Africa in Motion

Vroegherfs
mara menses portrait
Chema Ben Chaabene in My Shoes by Anis Lassoued
Photo 3 Emilie
28th October
to
6th November
2016
FF2015 RodZegwiDanPikan2
WS pic 4 1
Zebu 1
RSBH
WeddingRing 01
Photo 4 Into Us

Showings

|

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 8pm | Free entry
Flying Duck

Glasgow | Wed 2 Nov | 7pm | Free entry
The Rum Shack

Edinburgh | Wed 2 Nov | 6pm | Free entry
The Biscuit Factory

Glasgow | Fri 4 Nov | 8pm | £5
Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA) | Book Now


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Reviving Scotland's Black History

RSBH

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this year Africa in Motion Film Festival and the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) worked in partnership to develop a young programmers project entitled ‘Reviving Scotland’s Black History’. We brought together five young aspiring film programmers from different backgrounds to take part in lectures, walking tours, site visits and seminars exploring black heritage in Scotland and the UK. Through this project they discovered Scotland’s links to slavery, through for example Glasgow’s architecture, learnt about the various race riots that have taken place in Scotland from 1916 onwards as well as about Scottish activism against racism.

From the knowledge they acquired the young programmers were then tasked with programming four events taking place during Africa in Motion Film Festival and Black History Month. These screenings and events are inspired by what they learnt, combined with their own life experiences and passions.

Showings

Edinburgh | Fri 28 Oct | 12pm to 6pm | Free entry
Chrystal MacMillan Building | Book Now


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Havana-Dakar 1966: Capitals of an artistic and political revolution

Castro+Neto in motorcade

This symposium will discuss the cultural links established within internationalist networks of solidarity, in the 1960s, in connection with the 50th anniversaries of the Tricontinental Conference in Havana, Cuba, and the 1966 World Festival of Negro Arts, in Dakar, Senegal. The symposium will show how these two moments (and movements) – Tricontinentalism and Pan-Africanism – in the then-called Third World countries, led to an enduring dialogue that promoted decolonization and emancipation for African nations in the following decades.

12-1pm: Jihan El-Tahri, renowned Egyptian film director of Cuba, an African Odyssey (screening on Sat 29 Oct at Filmhouse), Behind the Rainbow and other documentaries, special guest at Africa in Motion 2016, will open the symposium with a discussion on her career and of African cinema.
1-2pm: Lunch
2-3pm: Professor David Murphy (University of Stirling) will discuss the Pan-African cultural festivals of the 1960s as some of the most significant manifestations of the desire to forge transnational forms of postcolonial solidarity. In particular, he will examine the First World Festival of Negro Arts (Dakar 1966) and its representation on film, including discussion of landmark documentaries by African American filmmaker William Greaves and the Soviet directors, Venzher and Makhnatch.
3-4pm: Dr Raquel Ribeiro (University of Edinburgh) will present on the cultural reverberations of the Havana Tricontinental Conference from Cuba to Lusophone Africa, discussing how issues of emancipation and decolonization were perceived and adopted in Africa, Asia and Latin America, especially in film (selected sections from documentaries by José Massip and Santiago Álvarez will be screened).

4-6pm: Screening Room G.04, 50 George Square: The symposium will be followed by screenings of two important but rarely seen documentaries about the Dakar festival: The First World Festival of Negro Arts by celebrated African American filmmaker, William Greaves, and African Rhythms by the Soviet directors, Irina Venzher and Leonid Makhnatch. Stunning evocations of this landmark event, the films also reveal the complex Cold War politics surrounding the festival with both the United States and the Soviet Union striving to present themselves as Africa’s ally.

Supported by CAS (Centre for African Studies) and LLC (School of Literatures Languages and Cultures) at the University of Edinburgh, and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling.

Showings

Edinburgh | Fri 28 Oct | 8:30pm
Filmhouse | Book Now

Details

Country: Niger/Burkina Faso/France

Rahmatou Keïta | Niger/Burkina Faso/France 2016 | 1h36m | Songhoy/Zarma/Hausa/ Fulani with English subtitles | 15

» View Trailer


Like this? You may also like:
Africa in Motion Opening Reception

Direct Link

Zin’naariyâ! (The Wedding Ring)

WeddingRing 01

Tiyaa, a student and member of a prestigious aristocratic family, is back home to the Sultanate of Damagaram, in Niger, for the winter holidays. She is expecting the young man she met while studying in France, also from an important family not far from Damagaram, to make a formal proposal of marriage, but the handsome suitor is slow to come…

This vibrant and beautiful female-led story touches upon themes of love, longing, sensuality, marriage and community. The Wedding Ring, Rahmatou Keïta's second feature, pays homage to the fading customs of the Songhay people in Niger, documenting their ways of life and cultural traditions in order to preserve their memory for generations to come.

We are delighted to welcome Rahmatou Keïta to Africa in Motion to take part in a Q&A following the screening.

Showings

Edinburgh | Fri 28 Oct | 10:30pm to 1am | Free entry
Filmhouse


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Africa in Motion Opening Reception

Omar Affif

Following the opening screening of The Wedding Ring everyone is warmly invited to celebrate AiM’s 11th opening in Filmhouse Cafe Bar. Join us for an evening filled with North African beats with Moroccan musician Omar Afif, accompanied with wine and African snacks as we warm up a chilly October evening with the vibrancy of African culture.

Showings

Glasgow | Fri 28 Oct - Mon 14 Nov | Free entry
The Project Cafe

Edinburgh | Fri 28 Oct - Sun 6 Nov | Free entry
Filmhouse

Direct Link

Photography Exhibition: African Cinema Behind the Scenes

FM1A3172

Our exhibition this year consists of a unique collection of photographs revealing the world of filmmaking behind the scenes - catching those unguarded moments within the production and post-production stages, on and off the film set. African Cinema Behind the Scenes captures the often unseen journey of cinema from story development to location scouting, to rehearsals and seeing stars, crew and directors at work! The images included in this exhibition are all photographs taken from films included in our 2016 festival programme.

