About the series
A Nama & Afrikaans language story, a young girl from Richtersveld was born with a gift to communicate with the rain, animals and plants. This gift will be a blessing for the Nama people of the Richtersveld community. An old wise woman in the community guides her to use this gift for the greater good. The child is then acknowledged in the community having a lot of expectation from her when she is older.
A huge dryness comes over the small Nama community one day, rain has not been coming to visit their landscape anymore and it created a shortage in food and water. This is because of the way that the community was reacting to the blessings of the Rain. The community has been wasting the water and has lost their respect for water, they no longer acknowledge Rain the way they always have in their tradition. The children were not acting according to the customs and this disrupted the cycle of the rain.
She goes on the journey of finding Rain, asking him to send blessing on their land. The child walks for many days to find the Rain as he is a very busy and an important part of nature. She finds help from a plant and a lizard that could guide her into the direction of the Rain. When she finds him, he is stubborn and makes her go back to speak to her people in order for them to know that their actions made the rain stay away.
The Creative Team
Writer & Director
“Our mothers used to say that when a star falls from the sky, it goes into a waterpit. As it enters the waterpit, it sounds like a quiver … enters water which also lives, as does he who is a !gi:xa … For this is the water from which !giten are wont to fetch water-bull” – Dia!kwain
Illustrator & Animator
“Art is love creating the new world and justice is love rolling up it’s sleeves to heal the old one” – N.T. Wright
“Art is not what you see but what you make others see” – Edgar Degas