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Stray Flower

2022 Short

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In 1904, the genocide of the Herero and Nama by the German colonial power in South West Africa began.


Hinavandu, a young Herero, finds herself in a collection center after fleeing the genocide. There the fugitives celebrate the end of the war and wait for the day when the Germans will pick them up and bring them back to their villages. Hinavandu dares to hope again. But on the day of her departure,  she realizes that they will not be brought home.

Starring: Tjiurimo Kandjii, Mukenda Ndjavera, Israel Amupanda, Nikolai Fürniss

Directed by: Nandi Nastasja

Production: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Produced by: Cherlien Schott

Cinematography: Renier De Bruyn 

Edited by: Emma Holzapfel

Sound Design: Luka Fehrmann, Niklas Loose, Laurids Wartumjan, Konstantinas Grigalaitis , Timo Kleinemeier 

Composer: Patrick Kuhn Botelho 

Production Design: Wilka Absalom 

Written by: Laudika Hamutenya, Nandi Nastasja 

A cooperation between the Akademie für Darstellende Kunst Baden-Württemberg and the Filmakademie.


Produced as part of the Namibia initiative of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and Arts.

All characters were played by descendants of contemporary witnesses.

With the support of: Ursula Wandres Stiftung, El Puente Stiftung, Umverteilen! Stiftung, Harald-Breuer-Stiftung, Die Schwelle Stiftung, Bilz-Stiftung, Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg

© Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg


Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis  -  Grenzland Filmtage Selb  -  Filmfest Weiterstadt  -  Filmfestival Osnabrück  -  Filmtage Oberschwaben  -   Film Week Namibia   -  European Film Festival Namibia - The Bay International Film Festival - Student World Impact Festival - Filmschau Baden-Würrtemberg 


Stray Flower by Nandi Nastasja (Namibia/Germany, 15 min.) takes us even further back into the past. In 1904, the German colonial power in South West Africa suppressed the rebellion of the Herero and Nama. Hinavandu (Tjiurimo Kandjii), a young Herero, is able to get to a refugee camp before the war. After the fighting has ended, the refugees are waiting to be taken back to their villages. But Hinavandu is suspicious. "Stray Flower" shows a very dark chapter of German history in atmospheric, shimmering images, with magnificent music and a fascinating leading actress - a touching, deeply sad cinematic work."

Thomas Reinhardt,  Saarbrücker Zeitung


2021 Short

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Vanja, an old misanthropic woman, whose life has been shaped by social rejection finds herself an escape in puppetry. After a rehearsal on her own a desperate man stands suddenly in her theater. He is searching for his daughter who disappeared on her way home.

Starring: Johana Munzarová, Marius Hubel, David Smith
Directed by: Nandi Nastasja

Production: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Produced by: Emem Daniel, Tim Brandenburger 
Cinematography: Benedict Uphoff 
Editoren by Emma Holzapfel 
Sound Design: Christian Rojas, Philipp Schön, Leon Hoffmann
Composer: Peter Albrecht, Kilian Oser

Production Design: Luz Quevedo, Maura Zulic

Written by: Nandi Nastasja 

A cooperation between the Akademie für Darstellende Kunst Baden-Württemberg and the Filmakademie.

© Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg


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