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Oshana Film Festival Opening with "The Train of Salt and Sugar"


Info   80 seats are sold via Epic Cinema at the box office


From 17 to 22 March 2017, AfricAvenir will host an Oshana Film Week in Oshakati, Ongwediva and Ondangwa in Northern Namibia. It is planned that this will become an annual event in the cultural calendar of the Oshana Region.

The Governor of the Oshana Region, Hon. Oshana Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa, will open the festival.
The opening film will be “The Train of Salt and Sugar” (Mozambique, 2016, directed by Licinio Azevedo).

6.00 pm: Opening – Arrival of guests
6.30 pm: Welcome remarks by organiser/festival co-director
6.40 pm: Welcome remarks by Dr. Audrin Mathe, CEO of NEPC
6.50 pm: Speech by Hon Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa (expected to deliver)
7.00 pm: Screening of Opening Film followed by reception

40 seats by invite only! 80 seats are sold via Epic Cinema at the box office.

The Train of Salt and Sugar,
Mozambique, 2016, Director: Licinio Azevedo, 93 min

Mozambique is in the midst of civil war. A single train connects Nampula to Malawi. No civilians are allowed and yet hundreds risk their lives through 700km of sabotaged tracks. Salomão and Taiar are two soldiers who don’t get along. Rosa is a young nurse on her way to her first job, who soon becomes an object of desire. Mariamu, her close friend, only hopes to trade salt for sugar. Amongst bullets and laughter, life goes on and stories unfold as the train advances under attack, ever so slowly, towards the next stop.
At its Africa Premiere, the film won “Best Film” at the Joburg Film Festival, November 2016

Background concerning the festival:
After successfully running a monthly African Film Series called “African Perspectives” for more than ten years in the Namibian capital, AfricAvenir extended their regular events/screenings to Oshakati in 2016.

In February 2016 we held our first screening in Oshakati, opening the series with the African Premier of “The Unseen” (Namibia, 2016, directed by Perivi Katjavivi).

Since then we have held regular screenings at a public venue in Oshakati, realizing the need to spread access to other towns in the populous rich Oshana Region.
At one of our screenings in Oshakati, ELCIN Bishop Rev. Dr. Shekutaamba V.V. Nambala highlighted the need for more and concerted efforts to bring access to African cinema for Northern based audiences to stimulate and initiate debate on relevant African and global topics.

The Oshana Film Festival is our response to Bishop Rev. Dr. S.V.V. Nambala’s call.



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