AfricAvenir presents Namibia in Motion, 3/5: Namibian Shorts

AfricAvenir presents Namibia in Motion, 3/5: Namibian Shorts
past almost 4 years ago

Tue, Sep 2. 7:00PM - 10:00PM

Neues Kino Basel, Switzerland

Event Details

As part of the film series ‘Namibia in Motion’, AfricAvenir Windhoek, BAB and Cinema Africa Basel present four Namibian short films. 100 Bucks, My Beautiful Nightmare, Dead River, and Try. About the films: My Beautiful Nightmare (Afrikaans, English subtitles) "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. The young woman spends her evenings prostituting herself out on the Windhoek streets. 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 happy little girl she used to be. The film won the Best Actress award at the 2012 Namibia Film and Theatre Awards and was awarded the Radwan El-Kashef Independent Shaba Foundation Award at the 2nd Luxor African Film Festival 2013. 

Dead River (German/English, English subtitles) “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. 20 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, 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 (English/Afrikaans, English subtitles) 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-Nam-Dollar note that passes from hands of wealth to hands of need and through thieving hands. Through the journey of the currency brief insights into the lives of different characters is revealed 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 “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.