Sophia’s Homecoming

Director: Richard Pakleppa
Country: Namibia
Year: 1997
Running Time: 26 min
Language: Nama with English subtitles

Sophia’s Homecoming reminds us that the devastating personal effects of the massive social dislocations caused by apartheid can never be erased. Sophia, like so many other women, becomes a self-reliant provider for her family, working as a domestic for a white family in Windhoek for 12 years. When her husband Naftali finally finds a job, she returns home with the dream of resuming her former family life. She quickly discovers that during her absence her sister Selna has replaced her in the affections of her children – and her husband.