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The White Line

Framed by scenes of Namibia’s formal independence as a newly formed African country in 1990, Desiree Kahikopo’s historical romance takes us back to 1963, soon after the 1959 uprising in Old Location — an area segregated for black residents of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia (then a territory of South Africa). It is in this setting that Sylvia Kamutjemo (Girley Charlene Jazama, who also produces), a black domestic worker, meets Afrikaner police officer Pieter de Wet (Jan-Barend Scheepers) on a routine passbook check. As the pair exchange letters and a story of forbidden love across racial lines unfolds, Kahikopo explores an underrepresented period of Namibian history with compassion and hope.

Director

Desiree Kahikopo-Meiffret

Writer

Micheal Pulse

Editor

Renier de Bruyn

Cast

Chari Botha, Joalette de Villiers, Girley Jazama

Awards

Festival Africlap – Best Film Luxor African Film Festival – Long Narrative Competition Namibian Theatre and Film Awards – Best Script, Best Newcomer Director, Audience Choice Award

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