Namibian films selected to premiere at SA International Film Festival


Two Namibian short films dealing with gender-based violence (GBV) have been selected to premiere at South Africa’s Garden Route International Film Festival (GRIFF), international award-winning director Philippe Talavera said on Friday.

The two seven-minute shorts – “Be a Lady” and “Be a Man” – are the result of brainstorming sessions that explored issues of masculinity and femininity in three of Namibia’s 14 regions. , said Talavera.

According to Talavera, Namibian society is marred by contradictions characterized by school girls being discouraged from becoming pregnant in school while communities expect them to have children early to extend family generations; as well as parents telling the boys not to cry while life skills teachers advised them to show their emotions and seek support.

“Gender-based violence has been a burning issue in Namibia and has been for a decade and more. To solve this problem, it is necessary to shift the attention and look at the problem from a completely different angle,” he explained.

One of the two films features the former Miss Namibia, and both will have their world premiere at GRIFF from June 12-16, before premiering in Namibia at the Goethe Institute on August 12 as part of the photo project “the caring Namibian man”.

The photos and clips will then be used in schools to discuss issues around masculinity, femininity and the meaning of gender equality in modern Namibia.

Both films were produced and directed by Philippe Talavera, whose film titled “Kapana” received the Free To Be Me HIVOS 2022 award at the Roze Filmdagen LGBTQ Film Festival in Amsterdam in March, as well as the Audience Award at the Black Film Summit. in Naperville, in the US state of Illinois. Final article

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