Film Screening – The Power Stone
Promoter of African films, Africavenir has released a special edition of the film, The Power Stone, on DVD to coincide with the Mandume Centenary celebrations.
“The Power Stone. The story of King Mandume and the Kwanyama Kingdom” has been released by MaMoKoBo Video & Research and AfricAvenir in a joint project to retell this amazing story to local audiences.
Director: Andrew Botelle & Kelly Kowalski
Production: MaMoKoBo Video & Research, 1999, English, 53 min.
The special edition of The Power Stone will be screened and distributed at all the Mandume Centenary festivities planned around the country during this year.
The film will also be screened as part of the first Oshana Film Festival from 17 to 22 March in Oshakati, Ongwediva, and Ondangwa.
The Power Stone follows the journey of a sacred stone belonging to the Kwanyama people of northern Namibia and southern Angola. Passed down from generation to generation, this sacred stone has remained at the center of the Kwanyama Kingdom, until the last Kwanyama king, King Mandume, was killed in 1917. After the king’s death, the stone disappeared.
This documentary takes viewers on a quest to find the power stone.
Part One: “When We Were Kings” traces the stone’s migration through precolonial Africa and portrays the rise and fall of the Kwanyama kingdom.
Part Two: “Africa Gets Light and Security” examines the effects of colonialism on the kingdom and follows the stone’s secret journey to Europe during the war against apartheid until its remarkable return home after Namibia’s Independence in 1990.
Experience the history of this African kingdom as told by Kwanyama storytellers, musicians, poets and artists, and travel back in time to follow the incredible journey of their kingdom’s power stone.
The DVD is available at Out of Africa – Hosea Kutako International Airport duty free zone, the National Arts Gallery of Namibia, Klein Aus Vista Lodge, Maerua SuperSpar, AfricAvenir Windhoek, Craft Centre Bookshop Windhoek, Swakopmund Buchhandlung, and Querida’s Engen Service Station in Ongwediva.