Kolmanskop (Namibia: 1983)


David Pupkewitz

Cast list

Burt Caesar: Glen Morris
James Donnelly: Rod Pienaar
Paul Herzberg: Candida Prior
Andrea Morris: Dinah Stabb


Marsha Levin


The short film is set in an old German mining settlement, now a ghost town in Namibia. The film covers two time periods in Namibian history. It opens with a young women travelling with her husband to a deserted Namibian town. The young woman is on a journey to retrace her past in order to understand the circumstances of her grandmother’s involvement in a sexual scandal involving her black lover, the servant of the house. The film, shot when Namibia and Namibians were fighting for Independence, takes sides and supports the struggle for liberation from colonial oppression.


The Economist, “Classic Kolmanskop Film Revived.” The Economist.