AfricAvenir presents Namibian Short Films Screening in London on 12. December
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Four short films by Namibian film-makers are to feature in London-premiere screenings on 12 December. Not-for-profit organizations AfricAvenir Windhoek and UK-based Friends of Namibia have teamed up to present the films before a question-and-answer session by cineaste, curator, film critic and director of AfricAvenir Windhoek Hans-Christian Mahnke.

The screening will be on Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 7.30 pm at Harecourt (United Reformed Church), 120 St Paul’s Road, Highbury, London N1 2LR. The screening is FREE but space is limited so please book (see below).

Namibia, located in Southern Africa, is a relatively young country, having gained its independence in 1990 after a long and fierce struggle for liberation. The screening will present some of the cinematic work of Namibian film-makers, all produced in 2012.

The four films represent some current challenges and trends facing Namibian society today: – « My Beautiful Nightmare », by Perivi Katjavivi, 12 min, 2012 – « Dead River », by Tim Huebschle, 34 min, 2012 – « 100 Bucks », by Oshosheni Hiveluah, 24 min, 2012 – « Try », by Joel Haikali, 24 min, 2012

The Q & A will follow the screening of the films.


« My Beautiful Nightmare »
, directed by Perivi Katjavivi, 12 min, 2012, is a film about a young woman bruised by the city, dreams of escape and the freedom of her childhood. A girl spends her evenings prostituting herself out on the streets of Windhoek. But when a client roughs her up the experience leaves her shaken and forces her to rethink what she’s doing and how far she has come from the sweet little girl she used to be.
The film won the Best Actress award at the 2012 Namibia Film and Theatre Awards. Furthermore the film was awarded the Radwan El-Kashef Independent Shaba Foundation Award at the 2nd Luxor African Film Festival 2013.

« Dead River », 34 min, 2012, was directed by Tim Huebschle. The film-soundtrack was composed and performed by legendary cinema composer Alessandro Alessandroni. Set against the backdrop of Apartheid in Namibia during the 1980s, « Dead River » follows the unlikely friendship between a black boy and a white girl. David and Lisa are deeply connected and then forcefully separated after a sweet childhood encounter, but events take a turn for the worse when they meet again as young adults. Twenty years later Lisa returns to the setting of her childhood to face her past at Dead River. The film won the Narrative Short Film Award at the Silicon Valley African Film Festival, as well as the Audience Choice Award for Best International Short Film at the Festival Pontino del Cortometraggio in Italy. « Dead River » was also nominated in the Best Short Film category at the 2013 African Movie Academy Awards.

100 Bucks
What would you risk for the love of money?
« 100 Bucks », 2012, 25 min, directed by Oshosheni Hivelua, is an urban story of the journey of a 100-Namibia-dollar note that passes from hands of wealth to hands of need and through thieving hands. The journey of the note gives a lens for brief insights into the lives of different characters that weave in and out of each other’s lives and the daily struggles they face. The film won the Audience Choice Award at the 2012 Namibia Film and Theatre Awards.

« Try », 24 min, 2012, is a film directed by Joel Haikali. 8 hours, 8 people, 1 city: A series of events and circumstances connects different lives from completely different backgrounds from one end to the other end of town until they all end up in public hospital, where the rich guy must wait in line and the gangster meets Jesus.’Try’ is a fast-paced, multiple-narrative drama about love, friendship, family, loyalty, revenge and the serendipity of life unfolding in the heart of Windhoek, Namibia. At the 2012 Namibia Film and Theatre Awards, the film won Best Director, Best Production Design, Best Screenplay, and Best Film.

AfricAvenir is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation engaging in political education and information dissemination both in Africa and in Europe. Its main section was founded in Douala, Cameroon, by Prince Kum’ a Ndumbe III in 1985 while the German section was founded in 2000 during his exile in Berlin, Germany. Since 2007 AfricAvenir is also present in Windhoek, Namibia and in 2012 another section was founded in Cotonou/Calavi, Benin.

The Friends of Namibia Society, formed in 1997, provides an information-sharing and advocacy organization for non-governmental and other organizations and for individuals interested in Namibia. It brings together various groups in the UK, such as the Catherine Bullen Foundation, a civic link between Chesterfield and Tsumeb, a school link with the ACS International School in Surrey, a diocesan link with Manchester and various smaller local parish links. The society is independent of any government or political party and seeks to cooperate and liaise with both individuals and organizations that have an interest in the welfare and future of Namibia.

To Harecourt URC, St. Paul’s Rd, Islington, London, N1 2lR
Nearest stations: Canonbury and Highbury and Islington.
Buses 30 and 277 go along St Paul’s Road. Buses 4, 19, 38, 56, 73 236, 341, 393 are a few minutes’ walk away. Harecourt is in a controlled parking zone, the controlled hours are: Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 6.30pm

Although the entrance is free, please reserve a seat.
Book your ticket through Eventbrite here
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