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Fife | Sun 8 Mar | 6.15pm | Adults £4 under 18s £2 | Dreel Hall, Anstruther

Inverness | Sun 8 Mar | 1.15pm | All Tickets pre-5.00pm £7.00 / Adults (over 18) £8.00 / Adult Concession £7.50 / Under 18s & Student | Eden Court - Inverness | Book Now

Inverness | Tue 10 Mar | 10am | SCHOOLS SCREENING | Eden Court - Inverness | Book Now

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Country: South Africa

Roberta Durrant | South Africa 2013 | 1h37m | PG

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Felix

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13-year-old Felix Xaba dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, but his mother Lindiwe thinks jazz is the devil’s music. When Felix leaves his township friends to take up a scholarship at an elitist private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father’s old band to help him prepare for the school jazz concert. Felix is a family-friendly film of a deeply moving story about perseverance in pursuing dreams and developing one’s talent.

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Inverness | Wed 11 Mar | 6pm | All Tickets pre-5.00pm £7.00 / Adults (over 18) £8.00 / Adult Concession £7.50 / Under 18s & Student | Eden Court - Inverness | Book Now

Dundee | Mon 13 Apr | Dundee Contemporary Arts

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Chai Vasarhelyi | Senegal 2013 | Wolof and French with English subtitles | Feature documentary | 83mins

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Touba

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With unprecedented access, Touba reveals a different face of Islam, one which is so essential to these divisive times. The film chronicles the annual Grand Magaal pilgrimage of one million Sufi Muslims to the holy Senegalese city of Touba. One of the rare films still shot on celluloid film, its breath-takingly vivid cinematography by Scott Duncan and integrated soundtrack elevates it to the level of a humanist film poem. This dynamic and immersive observational film takes us inside the Mouride Brotherhood-one of West Africa's most elusive organizations and one of the world's largest Sufi communities. The pilgrims travel from all over the world to pay homage to the life and teachings of Cheikh Amadou Bamba. His non-violent resistance to the French colonial persecution of Muslims in the late 19th century inspired a national movement and doctrine. Until this day, freedom of religious expression through pacifism is still practiced by millions of his followers. These are lessons the world can learn.

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Cromarty | Thu 12 Mar | 7pm | Free and non-ticketed | The Stables - Cromarty

Inverness | Wed 29 Apr | 8pm | All Tickets pre-5.00pm £7.00 / Adults (over 18) £8.00 / Adult Concession £7.50 / Under 18s & Student | Eden Court - Inverness

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Country: South Africa

Scottnes L. Smith | South Africa 2014 | 1h30m | 15

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Hear Me Move

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The endearing and highly entertaining Hear Me Move tells the story of Muzi, the son of an amazing pantsula dancer, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery in order to learn the truth about his father’s death and come to terms with his own identity. But will Muzi embrace his destiny and become the man he is meant to be? Hear Me Move is an exciting new South African feature film, creating a local challenge to a genre that includes such well-loved films as Fame and Step Up. 

 

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Cromarty | Fri 13 Mar | 7pm | Free and non-ticketed | Resolis Hall - Cromarty

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Country: Ethiopia

Zeresenay Mehari | Ethiopia 2014 | 1h39m | Amharic with English subtitles | 15

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Difret

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Three hours outside of Addis Ababa, a bright 14-year-old girl is on her way home from school when men on horses swoop in and kidnap her. The brave Hirut grabs a rifle and tries to escape, but ends up shooting her would-be husband. In her village, the practice of abduction into marriage is common and one of Ethiopia’s oldest traditions. Meaza Ashenafi, an empowered and tenacious young lawyer, arrives from the city to represent Hirut and argue that she acted in self-defense. Meaza boldly embarks on a collision course between enforcing civil authority and abiding by customary law, risking the ongoing work of her women’s legal-aid practice to save Hirut’s life.

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Inverness | Thu 19 Mar | 6.15pm | All Tickets pre-5.00pm £7.00 / Adults (over 18) £8.00 / Adult Concession £7.50 / Under 18s & Student | Eden Court - Inverness | Book Now

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Country: South Africa

Lionel Rogosin | South Africa/USA 1959 | 1h35m | 15

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Come Back, Africa

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After witnessing first hand the terrors of fascism as a soldier in World War II, director Lionel Rogosin vowed to fight against it wherever and whenever he saw its threats re-emerging. In an effort to expose “what people try to avoid seeing”, Rogosin travelled to apartheid-struck South Africa and secretly filmed Come Back, Africa, which revealed the cruelty and injustice with which black South Africans were treated. A jarring view of a largely concealed environment of injustice, Come Back, Africa honestly and sincerely captures images of the faces of a people oppressed.

