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‘The White Line’ To Have Its Official Namibian Premiere- Finally!

The White Line has finally concluded its first festival run and is now ready for the Namibian premiere.

The White Line has won 3 awards at the 2019 Namibian Theatre and Film Awards and internationally won Best Feature Film and Best Cinematographer at The African Emerging Filmmakers Awards. Equally, the film screened at various film festivals all over the world, including the Durban International Film Festival, New York African Diaspora Film Festival, Luxor African Film Festival in Egypt, among others.

Now the producers announced that the film will have its first official red carpet premiere in Namibia, set for 20 March at Ster Kinekor Grove Mall, Windhoek.

Locally, The White Line has only had a press screening and in preparation for the 2019 Namibian Theatre and Film Awards screened at the Namibian Film Week in Windhoek. Director Desiree Kahikopo previously said the film will first have a festival run and after that, once they have secured additional funding, they will have the official Namibian premiere.

Starring Girley Jazarama, Jan-Barend Scheepers, Sunet van Wyk and Mervin Uahupirapi, The White Line, set in 1963, after the Old Location uprising which shook South West Africa, the film follows a black domestic worker, Sylvia (Jazama), whose life is changed when she encounters an Afrikaner police officer, Pieter (Scheepers) on a routine passbook check.

The film was one of the most anticipated films of 2019, alongside films like #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm, Baxu and the Giants and Hairareb and features some of the best movie performances Namibia has to offer.

The film features an original soundtrack by Micheal Pulse with the screenplay also written by Pulse.

Tickets to the red carpet premiere of The White Line are now on sale at Ster Kinekor for N$60.

UPDATE: Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the premiere has been cancelled.

‘Baxu and The Giants’ Comes Back To Windhoek In February

Florian Schott’s award-winning short film Baxu and the Giants will have its first Namibian public screening for the year at the DHPS Auditorium, on Thursday, 6 February, for free.

Additionally, the Legal Assistance Centre and MaMoKoBo Video & Research will host a series of screenings at schools in Windhoek, including other free screenings for the public in Windhoek.

Later in the year, the film will also be screened in villages north-west of Namibia, where the film was shot, including in the coast.

All of these screenings will lead up to the Global Release of Baxu and the Giants in mid-March. At this time the film will not only be available on DVD but also for streaming worldwide via YouTube and Vimeo.

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Director Florian Schott with actors Camilla Jo-Ann Daries and Wafeeq /Narimab (Image: Opas Onucheyo)

International Festivals where Baxu and the Giants will be screening in the coming two months include the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, the Toronto Black Film Festival, the Children’s Film Festival Seattle and the RapidLion International Film Festival in South Africa.

The Namibian short which premiered in September 2019 already screened in nine countries and won multiple international awards, including the Award for Best Foreign Narrative at the San Francisco Independent Short Film Festival, three Namibian Theatre- and Film Awards (including Best Female Actor for 10-year-old Camilla Jo-Ann Daries), two international Cinematography Awards and two Awards at the Knysna Film Festival in South Africa.

Baxu and the Giants tells the story of how rhino poaching triggers social change in a village in rural Namibia, seen through the eyes of a nine-year-old girl. Producer Andrew Botelle (The Power Stone, Born in Etosha) enlisted Director and Co-Writer Florian Schott (Katutura) and Co-Producer/Co-Writer Girley Jazama (The White Line) to craft an emotional story around rhino poaching.

Visit baxuandthegiants.com for more.

#LANDoftheBRAVEfilm Premiere, Film Facts & More

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Muhindua Kaura and Elize De Wee in #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm (Images: #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm)

Director Tim Huebschle’s feature film, #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm, is set to have its official premiere this Thursday, 10 October at Ster Kinekor Grove Mall, Windhoek.

The film revolves around Meisie Willemse (Elize de Wee), a rugged cop with a dark secret she kept hidden for decades. However, while investigating a series of hateful murders, Willemse encounters a ruthless reporter who exposes dark secrets from her past, which in turn, derail the case, but Willemse is determined to catch the killer, even if she has to break the law.

Here’s some key information on the 95minute crime thriller:

Movie Title
The full title of the movie is #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm. The ‘LAND of the BRAVE’ part is borrowed from the second line of Namibia’s national anthem. It cements the idea that this is foremost a Namibian movie, by Namibians for Namibians. The use of the hashtag and the inclusion of the word “film” is very specific to indicate that this entire project is about more than just a movie.

Casting
Huebschle was adamant on the use of a combination of well-known and unfamiliar faces in the film. The film features Elize de Wee, Armas Shivute, Pieter Greeff, Ralf Boll, Khadijah Mouton, Felicity Celento, Muhindua Kaura, Chantell Uiras, Chridon Panizza, Joalette de Villiers, Janu Craill, Ndinomholo Ndilula, Jarret Loubser, Brumelda Brandt and Rodelio Lewis.

“I identified some actors e.g. Armas as Shivute and Elize as Meisie, but actively scouted for others. Piet Potgieter was synchronous as Pieter connected with me on Facebook just as I was looking for someone to play Piet. We put out an online casting call and that is how we found Chridon as Suiker and Khadijah as Cherry. In young Charmaine’s case, I scouted local productions to look for actors who resemble Elize and came across Chantell. I also wanted a few local celebrities to play bit parts, so am very grateful that Gazza (famous Kwaito artist) and Jarret Loubser (from Radio Wave) were game. Anyone outside the German-speaking community in Namibia may not know that Ralf Boll, who plays Dr Schneider, is a household name from the NBC German Radio service,” says Heubscle.

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Armas Shivute and Elize de Wee in #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm

Budget
The film is produced with a tight budget of N$3 million which required extreme lean project management. About half of this amount was a grant from the Namibia Film Commission, while the remainder was sourced through private contributions, some crowdfunding, and using Collective Production’s own resources, including in-kind support from various avenues which allowed for the completion of the film.

