‘Wavered’ hits another snag

‘Wavered’ hits another snag

THE film ‘Where Others Wavered’, based on the autobiography of former President Sam Nujoma, has run into yet another financial roadblock.

According to executive producer Uazuva Kaumbi of Pacon, the project cannot be completed unless more money is raised. Over N$65 million in taxpayers’ money has already been spent on this film project, not counting extensive donations and support in kind given by various companies and institutions around the country.Most of the cash came directly from the Namibia Film Commission set up to support the budding Namibian film industry.As a result, no other projects have received significant financial support from the commission for the last two years.Yesterday, Nampa quoted Kaumbi as saying: “We need more funds to finalise the project.The additional funds needed for now will be a loan and would be paid back to the film commission.”When approached by The Namibian for comment, the head of the Namibia Film Commission, Edwin Kanguatjivi, would not confirm or deny that a meeting took place last week between Pacon and the film commission where such an agreement was signed, as claimed by Kaumbi.Kaumbi would also not elaborate on how much money is still needed to complete the project.Last year, after the completion of principal photography in Namibia, Cuba and the United States, director Charles Burnett took the film with him to the US for post-production – where a film is edited, the soundtrack is finalised, and marketing and distribution agreements are reached.According to Kaumbi, a ‘director’s cut’ – a preliminary version of the movie – has been finalised but neither he, nor anyone else at Pacon, has seen this version yet.He said the post-production was 95 per cent completed but some details such as visual and sound effects still had to be finalised, and much of the work done in recent months now needs to be paid for.This is not the first time that delayed payments have brought the project to a halt.The principal-photography stage was plagued by work stoppages by unhappy cast and crew members who demanded their wages.Over N$65 million in taxpayers’ money has already been spent on this film project, not counting extensive donations and support in kind given by various companies and institutions around the country.Most of the cash came directly from the Namibia Film Commission set up to support the budding Namibian film industry.As a result, no other projects have received significant financial support from the commission for the last two years.Yesterday, Nampa quoted Kaumbi as saying: “We need more funds to finalise the project.The additional funds needed for now will be a loan and would be paid back to the film commission.”When approached by The Namibian for comment, the head of the Namibia Film Commission, Edwin Kanguatjivi, would not confirm or deny that a meeting took place last week between Pacon and the film commission where such an agreement was signed, as claimed by Kaumbi.Kaumbi would also not elaborate on how much money is still needed to complete the project.Last year, after the completion of principal photography in Namibia, Cuba and the United States, director Charles Burnett took the film with him to the US for post-production – where a film is edited, the soundtrack is finalised, and marketing and distribution agreements are reached.According to Kaumbi, a ‘director’s cut’ – a preliminary version of the movie – has been finalised but neither he, nor anyone else at Pacon, has seen this version yet.He said the post-production was 95 per cent completed but some details such as visual and sound effects still had to be finalised, and much of the work done in recent months now needs to be paid for.This is not the first time that delayed payments have brought the project to a halt.The principal-photography stage was plagued by work stoppages by unhappy cast and crew members who demanded their wages.

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