DER Documentary

Shake Your Brains

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by Rina Sherman
part of the The Ovahimba Years Project
color, 51 min, 2000

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Shake Your Brains is a film about alcohol abuse in the Kunene North Region of Namibia. It was made to alert the youth of the detrimental effects of alcohol abuse. The film provides an overview of alcohol abuse amongst the Ovahimba and Ovadhimba communities of Kaokoland. A number of members of these communities provide moving and sometimes amusing witnesses of the devastating and often tragic effects of alcohol abuse. Whilst alcohol abuse is a problem in the Kunene Region of Namibia, with not only permanent commercial and traditional selling points in the larger and smaller urban areas but also itinerant traders selling or exchanging alcohol throughout the region, it is still limited for the most part to only a part of the population and takes place as an occasional rather than an ongoing occurrence.

The film served as an educational tool in a variety of educational and guidance applications and as such was targeted at the youth both on a regional and national level. The making of this film was an opportunity for The Ovahimba Years Project to share its resources, equipment and expertise with members of the community and other partners working in the Region.

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Related Resources
The Ovahimba Years: A Multiple Media Ethnographic Study & Cultural Heritage Preservation Program (PDF)

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Festival Selection, 21st Durban International Film Festival, 2000
Premier, National Theatre of Namibia, 2002
Cinéma et anthropologie filmique, Chroniques d'un autre regard, La Cinémathéque de la Danse, France, 2004

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