MultiChoice Africa announced last week that the highly acclaimed documentary Hafeni: The Man of Mondesa broadcasted on DStv. Hafeni: The Mondesa Man was produced for CGTN Africa & Fireworx Media as part of the Faces of Africa series. It documents the story of Heinrich Hafeni, a man who has found his unique niche in the coastal tourism sector in Namibia. His world, Swakopmund’s heartbeat, as Hafeni refers to the community. The documentary was directed by local filmmaker Tim Huebschle and a pool of talented and passionate filmmakers.
Heinrich Hafeni said of the airing of the documentary; “It’s both amazing and humbling to know that my story, so expressively captured by Tim and his team aired on DStv to be seen by a large pan-African audience. My story may be a Namibian one, but I believe it will resonate with people across Africa as a story of community, passion, perseverance and the need to survive. I just hope people will enjoy it.”
Huebschle, born in Germany and raised in Namibia, has been making films and documentaries for years. Spread this documentary on DStv demonstrates his commitment and ability to see, translate and exploit stories in fascinating film projects such as Hafeni: the man of Mondesa.
Tim Huebschle declared “Hafeni: The Man of Mondesa, is the second Faces of Africa documentary I’ve made in the last two years. It’s very cool to work in an established format such as the Faces of Africa series. You deliver a story according to specs from the TV station. But at the same time, you’re telling a story, a Namibian story, about an individual in their environment. At the end of the day, the half-hour documentary is broadcast Africa wide. These opportunities are golden for us Namibian filmmakers. We get to hone our skills as storytellers and have a big audience across the continent.”
Roger Gertze, Managing Director for MultiChoice Namibia added, “in line with our mission to deliver value to our Namibian customers by making great entertainment more accessible, we are delighted that Hafeni: The Man from Mondesa aired on DStv this past weekend, and to gain exposure for our local filmmakers in the process. Beyond its setting, Namibia has wonderful stories to tell that resonates with our viewers in the country and beyond its borders. As Africa’s most-loved storyteller, MultiChoice wants to play a positive role in the entertainment industry by providing a platform and leveraging the best technology for these stories to be told.”