German Premiere: "The Unseen" with Director Perivi Katjavivi in Attendance

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InfoTickets: 7,50€; ermäßigt: Berlinpass, etc.; 030 283 46 03; http://www.hoefekino.de/

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Unfolding more like a conversation than a narrative, The Unseen follows the story of three wandering souls as they navigate the emotional and physical realities of post-colonial Namibia. First there is Marcus, an African American actor tasked with portraying one of Namibia s historical leaders. Seeking authenticity in his craft, he embarks on an earnest research mission to unveil the true history of his character. Then there is Anu, a talented local musician who is having trouble negotiating between his influences and identity. Lastly, there is Sara, a depressed young woman uncertain of whether or not her environment provides anything worth living for.

“Brilliant and refreshing… [Katjavivi’s] characters negotiate forces of neoimperial homogeneity in the present, while trying to make sense of the past. … This portrayal of life in the impact zone of post-colonialism and post-modernity has real substance and weight.“ – Sarah Dawson, Mail & Guardian, SA

Trailer:
https://vimeo.com/151905163

The screening will be folowed by a discussion with director Perivi Katjavivi as well as a small reception in the cinema foyer.

The film series "African Reflections" is financially supported by Aktion Afrika by the Federal Foreign Office, by Brot für die Welt and Katholischer Fonds.

Media Partners: Africiné, Freunde RFI, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Humboldt Universität, AfroHeat, Berlin Postkolonial

Press:
“The Unseen is an entirely new kind of cinema, inventing for itself a new language, refusing to be trapped in the past or shaped by white or western film models the way many South African films still are.  It’s one of the most exciting and visually beautiful films you’ll see this year.“ – Charles Blignaut, CityPress, SA

“Brilliant and refreshing. …. [Katjavivi’s] characters negotiate forces of neoimperial homogeneity in the present, while trying to make sense of the past. … This portrayal of life in the impact zone of post-colonialism and post-modernity has real substance and weight.“ – Sarah Dawson, Mail & Guardian, SA

“The Unseen is a powerful commentary on what it means to be a young person in modern-day Africa.” – Screen Africa

“A cinematic Namibian love letter to Fanon” – Hans-Christian Mahnke, AfricAvenir

“A strong film of substance, a film debating issues relevant to Namibian society and the continent at large. We need more of this.” - Bishop Shekutaamba Nambala, ELCRN

“3 wandering souls navigating the emotional and physical realities of post-colonial Namibia (aka a beautiful film!)” – Katarina Hedren, First Wednesday Film Club, Johannesburg, SA

Festivals/Screenings:

  • Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles (World Premiere)
  • African Perspectives, Oshakati (African Premiere)
  • Luxor African Film Festival
  • Durban International Film Festival (Official Competition)
  • AfricAvenir Windhoek Premiere, Alte Feste
  • PanAfrican Film Festival Cannes
  • Busan International Film Festival (upcoming)
  • Cambridge African Film Festival (opening film)

The Director: Perivi Katjavivi

Perivi is an award winning Namibian writer and director. His films have screened at Cannes, Durban, LA and elsewhere. He has attended the Berlin and Durban Talents and was mentored under Haile Gerima at the Luxor African Film Festival’s yearly workshop series. He holds an MA African Cinema from UCT and continues to pursue work in academia researching contemporary portrayals of black masculinity in African cinema. He also serves as Chairman of the Filmmakers Association of Namibia.

Production Details:
Titel: The Unseen
Director: Perivi Katjavivi
Producers: Shalongo Nambala, Ronald James
Year: 2016
Country: Namibia
Length: 70min
Cast: Senga Brockerhoff, Mathew Ishitile, Antonio David Lyons, Cecil Moller

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