NAMIBIA: THE STRUGGLE FOR LIBERATION

Q&A with director Charles Burnett and editor/producer Ed Santiago

10th Anniversary

Screening in 35mm

Charles Burnett's 2007 epic, starring Carl Lumbly, Danny Glover and Joel Haikali, tells the story of the first president of Namibia, Sam Nujoma, charting his political awakening and his part in his country's fight for its freedom from occupation by South Africa. Rather than a documentary-style history of the long and brutal conflict, the film mixes real and composite characters to explore the spirit and sacrifices of the struggle that culminated in independence in 1990. Covering more than 60 years of history, NAMIBIA details Nujoma's youth, starting from age 14, and the events, people and places that shaped his political consciousness and made him the uncompromising man of action he was to become. NAMIBIA screened at the 2008 New African Film Festival, and we are proud to host this 10th-anniversary event with Charles Burnett in person to discuss the film and his soon-to-be-announced project EDWIN'S WEDDING. DIR/SCR Charles Burnett; PROD Abius Akwaake, Steve Gukas. Namibia, 2007, color, 161 min, 35mm. In English and Afrikaans with English subtitles. NOT RATED

No AFI Member passes or Courtesy passes accepted.

161 Minutes
Historical drama

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