Testimony: Breaking the Wall of Silence (Namibia: 2003)

Director

Simon Wilkie

Cast list

Pauline Dempers – As herself

Dean Waggie – As himself

Ben Gowiseb – As himself

Sam Thomas – As himself

Synopsis

"Testimony: Breaking the Wall of Silence" is a movie compiled of testimonies from 4 courageous survivors who were exiled fighting against the occupancy of South Africa in Namibia. They were captured and tortured for many years in dungeons underground when they joined the movement during the 1970’s. They detained them until they confessed to being enemy agents from South Africa. Pauline Dempers, Dean Waggie, Ben Gowiseb and Sam Thomas share their firsthand accounts and use their testimonies as a tribute to those who did not survive.

Reviews

Martha Mukaiwa, “Nambian Films Available Online.” The Namibian (online publications)

Waldo. “Namibia: From Namibian Film Promoter to DISCOP Africa” All Africa (online publications)

Academic Writing on the Film:

Gendered Violence: Continuities and Transformation in the Aftermath of Conflict in Africa by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela. Signs, Vol. 40, No. 1 (Autumn 2014), pp. 9.

Silence in Context: Truth and/or Reconciliation in Namibia by Lauren Dobell. Journal of Southern African Studies, Vol. 23, No.2 (June 1997), pp. 371-382.