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Tjitji – The Himba Girl

Tjitji – The Himba Girl

Tjitji – The Himba Girl
TJIJANDJEUA: Some scenes from the film._Photo: Contributed

Zorena Jantze

Interrogating the fabric of different worlds through Film

FOR Namibian film director, Oshosheni Hiveluah, the individual and society are one, a concoction of actions and consequence laid out over time.

Interrogating polarized worlds, constraints and choices, Oshosheni will be representing Namibia in the OdD-inary film week in March, which celebrates films that offer insight into edgy stories about contemporary society.

The female film director set down with Informanté on her passion for Film, as well as her film, “Tjitji – The Himba Girl”, which will represent Namibia. Namibia will be represented amongst four countries, including South Africa, Kenya and Germany, during the film week which will start from 16 March at the Goethe Institut.

Asked who is Oshosheni, the film director stated: “I would describe myself as a passionate young woman. I am saved and I live for almost anything creative, as long as it is well done.”

The 37-year-old added that she initially studied multimedia design and production in Cape Town, but realised it wasn’t quite what she had in mind.  The director eventually landed a scholarship at NUST to study Advanced TV Documentary under two Fulbright alumni.

“In between I have been honoured to study and participate in numerous workshops in Africa as well as abroad,” she explained. Touching on the film, “The Himba Girl”, which is not new to the Namibian film industry and has bagged several awards at the Namibia Film and Theatre awards, Oshosheni states that the Namibian short film was created in 2013 up in Epupa and then shot in 4 to 5 days.

The story delves into the fabric of society, and casts an eagles eye on traditional life deeply entrenched in Namibian tribes such as the Himba and how the discourse of modernity stirs the boat. The film follows the life of a young Himba girl named, Tjitji, who is fiercely independent and dreams of becoming a talk show host and completing her studies.

As she returns one weekend back to the homestead where she resides, however, she learns that her father has arranged a husband for her – a plan that is threatening everything she has ever dreamt of. Giving her input on the subject, Oshosheni stated that cultural norms can sometimes be in conflict, but just like in the film Tjitji the Himba girl, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are opposite or clashing with one another. The film director states that the Himba girl is able to look within her culture for resolutions for her issue, but at the same time one can tell it is strongly inspired by the modern life she lives when she is at school.

“We always have choices to make, so choose the ones that will enrich you and your immediate community circle, as this has an effect beyond anything you could ever imagine” Oshosheni said.

The film Directors is set to participate in the SADC female filmmaker’s initiative this year.

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