 

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Inverness | Wed 25 Mar | 8pm | All Tickets pre-5.00pm £7.00 / Adults (over 18) £8.00 / Adult Concession £7.50 / Under 18s & Student | Eden Court - Inverness | Book Now

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Country: South Africa

Ian Gabriel | South Africa 2014 | 2h | English, Cape Afrikaans, Tsotsitaal & Sabela with English subtitles | 15

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Four Corners

Ricardo Jezriel Skei considers a challenge on the four corners of his chessboard

Cape Town today – home to South Africa’s toughest maximum security prison – Pollsmoor. When Farakhan, a general in one of the century-old Numbers Gangs, is released after 13 years, he wants a quiet life and a ‘river of peace’. But he finds himself in a world more violent than when he left it. Now ruthless street gangs control the ghetto streets, crack and guns are sold openly, and young boys are disappearing, victims of a serial killer. In this turbulent world, Farakhan seeks to make contact with his son, whom he has never known. Four Corners is a high-octane, multi-thread, coming-of-age crime drama set in a unique and volatile South African subculture. At times raw and violent, at times touching and true, the four lives of the characters Farakhan, Leila, Tito and Gasant converge around the boy Ricardo, weaving universal themes of love, loss, kinship, betrayal and redemption.

 

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Aberfeldy | Sat 4 Apr | 8.30pm | Birks Cinema - Aberfeldy

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Country: Egypt

Hind Maddeb | France/Egypt 2013 | 1h17m | Arabic with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

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Electro Chaabi

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While Egypt has traditionally been the beating heart of classical Arabic music, a new underground craze is taking over the Arab world’s most populous nation: Electro Chaabi. Inspired by the music played at street parties and weddings, this new populist dance form combines a punk spirit with a hip-hop attitude, set against a furious cascade of drums, bass and electronic vocals. While the beats are designed to get your feet moving, the lyrics, often laced with revolutionary fervour, offer insights into the mindset of today’s restless Egyptian youth.

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Aberfeldy | Wed 8 Apr | 8.30pm | Birks Cinema - Aberfeldy

Inverness | Wed 8 Apr | 8pm | All Tickets pre-5.00pm £7.00 / Adults (over 18) £8.00 / Adult Concession £7.50 / Under 18s & Student | Eden Court - Inverness

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Country: South Africa

Spoek Mathambo & Lebogang Rasethaba | South Africa 2014 | 1h38m | Documentary | 15

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Future Sound of Mzansi

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Directed by performance artist Spoek Mathambo and filmmaker Lebogang Rasethaba, this documentary aims to explore, express, and interrogate South Africa’s cultural landscape through the vehicle of electronic music. The film engages with a potent range of pioneers sculpting the sounds of things to come. We swim in the sounds of deep house, glitch hop, sghubu sapitori, durban qhum, dubstep and shangaan electro. In a country still steeped in poverty, crime and injustice, young South Africans party like their lives depend on it. The groove is thick and infectious and the future looks blindingly beautiful.

 

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Inverness | Wed 15 Apr | 8.15pm | Eden Court - Inverness

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Country: Tanzania

Noaz Deshe | Tanzania/Germany 2013 | 1h57m | Swahili with English subtitles | 15

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White Shadow

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Since 2007 it has become known that albinos in Tanzania, Congo and Kenya have become a commodity – human targets of a lucrative and sinister trade. Witch doctors offer thousands of dollars for albino body parts that are believed to bring good fortune, prosperity and the ability to cure any illness. White Shadow follows the story of Alias, a young albino boy, on the run. After witnessing his father’s murder, his mother sends him away to find refuge in the city, but he soon discovers that wherever he travels the same rules of survival apply. This thought-provoking and beautiful film addresses a little-known topic in a luminous and poignant way.

This screening is held in collaboration with Aya Distribution. 

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Inverness | Mon 27 Apr | 6.15pm | All Tickets pre-5.00pm £7.00 / Adults (over 18) £8.00 / Adult Concession £7.50 / Under 18s & Student | Eden Court - Inverness

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Country: South Africa

Meg Rickards | South Africa 2013 | 96m | Documentary | 15

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1994: The Bloody Miracle

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As South Africa celebrates its 20th anniversary of the advent of democracy in 1994, it’s difficult to believe the ‘Mandela miracle’ nearly didn’t happen. In an orgy of countrywide violence, some were intent on derailing the first free elections. Now, for the first time, those responsible for countless deaths and widespread mayhem explain how they nearly brought South Africa to its knees. 1994: The Bloody Miracle is a chilling look at what these hard men did to thwart democracy, and at how they have now made an uneasy peace with the ‘Rainbow Nation’ in their own different ways.

We are delighted to have director Meg Rickards present who will join us in discussion following this screening.

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