Confused and disturbed – that’s how I felt after I watched The Hidden Sky. This film was abstract, but it also dealt with the very real histories of indigenous people in Namibia. It touches on an array of topics, delving into the subconscious, spirituality, racism and even eugenics. However, it was the juxtaposition of the real and fictional that left me so perplexed.
Profound in its creation, The Hidden Sky – which was co-produced by Pablo Cesar and Pedro Mendoza – merges African and Argentinian cultures in an interesting and diverse way. The story follows a valiant anthropologist who is studying the origins of mankind and cosmogony (a theory that deals with the origin of the universe) in a Namibian village.
Hermes, the Argentinian protagonist, is a likable and sociable character. He forms a close bond with the Damara people with whom he is staying and studying, and as such is well-respected in their community. Convinced that ancient African societies were aware of science, Hermes sets out on an adventure to prove this theory. Accompanying him is Theo, his close friend, and Lavinia, a doctor who has come to Namibia to help with healthcare.
After the trio discovers some suspicious happenings in a laboratory nearby, Hermes travels home to Argentina to search for the last Afro descendants in San Felix. Unfortunately, his inquisitive nature and desire to find the truth lands him in some troubling situations.
Weaving mystery and suspense together, this amalgamation of cultures results in a truly intriguing, if complicated, narrative.
You can catch the last screening of The Hidden Sky on 8 July at 6pm at Olive Schreiner Hall.
By Kayleigh Damita