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Namibia Film premiere – “An Infinite Scream”

Namibia Film premiere – “An Infinite Scream”
Namibian artist Imke Rust (left) captivating tourists in Swakopmund with her rendering of The Scream. Her concern for the environment, expressed vividly in her unconventional work, is the background for a documentary film, An Infinite Scream, loosely incorporating elements of Eduard Munch’s famous Scream collages.

Namibian artist Imke Rust (left) captivating tourists in Swakopmund with her rendering of The Scream. Her concern for the environment, expressed vividly in her unconventional work, is the background for a documentary film, An Infinite Scream, loosely incorporating elements of Eduard Munch’s famous Scream collages.

A documentary film about the Namibian artist Imke Rust by Steffen Holzkamp will be premiered towards the middle of January next year at the Goethe Institut.
Title “An Infinite Scream”, the film was shot in 2012 by Steffen Holzkamp (filmmaker) and Imke Rust (artist). Holzkamp, a filmmaker and musician based in Berlin, followed the Namibian artist, Rust, into the Namib desert and documented her work.
For the making of the film, she arranged thousands of thorns into traps in the blistering desert heat. In another striking work, she planted black plastic roses crafted from refuse bags, in an arrangement complementing the natural contour of an adjacent dune. She also made an art statement by pouring half a ton of pure white salt in concentric circles on one of the mud flats exposed by tidal action.
Rust’s land art installations not only show her concern about the extent of exploitation and pollution happening in the Namib Desert, they are also an attempt to symbolically protect the land and raise awareness about the effects of the ever-growing uranium mining industry.
For the film, she borrows extensively from Eduard Munch’s The Scream, even confronting tourists in Swakopmund with her own rendition of Rust leaning against a barrier close to the shoreline, voicing her own infinite scream.
The Scream, of course, is famous as being the most expensive artwork ever when one of the last privately-owned versions was sold by Sotherby’s in 2012 for around US$120 million.
Can art be an invocation for change?
Shot in 2012 in Namibia and Berlin, Holzkamp’s approach is determined by the nature and pace of Rust’s artworks. Meditative sequences documenting the making of the “Salt Circles” are followed by reportage style filming of the “The Scream”, an art action at the Atlantic coast.
But it is not all dreary advocacy, there is a simple story line embedded. When the local arts association unexpectedly rejects Rust’s exhibition, the film takes a dramaturgical turn and shifts the focus to the ensuing controversy about freedom of arts.
The well-known artist, with the help of a network of supporters, now finds alternative ways to ensure her works will be seen.
Strong imagery, breath-taking locations and atmospheric music weave the film into an impressive portrait of courage and initiative in a rather conservative society.
Filming on location in Namibia was supported in part by the National Arts Council of Namibia.
The Film premiere will take place on 14th of January 2016 at the Auditorium of the Goethe Institut, opposite the Christuskirche in Windhoek. Steffen Holzkamp and Imke Rust will be present. The Entrance is free. The film will be shown in English.
View Film stills and the „An Infinite Scream“ trailer on the website https://aninfinitescream.wordpress.com/

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.