'Hairareb' wins big in Cannes

The Namibian film ‘Hairareb’ recently won two 2021 Dikalo Awards at the International Pan-African Film Festival in Cannes, France.

29 October 2021 | Art and Entertainment

STAFF REPORTER

WINDHOEK

Ndapunikwa Investments is exited to announce that ‘Hairareb’ is a two-time official 2021 Dikalo Award winner. Hazel Hinda received the best actress award for her role as Moira in ‘Hairareb’, which also won a special mention from the jury for feature-length fiction at the International Pan-African Film Festival in Cannes.

The film also had the honour of opening the festival on Tuesday, 19 October at the Espace Miramar in Cannes.

As part of the official selection this year, ‘Hairareb’ was in competition to receive a Dikalo award in five categories, namely best feature fiction, best actor, best actress, special mention from the jury for feature fiction, and the Nord Sud Development Association’s Dikalo Peace Award.

“Winning two out of five awards is amazing. We could not have hoped for better recognition for a Namibian feature film at such a prestigious international platform in Cannes.

“We are extremely proud of Hazel, who gave a monumental performance in the film. We are so happy that international audiences will finally get to appreciate the great talent that Namibia has to offer through the success of ‘Hairareb’,” said executive producer Dantagos Jimmy-Melani.

‘Hairareb’ has already garnered a number of accolades, including best narrative film, best director, and the best male actor award for the late veteran actor David Ndjavera, at the Namibian Theatre and Film Awards.

‘Hairareb’ has also garnered international acclaim, featuring in numerous prestigious international film festivals as an official selection, including the European Film Festival and the Durban International Film Festival. The film has also been showcased to Namibian audiences, premiering at Ster-Kinekor Maerua and Ster-Kinekor Grove Mall in Windhoek, Atlanta Cinema in Swakopmund, and on NBC TV.

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