Production

The film is produced by Collective Productions, co-owned by Huebschle, who is the writer & director of #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm, and David Benade, who is the film’s Producer. The film was primarily shot in and around Windhoek, with some scenes at Spreetshoogte and in the small harbour town of Lüderitz. The Lüderitz interior scenes were filmed on a custom-built set in Windhoek. Principle photography was from 3 July to 10 August 2018 with a total of 28 shooting days over the 5 week period with a short production break in between. The decision to shoot during winter was a deliberate, creative consideration. The land is dead during winter and that bleakness reflects what is happening in the story. On a practical level, this meant the production team braved extremely cold early mornings and evenings, particularly on two-night shoots.

Script Translation & Language
In order for #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm to be a truly Namibian film, it had to be in a language Namibians speak, a particular brand of street-Afrikaans which is unique to Namibia. The script was originally written in English, but Heubscle entrusted the actors to translate their own lines. The entire film – Afrikaans, English and vernacular dialogue – is subtitled in English.

Music
#LANDoftheBRAVEfilm composer Ginge Anvik produced a score including
music samples from the Nama, Himba, Ovambo and San people of Namibia. Collective Productions involved the Directorate of National Heritage and Culture Programmes for guidance and support during the selection process of traditional musicians. During November 2016 Ginge and director Tim Huebschle travelled 3313 km in 8 days through southern and northern Namibia as part of the #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm soundtrack road trip. The entire music production fee was covered by TONO, the Norwegian Collection Society and Performing Rights Organization, and the Komponistenes Verderlagsfond, the Norwegian Composers’ Remuneration Fund. These contributions were secured by Anvik.

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Elize de Wee and Pieter Greef in #LANDoftheBRAVEfilm

Original Song

#LANDoftheBRAVEfilm’s soundtrack includes an exciting original song to feature over the credit roll. Afrikaans rapper Ike Adonis, better known as Ixa, and Namibia Annual Music Awards 2019 winner for best Afrikaans, Vaughn Ahrens, collaborated to produce the original song, ‘My Ghosts’. The song’s lyrics are inspired by the film’s tagline “facing the ghosts of your past is like trying to catch a serial killer who won’t be caught”. Ahrens’ indie-rock style, combined with Ixa’s rap, provides a fresh Namibian sound. The song is a mixture of Afrikaans and English hip hop with a folk feel to it. ‘My Ghosts’ was publicly released on 9 September 2019 for airplay on local radio stations in the run-up to the film’s premiere on 10 October. An accompanying music video consisting of footage of the artists in the studio during recording, interspersed with scenes from the film, was also published on social media the same day at 9:09 am.

#LANDoftheBRAVEfilm will premiere on 10 October and show until 20 October at Sker Kinekor cinemas in Windhoek. Tickets are available at Ster Kinekor, Pick n Pay and Webtickets. Early Bird: N$50 • Door: N$60 • Half price Tuesday: N$30.

Brockerhoff’s musical ‘Every Woman’ Premieres In August

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Every Woman cast and crew. (Image: Sue Niewoudt)

The National Theatre of Namibia will stage an all-female Namibian musical, Every Woman, under its Director’s Lab Project at the NTN Backstage theatre from 1 to 3 August 2019.

The musical is written & directed by Senga Brockerhoff with Musical Direction by Lize-Leandra Ann Ehlers and Choreography by Nikhita Winkler.

The plot surrounds Grace who is hosting her friend Amelia’s bridal shower with her close friends. Also at the party is Amelia’s pedantic sister Amanda and Grace’s ice-queen boss, Victoria. The women discuss motherhood, men, marriage and all things in between. But later during a drinking game, secrets and resentment pour out which threaten to tear the sisters apart and perhaps even derail the wedding.

The musical features the star-studded cast of JD Januarie as the bride (Amelia), a sensitive soul who’s always tried to do the right thing. Amelia’s overly critical and pedantic sister Amanda played by Senga Brockerhoff, with Chantel ‘Enchante’ /Uiras and Lize Ehlers playing the roles of Grace & Ruth, high school friends of the bride. Grace’s cheeky assistant Frankie is played by Mikiros Garoёs.

Lavinia Kapewasha plays Victoria, a hard-nosed businesswoman who worked her way to the top of the advertising industry, also Amanda & Grace’s boss. Heather ‘Miss H’ Dennis plays Maxine, a florist and childhood friend to the bride, with Jennifer Timbo as Mitzy a free-spirited hippy with great care for the environment and her friends.

Tickets are available from all Computicket outlets nationwide, at N$100-00 for the general public and N$80-00 for Senior Citizens and students (16+). Doors open at 19:00 all three nights. Tickets can also be bought online here.

Dress Code: Black and Red.

Cinderella & Her Prince Comes To Windhoek

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Chante Daniels & Craig Pedro from the Cape Town City Ballet Company as Cinderella & the Prince. (Images: Provided)

A collaboration between Cape Town City Ballet Company (CTCB) and the College of the Arts (COTA), Cinderella & Her Prince is a large cast ballet production directed and choreographed by the Artistic Director of the CTCB, Robin van Wyk.

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Director and Choreographer, Robin van Wyk

Chante Daniels, one of the new rising stars of the CTCB, takes on the role of Cinderella in the production. Daniels, having just danced the leading roles in the latest season of Amaranth, will star alongside season dancer, Craig Pedro as the Prince. Pedro also co-choreographed the production.

According to Zaandre du Toit from the CTCB, Cinderella & Her Prince is choreographed in a very traditional style of classical ballet.

“Craig and Robin discussed the choreographic styles and steps to ensure that the Cape Town City Ballet Principals are pushed a bit harder and the children are challenged and given steps they have not done before – we also focused on patterns and grouping so as keep the production moving and exciting. Also casting COTA students as Ugly Sisters gave them a chance to work on their acting skills,” du Toit said.

