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German Premiere: "Waterberg to Waterberg"


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Namibia 1904.

What happened to Samuel Maharero after the battle oft he Waterberg in 1904? One minute he was the most influential leader in Namibia, the next he was running for his life with a bounty on his head. Relentlessly pursud by the invading German army, his people were scattered and hunted down. Samuel an a small band of loyal followers somehow mangaged to escape into the waterless sands of the Kalahari Dessert

Waterberg to Waterberg tells the history of the Herero migrations across Southern Africa more than 100 years ago. A journey of a thousand miles from the Waterberg mountain in Namibia to the Waterberg mountain in South Africa. A journey to fina a place thy could call home.


After the screening there will take place a discussion with Israel Kaunatjike, as well as a small reception.



Andrew Botelle is living in Windhoek, Namibia, where he has been leading the film production Mamokobo Video & Research for 24 years. His aim is to produce documentaries about the history, ecology and culture and to give new life to the mostly orally shared histories from sub-Saharan Africa. His documentation “Born in Etosha” was awarded at the Namibia Film Awards 2012, “The Power Stone” won the audience choice award at Afrykamera Film Festival in Poland and “Waterberg to Waterberg” was priced at the 2014 Theatre and Film Awards.


Director’s statement:

“In 2012 while hiking in the Waterberg mountains of Limpopo in South Africa I met a local landowner, Richard Wadley. Once he found out I was coming from Namibia, he proceeded to tell me a remarkable story about Samuel Maharero who, he assured me, had lived for 20 years on a farm near his in South Africa more than 100 years ago. Richard asked if I would be interested in seeing some photos of Samuel Maharero in 1906-07 in the Waterberg mountains of South Africa. My first thought was, he must have his history all muddled up, as I knew from my own reading that Samuel had fought at the battle of the Waterberg in 1904, and had somehow managed to escape to Botswana, but had died in Botswana. I had never heard anything about the OvaHerero in South Africa.

But after being shown a book of photographs written by Liz Hunter, I saw the images of Samuel and his Herero followers living and working on farms in the South African Waterberg. I was amazed. This was a unique piece of Namibian history happening in a foreign land. I wanted to know more. I was hooked. So I wrote a preliminary script based on the little I knew about Namibia and the piece I had been handed by Richard and Liz from South Africa. I didn't know the larger story: How they got there and why they went.”

With the friendly support of Brot für die Welt (EED).

In cooperation with the campaign „Völkermord verfährt nicht.


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