Kapana (2020)

Kapana is a lively and vivid thumbnail portrait of LGBTQ life in a country that criminalizes people for nothing more than their innate sexuality.

Killian Melloy, Edge Media Network

It begins with a meeting in a bar, George (Adriano Visagie) and Simeon (first time actor Simon Hanga) both nervous for their different reasons. Although other patrons in the bar mock a trans customer and make homophobic jokes, it’s pretty clear that this is a place with a certain reputation and that nobody is calling the police. It’s a don’t ask, don’t tell kind of culture in which the occasional slip might be forgiven, blamed on drink – but actually having a relationship is a much more difficult step.

(…) Finding other sources of drama without having to rely on hatred either external or internal as an ongoing driver of the plot, the film finds room to tackle other issues which are at the centre of social debate in Namibia, unpicking ethically complex situations without patronising its characters. It goes to some difficult places but there is always a sense of positivity underlying the story, a warmth and energy which will be immensely important to closeted viewers.

Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

  • Language: Afrikaans, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Distribution: Ombetja Yehinga Organisation
  • Cinematography: Kit Hoffmann
  • Editing: Haiko Boldt
  • Music: Ponti Dikuua, Micheal Pulse
  • Sound: Jacques Hoabeb
  • Costume design: Karolina Katumbo
  • Make-up: Marelie von Mollendorf