MultiChoice Namibia launches ‘Ombura’

Multichoice Namibia has started the second part of its project to focus on local content, calling this new phase ‘Ombura’, which means ‘rain’ or ‘new year’ in Otjiherero.

“’Ombura’ signifies more than just rain; it embodies the essence of a ‘year’. It’s not just a weather event; it’s a transformative cycle, a symbol of renewal and growth,” says MultiChoice Namibia head Roger Gertze.

‘Ombura’ will include eight new works: six movies, one documentary, and one lifestyle show, all highlighting different aspects of Namibian life and culture.

Gertze says MultiChoice Namibia believes in the power of enriching African lives, a philosophy rooted in the belief that fostering creativity contributes to a better world.

“Just as the rain represents hope and happiness for Namibians, we want this name, ‘Ombura’ to reflect new hope in the next stage of our film project.”

The local production team,, has been chosen to lead this phase, working with the selected project teams, MultiChoice Namibia and kykNET, to bring these stories to life. These projects will mainly be in Afrikaans and shown on kykNET channels on DStv and GOtv, as well as Showmax.

Tim Huebschle from expressed his excitement about the opportunity for the Namibian film and video sector. “We aim to support all stakeholders in the best interest of the project. Let’s make it rain!”

Since 2022, MultiChoice Namibia has focused on showcasing unique Namibian content and supporting local creatives. Thirteen films have already premiered and received positive feedback.

In the past months, project teams have attended masterclasses on various film-making aspects, aiming to elevate Namibian storytelling and captivate audiences later this year.

The projects included in MultiChoice Namibia’s ‘Ombura’ phase are: ‘Ataman’ produced by Kim Hamunghete and Mpingana Dax, ‘Die Rooftog’ produced by Jenny Kandenge and Lavinia Kapewasha, ‘!Dhina Boys’ produced by Nadia van den Heever, ‘Dubbel Moelikheid’ produced by Dantagos Jimmy-Melani, ‘Lubinda’ produced by Leon Mubiana and Mathilda Shivute, ‘Speel Aan’ produced by Josefina Geingos, ‘Guardians of Eden’ produced by Andrei Tirtirau, and ‘Op Pad Met My Potjie’ produced by Pedro Mendoza.

“MultiChoice Namibia is the biggest funder of local content, now producing content in our local languages with local actors and telling stories that resonate culturally. As Africa’s most loved storyteller, we anticipate sharing our unique stories at the end of the year and hope the results will equal a great contribution to the economic growth of the Namibian film industry which will continue to take Namibia to the world,” Gertze says. –

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