Creatively Speaking Presents: Namibia: Independence Now!

Director: Christine Choy; Producer: Pearl Bowser
USA/Namibia / 1985 / 55 min

Q&A with Choy, JT Takagi, Al Santana & Lisa Collins

Last screened on Sat, Mar 27

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Shot inside refugee settlements in Zambia and Angola in 1985, director Christine Choy and producer Pearl Bowser’s moving documentary examines how exiled Namibians worked to free their country from illegal South African exploitation and prepare for their country’s independence. The film reveals many aspects of the inhabitants’ daily life in exile, especially the women, who were at the forefront of the independence struggle, as well as the activities of exiled Namibian independence leader General Toivo ya Toivo, filmed just weeks after his negotiated release from a South African prison. Special thanks to Roselly Torres & Livia Camperi/Third World Newsreel.


Christine Choy has produced and directed about 70 works in various forms, receiving over 60 international awards. She has an equally impressive history as an educator, teaching at NYU at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
Lisa Collins is a writer, producer, director, programmer, and a close filmmaking collaborator with Pearl Bowser. Her thesis work, Tree Shade, won a Student Academy Award, and she is now finishing her Oscar Micheaux–inspired doc, Oscar’s Comeback.
Michelle Materre, an Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School, and the Director of the Media Management Graduate Program, curates the critically acclaimed film series “Creatively Speaking,” now in its 25th year.
Alfred J. Santana is a visual artist, indie filmmaker, and photographer who has made numerous award-winning public-affairs documentaries that shine a light on stories of struggle against oppression that might otherwise not get noticed.
JT Takagi is an award-winning filmmaker, sound engineer, educator, and the Executive Director of Third World Newsreel, an alternative media center that trains, distributes, and produces media by and about people of color.