In the midst of a profound mental health crisis, a groundbreaking concept named KIZE emerges, symbolizing the unyielding resilience of the human spirit. KIZE is a phoenix, born from the ashes of adversity, a powerful testament to the inner strength that resides within us all. This film delves deep into the intricate duality of identity, using KIZE as a unique lens to explore this profound theme. It reminds us that even in our darkest moments, we are never truly alone, always connected to our higher selves.
Vicky Sheelongo is a Namibian multidisciplinary artist with a distinctive style that oscillates between photography, creative direction, and filmmaking. She began her journey as a film student, but her interest in photography was cultivated by cinematography. Through her explorations, she found her voice and merged her distinctive aesthetic with compelling concepts to portray stories through art. Her love for Africa is at the forefront of her work, and she sees the African continent as her canvas, using her creativity to celebrate, evoke, empower, inspire, and heal. Her work has been recognized internationally, including being featured in the Guinness World Records Art Book as 1/100 Women Artists Around the world by the Zee Arts Gallery in the UAE.
In a world where the shadows of mental health grow ever darker, I have given birth to a concept—a beacon of hope, a celebration of resilience—known as KIZE. This visual debut transcends mere cinema; it is a vibrant tapestry woven from the intricate threads of the human spirit. It extends an earnest invitation to honor life’s profound journey and the unyielding yearning of the soul for recognition.
Amidst the surging tide of mental health challenges, KIZE emerges as an homage to the unwavering spirit of humanity. It pays homage to those valiant souls who have waged battles against the invisible monsters within and to those who have mourned the loss of beloved ones to this relentless adversary. KIZE serves as the phoenix rising from the ashes—a living testament to the inner strength within us all—and a poignant reminder that, even in our darkest hours, we are never alone, forever connected to our higher selves