27 Sep 2013 07:10
WINDHOEK, 27 SEP (NAMPA) - The Namibia Film Commission (NFC) has trained 50 rural filmmakers in the Kavango East and West and the Zambezi regions in basic scriptwriting skills since the beginning of this year.
The participants are called rural film makers because their film projects mainly focus on preserving culture, language initiation, rituals of young boys and girls, the use of traditional medicine, cultural practices and traditional values which are near extinction.
Speaking at the launch of the NFCs 2013 film projects in the capital on Wednesday, NFC chairperson Roselia Penda said the NFC has done local screenings of local films free of charge to communities in the Hardap, //Karas, Kunene, Otjozondjupa and Omaheke Regions, as well as local budget expos.
She said seven of the local films were screened at the Cannes Film Festival in France, and the Zanzibar and Puerto Rico international film festivals since the beginning of this year.
We have supported five local filmmakers to either attend a festival, do marketing for their films, or do low-cost short film projects, said Penda.
The NFC also bought two scripts from local writers called Himba Girl and Soul Taker, which need to be developed further.
The process of developing Himba Girl and Soul Taker was led by Thandi Brewer, a working scriptwriter of television and feature films.
Penda described Brewer as a mentor and lead trainer for the Spark Programme, which is a script-training initiative facilitated by the National Film and Video Foundation in South Africa.
She explained that the script development phase first took place providing local script writers an opportunity to benefit from the training.
Meanwhile, Penda said two projects - From Waterberg to Waterberg and Game On - were chosen for this year's documentary projects.
From Waterberg to Waterberg deals with the history of the OvaHerero trek out of Namibia between 1904-1905 to South Africa and back to Namibia in 1923, and will be produced by the production company Mamokobo Video and Research. Game On is a story about Namibia's wildlife conservancies, and will be produced by African Productions.
For the first time in the history of the Commission we are proud to announce that its first feature film will go into production in the next few weeks, Penda said.
The film is entitled Land of the Brave, and is a crime story dealing with life in post-apartheid Namibia , corruption, violence against women and poverty.
It is a story to which every one of us can relate to, she said.
Penda furthermore said the NFC will commission two more film projects which will focus on preserving people's culture.
These will be projects about our people, their daily lives, what they deem important - be it language, initiation rituals of young girls and boys - the use of traditional medicine, cultural practices that are near extinction, basically everything that underscores our traditional values, where we come from and who we are, she said.
Penda then encouraged all industry players to work harder to keep the film industry in Namibia alive, and to keep contributing to the development of the country and its people.