Rikus Grobler | Jan 16, 2018 | 0
/Gasa is here for a reason: First screening of animation /Gasa
AfricAvenir in partnership with the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, Endgame Media and HISA will be screening the Namibian animationi film “/Gasa” directed by Linda de Jager for its opening of the 3rd Season of the “Inspiring Young Imaginations” children’s programme.
The two episodes of this Namibian animation series centres on the title figure, /Gasa, who comes with a message from the past for the present generation – and a knowledge of the land, a man “who is here for a reason”.
In the first episode he travels to the North through Etosha and makes his way to the Quiver Tree Forest in a quest to find a new quiver. On the way, he tells several traditional stories about animals, including how the Jackal got his Black Back. Wherever he goes, Namibians wish him good fortune.
In the second episode he travels to the Topnaar community near Walvis Bay, tastes the “bread of the desert” and almost dies on the Skeleton Coast without water.
Determined to meet the ovaHimba people to learn more about the Black Rhino and the poaching problem in the area, he bravely continues. Under the stars one night, he gains a startling insight about what animals mean to this world. The antics of his little friend, Mr Gecko, amuse him along the way. These two unique friends are bound to win a special place in the hearts of viewers of all ages.
The production of /Gasa was made possible by development funding of the First National Bank Foundation, the Pupkewitz Foundation and the translations were made possible by the Namibia Film Commission.
The monthly African film series for children and youth “Inspiring Young Imaginations” is a project by AfricAvenir, FNCC, and HISA. It is further supported by Terre des Hommes Italy and Jac-Mat.
Screenings and venue
On Friday, 05 February 2016, 14:30 at HISA Community Centre: Erf 3316, Omuvapu Street, Okuruyangava. (opposite Dr Frans Aupa Indongo Primary School), Entry is free
On Saturday, 06 February 2016, 10:00 at the FNCC cinema, 118 Robert Mugabe Ave, Windhoek, Entry: N$5 for kids and N$15 for adults