Born in Windhoek, Namibia |
Being openly gay and living in Namibia, Neuville was regularly discriminated against by both family members and the general public. He sought a better life, free of harsh judgment and so he liked the idea of moving to Canada. The Canadian education system was especially appealing and he wanted to further his studies. His experience at George Brown College and the Toronto Film School has been everything he expected. He has grown to love the sense of community here and, because of the city’s diversity; he finds he learns new things every day. Currently Neuville is taking acting and planning to graduate this summer. He is also volunteering at an African HIV/Aids organization in downtown Toronto as a way of giving back to the African community here. Many individuals and organizations helped him when he first arrived and he always remembers that.
Toronto as Home
Neuville loves spending time by Lake Ontario at Budapest Park, sitting on a bench, writing poetry, working on his autobiography, and producing scripts for stage and screen. This is where he feels most at home in the city, a place that reminds him of the Namibian coastal town of Swakopmund – a place he often visited when he lived there. There is so much freedom in the water but he says he doesn’t see it in many people and he wishes others could understand freedom the way he does. He says that it is not necessarily breaking free of the prison’s chains, but letting one’s mind move freely like the wind.
Connection with the Past
Neuville is holding a picture of his aunt who, he says, means the world to him.
“She is the person with a voice echoing in my head, with personal and professional advice.”
While attending school in the city and without his mother being there, he found a surrogate parent in his aunt and she treated him like one of her own. He would like to thank her for the amazing friendship, and the constant texting and calls that remind him of the past and of where he came from.