Showings

Edinburgh | Sat 29 Oct | 12pm | £3 per person (tickets available from Filmhouse box office)
Filmhouse | Book Now


Like this? You may also like:
Zarafa

Direct Link

African Storytelling

mara menses portrait

Join in with this interactive and engaging storytelling session with Mara the storyteller and her exciting animal stories from across Africa. A perfect opportunity to let your imaginations run wild, practice your roars and meet other cheeky monkeys! Then stay on for our screening of Zarafa at 1.15pm at Filmhouse. 

Showings

Edinburgh | Sat 29 Oct | 1:15pm
Filmhouse | Book Now

Edinburgh | Sun 30 Oct | 12pm | Free entry
The Fisherrow Centre

Details

Country: France

Remi Bezancon and Jean-Christophe Lie | France 2015 | 1h20m | Animation | U

» View Trailer


Like this? You may also like:
African Storytelling

Direct Link

Zarafa

Zarafa3

Under a baobab tree, an old man tells the story of the unusual friendship between Maki, an escaped Sudanese slave, and Zarafa, an orphaned giraffe, who was sent as a gift from the Pasha of Egypt to the King of France. The story begins with Hassan, the Prince of the Desert, who is instructed by the Pasha to deliver Zarafa to France. But as fate brings Maki and Zarafa together, Maki will stop at nothing to prevent Hassan from completing his mission, as he has to fulfil the promise he made to Zarafa’s mother - to protect him and return him to his native land. On their great adventure they pass the snow-capped Alps, cross paths with aviators, pirates and a pair of unusual cows, as Maki and Zarafa forge an unbreakable friendship.

Showings

Edinburgh | Sat 29 Oct | 5:55pm
Filmhouse | Book Now

Details

Country: Egypt/South Africa/France

Jihan El-Tahri | Egypt/South Africa/France 2015 | 1h37m | Arabic/Russian/English with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

» View Trailer


Like this? You may also like:
Cuba, an African Odyssey Part 1

Direct Link

Egypt’s Modern Pharaohs: Nasser

Nasser Crowd Bibalex

Filmmaker Jihan El-Tahri explores the history of Gamal Abdel Nasser, the revolutionary army officer whose decade-long reign as president of Egypt saw him defy the West during the 1956 Suez Crisis, co-found the international Non-Aligned Movement, and suffer a dramatic defeat to Israel in the Six-Day War. This complicated legacy is often overlooked in the West and is yet vital to understanding the modern Middle East.
Jihan El-Tahri, who will be present at the screening, is an award-winning Egyptian filmmaker with a long track record of documenting her homeland. Nasser is the first instalment of her trilogy on ‘Egypt's Modern Pharaohs’, which also includes films on Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak. Nasser takes the spectators on a journey into the heart of Egypt’s rich modern history. Through specific events we get to know how and why the very structures laid by President Nasser remain intact to our day and how they made Egypt’s 2011 Revolution became inevitable.


The screening will be followed by Q&A with director Jihan El-Tahri.

Supported by CAS (Centre for African Studies), LLC (School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures), University of Edinburgh.

Showings

Edinburgh | Sat 29 Oct | 8:40pm
Filmhouse | Book Now

Details

Country: Cuba/Egypt/South Africa/France

Jihan El-Tahri | Cuba/Egypt/South Africa/France 2007 | 58m | French/Portuguese/Russian/Spanish/English with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

» View Trailer


Like this? You may also like:
They Are We

Direct Link

Cuba, an African Odyssey Part 1

Castro+Neto in motorcade 1

From Che Guevara's military campaign to avenge Lumumba in the Congo up to the fall of apartheid in South Africa, 300,000 Cubans fought alongside African revolutionaries. Cuba, an African Odyssey is the previously untold story of Cuba's support for African revolutions, one of the Cold War's most vigorous contests over resources and ideology.

The screening will be followed by Q&A with director Jihan El-Tahri.

Supported by CAS (Centre for African Studies), LLC (School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures), University of Edinburgh.

Showings

Glasgow | Sat 29 Oct | 7pm | Free entry
Thomas Coats Memorial Church

Edinburgh | Thu 3 Nov | 4pm | Free entry
Edinburgh College of Art, Main Lecture Theatre

Glasgow | Sat 5 Nov | 8pm | £5
Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA) | Book Now

Details

Country: South Africa

Nadine Angel Cloete | South Africa 2016 | 1h30m | Afrikaans/English with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:


Like this? You may also like:
Short Film Competition

Direct Link

Action Commandant (Action Kommandant) - UK Premiere

ash kriel

Action Kommandant is the untold story of the South-African anti-apartheid freedom fighter, Ashley Kriel. Known as the ‘Che Guevara’ of Cape Town's notorious Cape Flats, Kriel became an icon of the 1980s youth resistance before being murdered by apartheid police at the age of twenty. Through a mix of animated sequences, previously unreleased archival footage, and intimate testimony from family, comrades, and his closest friends, this captivating biopic offers a necessary confrontation with South Africa’s fraught past that finds particular relevance today as a new generation of young activists - both in South Africa and beyond - demand historical redress.

This film is screening as part of the Documentary Competition. 

Showings

Glasgow | Sat 29 Oct | 11:45am to 10:30pm | Free entry
Thomas Coats Memorial Church


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Pop-Up Festival Renfrewshire

F1000012

This year we are moving outside of the city centre, packing our Nomad Cinema and heading to Paisley. Join us for this one-off day of fun with films, crafts, bake sales, fashion shows, storytelling and many more diverse events for everyone to enjoy. This programme has been curated in collaboration with the people of Paisley, through Pachedu and Create Paisley.

