Stray Flower

short fiction | 15 min | 2022| 2.35:1 | color | DCP | 5.1 | herero

In 1904, the genocide of the Herero and Nama by the German colonial power in South West Africa began. Hinavandu, a young Herero, finds herself in a collection center after fleeing the genocide. There the fugitives celebrate the end of the war and wait for the day when the Germans will pick them up and bring them back to their villages. Hinavandu dares to hope again. But on the day of her departure,  she realizes that they will not be brought home.


Cast: Tjiurimo Kandjii, Mukenda Ndjavera, Israel Amupanda, Nikolai Fürniss
Director: Nandi Nastasja
Cinematographer: Renier De Bruyn 
Editor: Emma Holzapfel
Producer: Cherlien Schott
Sound Design: Luka Fehrmann, Niklas Loose, Laurids Wartumjan, Konstantinas Grigalaitis , Timo Kleinemeier 
Composer: Patrick Kuhn Botelho 
Production Design: Wilka Absalom 
Writers: Laudika Hamutenya, Nandi Nastasja 
Production: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Akademie für Darstellende Kunst Baden-Württemberg

Produced as part of the Namibia initiative of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and Arts. 
All characters were played by descendants of contemporary witnesses.​
With the support of: Ursula Wandres Stiftung, El Puente Stiftung, Umverteilen! Stiftung, Harald-Breuer-Stiftung, Die Schwelle Stiftung, Bilz-Stiftung, Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg
Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis
Grenzland Filmtage Selb
Filmfest Weiterstadt
Filmfestival Osnabrück
Filmtage Oberschwaben
Film Week Namibia
European Film Festival Namibia​
„Stray Flower takes us even further back into the past. In 1904, the German colonial power in South West Africa suppressed the rebellion of the Herero and Nama. Hinavandu (Tjiurimo Kandjii), a young Herero, is able to get to a refugee camp before the war. After the fighting has ended, the refugees are waiting to be taken back to their villages. But Hinavandu is suspicious. "Stray Flower" shows a very dark chapter of German history in atmospheric, shimmering images, with magnificent music and a fascinating leading actress - a touching, deeply sad cinematic work."
Thomas Reinhardt, Saarbrücken Zeitung
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