Taste of Rain

  • Taste of Rain
Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2012
Format : Feature
Running time : 83 (in minutes)

This debut feature from Namibian documentary filmmaker Richard Pakleppa is a tense journey through the dark night of the soul. Rachel and Tomas once lived a happy and prosperous life on their farm in Namibia but, after to the death of their daughter and years of relentless drought, farm life has become difficult and depressing. After Tomas leaves for a few weeks to take the goats to the river, Ray arrives, courtesy of the government's drought relief programme. Ray and Rachel fall in love but their relationship is doomed by ghosts of the past. TASTE OF RAIN is a devastating story of a woman destroyed by drought and emptiness.

A film by Richard Pakleppa

Feature, South Africa/ Namibia/Germany 2012, English, Afrikaans and
Khoekhoe with English subtitles, Blu-ray, 83 min

Nicola Hanekom (Rachel), Pope Jerrod (Ray), Grant Swanby (Tomas)

Writer & Director
Richard Pakleppa

Bridget Pickering
Oliver Stoltz
Richard Pakleppa

Director of Photography
Matthys Mocke

Catherine Meyburgh

Production Designer
Angela Halle

Original Music
Braam du Toit

Re-recording Mixer
Jörg Höhne

Associate Producers
Wekas Gaba
Daniela Ramin
Bernd Curshmann
Frank Myburgh
Kai Pecht
Rafael Scriba
Jean Luc van Damme

Digital Intermediate
Das Kombinat Berlin

Sound Post Production
Studio Mitte Berlin

Produced by
Luna Films/ South Africa
On Land Productions/ Namibia
Dreamer Joint Venture / Germany

Supported by
Fonds Images Afriques (France)

Rachel > Nicola Hanekom
Ray > Pope Jerrod
Tomas > Grant Swanby
Lena > Frieda Byl
Shaanika > David Ndjavera
Dancer > Tuli Shityuwete
Tuii > Sara Gomez

Country: South Africa, Namibia, Germany
Year: 2012
Run Time: 83 min. 0 sec.
Print Source (Durban 2012): Bridget Pickering

Production Notes:
TASTE OF RAIN was shot in Namibia between September 2010 to October 2010 for five weeks. The cast and crew traveled over 1200km to shoot in desolate but awe inspiring landscapes of southern Namibia. The production used three main locations - starting at Kameelhof where most of the farm sequences were shot, Koimasis for landscapes and Luderitz for town scenes. The cast and crew of twenty-seven lived on location using the accommodation and lodges around the area. The main cast were South African based actors but the supporting cast were selected from local community. LENA was cast from the local community of Maltahoe.

2012 | Namibia Film Week
* Opening film: 13 nov 2012
* Namibian Premiere

2012 | 33rd Durban International Film Festival | 19 > 29 July 2012
* World Premiere
* Filmmaker in attendance
* Screening: 24th Jul / 6:00 PM / Suncoast Cinema / Suncoast A
* Screening: 27th Jul / 8:15 PM / Ster Kinekor Musgrave / Musgrave B


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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