Namibia goes ‘Beyond’ for Jolie movie

Phillips-helmed pic begins lensing for a month

SWAKOPMUND, Namibia — The vast semidesert of the southwest African country of Namibia will be a setting for Angelina Jolie starrer “Beyond Borders,” the latest offering from producer Lloyd Phillips (“Vertical Limit”).

Shooting began this week near the western coastal town of Swakopmund and will last for a month.

Movie is directed by Martin Campbell (“The Mask of Zorro”), and co-stars Clive Owen and Noah Emmerich.

On the move

“Beyond Borders” tracks the relationship between aid workers Sarah (Jolie) and Nick (Owen) in refugee camps in Cambodia, Chechnya and Ethiopia.

Due to logistical and security problems in Ethiopia, Phillips and Campbell decided to film the scenes in Namibia. Around 2,000 Namibians have been hired as extras and a further 250 as crew.

Last year, Jennifer Lopez starrer “The Cell” was filmed in Namibia.

Phillips was last in the country to produce the kids film “Running Free.”

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