Our pop-up festivals in East Lothian and Paisley are supported by Regional Screen Scotland.

Family Friendly Craft Making
Sat 29 Oct at 11.45am-1.30pm
Free entry

Try your hand at some craft making while biting into a homemade dessert from our bake sale.

Khumba
Anthony Silverston | South Africa | 2013 | 1h25m | U

Sat 29 Oct at 12pm
Free entry

Sarafina!
Darrell Roodt | South Africa 1992 | 1h35m | English/isiZulu with English subtitles | 15

Sat 29 Oct at 3pm
Free entry

African Cafe
Sat 29 Oct at 5-6.45pm
Free Entry

Relax with a few African tasty treats while enjoying the musical stylings of a local band.

Action Kommandant - UK Premiere
Nadine Angel Cloete | South Africa | 2016 | 1h30m | Afrikaans/English with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

Sat 29 Oct at 7pm
Free entry

Open Mic Night
29 Oct at 9-10:30pm
Free entry

Bring your guitar or just bring yourself and show us what you got at our open mic night.

Showings

Glasgow | Sat 29 Oct | 12pm | Free entry
Thomas Coats Memorial Church

Details

Country: South Africa

Anthony Silverston | South Africa | 2013 | 1h25m | U

» View Trailer


Like this? You may also like:
Sarafina!
Zin’naariyâ! (The Wedding Ring)

Direct Link

Khumba

Kba Khumba 040 007

A young zebra, born with only half his stripes, is rejected by his superstitious herd and blamed for a sudden drought affecting the land. Teaming up with a sassy wildebeest and a flamboyant ostrich, Khumba sets out on a daring mission across the desert to find the place where the first zebras got their stripes. Along the way he meets a host of colourful characters, but before he can reunite with his herd, Khumba will have to face an epic battle!

The screening will be followed by African storytelling.

Showings

Glasgow | Sat 29 Oct | 3pm | Free entry
Thomas Coats Memorial Church

Details

Country: South Africa

Darrell Roodt | South Africa 1992 | 1h35m | English/isiZulu with English subtitles | 15

» View Trailer


Like this? You may also like:
Khumba
Zin’naariyâ! (The Wedding Ring)

Direct Link

Sarafina!

F1000001

“Freedom is coming tomorrow!”

In 1976 about 20,000 black students in Soweto organised a protest against the apartheid government’s policy to make Afrikaans the official language in schools, instead of their indigenous languages. When the police and army arrived the peaceful student protesters were met with fierce police brutality, resulting in many students being injured or killed as a result. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the infamous Soweto Uprising.

Through song and dance, this film follows the story of a young, politically charged student named Sarafina who is fighting for freedom against the apartheid regime and becomes an inspiration to her classmates.

The screening will start with a fashion show showcasing traditional African and Scottish dress.

Showings

Edinburgh | Sun 30 Oct | 11:30am to 5:30pm | Free entry
The Fisherrow Centre


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Pop-Up Festival East Lothian

4

This year we decided to branch out from the city centre and spread the AiM festival vibes to the communities bordering Edinburgh city. Our Nomad Cinema will travel for the fi rst time to the coastal town of Musselburgh, bringing with it stories from Sudan, South Africa, Rwanda and Egypt. This programme has been curated in collaboration with the people of East Lothian. Join us for this one off pop-up family fi lm festival with a diverse array of films, storytelling, printmaking and upcycling workshops, African drumming, Kenyan tea and cake and more.


Our pop-up festivals in East Lothian and Paisley are supported by Regional Screen Scotland.

African Storytelling
Sun 30 Oct at 11.30am

Join in with this interactive and engaging storytelling session with Mara the storyteller and her exciting animal stories from across Africa. A perfect opportunity to let your imaginations run wild, practice your roars and meet other cheeky monkeys!

Zarafa - film screening 
Sun 30 Oct at 12pm

African Art Cafe
Sun 30 Oct at 1-4pm (drop-in)

Refuel and relax with some Kenyan chai tea and cake at our pop-up African Art Cafe!

African Printmaking and Upcycling Workshop
Sun 30 Oct at 1.30-2.30pm (drop-in) 

Try out some African printmaking and upcycling with a drop-in craft workshop led by the talented people from the Musselburgh Scrap Store.

North African Drumming Workshop

Sun 30 Oct at 3-3.30pm


Try your hand at drumming with a special workshop led by Moroccan drumming master Omar Afif.

North African Music
Sun 30 Oct at 3.45-4pm

Performance by Gnawa musician Omar Afif. Gnawa music is Morocco’s traditional music using ancient African Islamic spiritual songs and rhythms.

Rising From Ashes - film screening 
Sun 30 Oct at 4pm 

 

Showings

Edinburgh | Sun 30 Oct | 6:20pm
Filmhouse | Book Now

Details

Country: Angola

Mário Bastos | Angola 2015 | 1h50m | Portuguese with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

» View Trailer

Direct Link

Independência (Independence) | UK Premiere

Augusto Loth 1

‘We had one of the longest liberation struggles in Africa, with a war that lasted 13 years. We weren't just a generation of young people with revolutionary ideas. We were ordinary men and women, of several generations, from different regions of Angola and from different walks of life. This is our memory.’

The documentary Independência was born out of the need to preserve the stories of those who played a role in the struggle for an independent Angola. The Angolan War of Independence took place over 13 years (1963-1975) and became the second longest in African history. During the years of armed resistance against the Portuguese colonial rule, many movements rose up, and as political agendas separated, tensions and violence escalated. Native filmmaker Mário Bastos uses archive footage, testimonies and animation to piece together the collective memory of a country’s struggle for freedom from colonial rule.

Supported by the Global Development Academy at the University of Edinburgh.

