Namibia: Ramata Screened At Goethe Centre

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Ramata is an African documentary screened in the Goethe Centre Auditorium, courtesy of AfricAvenir, a company that has been screening films in Namibia in the series of "African Perspectives" since 2007.

Ramata herself was married to the Minister of Justice for 30 years, and then her life radically changes when she meets, apparently coincidentally, a mysterious hustler free of all attachment. Fifty year-old Ramata discovers love and the pleasures of the flesh with this young criminal who is 25 years younger than her.

From then, her quiet and supposedly happy life in the high society of Dakar changes drastically. The film tells more about who is really the young man? And has he appeared in Ramata's life by accident as they say?

Ramata is at heart, a story of metamorphosis. The alteration of a human being and her relationship with the world that surrounds her, and the story of a woman whose carefree beauty help to bring about her own misfortune. It is in some way the portrait of contemporary Africa, haunted by multitude beliefs.

"As a through-line and beyond its universal dimension, the story of Ramata is steeped in the culture of the Serer, to which the poet and former president of Senegal, Leopold Sedar Senghor belonged, and which inspired the substance of his poetry and philosophy. For the Serer, there is no frontier between the dead and the living, between the present, past and future.

In many ways, the serer mythology reminds one of Greek tragedy, one of the questions the film raises for people is that of datum. Ramata is marked by a kind of curse, by a fault that she committed in her youth and which finally drags her into an expiatory madness.

The film also explains and tells more about the heroine Ramata who has a busy family life, lives in extreme solitude and finds herself abandoned and imprisoned by fate, kind of in a golden cage. The character has totally broken with all reality and her basic life force is a natural seduction. She is like parched land waiting for rainfall. Her beauty and her mind, which harbors no ulterior motives, make Ramata a free woman, with an unchanging nature.

Moreover, in the series of the film, time seems to have no hold over her spirit or even her body, which retains to the end its juvenile aspect. As for Ngor Ndongo, the taxi-driver and a small time criminal, has gone for him impulsiveness, a youthful body and feelings and a false naivety. He is someone quick to turn his back on situations, someone that people constantly want to take by the shoulder and bring back to face them. This is part of his mysterious side. He holds a secret to which only Ramata has the keys.