The interdisciplinary research project "The Future Okavango" (TFO) is dedicated to supporting sustainable land use and resource management in the Okavango Basin of the countries Angola, Botswana and Namibia with scientific knowledge. The region under investigation, a system of woodland savannas, floodplains and extended wetlands is of crucial global importance for biological diversity.
The film “Liparu Lyetu – Our Life” was conceived and shot by a group of villagers from the Mashare Area of Namibia for TFO in order to communicate their land-use strategies to the project and to a wider audience. The film shows the different ways in which natural resources contribute to the rural population’s livelihoods and discusses related problems. The participatory film was produced during a workshop facilitated by Martin Gruber of the University of Bremen together with Raphael Sinkumba and TFO para-ecologist Robert Mukuya in Mashare in May and June 2011.
Directed & shot by: Shimbumburu Clementine Hamutenya, Thobias K. Immanuel, Veronica Ngundi Kapumburu, Samwel T. Kwandu, Johannes Mashare, Angeline K. Simata, Christofine Zangata
Co-directed & edited by: Martin Gruber, Robert Mukuya & Raphael Sinkumba
Runtime: 32 min