Showings

Edinburgh | Sun 30 Oct | 7:30pm | £10 in advance or £15 on the door with complimentary glass of prosecco
Bedlam Theatre | Book Now

Details

Country: Nigeria/Scotland

Olumide Fadeyibi | Nigeria/Scotland 2016 | 1h22m | 15


Like this? You may also like:
Nollywood Red Carpet Premiere Double Bill

Direct Link

The Champagne Room

IMG 8380 1

This Scottish/Nigerian co-production by local filmmaker Olumide Fadeyibi combines real life experiences of domestic violence, child abuse, human trafficking, forced marriages, immigration and drug crimes in Glasgow. The Champagne Room follows several interrelated stories from in and around Glasgow. Amongst the stories is Igwe’s, a journalist and political activist seeking political asylum in Glasgow. Unfortunately his case for asylum has been denied, and he now has to decide whether to face fate in his home country or join the men of the underworld in Glasgow for survival.

This event is part of the BFI´s Black Star season, a celebration on the range, versatility and power of black actors on film and television. Black Star provides a meaningful and high-profile platform for audiences to explore a galaxy of black actors. For more information on the Black Star season please go to bfi.org.uk/blackstar

Showings

Edinburgh | Sun 30 Oct | 8:50pm
Filmhouse | Book Now

Details

Country: US

Jeffrey Levy-Hinte | US 2008 | 1h33m | 15 | Documentary

» View Trailer

Direct Link

Soul Power

soul power 9 7753175226 o

Kinshasa, Zaire 1974. James Brown, B.B. King, Miriam Makeba, the Spinners and some of the other most celebrated African and African American music acts of the time came together for a three-day concert preceding the famous Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. This film documents the electrifying event which brought together legendary black and African artists, inspired by the return to their African roots. In the year of the great Muhammad Ali’s death, it is fitting for Africa in Motion to pay tribute to his legacy and connection with Africa.

Plus short

Rythmes et Images: Impressions du Premier Festival Mondial des Arts Negres – Dakar | Virgil Calotescu and C. Ionescu-Tonciu | Senegal 1966 | 20m

“Africa is where art and life merge.” Nearly 50 years ago in Dakar, Senegal, the First Festival of African Art drew crowds from around the globe. This film presents glimpses of this historic meeting, art from throughout the continent, and an overview of the artistic values black culture has given the world. This film is sourced from the Chicago Film Archives.

Both films are supported by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling.

Showings

Edinburgh | Sun 30 Oct | 4pm | Free entry
The Fisherrow Centre

Details

Country: Rwanda

T.C. Johnson | Rwanda/US 2012 | 1h22m | Kinyarwanda/English with English subtitles | 15 | Documentary

» View Trailer

Direct Link

Rising From Ashes

TeamRwanda

In Rwanda, ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’, the bicycle is essential to life. It is how you move. It is how you work. It seems natural, maybe destined, that bike racing has a rich history in Rwanda. Rising From Ashes is a documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.

This screening is part of Pop-Up Festival East Lothian.

Showings

Edinburgh | Sun 30 Oct | 2.30pm
The Fisherrow Centre

Details

Country: South Africa

Miklas Manneke | South Africa 2013 | 26m | Zulu with English subtitles | PG

» View Trailer

Direct Link

KanyeKanye

5

In a township in South Africa, an argument about which apple is better, the red or the green, causes the greatest divide in the town's history. A big white line is drawn through the middle of the town to divide the lovers of green and red apples. The one rule that greens and reds do not mix is broken when Thomas, a boy from the green side of town, falls in love with Thandi, a girl from the red side of town. A colourful parody of segregation, Kanyekanye is a magical take on the new South Africa.

This screening is part of Pop-Up Festival East Lothian

Showings

Glasgow | Sun 30 Oct | 7pm
Glasgow Film Theatre | Book Now

Details

Country: Algeria/Italy

Gillo Pontecorvo | Algeria/Italy 1966 | 2h1m | French/Arabic with English subtitles | 15

» View Trailer

Direct Link

The Battle of Algiers

image7

A celebratory screening marking the 50th anniversary of the release of Gillo Pontecorvo’s seminal work, The Battle of Algiers. Set in the 1950s, the film follows the harrowing reality of Algeria’s post-war struggle for liberation against the French colonial government. The unforgiving representation of the French military’s counterinsurgency tactics led to the film being banned in France, and its portrayal of military strategy warranted a screening at the Pentagon in 2003. 50 years on, it is still an essential piece of filmmaking, not only because of its historical significance and the role the film played in the political landscape at the time, but also because of its unfortunate relevance in contemporary society.

Supported by Alliance Française and the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies.

Showings

Edinburgh | Mon 31 Oct | 8:30pm
Filmhouse

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 7.30pm | Free entry
Glasgow University - Andrew Stewart Cinema

Details

Country: South Africa

Jac Hamman | South Africa 2014 | 2m | Afrikaans with English subtitles | Animation | 15


The films in this programme are:


Like this? You may also like:
Documentary Competition

Direct Link

Vroegherfs (Early Autumn)

Vroegherfs

Based on a poem by the highly acclaimed Afrikaans poet NP Van Wyk Louw, Early Autumn uses the expression of dance to convey the message of the poem. The shedding of frivolity, pretence and naiveté of youth, like leaves in fall, to reveal a maturity and strength portrayed as an analogy of the turning of the seasons.

This film is screening as part of the Short Film Competition. 

Showings

Edinburgh | Mon 31 Oct | 8:30pm
Filmhouse

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 7.30pm | Free entry
Glasgow University - Andrew Stewart Cinema

Details

Country: Morocco

Regragui Hicham | Morocco 2015 | 21m | Arabic/Vietnamese with English subtitles | 15


The films in this programme are:


Like this? You may also like:
Documentary Competition

Direct Link

Goi Trủng (The Call of Trung)

Goi Trung 4

A Moroccan man and Vietnamese women are brought together during the first Indochina war. Now an elderly married couple, they find themselves facing a life changing decision. The woman doesn’t know which to follow: the call of the heart or the call of the homeland.

