NFC premieres three short films

The Namibia Film Commission (NFC), along with three female producers and directors, hosted the first-ever all female short film premiere last night at the National Theatre of Namibia.

17 May 2019 | Art and Entertainment

This event celebrated and gave recognition to the immense contribution and role of women in the film industry, and the Namibian entertainment industry as a whole. The three films, Encore, Iitandu and Wind on your Skin all share stories which not only open up public discourse on issues faced by women, but which also aim to entertain.

Developing the film fraternity remains NFC's core function as an entity, and ensuring that it emancipates women in this male-dominated industry is even closer to NFC's values.

Women for the longest time were pushed to roles in front of the camera and not as content creators. However, there has been a shift around the world.

Films that explore the beauty of African identity are gaining popularity and global recognition, and women filmmakers from Africa are leading the way.

We are seeing more and more women taking on leading roles in producing content and changing the narrative of many a film, from stories told with patriarchal angles to more inclusive stories.

The commission is thus pleased to play a key role in ensuring that the voices and ideas of Namibian women in film are heard and seen, it said.

“Women can be strong. Women can be smart. Women can actually be funny.

Women can change the world. Positive female representation in the media is important not only for young impressionable minds, but to inspire any girl to chase after her dreams”.

Encore, a film by Senga Brockerhoff, tells the story of a dancer who finds herself lost in an old theatre. There she meets a carpenter who shows her something which turns her reality upside down.

Another short film directed by Lavinia Kapewasha is a film set in post-apocalyptic Namibia, called Iitandu (Pieces) which is about a young female traditional healer who desperately seeks to escape the southern area of Namibia to avoid a deadly virus, despite her current surroundings and the danger posed by others.

The Wind on your Skin, is the third episode of a scripted drama web series, written and produced by Naomi Beukes and directed by Jana von Hase from Moodpixel Namibia. The episode focuses on the pressing issue of gender-based violence in Namibia, which tragically often leads to the brutal murder of girls and women.

This moving drama explores how a community is shaken, when a young woman from a small town LGBTI community is killed because of who she loves, and how these kinds of hateful acts can spark a wave of resistance.

NFC is proud to celebrate the women that have dedicated their lives and careers to telling unique, authentic stories. Storytellers have long turned to film to highlight and celebrate African narratives, and thanks in part to the rise of streaming, many of these films are more accessible to audiences than ever before.

The Commission beliefs filmmakers, men and women, should all be advocates for diversity and equality and celebrate it whenever they can.



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