Namibian duo Panashe and Tjuna ​​Daringo aim to shine at Cannes with ‘Skeleton Coast’ – Lifestyle

Mondjila Studio co-founders, entrepreneur Panashe Daringo and his wife, actress Tjuna ​​Daringo, will bring Namibian storytelling to a global audience with their new film ‘Skeleton Coast’.

This bold thriller is the result of a collaboration between Mondjila Studio and Nigerian media powerhouse Play Network Studio.

‘Skeleton Coast’, a bold film produced and directed by Namibian and Nigerian talent, made its debut on May 21 at the prestigious Le Gray d’Albion hotel in Cannes during the 77th Cannes International Film Festival.

This premiere marks an important milestone, showcasing Namibian creativity on one of the world’s most famous film sets.

The strictly by-invitation event will be attended by Hollywood icons Eric Robert and Rico Simonini.

The film’s main cast includes talents from Namibia (Tjuna ​​Kauapirura Daringo), South Africa (Thapelo Mokoena and Cindy Mahlangu), Nigeria (Ini Dima-Okojie and Damilola Adegbite), Ghana (Mauli Gavor) and a surprise actor from the United States .

Founder of the Nigerian International Film Summit (NIFS), Ijeoma Onah, says they are delighted to be part of this momentous occasion to showcase the next generation of African filmmakers and storytellers.

Onah says it is their honor to share their visions and push boundaries through challenges.

“Play Studio, in collaboration with NIFS and other industry partners, is dedicated to pushing boundaries, challenging conventions and we are honored to share our vision with the world together with ‘Skeleton Coast’. We can see our imagination on the cusp of reality. “It is a wonderful time to be African,” he says.

Onah says the release of ‘Skeleton Coast’ represents a new chapter in the history of African cinema, a testament to the talent, creativity and resilience of the industry.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate our achievements, forge new partnerships and continue to push the boundaries of what is possible,” he says.

Renowned African-American director Robert Peters leads the creative team, along with executive producers Panashe Daringo, Charles Okpaleke and Rogers Ofime, with Arafat Bello-Osagie serving as co-producer.

Peters says the project has been a labor of love, as well as a collaborative effort that celebrates Africa’s rich storytelling heritage.

“I’m honored to be a part of bringing this captivating story to life on the big screen and can’t wait to share it with audiences around the world,” he says.

Daringo says his goal with ‘Skeleton Coast’ is to push the boundaries of African cinema and showcase the talent and creativity that abounds on the continent.

“This opening marks the culmination of years of hard work and dedication, and we are thrilled to present our vision to the world,” he says.

Play Network Studios co-founder Charles Okpaleke emphasized the importance of the event.

“This is more than just presenting a movie trailer; “It is a celebration of African excellence, in collaboration with leading figures in the film industry from around the world,” he states.

“It is a testament to what we can achieve when we come together. ‘Skeleton Coast’ is a milestone in African cinema and I am proud to have contributed to its creation,” says Okpaleke.

The evening promises to be an exclusive networking occasion and black-tie event, blending glamour, intrigue and the magic of cinema.

Panashe and Tjuna’s vision through Mondjila Studio, in partnership with Play Network, promises to propel Namibia onto the global stage, opening doors for future international projects and collaborations. –

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