The Namibian Premiere of, "A pair of boots and a bicycle."

April 8, 2015, 2:43pm

Namibian Premiere of A pair of boots and a bicycle

On Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 18h30, AfricAvenir and the FNCC present the Namibian Premiere of Vincent Moloi’s documentary A pair of boots and a bicycle.

A pair of boots and a bicycle was directed by emerging South African director Vincent Moloi (2007, South Africa, 80 min).

Hans-Christian Mahnke, director of AfricAvenir states: “We hope that through this screening, the contributions of Namibian World War II veterans, such as Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, the late Simon “Mzee” Kaukungwa, “Uncle Paul”, and others is also highlighted, memorized, and honoured. For most of these Namibian World War Two veterans, the experiences and promises of the war meant their individual political awakening.”

 

When: Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Time: 18h30

Where: Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, Robert Mugabe Ave 118, Windhoek

Entrance: 30,- N$

 

Synopsis

Why would men who are repressed at home valiantly fight in the war of their oppressors? And what did the triumphant victors give them, upon their return, for their "gallant and distinguished service"? In this very personal, fascinating investigation, South African documentary maker Vincent Moloi journeys from the Soweto sitting rooms of veterans to El Alamien to find the answers, and in doing so unearths the significant contribution of South Africa's black soldiers to the Allies' North Africa campaign.

Told with poignancy, the irony of their situation is slowly revealed through the life and actions of one soldier: Job Maseko. Job received the Military Medal for a heroic and ingenious sabotage of a German supply ship while a prisoner of war in Tobruk.