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AfricAvenir presents My Father’s Son by Joel Haikali
After co-presenting the Namibian premiere in 2010, AfricAvenir, in collaboration with the FNCC, once again presents Joel Haikali’s first feature “My Father’s Son” (2010, Namibia, 82min) on Wednesday, 09 September 2015.
With lots of Namflava and even more humour, the film tells the story of two brothers, one living in the village as a cattle herder, and the other living the “city life” in Windhoek. When the city brother returns to the village after 21 years with his ‘coloured’ wife to ‘free’ his brother from ‘backward life’, he does not expect the resistance and conflicts, which force him to confront his own stereotypes and cultural identity.
Ngilifa, who has prospered in the capital city of Windhoek, returns with his sophisticated urban wife to the rural village in Ovamboland, in northern Namibia, which he left 21 years ago. They seek out his younger brother who still lives in the village in order to “free” him from the “backward” traditional life as a cattle herder. A comedy of culture clash ensues as the film negotiates the relation between the urban worlds of a modern African city dweller and its traditional roots.
African Perspectives, a monthly African Cinema series in Windhoek, organised by AfricAvenir since 2006, is supported by AfriCine, JacMat, the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, Goethe-Centre/Nads, Turipamwe Designs and the FNB Foundation. Director Joel Haikali will be present at this screening.
Director: Joel Haikali
Producer: Joe Vision Production
Exec. Producer: Robert Tarquinio, Pedro Mendoza
Cast: Panduleni Hailundu, Patrick Hainghono, Senga Brockerhoff
Language: Oshiwambo, Afrikaans, and English, with English subtitles
Date: Wednesday 09 September
Venue: Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre, 118 Robert-Mugabe Ave, Windhoek
Admission: N$30, at the door.