Namibia Crossings – Spirits & Limits
Documentary, 92 min.
by Peter Liechti
Switzerland / Germany, April 2004
The Hambana Sound Company is a troupe made up of 12 musicians and singers, gathered from all over Namibia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Switzerland and Russia. Twelve very different outlooks journey through a country that is in the process of reinventing itself from scratch: Namibia, once former German-Southwest Africa. A search for the origins of music becomes a testing experience for each individual, taking them to the edge at times. Encounters with local music groups in remote provinces trigger a range of emotions – dramatic and euphoric as well as sad. “Namibia Crossings” takes a trip through a country of archaic beauty and bizarre contradictions. The film creates polyphonies of soulful landscapes made up of each individual's highs and lows.
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Written by: Peter Liechti
World Premiere: April 2004
Original Version: English/German/Africaans/African languages (german subtitles), colour, 35mm, VideoTransfer, 92 min.
Peter Guyer, Peter Liechti
Editing: Loredana Cristelli
Sound: Dieter Meyer
Music: Hambana Sound Company
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- Solothurn, Bundesamt für Kultur, Swiss Film Prize, Best Documentary 2005 (Nomination)