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La section namibienne d’AfricAvenir à Windhoek est née en 2007 du constat de l’omniprésence de structures sociopolitiques et culturelles destructives héritées du passé de l’apartheid. Un groupe de jeunes militant-e-s culturel-le-s se sont alors donné pour objectif de lutter contre les points de vue eurocentristes dominant jusqu’alors la scène culturelle et sociopolitique namibienne. A travers l’organisation d’expositions, de projections de films, d’ateliers et par la diffusion de littérature africaine, AfricAvenir entend jouer un rôle de plateforme pour les perspectives africaines et contribuer ainsi à l’émancipation et la « décolonisation » des mentalités namibiennes marquées par plus de 100 ans de colonialisme et de luttes féroces pour l’indépendance jusqu’en 1990. Nos projets actuels comprennent notamment un cycle de projection mensuelle de films africains intitulé « African Perspectives », un cycle de projections de films pour les enfants et les adolescent-e-s intitulé « Inspiring Young Imaginations », la gestion de la Namibian Movie Collection (NMC) ainsi que différentes autres activités tels que l’organisation d’ateliers et de formations, par exemple sur le thème du « Critical Whiteness ».

Team & Structure

Although the civil society in Namibia is rather weak, we pride ourselves, that we positively stand out among the Namibian NGO landscape, considering our budget and funding structure. With no formal employment structure of office staff, we manage high-quality projects and are very efficient and effective  in delivering outcomes. We work voluntarily and all generated income is re-invested into ongoing projects.

Our team consists of a management structure, headed by the chairman Hans-Christian Mahnke and a board. Our current board consists of: Hans-Christian Mahnke (chair), Augetto Craig, Ellen Namhila, Guillermo Delgado, Claudia Van Houtum-Nakuta, Tashiya Amkongo, Nessy Hilifilwa, and Hileni Rijnen. We are supported by interns.

African Perspectives - Contemporary African Cinema

In 2007 AfricAvenir Windhoek initiated "African Perspectives", a monthly African filmseries in Windhoek in cooperation with various cultural institutions, such as Studio 77, Goethe Centre Windhoek, Katutura Community and Arts Centre. Since then, more then 150 African films have been screened. The series provides a platform for critical African perspectives on social, cultural and historical issues, which we deem relevant for the Namibian society. As such, it attracts more and more attention from the media and the public in- and outside Namibia. Since July 2012 the films are regularly being screened at the Goethe-Centre and at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC).

"Inspiring Young Imaginations” – African Films for Children and Youth

In 2014, AfricAvenir Windhoek initiated "Inspiring Young Imaginations", a monthly African film series for children and youth. The idea originated from an experienced lack of access and opportunities for children to watch inspiring, entertaining and educative movies with African content. The films we screen are from all over the African continent and tell in an entertaining and educative way stories from the perspective of children and young people about African history, cultures, different identities, social realities, adventures and experiences. The screenings are followed by discussions about the film and how it relates to the lives of our young audience. We feel it is important for children and youth in Namibia to see movies they can relate to and identify themselves with; to see the beauty of African stories and experiences; to discover the diversity of the African continent; and to plant a seed in them, to want to tell their own stories too and trigger their own imagination in telling stories.

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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