New Era (Windhoek)

25 September 2008

Namibia: Documentary Film Examines Land Reform

Windhoek — The premier of the film 'Land Matters' by German filmmaker, Thorsten Schütte, was held in Windhoek on Tuesday evening, bringing to the screen Namibia's land reform process.

The two-and-a-half-year documentary project juxtaposes black and white commercial farmers, as well as resettled farmers in the Nina farming area in the Omaheke Region, making the story intimately Namibian and current.

It deals with issues of ownership, land rights, land use, racial and class perceptions, and an attempt to come to terms with the changing face of farmland ownership.

The documentary follows farmers and their workers on commercial and resettled farms, and allows the protagonists to comment on their ideas and visions about the significance of land ownership.

This is Schütte's second film project on Namibia; his first project followed the racial integration of Namibian school learners.

'Land Matters' was filmed over a period of eight weeks in 2007, and underwent an editing process of seven to eight months in 2008. It will be screened all over the country for public viewing.

Bishop Zephania Kameeta said this first attempt to bring Namibia's land reform onto film, should encourage all parties to communicate openly and honestly in a climate of tolerance.

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