The Unseen: WHK Premiere

The Unseen: WHK Premiere

Date & Time
Alte Feste, Robert Mugabe Avenue, Windhoek Map


The Event

Windhoek Premiere of The Unseen (a film by Perivi Katjavivi)

AfricAvenir Windhoek & Old Location Films present Windhoek premiere of 'The Unseen' (Nam, 2016, 70min) on 24 August 2016, 19h00, at the Alte Feste.  

Come and be part of debating Namibia’s postcolonial identity, 26 years into Independence.

The screening will be opened by Adv. Bience Gawanas, Special Advisor to the Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, former AU Commissioner for Social Affairs.

After the screening there will be an open discussion with director Perivi Katjavivi and his crew and cast.

The Unseen is about art, identity and solitude. It presents three interconnected vignettes that follow three different characters as they slip into spaces in Namibian society mostly unseen.


Date: Wedneday, 24 August 2016

Time: 18h30 for 19h00

Where: Alte Feste, Windhoek

Entrance: PreSales N$ 80, @ the door N$100

Tickets available @ Events Today (online), Warehouse Theatre, Biltong Shop Maerua Mall


More about the movie

There’s Sara (played by Senga Brockerhoff) the rebel who’s calm resolve to end her life provokes a range of interesting and conflicting reactions in the people close to her. Anu (played by Mathew Ishitile), a dreamy musician, struggles to explain his hallucinations and out of body experiences to his rough-neck buddies across town. Estranged from his wife,  African-American actor Marcus (played by Antonia David Lyons, known for his roles in Hotel Rwanda, Scandal, 24, American History X), is in town to play a role in an epic historical film but spends his time wandering through the outback searching for significance.

It’s a collection of philosophical musings on what it means to be alive in independent Namibia. It intentionally blurs the line between fiction and documentary.


“The Unseen is an entirely new kind of cinema, inventing for itself a new language, refusing to be trapped in the past or shaped by white or western film models the way many South African films still are.  It’s one of the most exciting and visually beautiful films you’ll see this year.“ – Charles Blignaut, CityPress, SA

“Brilliant and refreshing. …. [Katjavivi’s] characters negotiate forces of neoimperial homogeneity in the present, while trying to make sense of the past. … This portrayal of life in the impact zone of post-colonialism and post-modernity has real substance and weight.“ – Sarah Dawson, Mail & Guardian, SA

“The Unseen is a powerful commentary on what it means to be a young person in modern-day Africa.” – Screen Africa

“A cinematic Namibian love letter to Fanon” – Hans-Christian Mahnke, AfricAvenir

“A strong film of substance, a film debating issues relevant to Namibian society and the continent at large. We need more of this.” - Bishop Shekutaamba Nambala, ELCRN

“3 wandering souls navigating the emotional and physical realities of post-colonial Namibia (aka a beautiful film!)” – Katarina Hedren, First Wednesday Film Club, Johannesburg, SA



Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles (World Premiere)

African Perspectives, Oshakati (African Premiere)

Luxor African Film Festival

Durban International Film Festival (Official Competition)

PanAfrican Film Festival Cannes (upcoming)


Production Details

Titel: The Unseen

Director: Perivi Katjavivi

Producers: Shalongo Nambala, Ronald James

Year: 2016

Country: Namibia

Length: 70min

Cast: Senga Brockerhoff, Mathew Ishitile, Antonio David Lyons, Cecil Moller


Watch the Trailer