“Paths to Freedom” is a new Namibian film about heroes of the struggle. Friends of Namibia is organizing the London premiere screening on 11 June at 7:30pm. The film’s director, Richard Pakleppa, has made many great films about Namibia and Africa will be present for question and answer (Q&A) session with the audience.
Tickets are free but please book through Eventbrite as space will be limited and we will close the bookings once the venue is full.
“Paths to Freedom” tells the David and Goliath story of how the Namibian people took up arms against South Africa in 1966, and traces the origins of nationalism in Namibia, as peasants and contract workers revolted against being made slaves in their own country.
Screening for the first time in the UK, Paths to Freedom was completed in 2014, and has already won awards:
• Best Artistic Achievement Award, Luxor African Film Festival, 2015
• Best Documentary Film, Namibian Theatre and Film Awards, 2014
This Namibian film covers an important period in Namibia’s history, her struggle for independence and the path to national consciousness. Prominent Namibian leaders and activists including Founding President Sam Nujoma, former President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, Mzee Kaukungwa, Helao Shityuwete, John Nankudthu, Kambo Shixungileeni, Ben Amathila, Gerson Veii and many others tell how the struggle was organized from the beginnings in labour struggles, boycotts and street protests, to the launch of the armed struggle against the mightiest army in Africa at Omugulugwombashe in 1966. Women including Lahya Iyambo, Priskilia Tuhadeleni, Justina Amalwa and others tell of how they and their families provided crucial support for the freedom fighters.
You can see the trailer here.
Namibian writer, director and producer Richard Pakleppa has made documentaries and fiction films in Southern Africa since 1990. His work has been screened at international film festivals and broadcast in many countries. He is the winner of the Best Documentary Award of the Southern African Film Festival in 2000 and is a founding member and director of On Land Productions. He lives and works in Cape Town. His films include full-length feature “Taste of Rain”, “Who’s Land?”, “Tears of Blood”, “San Lives”, “Ndamona – I Have Seen”and “Angola: Saudades from the One who Loves You”. He will be present for questions and answers (Q&A) with the audience.
Screening and Director Q&A at Harecourt URC, 11 June 2015, at 7.30pm. Details and booking: Eventbrite. A collection will be taken to cover costs of venue and donations to work of Friends of Namibia.