Based on the roles van Wyk created for the young COTA students, audiences can expect stellar performances as their individual roles aim to challenge them to new heights in their ballet careers.

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Some of the students from the College of the Arts taking part in the production.

“There will also be principal dancers coming from Cape Town to inspire the young ballet dancers, encouraging them to become better dancers. These professional dancers also are a delight to watch not only from a young dancer’s point of view but also an audience member,” du Toit noted.

The relationship between COTA and CTCB has been nurtured over the last four years with Cinderella & Her Prince becoming their third collaborative project.

Du Toit highlighted that the relationship between the two entities affords children the chance to work with the Artistic Director of a professional ballet company – teaching them to work in the corps de ballet, to work as a team, to learn pas de deux skills – to learn new steps – breaking away from the everyday syllabus.

Du Toit further added that the production is made up of a well-rehearsed cast of children in many diverse roles, exciting pas de deux from the principal dancers of Cape Town City Ballet and the seamless joining of professionals and students into an enjoyable production for the enjoyment of the whole family.

Cinderella & Her Prince will be on stage 25-27 July 2019 at the National Theatre of Namibia at 19:00. On 27 July, there will be a Matinee at 15:00. Tickets are available for N$180 at Computicket outlets.

The Film Commission Wants To Fund Your Film- Here’s How To Apply

The Namibia Film Commission invites filmmakers to submit their film applications for the 2019/2020 Funding Cycle.

Eligibility

– Namibian registered company.
– The applicant must be the producer, with a team containing a writer/script editor or
director.
– The producer should have the rights to the story with which they apply
– The team must, between them, have at-least two screen credits and the producer must have a producer credit, except for the newcomer category. Only the producer is required to have at-least one producer screen credit.
– All members of the team need not be Namibian.

In assessing applications, the following factors are considered:

– The quality of the project, its central idea and wide audience appeal.
– The marketplace potential of the project.
– The likelihood of the project achieving financial returns.
– The track record and or potential of the principles.
– The proposed level of involvement of the Namibian principals, cast and crew, facilities and locations to be used.
– The economic, employment, industry development and or cultural benefits for Namibia.

Applications (Application forms can be obtained from the Film Commission)

– Provide a complete application form.
– Attach any additional information to support your application.
-Incomplete applications will not be considered.
– Ensure you receive your Application Reference Number upon delivery to the Film Commission office.
-The selected teams must be willing to undergo a two-week script development workshop with a film expert, in Windhoek.

The Funding Categories Are:

2x Newcomer Short Film (N$100 000)
2x Experienced Short Film (N$250 000)
1 Documentary Film (N$300 000)
1 Feature Film (N$1 300 000)
1 Nǃxau ǂToma Film Fund (N$1 000 000)

An information sharing session will be held on 30 May 2019 with filmmakers to discuss the application process in detail.

CLOSING DATE: 28 JUNE 2019

Submissions should be emailed to gkamati@nfc.na & info@nfc.na or hand delivered at the Namibia Film Commission office, Nr. 17 Cnr of Feld and Newton Street, Ausspannplatz, Windhoek or hard copies mailed to: Namibia Film Commission Projects P.O. Box 41807, Ausspannplatz, Windhoek.

There should be a clear indication on which project you are applying. For any further information contact Mr. Gideon Kamati on 061 381 900.

OYO’s ‘Well Wish Ya’ premieres March 2019 at the National Theatre

OYO- Ombetja Yehinga Organisation’s 10-member dance troupe will premiere Well Wish Ya, a collaborative multi-media dance production at the National Theatre of Namibia on 27 March 2019.

In 2008, OYO had its first dance project at the National Theatre titled ‘The Namibia Odysseus’. Following the success of that production, OYO got an opportunity to establish the OYO dance troupe in 2009. For ten years now OYO has trained and nurtured young dancers. OYO is the first, and currently only, troupe in Namibia with dancers on its payroll. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, OYO decided to return to the National Theatre with Well Wish Ya.

Well Wish Ya will feature the work of internationally acclaimed visual artist, Kevork Mourad, who is of Syrian/Armenian heritage.

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Kevork Mourad

RELATED: Visual Artist Kevork Mourad Talks Upcoming ‘Well Wish Ya’ Collab with OYO

“I am very excited about this collaboration. The OYO group is new to me, so I’ve prepared work based on what I’ve imagined of them. I will complete the piece on the ground with them, incorporating ideas and lines based on their movements and energy. I want to be a vehicle transmitting the history we are talking about,” Kevork said.

The piece will also feature UK-based dancer Elliott Augustine. Elliott is an upcoming dancer currently doing a master in performing arts with the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. He is attached to Phoenix Dance Company in Leeds, UK. Credits include Windrush by Sharon Watson, Lord of the flies by Scott Amber and Curtain raiser for sleeping beauty (Matthew Bourne)’ by Lee Smikle.

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Elliott Augustine

Joining Elliott and the ten members of the OYO dance troupe will be Nikhita Winkler, West Uarije, Daniel Kuhlmann and LeClue Job. Thirteen students of the Nikhita Winkler Dance Theatre project complete the cast.

Well Wish Ya features a brand new soundtrack by renown Namibian composer Ponti Dikuua. It is produced and choreographed by OYO’s Director, Philippe Talavera.

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Philippe Talavera

“Working on such a huge scale dance project is challenging. We want to create something totally new. We look at how the past influences us and how, in turn, our actions will influence future generations. The piece is inspired by the idea of reincarnation and questions whether we always repeat the same pattern or can, as the human race, learn to grow and become better. In the wake of tragedies such as what just happened in New Zealand, observing worldwide – and in Namibia – the growing threat racism poses, this piece will ask important questions. In the past Namibia had to survive a genocide. Nowadays, we fight over greed, corruption, tribalism and homophobia. What legacy are we leaving for our children?” Philippe said.

