Namibian movie, ‘Ndinelao’ (I am lucky), is set to premiere this September, according to the scriptwriter and director, Paulina Moses.
Shot by the Erongo Office of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Ndinelao’s story-line stresses modern HIV prevention methods; post-exposure prophylaxis (PeP) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PreP) as well as the dangers of keeping the HIV status of children born with HIV, a secret.
In her description of the lead character, Ndinelao, Paulina Moses said she is a well-mannered, strong and a determined teenager who finds out at the age of 18 that she was born with HIV.
The second character, Gonteb, is a young and wealthy family man, who is confident in his arrogance only to later discover that he slept with a woman known to carry the virus.
The movie encapsulates the often taboo subject of HIV infection in some parts of the continent, where these issues are often swept under the carpet, and considered too delicate to be openly discussed, leading to the further spread of ignorance and stigma about the disease.
Paulina Moses hopes her movie will shed light on this societal pandemic and help further the discussion on prevention and care for those infected.
Casts in the film are Jerine Gebhardt, Uzapo Kaiuina, Sharoldine Bock, Elizabeth Martin, Nicky David, Esegiel Tjahikika, Lionette Dickson, Kevin Kashekele, Uaripi Katjiukua and Renate Rengura.