Work starts on local short film

04 February 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Production on the local short film Baxu and the Giants has begun, carrying across the story of how rhino poaching triggers social change in a village in Damaraland.

Well-known producer Andrew Botelle was commissioned by the Legal Assistance Centre to create a film that aims at sensitising teenagers to the issue of poaching in Namibia.

Writer Girley Jazama and writer/director Florian Schott chose to tell the story from the inside out – through the eyes of an innocent but toughened-by-life 8-year old girl who is deeply rooted in nature and her own heritage. In fact, the character's name Baxu is short for “!Khubaxu”, which means “I come from the soil”.

Through this storytelling device, which spans the time between the age of hunters and gatherers to present day, the film aims to reach an audience worldwide and for audiences to understand some of the underlying social issues in rural Namibia that can lead to poaching.

However, production, which is endorsed by the Namibia Film Commission and the Save the Rhino Trust, is looking for additional support, financial or in-kind. The film is expected to have its world premiere in Namibia in August this year.

Anyone interested in learning more about the film and supporting the cause can reach out to the producers at [email protected]

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