The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) is a Namibian Trust aiming at creating social awareness using the Arts. Over the years it has developed award-winning movies such as ‘Salute!’ (winner Sotigui Award Best Actor Southern Africa, Adriano Visagie, Burkina Faso) and ‘Kukuri’ (nominated best film Southern Africa, AMVCA 2020).
OYO will premiere its latest offering ‘Kapana’ during a red carpet event at Ster Kinekor, Groove Mall, on Thursday 6 August at 6.30 pm. The cast and crew will be in attendance and masks will be compulsory to enter the mall, there will be a spot for photos of all the dashing costumes that will be safe and where guests will be able to remove their masks.
For ‘Kapana’, film director Philippe Talavera resumes his collaboration with Adriano Visagie, winner Best Actor Southern Africa at the Sotigui Awards 2019, who is performing the leading role of George. Written by award-winner Senga Brockenhoff and Mikiros Garoes, ‘Kapana’ is a positive Namibian love story. ‘We hear so much about negative stories, particularly stories involving Gender-Based Violence, that we wanted to do something different, something more positive, yet educational and challenging for the audience’.
When asked to summarise the plot, Talavera said that the best description one can give is the following:
Two lives with almost nothing in common
Can love conquer all?
So what do we know about ‘Kapana’? It is star filed: Adriano Visagie, Mikiros Garoes (winner Best newcomer Namibian Theatre and Film Award 2019), Dawie Engelbrecht (winner Best male Actor Namibian Theatre and Film Award 2014), veteran actresses Felicity Philander and Elize de Wee, Foreversun Haiduwah (the third will) and Albertina Hainane (the third will) are all present. Talavera also promises amazing newcomers led by Simon Hanga and Chanwrill Vries. It is written by Senga Brockerhoff (‘every women’, ‘encore’) and Mikiros Garoes (‘the date’), with Kit Hoffmann as Director of Photography (winner best director of photography NTFA2016), Marelie von Mollendorf for Makeup, Ponti Dikuua and Micheal Pulse for the music (‘the white line’, ‘Salute!’), Haiko Boldt as editor (winner best editor NTFA 2016) and Wojtek Majewski for the post-production (‘Katutura’, ‘Salute!’).
‘We were lucky to finish principal photography end of last year’, Explained Talavera. ‘The lockdown affected us, but we could continue with editing, music and post-production. It was hard at times to work within the many restrictions that were imposed on us, but everybody was passionate about the project and worked hard to make it a reality’.
‘A premiere is a celebration of the work done by everybody’, said Talavera ‘but we have to make it safe for all those coming. We will maintain social distancing, so only 1 seat out of 2 at the cinema will be occupied. It might be strange to have a premiere to a half-empty cinema, but we want everybody to be safe and comfortable.’
Tickets are for sale at webtickets.com.na and in Pick’n’Pay shops for N$ 120. Only 100 tickets are available so it will be an exclusive event. You can follow the team Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages (KapanaMovie) – or using the hashtags #KapanaMovie and #ANamibianLoveStory.