Southern Times Writer
Windhoek - Award winning Namibian feature film The White Line set in 1963 soon after the 1959 Old Location uprising will be theatrically released on 17 April 2020 via Ster-Kinekor South Africa, at Ster-Kinekor Grove Mall in Windhoek and will run for four weeks.
Set in 1963, The White Line tells the story of illicit love between a black domestic worker and a white police officer after the Old Location uprising in Windhoek. The two subconsciously went against society's norms and found solace in love in an era where love was restricted to you only loving your kind. The storyline was solid and consistent throughout.
The lead actors Girley Jazama and Jan-Barend Scheepers, including the rest of the cast, embodied their roles and did it so beautifully. Scheepers, like everyone in the room, shed tears during the closing scene, a scene that spoke volumes.
In 1959 in Old Location – an area segregated for black residents of Windhoek,– an uprising took place that shook the then South West Africa. In 1963, soon after the uprising, a black maid’s life is changed forever when she encounters an Afrikaner police officer on a routine passbook check.
Their illicit love for each other grows over time through the letters they write to each other, and they endure many obstacles beyond their different skin colours. The White Line is an authentic Namibian story that shows how apartheid laws were extended to the territory, prior to independence, under the South African administration.
The historical romance is directed by Desiree Kahikopo, screenplay by Micheal Pulse starring Girley Charlene Jazama, Jan-Barend Scheepers, Sunet Van Wyk, Mervin Uahupirapi, Charl Botha, Muhindua Kaura, Vanessa Kamatoto and Joalette de Villiers. The feature film is being distributed by Gravel Road Distribution Group based in Cape Town.
The White Line had its international premiere at the 40th Durban International Film Festival in July 2019. In Namibia, it will premiere on the 20th of March as part of the Namibia Film Commission’s independence celebration programme at Ster-Kinekor Grove Mall in Windhoek. Tickets are currently on sale at Ster-Kinekor Grove Mall for N$60.
The White Line won Best Script, Newcomer Director and the Audience Choice Award at the 2019 Namibian Theatre and Film Awards. At the 7th African Emerging Filmmakers Awards it won Best Feature Film and Best Cinematographer for Laurent Hesemans.
The White Line screened at Joburg Film Festival, Rwanda Film Festival, Hilton Arts Festival, Africa Venezuela Film Festival and New York African Diaspora International Film Festival.
It is currently screening at the Luxor African Film Festival in Egypt as well as the New African Film Festival in Washington DC.
International Festivals where The White Line will be screening in the coming months include Cape Town International Film Market and Festival and the African Film Festival New Zealand.