Premiere of the new film Planetarium Sida Tsoatsoas

Movie premiere location

The new planetarium movie Sida Tsoatsoas – Our beginning will premiere on Monday December 6, 2021. It will be the first digital planetarium film produced in Africa to feature indigenous African Starlore. The National Arts Council – Presidential Employment Stimulus Program, the African Astronomical Society, the African Planetarium Association, the South African Astronomical Observatory and the Worldwide Indigenous Science Network supported the film.

The 13-minute film is accessible to all ages and is in Afrikaans and Nama with English subtitles. The production was in collaboration with the Ç‚Khomani San community of the North Cape. In addition, the production created 29 jobs, most of them within this community.

Sida Tsoatsoas combines live action and animation footage to transport audiences to the iconic red dunes and vast salt marshes of the Kalahari in southern Africa. We share the unique storytelling techniques of the Ç‚Khomani people who share insight into their culture. We find out how the Sun gave the playful jackal its burnt ash marks on its back on this journey. This subsequently teaches a valuable lesson about our connection to each other and to the cosmos.

In Sida Tsoatsoas, we delve into the history of our early days through immersive glimpses into the life of the Khomani. Plus, we’re trying to figure out what we might lose if we don’t take the time to think about the overall meaning of Ubuntu.

The show will open its doors to the general public from December 7 at the Iziko Planetarium and the Digital Dome. It will then be distributed free of charge to an international network of more than 4000 planetariums.

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Arline J. Mercier