Laura Horelli’s Namibia Today (2018) was awarded with a honorary mention “Mención CineMigrante” in the competitive Panorama Selection of CineMigrante, held in Buenos Aires from September 18–26. The CineMigrante Film Festival proposes describing the current problems that intercultural movements entail, tackling the migration issue in a way that has been left out by the stereotypes constructed by the media. Horelli sent her video greetings to the closing ceremony and expressed a wish that her film would further encourage the discussion on the relation between Namibia and Germany.
Namibia Today premiered at Forum Expanded programme of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival. Seven people wait in an underground station below Karl-Marx-Allee in former East Berlin. Billboards line the walls, each combining a front page of “Namibia Today” with associative material. “Namibia Today” was a journal of the Namibian liberation movement, which was printed and distributed by the GDR during times of military confrontation with South Africa. SWAPO’s (South West Africa People’s Organisation) editorial board was forced to operate from exile in Angola, and without the ideologically motivated help of the GDR the mass production of the periodical (1980–1985) would not have been possible. Rushing underground trains pick up the slow moving shot between the billboards and the protagonists, between fragments of image and speech. The participants with their memories and diverse ways of storytelling stand still in the movement. Namibia Today has been previously screened in the German competition of Oberhausen International Short Film Festival.
Laura Horelli (b. 1976, Helsinki) lives in Berlin and works with experimental documentary video. She is interested in representations and mediations of the past taking on a microhistorical approach. Her works have been exhibited at Venice Biennale (2001, 2009), Manifesta 5, (2004), ARS 11, Kiasma (2001, 2011), Galerie Barbara Weiss (2003, 2007, 2011) and Badischer Kunstverein (2014). She has participated in film festivals like Berlinale Forum Expanded (2017, 2018), IndieLisboa (2017), Kasseler Dokfest (2013) and CPH:DOX (2009). In 2011, she received the Hannah Höch Prize for Young Artists.
The 9th CineMigrante, September 18–26 2018, Buenos Aires
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