Africa Light - Gray Zonea film by Tino Schwanemann


Africa is full of nature’s colors. A colorful experience! The social, political and economical problems of the continent, however, are unsaturated. Neither black nor white, but endless grey. "Africa Light" - as white local citizens call Namibia. The name suggests romance, the beauty of nature and promises a life without any problems in a country where the difference between rich and poor could hardly be bigger. The progress is entering.

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The film "Africa Light - Gray Zone" tells the story of a country, which is a representative of an entire continent and its development.

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Official Trailer

Making Of



Director: Tino Schwanemann

Tino SchwanemannHe is the man of first round, when the entire film was still an unborn child. He created the basic idea as well as the concept, was responsible for the direction, the editing, the Visual Effects and so on. Obviously, Tino Schwanemann's horizon is widely spread. The reason for that is his career. He has more than 10 years expierence in working as a consulting Creative Director for a variety of international clients in the fields of advertising, film and TV production. Feel free to discover further information and work samples on his website

Creative Producer: Stefanie Paul

Stefanie PaulShe is responsible for the tasks of organization, film festival representations, budgeting and public relations. So her part of work mainly started with the film's finishing. But, due to her artistic and design experience, she was also working on the look & feel of the film. Stefanie is working as a freelancing Graphic Designer in the areas of Berlin and Stuttgart under the so-called label

Production Company: einscommanull

Felix Novo De Oliveira and Mathias Prause

Directors of Photography: Felix Novo De Oliveira & Mathias Prause
Music Composer: Steffen Greisiger
Conductor: Bernd Wefelmeyer
Orchestration: The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg
Audio Engineering & Mix: Christian Ottow
Music Consultant: Ulrich Reuter

Tino Schwanemann and crew

We would also like to thank:

Dijongo Zaire, Dr. Carola Stern, Richard "Moby" Hall, Dr. Artur Hofer, Claudia Valet, Britta Lax-Engel, Markus N. Beeko, Carsten Möhle, Thomas Lechner, Frank Brandstetter (Editing Consulting), Daniel Basle (Visual Effects Consulting), Sabine Hirtes, Joachim Genannt, Michael Schott, our supporters of The School for Film and Television (HFF) Potsdam Babelsberg and Film Academy Baden Wurttemberg, Scenic Air Namibia, Pelican Tours, Peter Pfanner & Verena at Timeline Studios Stuttgart, 908 video, as well as Kristian Golder at Kodak.

Tino Schwanemann on location

Film Festivals

Interfilm Berlin, Afrykamera Warsaw, Pan-African Film Festival Cannes, Lucania Film Festival Italy, The Human Rights Film Festival Barcelona, The Long Island Film Festival New York, CinemAmbiente, AfricAvenir & The Namibian Movie Collection, Sleepwalkers Estonia, VideoFilmDays Koblenz, shnit Film Festival Bern & Cape Town, The German-African Movie Night Berlin, EcoVision Festival Italy, Brazil & China, Ischia Film Festival, Curtocircuito Spain, ISFF Detmold, Soundtrack Cologne, Sehsüchte Potsdam, ...

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"(...) Africa Light / Gray Zone looks beautiful. That's probably because I'm just used to seeing a lot of dust and beige when looking at footage taken from Africa. (...) But all the beauty in Africa cannot distract from the problem of industrialization. For Africa, industrialization means getting new technology: trains, paved roads, and barbed wire fences. The technological advances have a downside, however. With more technology, the African culture is becoming diminished. Old customs stop being practiced and traditions start vanishing. On the other hand, new technology can greatly improve the lives of Africans with water filters and medical equipment. It's not a new problem, but for those of us in America it's a hard one to understand. Africa Light / Gray Zone is a short film that explores social, economic and political development in the Third World. It discusses lost identities of African communities, overwhelming progression and related changes in the environment. With an important social message and what looks like some great cinematography, Africa Light / Gray Zone is a very good short documentary."
Allison Higginbotham, It's Just Movies (USA)

"Alles ist erleuchtet. Für seinen Doku-Film Africa Light / Gray Zone legte der deutsche Regisseur Tino Schwanemann die rosarote Touristen-Brille ab und zeigt Namibia mit all seinen Kontrasten. (...) Eine Doku, die nicht beschönigt, berührt und ohne Effekte Geschichten erzählt. Vielleicht ist sie sogar der beste Tourismus-Werbespot, den ein Land sich wünschen kann."
Allgmemeine Zeitung (Windhoek, Namibia)

"Der deutsche Regisseur Tino Schwanemann hat seinen eigenen Erkenntnisprozess von der ersten Blendung zum genaueren Blick in einem Kurzfilm verarbeitet: Africa Light / Gray Zone. Die Hochglanzästhetik von Werbebildern setzt der Regisseur auch zu Anfang seines Films ein, um die touristische Perspektive auf Namibia am Ende zu brechen. (...)"
Der Freitag (Berlin, Germany)

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