This film is screening as part of the Short Film Competition. 

Showings

Edinburgh | Mon 31 Oct | 8:30pm
Filmhouse

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 7.30pm | Free entry
Glasgow University - Andrew Stewart Cinema

Details

Country: South Africa

Naomi van Niekerk | South Africa 2014 | 3m | Afrikaans with English subtitles | Animation | PG


The films in this programme are:


Like this? You may also like:
Documentary Competition

Direct Link

'n Gewone blou Maandagoggend (An Ordinary Blue Monday)

An ordinary blue monday 1

A mesmerising stop motion animation constructed by manipulating sand by hand and brush on a light box. Inspired by Ronelda Kamfer’s Afrikaans poem, An Ordinary Blue Monday tells the story of a young girl ready to set off for school and the darkness she encounters every day living in a deprived area.

This film is part of the Short Film Competition. 

Showings

Edinburgh | Mon 31 Oct | 8:30pm
Filmhouse

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 7.30pm | Free entry
Glasgow University - Andrew Stewart Cinema

Details

Country: South Africa

Jarryd Coetzee | South Africa 2016 | 30m | Zulu/Afrikaans/English with English subtitles | 15

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:


Like this? You may also like:
Documentary Competition

Direct Link

The Suit

THE SUIT STILL1

Based on the acclaimed short story by Can Themba, The Suit is set in 1950s Sophiatown, Johannesburg, against the backdrop of the apartheid regime’s forced removals under the Group Areas Act. It follows the story of Philemon who discovers his wife, Matilda, in bed with a lover and decides to inflict a painful and humiliating punishment for her indiscretions.

This film is screening as part of the Short Film Competition.

Showings

Edinburgh | Mon 31 Oct | 8:30pm | Free entry
Filmhouse

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 7:30pm | Free entry
Glasgow University - Andrew Stewart Cinema

Details

Country: South Africa

Diek Grobler | South Africa 2014 | 2m | Afrikaans with English Subtitles | PG


The films in this programme are:


Like this? You may also like:
'n Gewone blou Maandagoggend (An Ordinary Blue Monday)
Reluctantly Queer
Symposium: Women in a World of Film

Direct Link

Ek Sal Sterf en na my Vader Gaan (I Will Die and Go to my Father)

Diek Grobler ek sal sterf en na my vader gaan Breyten

Recollections of childhood and images of ordinary life accompany the viewer through a poetic journey towards the acceptance of death. The sound of Afrikaans language, combined with music by Laurinda Hofmeyr and the deep and reflecting poetry of Breyten Breytenbach, make this animated film a positive reflection on death and the afterlife.

This film is screening as part of the Short Film Competition. 

Showings

Edinburgh | Mon 31 Oct | 8:30pm
Filmhouse

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 7.30pm | Free entry
Glasgow University - Andrew Stewart Cinema

Details

Country: Tunisia

Selim Gribaa | Tunisia 2014 | 29m | Arabic with English subtitles | PG


The films in this programme are:


Like this? You may also like:
Documentary Competition

Direct Link

The Purple House

photo de tournage

In an attempt to give his wife a more deserving life, Hsan, an unemployed man in his fifties, asks the head of the district for a job. Ammar accepts with a condition: that Hsan will paint his whole house purple in support of the Government. However, with the arrival of the Tunisian Revolution, the political situation will turn against the old regime, leaving Hsan with a purple house that will now be a symbol of treason.

This film is screening as part of the Short Film Competition. 

Showings

Edinburgh | Mon 31 Oct | 8:30pm
Filmhouse

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 7.30pm | Free entry
Glasgow University - Andrew Stewart Cinema

Details

Country: Mauritius

Azim Moollan | Mauritius 2015 | 4m | Creole with English subtitles | 15

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Rod Zegwi Dan Pikan

FF2015 RodZegwiDanPikan2

A stunning visual essay made up of a series of photographic images exploring the interior state of a woman as she reflects on her past experiences in life.

This film is screening as part of the Short Film Competition. 

Showings

Edinburgh | Mon 31 Oct | 7pm | £12 - includes film ticket and three course meal
Serenity Cafe

Glasgow | Fri 4 Nov | 7pm | Free entry
The Project Cafe

Details

Country: Morocco

Munir Abbar | Morocco 2007 | 15m | French with English subtitles | 15


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Paris Sur Mer (Paris by the Sea)

15 paris sur mer film stills 2

A letter home allows Wilson, a young African immigrant from Benin to re-translate his harsh journey and current reality into a dream reality of success, living in a blissful Paris by the sea. Munir Abbar creatively and charmingly explores the dystopia surrounding the idea of a better life in Europe. A touching short that transports the audience into a young man’s dream world.

This screening is part of Migration (mis) Translation and Dine and View at Serenity Cafe: A North African Feast

Showings

Edinburgh | Mon 31 Oct | 1:30pm to 2:30pm | Free entry
Dance Base

Details

Country: Various

Various directors | Kenya/Ethiopia/Burkina Faso/South Africa 2015 | 1h | No dialogue | PG


Like this? You may also like:
Screendance Workshop

Direct Link

Screendance Africa

Castle of my Skin

This collection of short dance films is the result of an ongoing project which aims to encourage the medium of screendance on the African continent, with works spanning the whole continent, from Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. The dance videos range from documentary to contemporary performance, music and fashion, revealing a continent of mixed ideologies, creativity, ways of being, and dance performance styles.

