In the spirit of celebrating and giving recognition to the immense contribution and role of women to the film industry and the Namibian Entertainment Industry as a whole, the Namibia Film Commission (NFC) together with three Female producers and directors is hosting a short film premiere on 16 May 2019 at the National Theatre of Namibia.
The three films, ‘Encore’, ‘Iitandu’ and ‘Wind on Your Skin’ all share stories not only opening up public discourse on issues faced by women, but also just aim to entertain.
‘Encore’, a film by Senga Brockerhoff, tells the story of a dancer who finds herself lost in an old theatre where she meets a carpenter who shows her something which turns her reality upside down.
Another short film directed by Lavinia Kapewasha is a film set in post-apocalyptic Namibia, called ‘Iitandu’ (Pieces) which is about a young female traditional healer who desperately seeks to escape the southern area of Namibia to avoid a deadly virus, despite her current surroundings and the danger posed by others.
‘The Wind on Your Skin’, is the third episode of a scripted drama web series, written and produced by Naomi Beukes and directed by Jana von Hase from Moodpixel Namibia. The episode focuses on the pressing issue of gender based violence (GBV) in Namibia, which tragically often leads to the brutal murder of girls and women. This moving drama explores how a community is shaken, when a young woman from a small town LGBTI community is killed because of who she loves, and how these kind of hateful acts can spark a wave of resistance.
“Developing the film fraternity remains our core function as an entity, and ensuring that we emancipate women in this male dominated industry is even closer to our values. Women for the longest time were pushed to roles in front of the camera and not as content creators. However there has been a shift around the world. Films that explore the beauty of African identity are gaining popularity and global recognition, and women filmmakers from Africa are leading the way,” the NFC said.
Tickets to the short film premier can be found at Events Today for N$60. Event starts at 20:00.