MULTICHOICE Africa will this month air the highly acclaimed documentary, Hafeni: The Man from Mondesa on DStv’s channel 409.
The film presents Namibian and tells a story that will resonate with viewers across Africa.
It is part of the Faces of Africa series, which features documentaries on people in Africa, either prominent or ordinary, who have great stories to tell about Africa.
Hafeni: The Man from Mondesa documents the story of Heinrich Hafeni, a man who found his unique niche in Namibia’s coastal tourism sector.
His cultural tours introduce visitors from all over the world to life in the township of Mondesa, the heartbeat of Swakopmund, as Hafeni refers to the community.
The documentary was made by local filmmaker, Tim Huebschle and a very talented pool of passionate Namibian filmmakers.
Heinrich Hafeni stated that the film may be a Namibian one, but that he believes that it will resonate with people across Africa as a story of community, passion, perseverance and the need to survive.
Huebschle, born in Germany and raised in Namibia, has been making films and documentaries for years and having this documentary aired on DStv this month is a testament to the dedication to his craft, as well as his ability to see, translate and harness stories into fascinating film projects.
Hafeni: The Man of Mondesa is the second “Faces of Africa” documentary he has shot in the last two years.
“It’s very cool to work in an established format such as the “Faces of Africa” series. You deliver a story according to specs from the TV station, but at the same time you’re telling a story, a Namibian story, about an individual in their environment. At the end of the day, the half-hour documentary is broadcasted in Africa. These opportunities are golden for us Namibian filmmakers. We get to hone our skills as storytellers and have a big audience across the continent,” Huebschle said.
Roger Gertze, Managing Director for MultiChoice Namibia said: “In line with our mission to deliver value to our Namibian customers by making great entertainment more accessible, we are delighted that Hafeni: The Man from Mondesa will air on DStv this weekend, and to gain exposure for our local filmmakers in the process. Beyond its setting, Namibia has wonderful stories to tell that resonates with our viewers in the country and beyond its borders. As Africa’s most-loved storyteller, MultiChoice wants to play positive role in the entertainment industry by providing a platform and leveraging the best technology these stories to be told.”
The documentary will air on DStv for a broad pan-African audience on Sunday, 10 November at 19H30 and will be available to watch on DStv Now.