressors. The film takes the viewer on a journey though Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Finland.
The film’s charismatic main character Anita comes from Finland and her husband Salatiel is Namibian. In the 1970’s the couple assisted the Namibian Liberation Movement SWAPO who were fighting the South African occupation in order to free Namibia. In the middle of the struggle Anita and Salatiel had to make some difficult choices that lead to a conflict with the SWAPO leadership. The hardships the couple experienced in the 1970’s still haunts them. Now almost 30 years later they are still carrying the burden of the past.
Director/Editor: Perivi John Katjavivi, Producer: Obed Emvula/Tulinane Entertainment, 2011, Produced within the Namibia Film Commission short film project 2011, English, Oshiwambo, 18 min
A Namibian family from the busy city of Windhoek, travel up north to the village to visit their Granny. The children are especially snobby and seem more interested in their ipods and cell phones than their new rural surroundings.
On what seems like a boring holiday, the spoilt kids upset their Granny when they break village customs and norms. Just when it seems their new environment is impossible, they find fun and adventure in the culture they fought so hard to resist.
Old Location Films
49. Looking for Iilonga*
Director: Tim Huebschle, Producer: Hanneke Dempsey, English, Oshivambo (subtitled in English), 2011, Produced within the Namibia Film Commission short film project 2011, short fiction, 18 min
One day a man arrives at Simon's home and claims that his wife Elizabeth has borrowed a lot of money from him - and indeed she did. Simon is faced with one option only: he has to repay his family's debts. Ripped from his comfortable rural lifestyle, he travels far away to the big city, hoping to work off the debts. But from the moment he sets foot in the city, everything seems to be against Simon...
- Africa In The Picture Film Festival, Netherlands, 2011;
- Gold Lion Film Festival, Swaziland, 2011;
- International Images Film Festival for Women, Zimbabwe, 2011;
- Africa International Film Festival, Nigeria, 2011;
- Festival Africain du Film Vidéo et de la Photographie, Cameroon, 2011;
- Ljubljana International Short Film Festival, Slovenia, 2012;
- Silicon Valley African Film Festival, USA, 2012;
- AmaSiko Festival, South Africa, 2012; Contravision Film Festival, Germany, 2012
- Winner Best Short Film AmaSiko Festival, South Africa, 2012;
- Achievement in Narrative Short Film Award, Silicon Valley, African Film Festival, USA, 2012
- Winner Best Newcomer in an Acting Role (Onesmus Uupindi), Namibian Theatre and Film Awards, 2012
50. Uno’s World*
Director: Bridget Pickering, Producer: Simon Bright/Ice Media, English, Produced within the short film project Mama Africa, 2002, short fiction, 26 min
Uno (Sophie David), a sexually inexperienced young woman, gets involved with a womanizer, Kaura (Muhindua Kaura), which leads to an unplanned pregnancy. When Kaura refuses to take responsibility for their child, and starts avoiding Uno, she leaves the baby in the care of her mother and goes to dangerous lengths to track Kaura down.
51. Why A Street Kid*
Director: Matilde Kulo, Production by ProspersFilms in cooperation with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare as well as Ministry of Education, 2012, documentary, 53 min
“Why A Street Kid?” raises the question, why so many Namibian children drop out of school. In the Omaheke alone an estimated 11.000 children left primary education or never attended school at all. Without a future, these children roam the streets.
Presenting a series of compelling interviews from the point of view of parents, the Ministry of Education, principals as well as former and current street kids, the film “Why A Street Kid?” aims to highlight the situation around unpaid school fees and refused enrolment of impoverished children. Without accusing anyone the film tries to find the mechanisms behind the dropout phenomena. In a very open and emotional way the viewer is taken into the world of the street children and their families. And at points we see solutions in the vicinity.
52. Ondambo & Papa Pathe Dieye in Windhoek
Film I: Ondambo
Director: Alexander Honisch, Production: Rolf Cruesemann,-Brockmann, Christoph Ludszuzweit, Hans Bogatzke, Alexander Honisch, in co-production with Namibia Broadcasting Corporation, Video Editors: Leon Engelbrecht, Gene Carstens, Sound: Ruediger Gretschel, Audio Post Prodcution: Wellem Kapenda, Kobus Kruger, 1999, English, 25 min
A group of the best known African artists in the fields of painting, sculpture and collage meet for 9 days in Arandis in the Namib Desert in order to participate in a workshop and exchange their experiences in their home countries and internationally as African artists. At the end they exhibit their work in the Namib Desert as an homage to Africa and the desert.
Film II: Papa Pathe Dieye in Windhoek
Director: Alexander Honisch, Producer: Alexander Honisch Picture, workshop & concert at The Warehouse, presented by NTN/FNCC/French Mission of Cooperation, 2001, French with English subtitles, 17 min
Pape Dieye’, an international acclaimed musician and percussionist, conducts a workshop in Windhoek. He explains his musical approach and how he forms his own instruments and tools in order to create his rhythms and sounds.
53. Sidadi Part One & Part Two*
Sidadi Part One: Director: Alexander Honisch, Shiri Media, 2001, English, 35 min
Sidadi Part Two: Director: Alexander Honisch, Shiri Media, 2003, English, 46 min
Part One: Willie Mbuende, a Namibian musician who works most of his time abroad, and Pape Dieye’, an international acclaimed Senegalese musician and percussionist, join forces in Windhoek to form the band “Sidadi” (It’s Ours). Their aim is it to transform traditional Damara music into contemporary music. Featuring Patricia Ourchas and the Damara musician Gideon.
Part Two: The band leader Willie Mbuende comes back to his mother land Namibia in order to track his musical roots: “I spent something like 30 years in exile. I learned to play music till I played with professionals. But I didn’t know anything about my own music. So there is something missing in my life. I want to find that missing note in our Namibian roots.” He goes on a trip to the San people in the North east of the country.
54. Namibia: The Forgotten Genocide*
Director: Anne Poiret, Production by Bo Travail! with the participation of France Télévision, 2012, documentary, 52 min
Between 1904 and 1907 in what was then German South West Africa, current Namibia, for the first time a state decided to exterminate two peoples: the ovaHerero and the Nama people. It is in this period, where Germany committed it’s first genocide, the first of the 20th century. The Second German Reich experimented with the concept of concentration camps, and used them to run racial studies and forced labour. Since Namibia’s Independence in 1990, the descendants of the surviving Nama and ovaHerero have been fighting for the recognition of the genocide and for Germany to acknowledge this traumatic past.