New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Spoken Word Opens Year At Warehouse

Windhoek — AfricAvenir Windhoek in a collaboration with Spoken Word is be mixing poetry with short films as well as presenting words in motion in Wednesday at the Warehouse.

The short films hail from Tunisia, DRCongo, Ethiopia, and Uganda/Kenya, while the poets are Namibians. In between the films, local word weavers will perform and interpret the films with the poems they prepared beforehand. The films are "Zebu and the Photofish" by Zipporah Nyaruri, "Lezare" by Zelalem Woldemarian, "Restless Wandering" by Nouri Bouzid, and "We too walked on the moon" by Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda.

It pomises to be an exciting evening with a new experience for the poets and the audience. The doors open at half-past-seven (19h30) for eight O'clock (20h00).

The Films are:

Lezare - For Today, Ethiopia, directed by Zelalem Woldemariam, 14 min

A small homeless boy, Abush, wakes up hungry early in the morning in a small village. Right in front of where he is sleeping, there is a bakery. He can smell the bread, but he does not have any money. He starts to beg to buy bread but no one pays him any attention. The villagers are busy preparing for the tree-planting event that afternoon. Finally, an elderly man gives Abush some money, but asks him to help with the tree-planting first. But, the day is long and getting food is so hard...

Zebu and the Photofish, Kenya/Uganda, directed by Zippy Nyaruri, 13 min

Set in a close-knit fishing village, to the disbelief of his father, Zebu embarks on an adventure to rid his dad of debt, have his mother's illness treated, and stabilize his family for good.

We also walked on the Moon, DRC/Algeria, directed by Balufu Bakupa Kanyinda, 11 min

The film is set in 1969 as Apollo 11 approaches the moon. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire as it was then) there is debate between elders who were educated in missionary schools and follow a more Western fundamentalist interpretation of history and progressives who are learning a wider more scientific knowledge. Interspersed with images of African liberation, there is also a nod towards the ancient science that allowed Africans to know about cosmology and geography millennia ago.

Restless Wandering, Tunisia/Algeria, directed by Nouri Bouzid, with late actor Sotigui Kuyate in his last role, 10 min

Restless Wandering is set in Tunisia with the late Sotigui Kouyate, in what must have been one of his last outings, as a griot who shares his wisdom with local children. The reasoning is cut short by the arrival of a local official who struggles to understand the Kouyate's lack of attachment to material possessions or nationality.

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