Namibia Today

Seven people wait in an underground station below Karl-Marx-Allee in former East Berlin. Billboards line the walls, each combining a front page of “Namibia Today” with associative material. “Namibia Today” was a journal of the Namibian liberation movement, which was printed and distributed by the GDR during times of military confrontation with South Africa. SWAPO’s (South West Africa People’s Organisation) editorial board was forced to operate from exile in Angola, and without the ideologically motivated help of the GDR the mass production of the periodical (1980–1985) would not have been possible. Rushing underground trains pick up the slow moving shot between the billboards and the protagonists, between fragments of image and speech. The participants with their memories and diverse ways of storytelling stand still in the movement.
by Laura Horelli
with Joe Ashipala, Uwe Jaenicke, Felix Kaluwapa, Reinhold Mupupa, Ilona Schleicher, Hans-Georg Schleicher, Simon Tjimbawe
Germany / Finland 2016 German, English 21’ Colour


  • Joe Ashipala
  • Uwe Jaenicke
  • Felix Kaluwapa
  • Reinhold Mupupa
  • Ilona Schleicher
  • Hans-Georg Schleicher
  • Simon Tjimbawe


Written and Directed by Laura Horelli
Cinematography Anne Misselwitz
Editing Janina Herhoffer
Sound Design Jochen Jezussek
Sound Manja Ebert
Producer Laura Horelli

Laura Horelli

Laura Horelli, born in 1976 in Helsinki, Finland, lives and works in Berlin. Her works, mainly digital films, explore the intersection of the private and public spheres. She has received grants and scholarships and her work has been shown at numerous international exhibitions and festivals.


1999 Mobile Phone Use / Advertising; video installation, 3 min. 2003 Helsinki Shipyard / Port San Juan; video installation, 17 min. · You Go Where You’re Sent; 19 min. 2004 Wolfen-Nord, Teil 1 und 2; with Kathrin Wildner, video installation, 13 min. 2005 712 Interviews?; video installation, 19 min. · Incomplete Picture – „Discover Japan“; video installation, 18 min. 2007 I Have Been Considering Making a Video about a Ski Resort in Northern Finland and Showing it in a Gallery in Berlin; video installation, 16 min. 2009 Shedding Details; with Gerhard Friedl, 24 min. · Haukka-pala (A-Bit-to-Bite); video installation, 28 min. 2010 Trading Places; with Ann Kaneko, installation, 27 min. 2011 The Terrace; 24 min. 2013 A Letter to Mother; 27 min. 2016 Jokinen; 45 min., Forum Expanded 2017 2018 Namibia Today; video installation, 21 min., Forum Expanded 2018 2019 Uutisten aika (Newstime)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019