‘Kapana’ bags another international film award
It’s award season and Namibia’s very own production ‘Kapana’ has scooped yet another award.
19 March 2021 | Art and Entertainment
‘Kapana’ – a film by the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) - has recorded another milestone by winning the prestigious best feature film award at the PRIDE Queer Film Festival in Perth, Australia.
The event is Perth’s only LGBTQI+ film festival, now in its fifth year. The festival ran from Wednesday, 3 March, to Tuesday, 9 March.
Actor Adriano Visagie, who plays the lead role, in the movie said: “We are truly humbled by this win. Our film was among amazing films from all over the world. We would like to extend our thanks to the jury and to the festival.
“Thank you to the festival and congratulations to the cast and crew. Taking Namibian film to the world.”
Earlier this year, Visagie won the Kim Renders Memorial Award for his outstanding performance in the film at the 2021 Reel Out Queer Film Festival.
Meanwhile, the production team this week announced that the film has been nominated for best supporting actress, best editing, best producer and best narrative feature international at the International Black and Diversity Film Festival.
The award ceremony will be held on 14 and 15 May in Toronto, Canada.
“Congratulations to all the nominees and congratulations to the ‘Kapana’ cast and crew. A nomination for one is a nomination for all!” read a statement on the film’s Facebook page.
Love is love
Written by award-winning creatives Senga Brockerhoff and Mikiros Garoes and directed by Philippe Talavera, ‘Kapana’ is a queer Namibian love story.
“‘Kapana’ tells the story of two young Namibian men who have nothing in common and yet, against all odds, fall in love. Exploring themes of love, secrecy, fear and commitment, the film looks at the fabric of Namibian society and what is morally acceptable,” a synopsis reads.
The cast also includes Simon Hanga, Dawie Engelbrecht, Felicity Philander, Elize de Wee and Chanwrill Vries.