With APA being one of the main sponsors together with National Research Foundation (NRF) , the Stalore Film Production is to produce a short (~6 minute) full-dome planetarium show about African Starlore, featuring various cultures and languages of southern Africa. The plan is to release a ‘flat’ 2D version of the fulldome film to be playable on all standard screens. In addition to local planetaria, this film will be distributed free of charge to the network of 4250 planetaria worldwide to celebrate our African Astronomy heritage on a global stage and to develop a global sense of Ubuntu: we are all under one sky.
This project has a massive potential impact considering that each year over 140 million people visit the 4,250 planetaria of the world. Furthermore, by ensuring that mobile planetaria across South Africa are able to show our film and the potential of additional translations beyond this project, we can expand our reach to even more diverse and remote audiences.
The film will be largely (>60%) animated and will include multiple stories based on traditional Khoi and San starlore. An example of one such story is a potential fulldome version of ‘Moon’s Message’, produced by the SAAO and African Tongue (see English version here: https://youtu.be/ciLoIwznC6Q). "Moon's Message" is one of three African Starlore animations recently completed by the SAAO and African Tongue. The animations are currently provided in four languages: Khoekhoegowab, isiXhosa, Afrikaans and English with hopes to expand these offerings in the future into additional national and minority languages. The project will be released at the end of May 2021.