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Over the last 10 years, we've been making a series of films as a way of documenting Nami-daman heritage and oral history. 

Since 2019 we've worked closely with film-maker Oliver Halsey after Future Pasts lead researcher
Sian Sullivan was introduced to him at Gobabeb Namib Research Institute in 2018.

Oliver has worked tirelessly to help with making Lands That History Forgot (2024)
The Music Returns to Kai-as (2020).

We have several more films on the way, so please watch this space!

Lands That History Forgot:
Three Journeys With Nami-daman Elders in North-west Namibia

New film from oral history and memory mapping research through Future Pasts and Etosha-Kunene Histories.

4-minute trailer here:

The Music Returns to Kai-as

53 minute version

30 minute version

Damara Kings Festival (2018 Version)
Future Pasts

Damara Kings Festival (2018 Version)

This is a slightly edited version of a film made in 2016 by Mamokobo Film and Research, The Damara King's Festival Organising Committee and Future Pasts of The Damara King's Festival, an event that takes place annually in the settlement of Okombahe in the Erongo Region of west Namibia. In its 37th year when this film was made, the festival marks a significant moment on the Damara calendar when Damara/≠Nūkhoen people gather to sing and dance, eat, and receive counsel from their king, Justus |Uruhe ||Garoëb. The Damara King's Festival film was made with the support of the Damara King's Festival Organising Committee in Namibia. Since completing the film, it has been shortlisted for the AHRC Research in Film awards, category 'International Development: Mobilising Global Voices', reported in The Namibian newspaper DVDs of the film have also been distributed to schools throughout Namibia for the 2017 School Clubs and Museums Exhibition (SCAMX) Competition (12-15 September 2017), following a request by the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN). SCAMX is intended to enhance innovation and transformative development, as well as heritage awareness, amongst Namibian young people. Sixteen schools throughout Namibia who applied to participate in the competition were reached through the distribution of films by Future Pasts. Our film presents highlights from the 2016 Damara King's Festival. Lineages from all over the country arrive dressed in the emblematic blue, green and white of the Damara nation. Women wear long Victorian dresses and shawls that mimic the attire of influential colonial missionaries whilst men are adorned in matching T-shirts and remnants of colonial and WWI military paraphernalia. Others remember their pre-colonial pasts by wearing costumes made of skins of the wild animals that supported their forebears. In 2016 the festival took place at the end of an intense three-year drought. Calling for rain formed a major focus of the festival which, in a potent moment of relief and gratitude, was blessed by the first showers of the season. Overall, the festival is an annual ritual of renewal enabling performers and audience alike to ‘think aloud’ about their identities, histories and imaginaries for the future. It is not staged for outside consumption. The Namibian film organisation Mamokobo, through the AHRC-funded research project Future Pasts (, AH/K005871/2) and in collaboration with the Damara King’s Festival Organising Committee, is therefore privileged to have made the first filmed record of this event. The performative and participatory ethos of festivals gives voice to cultural identities, vividly conveying people’s sense of community, place and belonging. Having been profoundly displaced by German colonialism (1884-1915) and by seven decades of discriminatory South African rule, this film offers an intimate portrait of one community’s diverse celebration of itself. The complexity of expression distilled in our film refracts development trajectories that may simplify cultural identities and concerns.
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