Nuh-Mi-Bee-Uhn: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide

Jan 28, 2024 12:00PM—2:00PM


Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine 1342 Congress St Portland, ME 04102

Cost Free

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In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the JCA is thrilled to present a film screening and discussion of Nuh~Mi~Bee~Uhn with film maker Kavena Hambira and his collaborator, Miriam Gleckman-Krut. The film focuses on the twentieth century’s first genocide—the Herero & Nama Genocide, carried out by Germany from 1904-1908 in Hambira’s family’s native Namibia. Hambira and Gleckman-Krut will discuss the parallels between the German colonial genocide and the Nazi Holocaust, as well as efforts towards solidarity and reparations. The event is free and open to the public. Bagels and lox from Rose Foods will be served.

About Nuh~Mi~Bee~Uhn: In September 2017, at a luncheon with African leaders during the U.N. General Assembly, the president of the United States repeatedly used the term ‘Nambia’ to describe a non-existent country. Although dismissed as another one of his innocuous gaffes, Trump’s microaggressions were interpreted as another form of erasure and perpetuated racial hierarchies, particularly by those most affected. Feeling profoundly alienated by these events and exhausted by the political climate in the US, Kavena returns to his country of origin armed with both frustration and a camera. His journey takes him to the rural north, the Namib Desert, and the city of Windhoek, his hometown. Here he hopes to rediscover the collective and individual histories that color his cultural identity as a Nuh-Mi-Bi-Uhn.

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Kavena Hambira, MFA (he/ him)

With his work grounded in documentary filmmaking, Hambira seeks to connect nodes of history that tell a story of shared resilience and invention despite ongoing colonial and racial oppression. While his earlier work documented families impacted by police violence, his current work focuses on the twentieth century’s first genocide—the Herero and Nama Genocide, carried out by Germany in 1904-1908 in his family’s native Namibia. Engaging textiles and traditional costumes alongside documentary film, Hambira bridged geography and time to describe the indelible and far-reaching impacts of the genocide and the ongoing struggle for reparations and reconciliation. Kavena holds an master’s in fine art (MFA) from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently an adjunct faculty at California State University Stanislaus.

Miriam Gleckman-Krut (she/her)

Miriam Gleckman-Krut is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Michigan. She works at the intersection of the sociologies of sexuality, race, statecraft, and law, with substantive interests in colonial and postcolonial histories, migration, epistemology, and violence. Her dissertation, “The Rainbow Nation and the Gays it Excludes,” analyzes South Africa’s provision of refugee status for people fleeing persecution related to sexual orientation. She and Hambira collaborate on written and cinematographic work that thinks across Germany’s twentieth century genocides. An unknown number of Miriam’s family were killed in the Holocaust.

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