Magazine article New African

Nujoma-The Movie: Uazuva Kaumbi, the Executive Producer of Nujoma, the Epic Feature Film on the Life and Times of President Nujoma and Namibia's Struggle for Independence, Tells How and Why the Project Was Conceived and What the End Result Will Be

Magazine article New African

Nujoma-The Movie: Uazuva Kaumbi, the Executive Producer of Nujoma, the Epic Feature Film on the Life and Times of President Nujoma and Namibia's Struggle for Independence, Tells How and Why the Project Was Conceived and What the End Result Will Be

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"NUJOMA" is a dramatic memory piece that is told from the unique point of view of President Sam Nujoma of Namibia. Based on his best-selling autobiography "Where Others Wavered", this movie gives a fresh insight into a time in African history that is known to many but understood by only a few.

This is the story of how heroes and heroines were made on the long and arduous path to Namibian independence. The story also chronicles the antagonists of the unique struggle for a nation's freedom. And as in every struggle, sometimes we find that the enemy within is as strong as the one on the outside.

It is a dramatic, action-packed true Life story that brings history to life, and it will grip you with the force and power of the human spirit that triumphs over terror and oppression to emerge victorious with hope and determination.

This movie will have you glued to your seat and leave you with a sense of the triumph of the human spirit. It is a universal story that resonates with the passion and emotion that has rarely been seen in African cinema. It will be a full-length feature film about the Life and times of President Nujoma as well as the intertwining watershed events of the great struggle waged by SWAPO.

The film is expected to cost approximately N$50m or US$7m, and we hope to earn N$80m (US$11.4m) at the end of the day from the worldwide screening and other commercial activities thereof. We are now in the process of raising funds for the film, and we appeal to all and sundry in Namibia and abroad to donate generously, in cash or kind, to the project.

Already, the Namibian Film Commission has indicated, following an application by PACON, that it will be a major sponsor of the film project. The Film Commission, which comes under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, was set up three years ago by an Act of Parliament (Act No.6 of 2000).

The Commission was assigned four main objectives by the Act: To help promote Namibia as a location for film production on the international market; to attract film producers and facilitate their initiatives to carry out film productions in Namibia; to encourage film producers to employ or make use of Namibian personnel and facilities for film production; and to establish relationships with any local or international person who may contribute to the development and promotion of the film industry in Namibia.

The Act also established the Film and Video Development Fund (to be administered by the Film Commission) to develop, produce and distribute Namibian films, video and TV production projects. It is in this respect that PACON applied for funding for the Nujoma film project from the Film and Video Development Fund. The application was favourably received on merit, and moreso because of the objectives of the film, which are:

* To encourage the documentation and preservation of African history, particularly as it concerns the commitment and dedication of African leaders in the struggles that led to the emancipation of Africa as a whole, and in this case Namibia in particular.

* To provide grounds for skills acquisition and to build capacity within the Namibian film industry.

* To empower Namibians, particularly independent producers, through their involvement in the project.

* To promote the growth of the film industry in Namibia.

* To promote Namibia and its scenic beauty as an ideal film location and production destination, thus opening up new frontiers for the much needed hard currency inflows.

* To further boost the growth of the Namibian tourism sub-sector. …

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