The production was made possible through financial support from the Prince Claus Fund and sponsorships from Qatar Airways, Londiningi Guest House, DbAudio and the Nikhita Winkler Dance Project.

A free matinee is opened to schools on 26 March. Public performances will take place on 27 and 28 March around 8pm at the National Theatre of Namibia. Tickets are N$120 in advance at Computicket and will be sold for N$150 at the door.

Namibia, Here’s How You Can Showcase Your Talent, Connect, Scout for Skills and Meet Other African Creatives

MultiChoice Talent Factory, MultiChoice Africa’s flagship Pan-African initiative launched an interactive online portal aimed at profiling and connecting Africa’s industry creatives and bringing pan-African talent and opportunities together in one place.

By simply registering on the digital portal, MultiChoice Talent Factory up-and-coming talent and industry professionals can network with each other, connect and collaborate.

The portal is the third touchpoint of the MultiChoice Talent Factory initiative following the launch of the Talent Factory’s Academies, a 12-month regional film training programme aimed at upskilling the next generation of passionate young film creatives launched in October 2018 and the Talent Factory Masterclasses launched in January this year to upskill industry professionals.

Register now: Talent Factory.

A Report For An Academy: Adriano Visagie takes on the role of Kafka’s ape

Channelling Franz Kafka’s Red Peter in the play, A Report For An Academy, is not easy according to Adriano Visagie, who will deliver his first one-man show at the College of the Arts Theatre School in Windhoek.

Adriano says the physicality that comes with being ‘Red Peter ‘ and imitating the ape authentically is hard but comes with a lot of fun.

Kafka’s critically acclaimed short story, A Report for an Academy (1917) has been adapted and performed all over the world and will be staged in Windhoek under the direction of David Ndjavera.

Red Peter’s is a story of satire on ‘otherness’ with the notion of civilization and what it means to be human in a world of routinized inhumanity. Red Peter’s story of his former life is revealed as he presents the tale to a top scientific Academy.

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“I love the fact that he is very optimistic and inquisitive. He is well educated and shares a lot of knowledge. I wish I had the sarcasm he has; it’s very subtle: if you miss it, you miss it,” Adriano says, talking about his character, Red Peter.

As Namibia is commemorating 29 years of Independence this classic tale of freedom, power and alienation are more current than ever.

A Report For An Academy is on stage 19 and 20 March at the COTA Theatre School. Tickets are charged at N$80 and available at the door. The show starts at 19h30.

The International ARTS Talent Showcase Is Coming To Windhoek And Wants You!

On 23 February 2019, the International ARTS Talent Showcase (IATS) will host auditions for Actors, Singers, Dancers and Models at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN).

Every year the IATS helps entertainers realise their dreams by providing them a platform to showcase their talent and this year, for the first time, Namibian entertainers are also afforded the opportunity to showcase their talent on home ground come this February.

In Windhoek, performers will audition for talent scouts, Elsubie Verlinden and Elouise Janse van Rensburg. Successful performers will then be invited to the second round of auditions in Johannesburg in October 2019. Director of the Applause Rising Talent Showcase from the United States of America, Kim Myers personally attends the Johannesburg auditions and then invites successful performers to Orlando, Florida where they will represent Africa at the ARTS Convention in July 2020.

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Participants of the IATS are studying at the New York Film Academy, walking the runways of New York and LA Fashion weeks with some models booked for brand like Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, NBA Fan Clothing Range. Some actors have also been booked for Broadway productions in New York while singers performed at New York’s Bitter End Rock Club and Apollo Theatre, where amongst others Neil Diamond, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift kick-started their careers.

Similarly, artists who has been on IATS’s platform had great success within the industry in the USA, such as Namibia’s Abraham Pieters who had the opportunity to audition for Tyler Perry Studios.

Related: Abraham Pieters sets sight on E! News, OWN

Pieters advises entertainers to do their best work when going in for the auditions in February, urging them not to rush their audition.

“It’s your Audition, you lead they follow. Actors, if you fumble your lines ad-lip/ improvise, the judges will never know you made a mistake, because they don’t have a script only you know what you prepared. Singers; Its not just about your vocals and your vocal gymnastic capabilities – it’s about stage presence, confidence. Make love to the stage and perform – make eye contact with the judges and most importantly have fun in the process. Models: Your cute face will not always get you in the door, use your body, it is your main instrument. For if you don’t know how to use your body, especially the men, it will come across as awkward. Wear comfortable clothes. Ladies, please where heels that you can walk in and if it happens that you fall, stand up and continue walking as if nothing happened. It’s all about confidence. Body language speaks volumes. To the dancers, please have energy when you perform, if you mess up your choreography just continue, you alone know the choreography if you make a mistake know one will know… The stage is yours, have fun,” Pieters says.

Related: How to ace your cold read audition

Break a leg!

 

Florian Schott Talks Upcoming Short Film ‘Baxu and the Giants’

From the Director of the award-winning feature film, Katutura comes a new live-action short film on rhino poaching and social change.

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Florian Schott

Florian Schott’s new short film, Baxu and the Giants is a story on how rhino poaching triggers a social change in a village in Damaraland, told through the eyes of an 8-year-old girl, Baxu, who is in touch with nature and her own heritage. The name Baxu is short for “!ubaxu”, which means ‘I come from the soil’.

According to Schott, the film highlights poaching and social issues in the surrounding communities. Schott adds that the film comes with a sense of poetry in the imagery; the music and the way the young hero tells her story, taking the audience from time of hunters and gatherers to modern-day.

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Damaraland by Florian Schott

“There will be elements of magical realism in the story as there will be dream sequences and parts of the story being narrated by our young hero but the story itself will be told in a very realistic way,” Schott says.

Related: Florian Schott: A Filmmaker With Passion And Drive

When the Legal Assistance Center commissioned Andrew Botelle from MaMoKoBo Video & Research to produce a film with the aim of sensitizing teenagers to the issue of poaching in rural Namibia, Schott and his co-writer Girley Jazama took up the opportunity to tell this story from the inside out; through the eyes of an innocent but toughened-by-life girl.

