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Katjavivi giving us the unseen

Mon, 22 August 2016 18:23
by Johanna Mafwila

The local film industry has grown in leaps and bounds of late with the Namibian stories being told increasingly from the local perspectives in more diverse ways. This is clearly evident with the latest masterpieces by renowned local filmmaker Perivi Katjavivi such as Unseen and My Beautiful Nightmare which are no different in this regard.
What are your hobbies?
Reading, watching soccer and traveling.
What project are you currently working on?
I’m producing a TV series next after we premiere The Unseen. The Unseen has been to several festivals around the world so far this year, including the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, The Luxor African Film Festival, Cannes Pan African film festival and the Durban International Film Festival. The next stop for the film after its Windhoek premiere is the Busan International Film Festival, which is the biggest festival in Asia in October. The film had its first Namibian screening in Oshakati in February, which was organised by Africavenir and the US Cultural Centre in celebration of Black History Month.
What inspires the scripts you write?
Just life, love, pain and a curious mind.
What has been your most embarrassing moment on set?
I think just being un-prepared is the worst thing you can do.
What changes have you seen in the local film industry thus far? Are they good or bad?
Corruption and self-serving is the biggest problem we have. But this is not just a problem in the film fraternity - this is part of a broader national problem with corruption.
Who would you like to work with in future, internationally and locally?
People who are passionate and hardworking. Plus I want to work with Ava Duverny who is an African-American filmmaker and is best known for directing the Oscar winning Martin Luther King biopic ‘Selma’ a few years ago.
I think she’s telling stories about black people in a compelling and authentic way. She is also known for her work through her distribution company ARRAY which has ensured that some little films from Africa (like Restless City and Ayana) have made their way to larger audiences - I admire her for this.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
More films. More feature length films and a TV series. And film courses at our institutions.
Who is your dream date and why?
Someone who is passionate and curious about the world and likes to travel. I’d love to have dinner with Kerry Washington.
What special talent do you have that your fans don’t know about?
I’m a beat maker and an epic sleeper.
Of all the awards you have won, which was your most memorable?
Winning best director at the 2010 Namibia Film & Theatre Awards.
Do you prefer cats or dogs?
What is your favorite meal?
Veggie Lasagna
Describe your perfect weekend?
A trip to somewhere new involving some kind of adventure and relaxing and reading and film watching and doing nothing.
What is your favorite color?
What do you think could be done to make the local film industry grow?
Competitive tax incentives, proper theoretical, AS well as practical training at university level.