/ Heehaw Films
African Witchfinder is our second feature documentary. The project saw the Heehaw crew fly to Namibia for a 3 week shoot, travelling some 8000km around the country and visiting many remote communities along the way.
Still in production, the project synopsis is as follows:
60yr old Berrie is a Namibian pastor, dementia specialist, and charity head. While visiting a remote bush community in 2012 he came across a woman alone in a decrepit mud hut, chained to a post. Accused of being a witch, she had been there for over 20 years. Quickly diagnosing her with dementia, he negotiated her release and began a campaign for the freedom of the mentally ill and to prevent more innocent people from being drugged, chained or murdered. But Berrie is facing a deadly mix of ancient culture, fear, superstition, and a lack of education that reaches across sub-Saharan Africa. With the odds stacked heavily against him, Berrie begins a seemingly impossible journey to raise awareness and fight for change.
Below is our trailer. Watch this space for more updates in 2017!
Further information about the documentary, witchcraft and dementia
There is so much to talk about when it comes to witchcraft in sub Saharan African countries and the links to dementia, as well information about Berrie Holtzhausen, so we created a dedicated website for this documentary. The website also features links to dementia charities, a stills gallery and key credits.