“Through this storytelling device, the aim is to reach an audience worldwide and for audiences to understand some of the underlying social issues in rural Namibia that can lead to poaching”

Baxu and The Giant will premiere on 19 September 2019.

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Aivilo premiers this Thursday at National Theatre

From the visionary mind of director Sven-Eric Müller comes AIVILO, an original and contemporary Namibian ballet.


Aivilo, a doe-eyed youngster, is confronted by life’s most daring temptations. Despite her efforts to resist, she finds herself entangled with the other worldly manifestations of evil. Joined, by her curious brother, Lilo, Aivilo explores the continuing tug-of-war of good versus evil in this visual fantasy epic set to enthrall audiences.


The protagonist Aivilo will be played by the incomparable Tuli Shityuwete and Lilo will be portrayed by exciting newcomer West Uarije. Choreographed by Sven-Eric Muller and featuring the musical stylings of Lize Ehlers, AIVILO is set be a production the likes of which the Namibian stage has not seen before.

Director, Sven-Eric Mϋller, is no stranger to big stage productions; as a trained dancer, Mϋller dazzled the stage in modern renditions of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Funny Girl and Westside Story in South Africa. In October 2018 he returned to Namibia and delighted audiences in Sandy Rudd’s musical, ‘I am John’ which centred around the life and times of the late Namibian artist John Mufangejo.


Put together by Haus of Müller, in conjunction with the National Arts Council, AIVILO will premiere at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) on the 22nd of November and will run till the 24th of November 2018.


Entrance is charged at N$250. Tickets are currently available via EventsToday can be obtained via:

  1. Website (www.eventstoday.com.na)
  2. EventsToday Office (44 Hyper Motor City, Maxwell Street) during office hours
  3. FNCC (118 Robert Mugabe Ave) during office hours

Namibian short film, ‘Another Sunny Day’ headed to Rhode Island

Another Sunny Day’ a short non-fiction film by Tim Huebschle has been selected as part of the 12th edition of the Short Short Story Film Festival, which will take place in Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday, November 24th.

Highlighting albinism, the film tells the story of how life must be for someone whose skin has no protection from the sun, living in a country that averages over 80% sunshine during any given year.

With several hundred quality submissions from more than seventy countries, ‘Another Sunny Day’ made it as one of the selected 36 films, which will be showcased in two programme of 18 films each. The film will be showcased under the Heartstrings programme.

Thirty countries from six continents are represented, with 26 films making their U.S. premieres, including eight world premieres. 

Festival goers vote on their three favorite films to determine award winners in each program. A panel of Spoiler Alert Radio interviewees judge the films and selects the best in each program. Commissioned custom art objects created by past festival participants are presented to the winners.

The film previously made it to the top 10 finalists of the Discovery Channel ‘Don’t Stop Wondering’ Award.

Huebschle submitted the film to over 150 festivals using FilmFreeway, an online festival submission platform that allows you to filter out festivals according to entrance fees, etc. Of those 150 plus submissions thus far 15 were successful. Roughly 10%.

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“My goal was to basically spend no money on submitting ‘Another Sunny Day’ to festivals, because the movie was made on zero budget,” Huebschle says.

This is what the films’ journey has looked like thus far with 15 festival screenings all over the world:

• TriForce Short Film Festival
London
United Kingdom
December 2, 2017

• Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival
Sao Paulo, Brazil
August 26, 2018

• Copenhagen ShortFilm Festival
Copenhagen, Denmark
November 8, 2018

• Gold Coast Film Festival / Commonwealth Games 2018
Surfers Paradise, Australia
April 4, 2018

• Jozi Film Festival / Discovery Channel
Johannesburg, South Africa
September 21, 2017

• Festival del Cinema Africano, d’Asia e America Latina
Milan, Italy
March 21, 2018

• Silicon Valley African Film Festival
San José, United States
October 5, 2018

• AfryKamera
Warsaw, Poland
April 21, 2018

• Shorts@Fringe
Azores, Portugal
May 25, 2018

• Dieciminuti Film Festival
Ceccano, Italy
March 20, 2018

• International Changing Perspectives Short Film Festival
Istanbul, Turkey
April 10, 2018

• International Film Festival on Disability (FIFH)
Cannes, France
September 16, 2017

• InShort Film Festival
London, United Kingdom
September 14, 2018
• Lake International PanAfrican Film Festival
Kisumu, Kenya
November 11, 2017

• KRAF
Rijeka, Croatia
December 2, 2017

“The film came from a place of passion and the greatest reward is to see that the passion transcends our national borders,” Huebschle says.

31 Horror Movies To Watch This October 2018

It’s October, which means you can now sanely obsess over horror movies, on-screen blood and terrifying screams. From October 1 through 31, you’ll be able to stay on schedule with the best nostalgia of horror & thriller the movie industry has to offer. Here is Namib Insider‘s picks for October 2018.

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1. The Nun (2018)

When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together, they uncover the order’s unholy secret.

2. It Follows (2015)

After carefree teenager Jay, sleeps with her new boyfriend, Hugh, for the first time, she learns that she is the latest recipient of a fatal curse that is passed from victim to victim via sexual intercourse. Death, Jay learns, will creep inexorably toward her as either a friend or a stranger.

3. The Babadook (2014)

A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

4. It (2017)

Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.

5. Mother! (2017)

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

6. 13 Sins (2014)

A desperate, debt-ridden salesman agrees to perform an increasingly hideous set of tasks in order to win millions of dollars.

7. The Lazarus Effect (2015)

Medical researcher Frank, his fiancee Zoe and their team have achieved the impossible: they have found a way to revive the dead. After a successful, but unsanctioned, experiment on a lifeless animal, they are ready to make their work public. However, when their dean learns what they’ve done, he shuts them down. Zoe is killed during an attempt to recreate the experiment, leading Frank to test the process on her. Zoe is revived — but something evil is within her.

8. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger, a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on the teenagers in their dreams, which, in turn, kills them in reality.

9. Hollow Man (2000)

After years of experimentation, brilliant but arrogant scientist Sebastian Caine has discovered a way to make matter invisible. Determined to achieve the ultimate breakthrough, Caine pushes his team to move to the next phase – using himself as the subject. The test is a success, but when the process can’t be reversed, Caine seems doomed to a future without flesh.

10. The Witch (2015)

In 1630 New England, panic and despair envelops a farmer, his wife and their children when youngest son Samuel suddenly vanishes. The family blames Thomasin, the oldest daughter who was watching the boy at the time of his disappearance. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, twin siblings Mercy and Jonas suspect Thomasin of witchcraft, testing the clan’s faith, loyalty and love to one another.

11. Insidious: The Last Key (2018)

Brilliant parapsychologist Elise Rainier receives a disturbing phone call from a man who claims that his house is haunted. Even more disturbing is the address, 413 Apple Tree Lane in Five Keys, N.M., the home where Elise grew up as a child. Accompanied by her two investigative partners, Rainier travels to Five Keys to confront and destroy her greatest fear, the demon that she accidentally set free years earlier.

12. Truth or Dare (2018)

Olivia, Lucas and a group of their college friends travel to Mexico for one last getaway before graduation. While there, a stranger convinces one of the students to play a seemingly harmless game of truth or dare with the others. Once the game starts, it awakens something evil, a demon which forces the friends to share dark secrets and confront their deepest fears. The rules are simple but wicked, tell the truth or die, do the dare or die, and if you stop playing, you die.

13. Slice (2018)

In a spooky small town, when a slew of pizza delivery boys are slain on the job, two daring survivors set out to catch the culprits behind the cryptic crime spree.

14. Poltergeist (1982)

Strange and creepy happenings beset an average California family, the Freelings, Steve, Diane, teenaged Dana, eight-year-old Robbie, and five-year-old Carol Ann, when ghosts commune with them through the television set. Initially friendly and playful, the spirits turn unexpectedly menacing, and, when Carol Ann goes missing, Steve and Diane turn to a parapsychologist and eventually an exorcist for help.

15. Hellraiser (1987)

Sexual deviant Frank, inadvertently opens a portal to hell when he tinkers with a box he bought while abroad. The act unleashes gruesome beings called Cenobites, who tear Frank’s body apart. When Frank’s brother and his wife, Julia, move into Frank’s old house, they accidentally bring what is left of Frank back to life. Frank then convinces Julia, his one-time lover, to lure men back to the house so he can use their blood to reconstruct himself.

16. The Evil Dead (1981)

Ashley “Ash” Williams, his girlfriend and three pals hike into the woods to a cabin for a fun night away. There they find an old book, the Necronomicon, whose text reawakens the dead when it’s read aloud. The friends inadvertently release a flood of evil and must fight for their lives or become one of the evil dead. Ash watches his friends become possessed, and must make a difficult decision before daybreak to save his own life in this, the first of Sam Raimi’s trilogy.

17. Sinister (2012)

True-crime writer Ellison Oswald is in a slump; he hasn’t had a best seller in more than 10 years and is becoming increasingly desperate for a hit. So, when he discovers the existence of a snuff film showing the deaths of a family, he vows to solve the mystery. He moves his own family into the victims’ home and gets to work. However, when old film footage and other clues hint at the presence of a supernatural force, Ellison learns that living in the house may be fatal.

18. Deliver Us From Evil (2014)

As a veteran member of a South Bronx precinct, NYPD Sgt. Ralph Sarchie has seen more than his share of dark and horrifying events, so many that they have begun to poison his soul. Sarchie further finds his beliefs and understanding pushed to the limit when he and his partner investigate a particularly bizarre incident. He forms an alliance with a renegade priest, who tries to convince Sarchie that real evil, and demons, do exist.

19. The Darkness (2016)

Peter Taylor, his wife Bronny and their two children return to Los Angeles after a fun-filled vacation to the Grand Canyon. Strange events soon start to plague the family, including young son Michael’s increasingly erratic behavior. The Taylors learn that Michael brought back some mysterious rocks that he discovered inside a cave. Unfortunately, something followed them home as the clan now find themselves in a battle with a supernatural force that preys on their worst fears.

20. The First Purge (2018)

To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the others, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.

21. The Possession (2012)

When their youngest daughter, Em, becomes strangely obsessed with an antique wooden box bought from a yard sale, parents Clyde and Stephanie see little cause for alarm. However, Em becomes increasingly unstable, leading the couple to fear the presence of a malevolent force. To their horror, Clyde and Stephanie learn that the box contains a dybbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits, and ultimately devours, a human host.

22. Mirrors (2008)

In a bid to pull his shattered life back together, troubled ex-cop Ben Carson takes a job as a security guard at the burned out ruins of a once-prosperous department store. As Ben patrols the charred hallways, he begins to see horrifying images in the ornate mirrors that still adorn the walls. Ben soon realizes that a malevolent force is using the mirrors to gain entrance into this world, threatening the lives of his wife (Paula Patton) and children.

23. The Descent (2005)

A year after a severe emotional trauma, Sarah goes to North Carolina to spend some time exploring caves with her friends; after descending underground, the women find strange cave paintings and evidence of an earlier expedition, then learn they are not alone: Underground predators inhabit the crevasses, and they have a taste for human flesh.

24. Get Out (2017)

Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

25. Split (2017)

Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all of the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him, as well as everyone around him, as the walls between his compartments shatter.

