It was just at the beginning of this year that that the official trailer of Uushimba was released, and now with no delay, the much-anticipated new local film, is finally ready.
The Uushimba Red Carpet premiere is hosted by Lady May at the NamPower Convention Centre tonight as from 18H30 (doors opening); 19H00 for the red carpet with screening time being 20H00. Tickets are available at Computicket outlets for N$50. The trailer of the film which translates to ‘City Life’ makes it looks like quite a gripping tale. The story revolves around a young visual artist, Hangula, who arrives in the city seeking greener pastures. He gets caught up with his cousin, Tangeni’s thuggish life and becomes a recruit in Tangeni’s gang. An opportunity presents itself for Hangula to pursue his ambitions of a career in becoming an established painter and sculpture, but Tangeni convinces him to carry out one last robbery with them whereafter he is to help him realise his dreams.
Optimistic Media Group along with the Namibia Film Commission (NFC) had made sure the film is not a repetition of already seen movies with a cast of mostly young actors who are new to acting. The film’s stars include Gustav Nuuyoma in the leading role of Hangula; Jason Shivute as Tangeni; Elago Ndapewa Shitaatala as Katrina; James Paulus as Kalipi and Kondja “Laukey” Lungameni who plays Gibson. Creative and aspiring Namibian director, Khama Nakanduungileh is directing the screenplay by Perivi Katjavivi inspired by an original story from Fellemon Ndongo.
The film which was shot in a week in the North, Okahandja and Windhoek, also features one familiar face, Jekonia ‘Ndjeke ya Malimba’ Akuunda, the star of the popular ‘Konalenale’ movie series. Nakaandungileh says every Namibian will be able to relate to the characters in the film highlighting the Namibia’s way of speaking. “Although the film is mostly in English, Afrikaans, Oshiwambo and Damara, it has subtitles that are in English. This is something different like you’ve never seen,” adds Nakaandungileh.