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Three short films by female producers to premiere at National Theatre

Three short films by female producers to premiere at National Theatre

The Namibia Film Commission, together with three female producers and directors will premiere three short films on Thursday 16 May at the National Theatre of Namibia. Doors will open at 20:00 hrs. and tickets are available at Events Today for N$60.

This film launch is celebrating and giving recognition to the immense contribution and role of women to the film industry and the Namibian entertainment industry as a whole.

The three films, ‘Encore’, ‘Iitandu’ and ‘Wind on Your Skin’ all share stories that not only open up public discourse on issues faced by women, but also aim to entertain purely for the entertainment value.

‘Encore’, a film by Senga Brockerhoff, tells the story of a dancer who finds herself lost in an old theatre where she meets a carpenter who shows her something which turns her reality upside down. Another short film directed by Lavinia Kapewasha is a film set in post-apocalyptic Namibia, called ‘Iitandu’ (Pieces) which is about a young female traditional healer who desperately seeks to escape the southern area of Namibia to avoid a deadly virus, despite her current surroundings and the danger posed by others.

‘The Wind on Your Skin’, is the third episode of a scripted drama web series, written and produced by Naomi Beukes and directed by Jana von Hase from Moodpixel Namibia. The episode focuses on the pressing issue of gender violence in Namibia, which tragically often leads to the brutal murder of girls and women. This moving drama explores how a community is shaken, when a young woman from a small town LGBT community is killed because of who she loves, and how these kind of hateful acts can spark a wave of resistance.

The Film Commission said it is proud to celebrate the women that have dedicated their lives and careers to telling unique, authentic stories, adding that storytellers have long turned to film to highlight and celebrate African narratives, and thanks in part to the rise of streaming, many of these films are more accessible to audiences than ever before.

“Developing the film fraternity remains our core function as an entity, and ensuring that we emancipate women in this male dominated industry is even closer to our values. Women for the longest time were pushed to roles in front of the camera and not as content creators. However there has been a shift around the world. Films that explore the beauty of African identity are gaining popularity and global recognition, and women filmmakers from Africa are leading the way. We are seeing more and more women taking on leading roles in producing content and changing the narrative of many a film, from stories told with patriarchal angles to more inclusive stories. ,” the Film Commission said.


 

About The Author

Donald Matthys

Donald Matthys has been part of the media fraternity since 2015. He has been working at the Namibia Economist for the past three years mainly covering business, tourism and agriculture. Donald occasionally refers to himself as a theatre maker and has staged two theatre plays so far. Follow him on twitter at @zuleitmatthys

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.