Experimental documentary is a reflection on the colonial project to 'civilise' Africa. A truck driver in Namibia is confronted with his tragic family history.
Vertiginous documentary, shot in effective black-and-white, treats two painful histories. The first is a love story about a truck driver who, on his way from Johannesburg (South Africa) to Luderitz (Namibia), is haunted by thoughts of his girlfriend and their recently severed relationship. His memories are expressed in an often recurring scene, in which songs by Alec Empire, Macy Gray and Robert Schumann roughly tell the story. This small history is alternated with the tragic fate of the Namibian Heroro people, many thousands of whom died early last century in concentration camps that had been set up by the German colonisers near Luderitz. The depiction of this history is cruder and more poignant, with slanting frames, odd camera angles and a multi-layered sound sculpture. The dilapidated barracks and officers' quarters are the last remnants of the miscarried, so-called civilisation projects in Africa.

Credits

Producer
Set geluid
Production company
Distributor NL
Filmmuseum Distributie

Title: Western 4.33
Year: 2001
Duration : 32 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2002

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