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Classic Kolmanskop film revived

The vintage film, Kolmanskop, investigates a young woman’s quest to get behind a love scandal between her grandmother, a white woman, and her lover, a black man.

The vintage film, Kolmanskop, investigates a young woman’s quest to get behind a love scandal between her grandmother, a white woman, and her lover, a black man.

A classic critique of Apartheid, the film Kolmanskop, made by David Pupkewitz in 1983, will be shown on 12 March and again on 12 April at the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre in collaboration with AfricAvenir.
Directed by David Pupkewitz in 1983, the 60-minute film “Kolmanskop” is set in an old German mining settlement in colonial South West Africa, now a ghost town in Namibia.
The film covers two time periods in Namibian history. It opens with a young women travelling with her husband to a deserted Namibian town.
The young women is on a journey to retrace her past, to understand the circumstances of her grandmother’s involvement in a sexual scandal involving her black lover, the servant of the house.

The film, shot when Namibians where fighting for Independence, clearly takes sides and supports the struggle for liberation from colonial oppression and Apartheid.
AfricAvenir, in partnership with the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) presents “Kolmanskop” on Wednesday, 12. March 2014, 18h30, at the FNCC.
It will be rescreened on Wednesday, 12. April 2014, 18h30 at the FNCC. Entrance is N$20.
The screening is made possible with the support of M-Net.

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