On Saturday 25 July at 19h00, AfricAvenir presents the Namibian premiere of
W.A.K.A., directed by Cameroonian Francoise Ellong, at the Goethe-
“W.A.K.A.” (an acronym for “Woman Acts for her Kid Adam’) tells the
story of Matilda, a 30-something-year-old single woman abandoned by her family,
who works as a waitress in a bar, when her life is shaken up after her boss finds
out that she’s pregnant, and opts to fire her.
Matilda, superbly played by actress Patricia Bakalak, is faced with the choice of
either getting rid of her baby and keeping her job, or having the child, losing her
job, and managing as best as she can to raise the baby. She chooses the latter, is
fired from her job, and finds it extremely difficult to get hired elsewhere. That’s
when Max, a pimp, enters her life, and, as manages to get her work for her on the
“W.A.K.A.” won the Jury prize at 17th edition of Festival du cinema
Africain de Khouribga (FCAK), 2014; the award for Best Director at the Mashariki
African Film festival, Rwanda, 2015; the Best First Feature award at the Pan African
International Film Festival of Cannes, 2015; and a Special Mention from the Junior
Jury at the 14th edition of Lumieres d’Afrique at Besancon.
Entrance to the screening is N$30.
Watch the “W.A.K.A.” trailer.