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Life 8 - Trawler Girl

Johanna is Namibia's first female trawler captain. She trained with the Namibian Maritime Fisheries Institute and became skipper after eight years service as an officer and chief mate. Now in command of a crew of 23, she finds that men are not used to a woman at the wheel. Namibia signed up to the Millennium Development Goals that aim to cut poverty by half in 2015. These goals include specific targets for women on education, reproductive health and equality. Johanna is an example of targets fulfilled--but what about her friends and relatives back home?

'There is a continuous challenge of trying to strike a balance in the film: being a woman in a man's world, being a professional and leader at work and being an ordinary woman back home with no title or recognition of being a leader. There are internal dilemmas that happen in daily life to all, in this case, being a mother and being a successful career woman. Johanna brings a message of hope to many, a message that needs to be heard. Life is a challenge but those challenges need to be taken head on by both males and females. The film is good teaching material and is likely to motivate youngsters who would see Johanna as their role model.' Teboho Moja, Clinical Professor of Higher Education, New York University


Main credits

Akwaake, Abius (Director)
Bradshaw, Steve (Narrator)

Other credits

Music, Ndasuunje Papa, Shikengeni, Audio Network; camera, Nathan Levine-Heaney; editors, Mike-Steve Adeleye, Edward Radford.

Docuseek2 subjects

Distributor subjects

African Studies
Developing World
Gender Studies
Labor and Work Issues
Millennium Development Goals
Women's Studies


female trawler captain, Namibia, goals for women, millennium development goals, MDGs, Namibian Maritime Fisheries Institute, cutting poverty in half, women, education, reproductive health, equality; "Trawler Girl"; Bullfrog Films; :"Life 8"

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