Personality Profile: Who is this?

Personality Profile: Who is this?

Name
Lomboleni Oshosheni Hiveluah but I just use Oshosheni Hiveluah

Occupation
Filmmaker and writer

Place of Origin
I am not sure how to answer this, Namibia? This is a tricky question? I am from the Owambo tribe.

Education
DHPS both primary and secondary school; City Varsity in Multimedia and Design;
former Polytechnic of Namibia now NUST in Advanced TV and Documentary -just to clarify this was a special one-time course introduced for a year with cooperation of American Cultural Center/American Embassy and the Media Department at the then Polytechnic.

Place of Residence
Windhoek

What one word would you use to describe yourself?
Imaginative

What made you pick the clothes you are wearing today?
Tried to look as honest and trustworthy as possible because I went to the bank. I even did a complicated up do with my locks [dreadlocks]. It didn’t help. Next time I will just have my locks hang down all over my face and wear my army jacket and pan-African earrings because, really, you just got to be who you are and do you.

Who inspired you to pursue your dream of filmmaking?
There are so many people who inspired me, people I saw living their best artistic lives. But I guess mostly it was a matter of trying many things and feeling like: ‘It’s okay, but that’s not quite it’ and then I realised film is what I loved and I had so many other elements within it I enjoyed like music, fashion, writing and technology. But mostly producers and people I worked with early on who gave me a chance and their money [smiling] to make my first films, and gave me advise on the techniques and understanding the aesthetics of the art.

Who had the greatest influence on you during your childhood?
My mum, I guess. I had always wanted to be in instances soft-spoken but also tough and be heard. So, I think she influenced that tremendously.

Who is your celebrity crush?
Oh my, it changes all the time. At the moment, it is Alfred Enoch. He grew a beard and he just looks gorgeous.

What do you like to watch on TV?
I don’t have a TV, as I like to have control over what I watch and expose myself to. But movies top for me and I like the Travel and Discovery channels.

What is you favourite music?
Hip-hop, but old school though. I haven’t caught up to these new guys out there now. I feel the lyricism back then and on the underground scene are much better than the stuff that they put on TV, but people like it, so hey… I like guys like Camp Lo, Dilated Peoples, People Under the Stairs, Pharoahe Monch, Gang Starr, Rah Digga, Digable Planets. That’s the hip-hop I grew up on. I also like soul, gospel, and rap. I like African sounds like Yossou N’dour, Angelique Kidjo, and Miriam Makeba. Salif Keita is amazing and also Fela Kuti and Khadja Nin, musicians like Morcheeba and Aṣa.

Whom do you love more: your parents, friends, spouse, kids, siblings, or yourself?
I had to learn to love equally but differently so the type of love I have for my parents is not the same as, for example, for a lover. But I try to show those around me that I care and I love them, even when my schedule gets super crazy and I don’t reply to text messages or contact people for over three months [gasps].

What kind of child were you – what are your most cherished childhood memories?
I generally have a rather quiet and brooding air about me, but I had a great childhood in the former GDR. I had tons of people to play with in a huge estate backyard and I think for a kid to have the freedom to play but also have routine can really instil values that carry you through into adulthood. Best memory is probably during winter sledge riding in the snow down this hill, it was crazy fun.

How did you meet your spouse/partner?
At a film festival where one of my films was being screened and actually won an award that year [smiles].

When have you been most satisfied and proudest in your life and/or career?
I think there are different moments where I felt like “wow, really, they awarded my film… they want me to come talk on their panel,” – and these are huge film platforms, you know. Yet I kind of don’t feel I am there yet, but if I had to mention one I really enjoyed it is the Africa First Program I did in 2011, where we – me and four other filmmakers of African descent – went to New York and developed our short films at Focus Features. It was also my first time in the city at that time and it was just so exciting. I learnt so much about structuring my creative process and having people who curate programmes and have won numerous awards sit down and listen to my idea and give me advice and make recommendations. It was priceless.

If you could be or do anything else – what would it be?
If not another form of artist, like a sculptor, then I would choose environmental biologist. I love nature but that doesn’t mean I love camping and bugs and mosquitoes but I love seeing natural beauty and wonders like waterfalls, caves, rainforests, the amazing creations of God.

How would you like the Namibian society (and the world) to remember you?
For telling cool stories. I really can’t promise to drastically change the world, like save all the orphans and put them through school. I have this one talent so I am going to milk it for all it’s worth. I just want to tell stories that are interesting, hopefully move people, make them laugh and cry and forget their troubles and live in another world for that hour-and-a-half. If it uplifts, inspires and encourages them, then even better and sometimes it’s important when you have the platform to use it to address important social, moral and political issues in your society.

What things do you not like to do or do not take well to?
I hate sitting in an office for longer than a week, I get really lethargic, tired and bored, so I like the fact that I do auditions and work in studios to change things up. I also hate doing financial recons for the film productions I do – trying to reconcile thousands of dollars of fuel and credit and catering is definitely not a party. I have much respect for people who do this. Oh, and attending workshops and conferences where they talk the entire day with no practical exercises in between… kill me now, I just get so distracted, not for me.

Do you believe in life after death? Good and evil? God? Are you a spiritual person?
Yes, I am super spiritual, I believe in God, Jesus Christ. I think if we are honest with ourselves we all know there is something beyond this earthly life, our spirit man knows this. And I just don’t want any surprises so I am going the Jesus route because my heart accepts it as the truth and I have had encounters too strange for me to believe there is nothing more, so I know there is a greater power here.

What is the one thing about you few people know?
I am an aspiring novelist [laughs] and hobby painter.

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