Short drama 'Uushimba' to be screened in March

26 Feb 2016 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 25 FEB (NAMPA) - A Namibian short fiction drama depicting the struggles of a young visual artist in Windhoek's informal settlements is set to hit local screens.
Titled ‘Uushimba’, the short film will be screened as part of the Nice Cinema Festival from 14 to 18 March at Nice Restaurant in Windhoek. The opening night (14 March) is however only for invited guests.
‘Uushimba’ is Oshiwambo for ‘taking you to places’.
The drama centres around the life of a young visual artist who moves to Windhoek from Onelaho, a village in northern Namibia after the death of his grandmother to fulfil his dream of becoming an established painter and sculpture.
It depicts crime, poverty and unemployment in the lives of young people, both in the capital and in rural areas.
In an interview with the cast and crew of ‘Uushimba’ earlier this month, the film’s director Uushimba Khama Nakaandungileh explained that Hangula, the leading character moved to Windhoek after being promised by his cousin that he would help him to become an artist.
Upon his arrival here, he however got Hangula involved in a life of crime, which is how his cousin makes a living in the city.
Nakaandungileh explained that every Namibian will be able to identify with the five characters in the film.
Gustav Nuuyoma, the producer of ‘Uushimba’ who also plays the role of Hangula, added: “The film is about Namibians and it brings out the original way and style that Namibians speak”.
Most Namibians speak a combination of English and indigenous languages interchangeably.
He further added there are a lot of artists who come to Windhoek from all over Namibia to seek greener pastures.
Jason Shivute, who plays Hangula's cousin ‘Tangeni’, the leader of a gang, said his co-stars were wonderful people to work with.
“I wouldn’t change anything that happened in the course of shooting the film,” Shivute said.
Elago Shitaatala plays Katrina, Hangula’s girlfriend, spoke about how the director helped her to portray her character.
“I have received a lot of compliments from people who said the little they saw of the film in the trailer is amazing,” she said.
The short fiction was shot over 10 days by Optimistic Media Group. It was funded by the Namibian Film Commission.