Namibia Film List

Title: Fields of feces: a public health hazard and environmental crisis in the city of Windhoek (2002)
Format: VHS (PAL)
Language: English with local langauge subtitles
Run Time: 15 Min.
Description: Presents the situation, hazardous to health and the environment, in certain parts of Windhoek, Namibia where municipal authorities have not provided and maintained an adequate number of toilets resulting in open lands and bodies of water that have virtually become open toilets.
Genre: Documentary

Title: DIAMONDS AND RUST (2001) 
Format: VHS
Language: Mostly in English, with some Spanish and Hebrew, all dialogue has English subtitles.
Run Time: 73 Min.
Description: A cinema vérité documentary that spends 90 days in 1999 with the crew members of a De Beers diamond mining ship off the coast of Namibia. Racial and other tensions are observed as the white South African officers, Cuban captain and cook, Israeli security manager and black Namibian deck hands work punishing hours on the rusty old ship.
Genre: Documentary

Title: EMANYA LOMUNDILO WOSHILONGO  (1999)
Format: VHS (PAL)
Language: In Kuanyama and English with Kuanyama subtitles.
Run Time: 53 min.
Description: This true story follows the journey of a sacred stone belonging to the Kwanyama people of northern Namibia and southern Angola. Passed down from generation to generation, this sacred power stone has remained at the centre of the Kwanyama kingdom, until the last Kwanyama king, Mandume, was killed in 1917. After the king’s death, the stone disappeared. This documentary takes us on a quest to find the power stone.
Genre: Documentary

Title: I HAVE SEEN: NAMIBIA (1999)
Format: VHS (PAL)
Language: English and other local language, all dialogue has English subtitles.
Run Time: 26 Min.
Description: Former SWAPO combatants and their detention survivors, government officials, and others describe atrocities and other events from the liberation movement and what they think must be done for reconciliation to succeed.
Genre: Documentary

Title: CUBA/SOUTH AFRICA AFTER YTHE BATTLE (1990)
Format: VHS
Language: English narration, Spanish dialogue with English subtitles.
Run Time: 58 min.
Description: In 1975, the first Cuban soldiers went to Angola to help defend that newly independent government from invasion by South African troops. After nearly 14 years of bitter conflict, the Angolan War ended, Namibia was established as an independent state, and Cuban and South African troops have returned home. This documentary examines the politics of the war from both sides and features remarkable combat footage, archival material and interviews with Cuban and South African soldiers.
Genre: Documentary

Title: NAMIBIA - NO EASY ROAD TO FREEDOM (1988)
Format: VHS
Run Time: 58 Min.
Description: Presents the conditions of life in Namibia under the South African occupation. Contains numerous interviews with black community leaders, draft resisters, victims of repression and white residents. The role of the South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) in the independence movement is profiled.
Genre: Documentary

Title: NAMIBIA: AFRICA'S LAST COLONY (1984)
Format: VHS
Run Time: 52 min.
Description: Description of exploitation of Namibia by occupying countries while the indigenous people are living in poverty.
Genre: Documentary

Title: N!AI. THE STORY OF A !KUNG WOMAN (1980)
Format: VHS
Language: English
Run Time: 59 min.
Description: A compilation of footage of the !Kung people of Namibia from 1951 through 1978. Focuses on the changes in the life of these people as seen through the reflections of one woman, N!ai.
Genre: Documentary

Title: RESPECT FOR LIFE (1996)
Format: VHS (PAL)
Language: In English or a Namibian language with English subtitles.
Run Time: 16 min.
Description: Four music videos relating to Namibian society present the dangers of irresponsible sex and address AIDS, rape, and teenage pregnancy.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Le malentendu colonial (2004)
Format: VHS
Language: In French, German, and English, with English subtitles
Run Time: 73 min.
Description: The filmmaker looks at European colonialism in Africa through the lens of Christian evangelism as the model for the relationship between Africa and western countries today. The history of German missionaries in Namibia in the 19th and 20th centuries is discussed by African and German historians and theologians, revealing how colonialism destroyed African beliefs and social systems and replaced them with European ones. The German missionaries role in the 1904 genocidal war against the Herrero people in Namibia is also covered.
Genre: Documentary