Optimistic Media Group seeks funding for life-changing film

OUT NOW … Actors Mabuzza and TopCheri at the premiere of Life. Photo: Contributed

The highly anticipated film, ‘Life’, has finally hit the screen with a compelling narrative that explores the challenges faced by a young couple navigating life’s harsh realities.

The film, which premiered in Windhoek on Friday, reflects the journey of a couple which ends tragically due to a sequence of poor decisions and the influence of negative surroundings.

Film director Bloss Amutenya says they want the film to change Namibians’ lives.

“We want people to actually comment and say ‘oh, let me do something that ‘Life’, the movie, has taught me’. The movie is made from the heart. It’s actually part of my experience where I’ve seen an unalive body. We should remember everyone is going through life.”

Amutenya says the feature film will be showcased in Windhoek, at Swakopmund, Keetmanshoop and Ongwediva.

He adds that they are keen to screen ‘Life’ in the east of the country, but require sponsorship funding to do so.

“We are looking for funds, we want this movie to be shared by everyone as much as possible.”

The film was shot in Windhoek, specifically in the Havana area and other parts of the city. This choice of location not only lends authenticity to the story, but also showcases the vibrant yet challenging circumstances in Namibia’s capital.

The film featured young and local talents like TopCheri (Monica Pinehas), Mabuzza, Carter Hartz and others.

Pinehas, who played the role of a mother in the film, says she hopes everyone gets a chance to watch it as it tells of real-life situations and challenges.

“There’s a message for the youth, there’s a message for everybody, and I just hope everybody comes through and learns something.”

Artist Mabuzza, real name Fillemon Stephanus, who also features in the film, says it’s all about real-life situations.

“It shows us how to handle our emotions and relationships between couples when things go left,” he says.

Namibia Film Commission spokesperson Rebecca Malakia says they are proud to have funded the production as it speaks to life-changing issues.

“When we see stories like this, that speak to societal issues that we are currently facing in our country, it’s very important that these messages get out there so that people who are able to intervene in issues of gender-based violence can do so.”

Funding for the film came through in 2022, after being pitched to the executive directors of Optimistic Pictures Studios in 2021. The project received the green light based on its potential to make a significant impact, after thorough evaluation. – unWrap.online

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