26. The Visit (2015)

Becca and younger brother Tyler say goodbye to their mother as they board a train and head deep into Pennsylvania farm country to meet their maternal grandparents for the first time. Welcomed by Nana and Pop Pop, all seems well until the siblings start to notice increasingly strange behavior from the seemingly charming couple. Once the children discover a shocking secret, they begin to wonder if they’ll ever make it home.

27. Hush (2016)

A deaf writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears in her window.

28. Unfriended (2014)

One night, while teenagers Blaire, Mitch, Jess, Adam Ken and Val take part in an online group chat session, they are suddenly joined by a user known only as “Billie227.” Thinking it’s just a technical glitch, the friends carry on their conversation… until Blaire begins receiving messages from someone claiming to be Laura Barns, a classmate who killed herself exactly one year prior. As Blaire tries to expose Billie’s identity, her friends are forced to confront their darkest secrets and lies.

29. Hereditary (2018)

When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter and grandchildren begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry, trying to outrun the sinister fate they have inherited.

30. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

When Sally hears that her grandfather’s grave may have been vandalized, she and her paraplegic brother, Franklin, set out with their friends to investigate. After a detour to their family’s old farmhouse, they discover a group of crazed, murderous outcasts living next door. As the group is attacked one by one by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface, who wears a mask of human skin, the survivors must do everything they can to escape.

31. Halloween (2018) – Coming This October!

It’s been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield, Ill., but this time, she’s ready for him.

Namibia’s theatre and film industry against violence

With the increasing incidents of violence-related activities in the country, it’s pretty easy to draw a link between exposure to violent media and aggressive behaviour and although exposure to violent media is one of those trigger factors for violence, it’s definitely not a trivial one.

Film and theatre cause us to be in greater fear of our surroundings, suggesting, especially to children, that violence is an appropriate way to resolve conflict.

I have seen that individual moral factors of filmmakers and writers tend to discourage violence much more than they do a purchase of their work.

A lot of famous movies are filled with depictions of abuse and manipulation of some kind. However, we don’t go around mimicking everything we see. Be that as it may, no one has the right to go around killing other people. Gender-based violence, in particular, affects people in every corner of the world, and although it can also affect men, it is women and girls who are disproportionately targeted.

Namibia’s film and theatre industry takes a stand against violence, of any kind and urges the government to take serious action:

Sunet van Wyk
Actress

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“Something seriously needs to change if we want to bring an end to Gender-Based Violence. For me, however, the change doesn’t only lie with police officers doing a better job at handling cases since that will only help ease the symptoms and not cure the cause. In my opinion, the real problem lies much deeper – it lies with mental health. In Namibia, mental illness is still a bit of a taboo topic and something rarely talked about or taken seriously – especially amongst men. One thing is certain though, change needs to happen because enough is enough!”

Denzel Noabeb (NSK)
Actor

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“I’ve seen calls for heavier sentences to persons found guilty of an offence in the court of law. What exactly will that help? It is a known fact that a prison is not a nice place. Regardless of the fact that it’s a correctional facility now. It’s still not a nice place, but these crimes still continue unabated. Here’s what I always also asked…how is it possible that these crimes are the majority of the times committed by persons who do not have a single record of any violation to their name? Ordinary man and woman of society with no criminal record are committing gigantic crimes. We need to probe our way of life. What makes me a Namibian? What are my customs? What are my traditions? What was I taught growing up in my home? We need to revisit these and understand what in these teachings have caused this seismic social reaction where we cannot deal with our emotions that stem from relationships. Dare I say we need to probe these teachings outside the context of religion. Then we can take it from there. Where the arts comes in…we will continue writing thought-provoking plays about this. We will continue writing songs about this… however, for as long as our theatres are empty, for as long as Namibians prefer South African music as opposed to ours, the message will not reach the masses and all will continue to be lost.”

Desiree Kahikopo
Director

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“I would say that the rise of violence is because the offenders think and somehow know they can get away with it. I really think Namibia needs t to rethink the justice system and create harsher punishments for those who commit a crime, than 25 years for killing someone. More police presence on the streets, quick responses.”

Adriano Visagie
Actor

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“Personally feel the rise of Gender-based violence has escalated and through my charity work, which I don’t make public, I had one of the victims at the Gender-Based Violence unit at Katutura and I also wrote a post about it. The lack of service and facilities we have is quite a great concern because My question is; what does a victim do and where do they cry for help? We cannot allow this to continue and I believe the government should jump in. What saddened me about this past few weeks was seeing people march, even Members of Parliament marched. So we march and then what? Members of parliament are supposed to visit these facilities and ask whether they are really accommodating to victims. Imagine how much healing can be done if the government uses Ramatex as a “safe haven” for victims, a case is filed against the perpetrator, these victims get proper counselling by using the unemployed UNAM psychologists and nurses and doctors to assist at this centre. The same counseling can be used on the perpetrator. We are failing victims of gender-based violence.”

Jason Kooper
Playwright, Director

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“As a theatre practitioner I think a lot has been done in addressing cases of gender-based violence in the country, however, I feel that we need a campaign where victims can get the opportunity to tell their stories. First lady Monica Geingos has started a #BeFree to Break Free campaign which has been tremendously helpful, but I feel that we need to have an open dialogue about these issues, by getting the victims involved, those that would like to talk about their trauma. Also, get organisations like Lifeline/Childline and the GBV crime units in Katutura and other smaller towns. For the future, we need to look at the way we raise our children, especially men. We raise them to be tough and not cry, forgetting that they too are human and they suppress their emotions and don’t know how to handle rejection.”

Philippe Talavera
Filmmaker, Choreographer

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“The recent increase in GBV is scary but not surprising- violence has become the norm. We see it everywhere. I don’t think we realize anymore what it is. That slapping a child is violent; that pushing someone is violent. We need to rethink ourselves entirely. Many people are frustrated- they can’t make ends meet. They can’t live their dreams. If I have no realisation of dreams, why should I care? Maybe we also don’t have enough positive role models, men who use their hearts and not their fists to solve problems, women who teach their sons that it is OK to cry. I think we need to remind ourselves what it means to live. Life is difficult, but ultimately it is a gift we should cherish, a journey we should enjoy. Our time on earth is too short to live trapped. Let us break free and remember what it means to care for one another.”

