The long awaited Windhoek’s premiere of Perivi Katjavivi’s first feature, The Unseen
Has been scheduled for August 24 at the Alte Feste, the old military fort in the city centre.
Come and be part of debating Namibia’s postcolonial identity, 26 years into Independence.
Ticket sales commences 25 July.
The Unseen is about art, identity and solitude. It presents three interconnected vignettes that follow three different characters as they slip into spaces in Namibian society mostly unseen. There’s Sara (played by Senga Brockerhoff) the rebel whose calm resolve to end her life provokes a range of interesting and conflicting reactions in the people close to her. Anu (played by Mathew Ishitile), a dreamy musician, struggling to explain his hallucinations and out of body experiences to his rough-neck buddies across town. Estranged from his wife, African-American actor Marcus (played by Antonia David Lyons, known for his roles in Hotel Rwanda, Scandal, 24, American History X), is in town to play a role in an epic historical film but spends his time wandering through the outback searching for significance. It’s a collection of philosophical musings on what it means to be alive in independent Namibia. It intentionally blurs the line between fiction and documentary.
Hans-Christian Mahnke, director of AfricAvenir Windhoek, states: “The Unseen is a cinematic Namibian love letter to Fanon, but also a love letter to Namibia and its ongoing decolonization project. Namibia must be very proud of this film and its filmmaker, Perivi Katjavivi. We are very excited to play our part in decolonizing the innercity of Windhoek with this screening.”
The screening will be opened by Adv. Bience Gawanas, Special Advisor to the Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, former AU Commissioner for Social Affairs.
After the screening there will be an open discussion with Katjavivi and his crew and cast.
“A beautiful and artfully crafted film” – Christopher Vourlias, Variety. “The Unseen is an entirely new kind of cinema, inventing for itself a new language, refusing to be trapped in the past or shaped by white or western film models the way many South African films still are. It’s one of the most exciting and visually beautiful films you’ll see this year.“ – Charles Blignaut, CityPress, SA
Entrance is N$80 for an advance ticket and N$100 at the door. Tickets which have already started selling on Monday are available @ Events Today (online), Warehouse Theatre and Biltong Shop Maerua Mall.