ochre & water

This film follows the extraordinary journey of the nomadic Himba people, living in the pristine valley of the Kunene River, Namibia, and the abrupt threat to their pastoral lifestyle.

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Earthwatch Award 2001 – Annual Earthwatch Institute Film Awards for Documentaries in association with The National Geographic Society. Evironment / Conservation Award – Japan Wildlife Festival'01 – Tokyo, Japan. Best Documentary – Apollo Film Festival’01 – Victoria West, SA. Craft Awards: direction, script, original music, camera work, audio postproduction – NTVA- Stone Awards’01 – Western Cape, SA. Best Film – Mountainfilm in Telluride'02 – Colorado, USA. Special Jury Award – Banff TV Festival'02 – Banff, Canada

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In the pristine valley of the Kunene River, Namibia, the nomadic Himba people face an abrupt threat to their pastoral lifestyle: the Namibian Government wish to create an energy superhighway by building a dam and flooding the Himba’s homeland. In response, the Himba people mount a spectacular resistance campaign, which lasts seven years.

The film traces a journey into the memory and landscape of the nomadic Himba people. Guided by their oral history and rich ancestral tradition they resist the development of the dam scheme. Confronted with the completeness of their existence, the film poses questions about first world development and our own fragmented modern world.

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