Theatrical Release of ‘The White Line’ Announced

After the initial theatrical release of award-winning Namibian feature film The White Line was halted earlier this year due to coronavirus restrictions, producers of the film announced its premiere in Windhoek cinemas on 13 November 2020.

The historical romance is set in 1963 soon after the 1959 Old Location uprising, and is directed by Desiree Kahikopo-Meiffret, written by Micheal Pulse starring Girley Charlene Jazama, Jan-Barend Scheepers, Sunet Van Wyk, Mervin Uahupirapi, Charl Botha, Muhindua Kaura, Vanessa Kamatoto, Joalette de Villiers, Hazel Hinda and Desmond Katamila, with an all Namibian crew.

Stills from The White Line starring Jan-Barend Scheepers, Mervin Uahupirapi and Sunet van Wyk. (TheWhiteLine/Opas Onucheyo)

The White Line had its international premiere at the 40th Durban International Film Festival in July 2019 and went on to screen at a host of international film festivals, including; Joburg Film Festival, Rwanda Film Festival, Hilton Arts Festival, Africa Venezuela Film Festival and New York African Diaspora International Film Festival, New African Film Festival in Washington DC and at the 9th Luxor African Film Festival in Egypt where it received a special jury mention for direction. In 2020, the film screened at Africlap African Film festival in Toulouse France and won the Kilimanjaro award for Best Feature Film. It was invited by the German-Namibian Society in Frankfurt to screen at their annual cultural event in the same year.

The film also won Best Script, Newcomer Director and the Audience Choice Award at the 2019 Namibian Theatre and Film Awards. At the 7th African Emerging Filmmakers Awards it won Best Feature Film and Best Cinematographer for Laurent Hesemans.

Girley Jazama, who plays the lead role of Sylvia, has been nominated for Best Actress of Southern Africa at the 2020 Sotigui Awards scheduled to take place later this year in Burkina Faso. She will also be competing for the Sotigui of the African Public award which requires the public to vote for her.

“The film would not have been possible without the generous support of the Namibia Film Commission. We would also like to thank Africa Development Solutions Group, Media Solutions, Mamokobo Video & Research, Air Namibia, Saw Media House, Paragon Advertising, Multichoice Namibia, Kaoko Travel & Tours, iWits and Van Der Merwe Greeff Andima Inc for their contribution,” said the filmmakers.

Ticket sales will be announced on The White Line social media pages as well as Ster-Kinekor Namibia’s social media pages. The film will premiere at Ster-Kinekor Grove Mall and Maerua Mall.