Films in the programme include: Zamani Yajayo on Spiritualism, Soul of Africa, Recycled Movement, Je suis un Cheval (I am a Horse), Lilith - Genesis One, Riemvasmaak se Nama Dans, In The Castle of My Skin, Back in Your Box, Be Originals, Genesis 2.7, Translucence, Globe Trot

Showings

Edinburgh | Mon 31 Oct | 3pm to 4:30pm | £5
Dance Base | Book Now


Like this? You may also like:
Screendance Africa

Direct Link

Screendance Workshop

Soul of Africa Destino Town Centre Copy

This is a hands-on workshop led by South African video dance specialist Jeannette Ginslov, exploring the genre of screendance. Participants will take part in various exercises designed to introduce and evolve their screendance practice, as well as explore choreography and movement. You will experiment with ways of shooting, use improvisation to develop skills in framing dance, moving with the camera and addressing issues of performance and creativity. The workshop aims to explore the moving body together with digital materiality.

Showings

Edinburgh | Mon 31 Oct | 7pm | £12 - includes film ticket and three course meal
Serenity Cafe | Book Now

Details

Country: Morocco/Tunisia/France


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Dine and View at Serenity Cafe: A North African Feast

09 paris sur mer film stills 2

This event is a unique multi-sensory food and film experience with ambience, décor, and visuals that will evoke the cultural richness of North Africa. This year’s dine and view event uses food and film to tell individual and collective stories from Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, tasting and travelling across beautiful landscapes and delicious cuisines. A feast for your eyes and a treat for your tastebuds, with a mixture of herbs, nuts and spices, as well as street scenes, animation and powerful acting, join us for a one-off North African Dine and View experience!

Menu:

Start in Morocco: Roast veg kebabs with honey, cumin and harissa, served with pitta and mint yoghurt dressing (V)

Main Course in Tunisia: Chicken Kadra with chickpeas, peppers and onions (GF) / Beetroot falafel (V) | Tunisian couscous (V)

Desert in Egypt: Mango & coconut Mahalabiya (V, GF); Date and nut baklava (V)

Showings

Edinburgh | Mon 31 Oct | 7pm | £12 - includes film ticket and three course meal
Serenity Cafe

Details

Country: Tunisia

Anis Lassoued | Tunisia 2012 | 30m | Arabic with English subtitles | 15

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Sabbat El Aïd (My Shoes)

Chema Ben Chaabene in My Shoes by Anis Lassoued

Nine-year-old Nader loves to run, as if he wants to defy gravity. We follow him as he journeys through his village, down winding paths bordered with lush green forests, greeting each neighbour as he passes, until he climbs up a large mountain to the tallest point where he looks down over his small village with a sense of awe and freedom. While shopping for Eid clothes with his parents, he sets his heart on a pair of expensive shoes beyond what his father can afford...

This film is screening as part of Dine and View at Serenity Cafe: A North African Feast.

Showings

Edinburgh | Mon 31 Oct | 7pm | £12 - includes film ticket and three course meal
Serenity Cafe

Details

Country: Morocco/France

Asmae El Moudir | Morocco/France 2014 | 13m | Arabic with English subtitles

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Mémoires Anachroniques ou le Couscous du Vendredi Midi (Thank God It’s Friday)

Memories Anachroniques

A young girl recalls the communal Friday family dinners, a time of tradition and airing of diverse opinions. Recalling the history of Morocco and those who tried in earnest to affect change, the experiential nature of the film allows for an interesting perspective on a common story and setting. This film is an allegory of memory: an erratic recollection of shared experiences, feelings, and thoughts that shape a coherent narrative.

This film is screening as part of Dine and View at Serenity Cafe: A North African Feast.

Showings

Glasgow | Mon 31 Oct | 12-4pm | Free entry
Andell’s Tearoom, 1st Floor, Savoy Centre

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 12-4pm | Free entry
Andell’s Tearoom, 1st Floor, Savoy Centre

Glasgow | Wed 2 Nov | 12-4pm | Free entry
Andell’s Tearoom, 1st Floor, Savoy Centre

Glasgow | Thu 3 Nov | 12-4pm | Free entry
Andell’s Tearoom, 1st Floor, Savoy Centre

Direct Link

AiM TV Lounge

TV Lounge

For its second year running, AiM will again bring audiences a selection of popular African television shows in our very own AiM TV Lounge. Put your feet up, relax, chat, flick through our daily TV guide, as we take you on a journey through Africa, through television. From hilarious mockumentaries, political satire, travelogues and cooking programmes, entertaining and addictive, we are showing it all. Come and join us for a cup of tea, as we take you to South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and more, all from the comfort of a sofa.

Showings

Glasgow | Mon 31 Oct | 6pm | Free entry
Glasgow School of Art

Details

Country: Cameroon

Jean-Pierre Bekolo | Cameroon 2016 | 1h2m | 15

» View Trailer

Direct Link

Naked Reality

nakedreal 1280

Naked Reality is the cinema of the future, a new science fiction film from renowned Cameroonian director Jean-Pierre Bekolo. Set 150 years from now in a time when African cities have grown into one big metropolis, it follows the story of Wanita who leaves home one morning, not knowing that her first prayer to her ancestors has started a journey to another dimension. But her journey is fraught and blinded by her other self - the desire to be someone else. She is the first of a new generation, the only ones with the DNA to break free from the shackles of the immortals. Bekolo is not new to the science fiction genre, he directed Les Saignantes which screened at Africa in Motion previously. Experimental in style and narrative Naked Reality leaves the audience with a blank canvas to interpret and create the story filling in the missing elements.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Jean-Pierre Bekolo and a wine reception.

Showings

Glasgow | Mon 31 Oct | 8.30pm | Free entry
Anderston Kelvingrove Parish Church

Details

Country: Congo

Selé M'Poko | Congo 2016 | 1h26m | Lingala/French/English with English subtitles | 15

» View Trailer

Direct Link

John of God The Movie

AI1 0984

A New York wannabe filmmaker gets the opportunity of a lifetime - he is travelling to the Congo to make a film on the Congolese musician and fashionista John of God. This hilarious film follows Brandon and his crew, with little help from their inept ‘producer guy’, as they capture the sights and sounds of Congo’s capital city Kinshasa, through the eyes of John of God, the World’s Greatest Musician, tastemaker and elegant person… in his own mind.