Oshoveli Shipoh
Filmmaker, Director

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“I think as activists against gender-based violence, leading the power for change would be the improvement needed in the Justice system. If we could come together as a nation and campaign for our influential leaders to endorse harsher punishments for offenders, even if it means to amend the constitution. Because every time you pull out bad weeds more will grow in their place, so if you change and cultivate the soil, weeds won’t grow. That soil is our Justice System and it needs huge improvement.”

Zindri Swartz
Playwright, Director, Stage Manager

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“It’s Horrific to think that GBV still poses a threat within this day and age. Nobody has that right! Safety is and should be fundamental. I personally am among the hopeless. Very little has been done about these inexcusable crimes. The question is; would rehabilitating the perpetrator be sufficient? To an extent, I would say tougher sentences should be imposed. I for one don’t believe in the death penalty but what happens when criminals are forcing our hand? Times are tough and we should stand united protecting one another, supporting and loving as one. Not senselessly killing each other.”

 

Watch this beautiful “We Are The World,” music video featuring an all-star roster of Broadway theatre artists calling for healing and unity in the world today.

Featured: Namibia As Your Next Film Destination

 

Namibia is a gem for those in search of the unexplored and wilderness. This beautiful country has one of the lowest population densities in the world and bizarre desert scenery on Africa’s south-west coast, which has enjoyed more than a decade of stability since achieving Independence on 21 March 1990.

Namibia is a peaceful country which is economically prosperous as a result of its productive mining, fishing, tourism and agricultural industries.

 

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Namibia has four main geographical regions (from West to East): Coastal plain/Namib Desert, Namib Escarpment, the rocky Central Plateau with its high mountains and the Kalahari Sandveld which is characterized by its flat layers of sand. The most spectacular landscapes for filmmakers can be found in the Namib Desert and the surrounding area, films such as “Flight of the Phoenix” and “10.000 BC” were filmed here.

 

DUNES

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Southern Namib – The Sea of Dunes: The Namib Desert stretches along the Atlantic Ocean from Angola well into South Africa and forms a belt of spectacular dunes and rock formations that reaches up to 200 kms inland. South of the Kuiseb River (dry river) lies the Southern Namib, a sea of high, yellow to reddish dunes which stretches for hundreds of kilometers, with no trace of civilization – yet, the port town of Walvis Bay is only approx. 30 kms (18 Miles) away! Your team can conveniently access the dune sea via a good gravel road and an experienced scout.

 

The high impressive dunes in the Southern Namib can be found at Sossusvlei, with spectacular colours, especially at sunrise and sunset when the dunes display a forever changing kaleidoscope of contrasts, from light yellow to dark red.

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Swakopmund and Walvis Bay – Where the Ocean meets the Dunes: Swakopmund is a modern coastal holiday town, with approximately 30 000 inhabitants, nestled between the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean. It is a popular destination for Namibians and foreign visitors alike and has a great number of historic buildings from its German colonial past.

 

COUNTRY ROADS

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Namib Escarpment – Moon Landscapes outside of time and space: This region between the Namib Desert and the Central Plateau is a plain, rugged landscape with strange rock formations and dry river beds, burnt by the glaring sun and deeply dissected. Although relatively easy accessible, the environment is so hostile that no trees or human settlements can be found which gives this region a doomsday atmosphere.

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SAVANNA
Savannah Landscapes – Where the cheetahs thrive Most of Namibia is covered by thorny shrub and tree savanna, which provides a genuine “African” Safari background for your camera. The home of the cheetahs is also the place of many farms and private conservancies with the next neighbors several kilometers away. Private farms are a safe and tranquil environment for any filmmaking endeavor, and a number of them are interesting historic buildings from colonial times that make a great backdrop.

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Green riverbeds and remote villages – The image of rural Africa In the north eastern parts of Namibia (Kavango and Caprivi region) there is more rainfall and hence a more lush, green vegetation with Savannas and Woodlands, containing big trees. The green riverbanks of the Okavango and the Zambezi along the borders with neighboring Angola and Zambia are the tranquil home of crocodiles, hippos, elephants and many bird species. Rural villages can be found all along the rivers where local people still live in the traditional way.

 

LANDSCAPES
The Fish River Canyon in the south of the country is the second largest canyon in the world and a spectacular view similar to the Grand Canyon in the USA.
Windhoek – your gateway to Namibia and the capital city of Namibia, situated in the mountains at 1654 m (5426 ft) above sea level, is a thriving modern city with an excellent infrastructure of European standard.

 

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Windhoek is the commercial hub of the country, almost everything you need is available or can be sourced internationally and delivered within a very short time. Compared to other African cities, Windhoek is relatively small (approx. 220.000 inhabitants) and most of the areas are very neat. The downtown areas are quite safe and the crime rate, compared to Johannesburg and Cape Town, is very low. Windhoek has a number of well preserved buildings and monuments from the colonial past and is a convenient starting point for any endeavor in Namibia.

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Other places of interest Namibia has a kaleidoscope of interesting structures and buildings for any possible location needs, ranging from mines to ship wrecks and desert ghost towns to spectacular mountain passes, light houses and railways. A very special location is Kolmannskoppe, a deserted ghost town in the desert close to Lüderitz, the famous coastal town in the south of Namibia.
Faces of Namibia Namibia is a true “rainbow nation” with a very diverse population of more than ten ethnic groups with different lifestyles, traditions and cultures.
With the cultural and geographical background of Namibians in mind, it is possible to find faces and statues for your cast that could portray inhabitants of most areas on earth.

 

 

SOURCE: Film Commission of Namibia. Visit the NFC for more!