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Africa Light / Gray Zone

Africa is full of nature’s colors. A colorful experience! Its problems are unsaturated. Neither black nor white, but endless gray.

"Africa Light" - as white local citizens call Namibia. The name suggests romance, the beauty of nature and promises a life without any problems in a country where the difference between rich and poor could hardly be greater. Namibia does not give that impression of it. If you look at its surface it seems like Africa in its most innocent and civilized form. It is a country that is so inviting to dream by its spectacular landscape, stunning scenery and fascinating wildlife. It has a very strong tourism structure and the government gets a lot of money with its magical attraction. But despite its grandiose splendor it is an endless gray zone as well. It oscillates between tradition and modernity, between the cattle in the country and the slums in the city. It shuttles from colonial times, land property reform to minimum wage for everyone. It fluctuates between socialism and cold calculated market economy.
The primitive people of the country are recently available for sale. They perish as a tourist attraction in an entertainment park of the First World. The progress is entering.
The film "Africa Light - Gray Zone" tells the story of a country, which is a representative of a whole continent and its development. And finally this even the story of our entire world.

Film notes

"Africa Light / Gray Zone" is a mixture of documentary, experimental, narrative and music video. Comparable to the film's topic there is no matching to any genre. The film is just a unique experience for the audience! A short film telling a controversal story on the one side, on the other side it is a documentary almost in the style of "Koyaanisqatsi".
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Previous screenings

20 Apr – 25 Apr | Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany
Curtocircuíto: International Short Film Festival
23 May – 30 May | Santiago de Compostela, Spain
4 Jul – 10 Jul | Ischia, Italy
1 Sep – 1 Dec | Long Island, United States
28 Sep – 3 Oct | Palermo, Italy
6 Oct – 10 Oct | Bangkok | Bern | Buenos Aires | Cairo | Cape Town | Hong Kong | Moscow | San Joséé, Switzerland
4 Nov – 6 Nov | Koblenz, Germany
Sleepwalkers International Short Film Festival
20 Nov – 24 Nov | Tallinn, Estonia
23 Nov – 28 Nov | Cologne, Germany
Cannes Pan African Film Festival
13 Apr – 17 Apr | Cannes, France
31 May – 5 Jun | Torino, Italy
8 Jun – 12 Jun | Barcelona, Spain
9 Jun – 13 Jun | Detmold, Germany
9 Aug – 14 Aug | Italy

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Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 10 Apr 2011