Showings

Edinburgh | Mon 31 Oct
Filmhouse

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 7.30pm | Free entry
Glasgow University - Andrew Stewart Cinema

Details

Country: South Africa

Jasyn Howes | South Africa 2015 | 15m | 15

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Lost in Transmission

MG 0889

Set in 1990 suburban Cape Town, a math professor is trying his darnedest to make contact with alien lifeforms in distant galaxies. As the days march on he drifts further from his wife and reality. Then one sunny afternoon, on the day of Mandela’s release, everything changes.

This film is screening as part of the Short Film Competition. 

Showings

Edinburgh | Mon 31 Oct | 8.30pm
Filmhouse | Book Now

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 7.30pm | Free entry
Glasgow University - Andrew Stewart Cinema


The films in this programme are:


Like this? You may also like:
Documentary Competition

Direct Link

Short Film Competition

BM At first break

Africa in Motion’s annual Short Film Competition has been successfully running for nine consecutive years. This year, the shortlist was selected from over 250 entries, which is a record in AiM’s history. African filmmakers were invited to submit short films of up to 30 minutes, and the final shortlist comprises a diverse and captivating collection of work from across the continent.

The Short Film Competition is part of AiM’s commitment to nurturing young African filmmaking talent. The winner is selected by our jury of acclaimed film practitioners and academics and will be announced immediately after the screenings. The audience will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite film with the Audience Award winner announced on our website at the end of the festival.

Our thanks go to the African Movie Channel for sponsoring this award.

 

Short Film Jury Members

Yvonne Dublin-Green, Channel Manager at African Movie Channel
Maimouna Doucure, Winner of last years Short Film Competition
Przemek Stepien, Artistic Director of AfryKamera
Sarah Dawson, former Manager at the Durban International Film Festival and has worked for various festivals such as Sheffield DOC/FEST and Africa in Motion

 

 

Showings

Edinburgh | Tue 1 Nov | 4pm | Free entry
Edinburgh College of Art, Main Lecture Theatre

Glasgow | Sun 6 Nov | 3pm | £5
Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA) | Book Now

Details

Country: South Africa

Willem Oelofsen | South Africa 2016 | 1h28m | Afrikaans/Xhosa/German/English with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:


Like this? You may also like:
Short Film Competition

Direct Link

Nobody’s Died Laughing

PDU Stage

Nobody’s Died Laughing is a documentary biopic celebrating the life and work of South African artist and activist Pieter-Dirk Uys. Using never seen before archive footage alongside candid interviews with both Uys and the important people that have surrounded his career, director Willem Oelofsen provides unprecedented access to one of South Africa’s most enigmatic and controversial figures. Focusing on issues ranging from censorship in the apartheid-era, to Uys’s humanitarian work on the HIV epidemic in present-day South Africa, Nobody’s Died Laughing is not only an intimate portrait of the multifaceted, and often hilarious, work of a post-apartheid ‘national treasure’, but also of the turbulent socio-political context that Uys – as well as the film itself – is holding up to scrutiny.

This film is screening as part of the Documentary Competition. 

Showings

Edinburgh | Tue 1 Nov | 2:35pm | Free entry
Edinburgh College of Art, Main Lecture Theatre

Glasgow | Sat 5 Nov | 6pm | £5
Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA) | Book Now

Details

Country: Morocco

Raja Saddiki | Morocco 2015 | 1h6m | Wolof/French with English subtitles | Documentary | 15


The films in this programme are:


Like this? You may also like:
Short Film Competition

Direct Link

Aji-Bi - UK Premiere

Aji bi 2

20-year-old Marème gives an intimate view of what it’s like to work as a hairdresser and beautician on the streets of Casablanca. She is one of many Senegalese women battling to survive in a contrastingly exuberant and xenophobic society, torn between staying in Morocco, and going to Europe to support families back home. Filmmaker Raja Saddiki was inspired by her questions about how Senegalese women working in North African souks were treated. Her clean-cut framing and discreet composition provides an inquisitive exploration of the problems of race and gender between different African cultures. Aji-Bi adds an interesting contribution to the overall programme as it opens a discussion about issues of race within Africa, from a female point of view.

This film is screening as part of the Documentary Competition. 

Showings

Edinburgh | Tue 1 Nov | 2pm | Free entry
Edinburgh College of Art, Main Lecture Theatre

Glasgow | Sat 5 Nov | 6pm | £5
Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA) | Book Now

Details

Country: Namibia

Tim Drabandt, Fanon Kabwe | Nambia/Germany 2016 | 31m | Herero with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Red Ochre - the Last Guards of the Holy Fire - UK Premiere

Red Ochre Pic 5

Red Ochre - The Last Guards of the Holy Fire looks at the rapid dying of a centuries old indigenous culture of the Himba tribe in Northern Namibia. Since the 16th century the nomadic people have populated the region around the river Kunene in Northwest Namibia. It a constant struggle for the Himba to keep their traditional way of life in the face of climate change, governmental development projects and the pursuit of westernisation by the younger generations. At the holy fire the tribal elder and chief Hivazako Hembinda tells of the spiritual wealth of a culture that will soon disappear.

This screening is part of the Documentary Competition. 

Showings

Edinburgh | Tue 1 Nov | 7pm | Free entry
Woodland Creatures

Glasgow | Thu 3 Nov | 1pm | Free entry
Maryhill Integration Network

Details

Country: Kenya

David Richard Card and David Kinyanjui | Kenya 2014 | Swahili with English subtitles | 12m | PG

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Zawadi (The Treat) - UK Premiere

12961503 10154176807656869 8848362261773631530 n

Set within the Kenyan slums of Kibera, a young boy hustles and explores ways of providing for his family. But can he collect enough pennies to give his crush a present on her birthday?

