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Twin power in double trouble

Mon, 28 November 2016 16:03
by Ester Simon

Although Twins Power is mostly a house brand name reserved for Instagram, the brains behind the brand, Jonsen and Jansen Kamuhlu who are identical twins have come out with another product aimed at the film industry.

The Omusati region-based twins released a film titled Double Trouble on 1 October this year, a drama that highlights the effects of socio-economic troubles in a young nation. 

Although the Namibian film industry is currently beset with troubles as it sees a slow growth amidst a highly competitive environment characterised by internationally acclaimed South African blockbusters, the duo have committed to redefining the industry and taking it to a higher level. 

Self-funded and armed with nothing much besides mere passion and optimism for a great breakthrough, the talented actors have brought out of their creative power in the very short but captivating film that explores the dark side of human passion in a world where betrayal, jealousy and loyalty are intertwisted to expose the brutal daily human experiences.

Talking to The Villager Entertainment, Jonsen makes light of the experience they went through in shooting the movie.

“Overall, the experience was great. I enjoyed acting. My brother and I are not qualified actors. We didn’t attend any acting lessons nor were we coached by anyone. However we managed to pull it off. Acting is just something in my veins, it just came out naturally,” Jonsen beamed.

Jansen concurred by saying that: “We really have no formal acting skills but in this movie we acted based on passion and the experience was something I will want to go through over and over again because it was really fun. The director made the whole acting even easier because he directed us very well.”

In the movie Tomas (Jonsen) falls for a beautiful girl and the relationship weaves into a solid commitment which attracts the envy of Titus (Jansen) who fights tooth and nail to ruin the two by hook and crook.

The movie is fast paced and heavy with ‘Namlish’ which makes it more locally appealing, while interlaced with rib cracking jokes that sets quite a hilarious mood.

The movie also stars Rosalia Haimbodi who acts as Helena, Charles Kayala casted as Mutota and Hambeleleni Shuunduli who acts as Cecilie. 

The film was shot in Ohnunu, Engelela and Oshikango in the Ohangwena region and it was directed by Chikiza Media Group.

Although they managed to package a complete short movie with such strong philosophies that requires us to explore the impact of human emotion on social interaction at different levels, the producers lament inadequate funds as a major constraint that has affected them seriously.

“Finance is currently the major challenge that we are experiencing. We do not have any sponsorship, thus everything that we did, from production until printing the DVDs, was out of our own pockets. We also got some assistance from friends and relatives which was a tough hustle. Marketing and making sure that the Double Trouble film gets the exposure it deserves is also a challenge. Currently we only make use of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp to market it,” said Jonsen.

However, this has not discouraged the duo to lose hope as they are currently on the go, working on part two of the movie set to come out soon. 

“Our whole acting did not start now. Growing up as twins, who are very identical for that matter, we used to be very naughty. Back then we did not attend the same high school. My brother was at Gabriel Taapopi Senior Secondary School in Ongwediva while I was at Mweshipandeka High School. We would exchange books and for a day I will attend his classes and act like him and the teachers never realized this,” explained Jonsen.

At a later stage in their lives the twins started shooting short videos to create social awareness on real life situations such as teenage pregnancy and abortion which they posted on Facebook.

The innovative boys also have a clothing line, Twins Power brand that seems to be trending amongst the youth as it has been making waves on social media platforms.

“Twins Power is a brand initiated by twins, the brand’s products are just not for twins. The product is for all Namibians, regardless of their age, gender, skin color and so forth,” said Jansen

The Twins Power brand was started in 2012 were they only printed T-shirts for close friends and family members but now it has extended countrywide.

To date they have managed to print caps, leggings, shorts, skirts, crop tops, T-shirts, hoodies and car stickers.

Jonsen and Jansen do not cease to amuse.

In December they will be having a tour around the country in order to market their film and all their merchandises. 

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From the 8th to 10th December they will be in the coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, 11th to the 12th Windhoek, 13th Rehoboth, 14th Okahandja while from the 15th to the 16th they will be rocking Otjiwarongo, Tsumeb will be the second last town to be visit from the 17th to the 18th and the last turn up will be in the north on the 19th of December.