’Of Good Report’ Re-Screens As Part of Namibia Film Week

DUE to popular demand by the public, AfricAvenir will re-screen the South African cult film ‘Of Good Report’ which stars actress Lee-Ann van Rooi.

As part of Namibia Film Week 2014, organised by the Filmmakers Association of Namibia (FAN), South African actress Van Rooi will be in attendance at the screening at the Goethe-Centre in Windhoek on Thursday, 25 September at 19h00.

School teacher Parker Sithole (Mothusi Magano, as known from ‘Tsotsi’ and ‘The Lap’) has arrived in a rural village with no local connections, but his unassuming disposition inspires trust and sympathy, and he comes ‘of good report’ – with a glowing recommendation from his previous employer. He promptly begins an illicit affair with one of his new pupils, 16-year-old Nolitha (Petronella Tshuma as known from ‘Scandal!’). It proves to be a disastrous development for both.

Set in a rural town that reeks of the economically precarious working poor’s despair, ‘Of Good Report’ dives into the rarely visited moral worlds of these impoverished communities, burrowing into their dark recesses and exploring their complex social webs. In this forgotten place, rife with vice, greed, loneliness, and the fear of sinking further into poverty, a man can get away with anything – including a gruesome murder. Sithole, who by official record and outward behaviour embodies the ‘good’ citizen – grandson, educator, potential husband – is in reality a danger to society. The film grants him neither mercy nor salvation, refraining from drawing into psychological analysis to paint him as a victim. Superbly filmed in black and white, ‘Of Good Report’ takes us well out of our comfort zones with the boldness of an artistic and political maverick. Audiences should be forewarned: the film’s depictions of Sithole’s crimes and their aftermath is heavy viewing that may disturb some audiences.

The screening of the film by AfricAvenir in early 2014 steered some debate in the Namibian public. After the screening, then executive director of Women’s Action for Development, Veronica de Klerk, praised the film and stated: “WAD encourages parents, teachers, community leaders, civil society organisations etc, to view the film. To consider the negative affects of prevailing unethical and unprofessional behaviour among teachers and learners, which can eventually destroy the social fibre of our society.

In fact, it is recommended that the Ministry of Education purchase copies of the film to enable teachers and parents to view it, to consider the devastating consequences of teachers starting love relationships with minors whom they are supposed to educate.”

Entrance to the show is N$30. Age restriction to watch the show is 16 years and older so do bring your IDs along.

Source : The Namibian