By Jeoffrey Mukubi
FISH Out Of Water, a film written and directed by Vickson Hangula, was produced at a cost of N$1.2 million.
The film, which is set in the coastal town of Lüderitz, stars Maria Nepembe, a well-known model, radio host and actress, and Katutura lead actress, Tjuna Kauapirura.
Confidente attended a screening of the film at the Strand Hotel in Swakopmund this past weekend, after it premiered at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) on 31 March.
The film tells the story of Maila (Nepembe), a young woman who moves from a rural setting to Lüderitz, hoping to get a job at the town’s fishing factories.
When she gets to Lüderitz, she stays with her close friend Stella (Kauapirura) who is an escort, and sleeps with men to make money.
The plot thickens when Maila meets a club owner, played by Mike Nghipunya, who drugs and rapes her. “I fell in love with the character Maila, when Vickson sent me the script, he told me he wanted me to be a part of it and I didn’t hesitate” said Nepembe,
The local film is one that Namibians can be proud of. The acting is spot on, and although there are a few glitches in dialogue, it is a highly professional production.
While declining to mention the other sponsors, besides the Seaflower Group of Companies, which features regularly in the film, Hangula said that he was inspired to make the film, in order for people to start talking more about gender issues, HIV/AIDS, as well as STDs.
“Besides being told by a local supermarket that we are buying all the bottled water in Lüderitz, production went smooth,” Hangula, who is a respected filmmaker and commissioner at the Namibian Film Commission, said.
“I even got married and found my wife on set, but that story is for another time,” he said.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015