In a 1948 clandestine operation, 100 Mushuau Innu – an indigenous hunting people of Northern Labrador, Canada – were ordered into the cargo hold of a ship and transported far beyond their lands.
To this day, the events remain shrouded in mystery. – A ship, piercing winds, the death of a young man and insurmountable mountains. – All are recurring fragments, parts of a jigsaw puzzle with many missing pieces. Though only a short two-year period, the move to Nutak was an omen for what was to follow. It marked the first attempt of the Canadian government to settle the nomadic Mushuau Innu.
After decades of settlement and silence, Innu elders wanted to revisit Nutak and tell their memories. This film follows their call.
This film is part of the Innu Film Collaboration.
Jonathan Neumann, 17, lives with his parents in the outskirts of Berlin. The living room of their cozy suburban home is stuffed full of fine-meshed cages and magnifying glasses. Jonathan is a nature-lover; specialty: creepy-crawlies. Bugs. No matter where, when or who he is with, Jonathan likes nothing better than getting down on his belly to study plants and insects. Still only in his teens, professional biologists already acknowledge his expertise in the field. With his customary dry humor, Jonathan invites us on an expedition into the world of small creatures and giant meaning. Regarding himself within the scheme of natural selection, however, he concludes that he would not have survived. Jonathan was born prematurely with a cleft lip and palate. After barely surviving surgery last year, he is now facing another operation, which may help him eventually achieve a “normal midface”. But is this truly necessary? What does the face mean to a person? Who determines the norm? With eloquence and charisma, Jonathan invites us into the fascinating world of his biological excursions. A moving coming-of-age story about bugs, beauty and being yourself.
“We live in the North of Namibia, close to the border of Angola, in an area called Ohangwena. Kwanyama people have been living on this land for many generations and have always known how to find water in the dry season. But lately, things are changing. The air seems to be made of dust only. People and cattle often go thirsty.
This is a story about water.
And about what happens if it is gone.”
OMEVA is a documentary collaboration between professional filmmakers and five young people from Ohangwena, one of the most drought-ridden areas of Namibia. The film interweaves the young filmmakers’ personal experiences with stories of water from their community. – A rare glimpse at life in an increasingly dry part of the world told by those living in it every day.
This film was made within the Namibia Youth Film Project.