Followed by lunch and a short discussion on the film following the Glasgow Screening.

This event is held in partnership with the Maryhill Integration Network.

Showings

Edinburgh | Tue 1 Nov | 5:55pm
Filmhouse | Book Now

Details

Country: South Africa

Mandla Dube | South Africa 2016 | Afrikaans/Zulu/Portuguese/English with English subtitles | 1h47m | 15

» View Trailer

Direct Link

Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu

KALUSHI 3

“My blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom. Tell my people that I love them. They must continue the fight.’’ Solomon “Kalushi” Mahlangu, 1977.

Almost 40 years after his execution, Solomon “Kalushi” Mahlangu’s story as a forgotten hero of the anti-apartheid struggle is finally being told in this powerful biopic by filmmaker Mandla Dube. Just after the Soweto Uprising on June 16 1976, Kalushi and his friends are becoming despondent with the lack of progression against apartheid. This triggers their journey from friends to comrades as they cross the border to Mozambique where they receive military training with the African National Congress, which sets into motion the trials they face on their return to South Africa. Recitations of Kalushi’s own words are compellingly interwoven with the words of other revolutionaries.The film unflinchingly shows the violence and brutality of the apartheid regime, but also traces Kalushi’s courage and determination in the struggle for freedom and democracy in South Africa, and his transformation into an iconic leader of the liberation struggle.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Mandla Dube.

Supported by the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh.

Showings

Edinburgh | Tue 1 Nov | 7pm | Free entry
Woodland Creatures

Details

Country: Tanzania/Uganda/Kenya/Rwanda


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

A Collection of Shorts from East Africa

Film Still A place For Myself

This collection of short films celebrates innovative filmmaking from East Africa, exploring the region’s ever growing Swahili film industry. Join us on a whistle-stop tour as we travel in Swahili time exploring Kenya through the slums of Kibera, Rwanda through the relationship of a mother and her child, Tanzania through the busy streets of Dar es Salaam, and finally Uganda through its water and fishing community.

Showings

Edinburgh | Tue 1 Nov | 7pm | Free entry
Woodland Creatures

Details

Country: Tanzania

Amil Shivji | Tanzania 2013 | 24m | Swahili with English subtitles | PG

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:


Like this? You may also like:
Short Film Competition

Direct Link

Shoeshine

Film still 1

Set in a busy street of Dar es Salaam, a shoeshine boy offers us a conscious and subconscious perspective of the space and people of his city ranging from the local politician to students as well as the neighbouring tea-maker. This short-film is both a social commentary and an artistic depiction of the life, aspirations and perspectives of a working child.

This screening is part of A Collection of Shorts From East Africa. 

Showings

Edinburgh | Tue 1 Nov | 7pm | Free entry
Woodland Creatures

Details

Country: Uganda/Kenya

Zipporah Nyaruri | Uganda/Kenya 2011 | 12m | Swahili/Luganda with English subtitles | PG

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:


Like this? You may also like:
A Collection of Shorts from East Africa

Direct Link

Zebu and the Photofish

Zebu 1

Ten-year-old Zebu is struggling to look up to his fisherman father as his hero, ever since he stopped bringing fish home. Every morning Zebu and his father go fishing to catch ‘photo fish’; they see the fish, but they never get to eat it. The story is an allegory of the poor fishermen for whom fish is a luxury.

This film is screening as part of A Collection of Shorts from East Africa

Showings

Edinburgh | Tue 1 Nov | 7pm | Free entry
Woodland Creatures

Details

Country: Rwanda

Marie Clementine Dusabejambo | Rwanda 2016 | 21m | Kinyarwanda with English subtitles | PG

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

A Place For Myself - UK Premiere

Film Still 1 A Place For Myself

In this uplifting short film by young Rwandese filmmaker Clementine Dusabejambo, we follow five-year-old Elikia as she begins her first day at school - entering for the first time into a society where her being ‘different’ is more a problem than a special trait. While her peers mistreat her, her mother encourages her, together they fight back and raise their voice to find a place for themselves. A story that simultaneously discusses the pain and beauty of motherhood and childhood.

This film is screening as part of A Collection of Shorts from East Africa. 

Showings

Edinburgh | Tue 1 Nov | 7pm | Free entry
The Wee Red Bar

Details

Quino Piñero | Ethiopia/Spain/UK 2015 | 1h26m | Amharic/Tigrinya/ Kaffinya/Oromifa/Harari/Nuer/English with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

» View Trailer

Direct Link

Roaring Abyss - UK Premiere

1

Roaring Abyss takes audiences across Ethiopia, a nation with a population of ninety million, singing in eighty different languages, and playing music that has been passed on from generation to generation for centuries. Using live recordings, filmmaker Piñero’s directorial debut documents all forms of Ethopian music, from historical tribal music where ethnic groups were defined by different instruments, to the influx of "Western" instruments after the Italians tried to colonise Ethiopia in the late 1800s, to religious music from Ethiopia’s Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities and finally the world famous Ethiopian Jazz. This documentary looks to preserve, celebrate and share the story of Ethiopia and its incredibly diverse array of music.

Showings

Edinburgh | Tue 1 Nov | 2-6pm | Free entry
Edinburgh College of Art, Main Lecture Theatre

Edinburgh | Thu 3 Nov | 2-6pm | Free entry
Edinburgh College of Art, Main Lecture Theatre

Glasgow | Fri 4 Nov | 6pm
Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA)

Glasgow | Sat 5 Nov | 6-9.30pm
Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA)

Glasgow | Sun 6 Nov | 3pm
Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA)


The films in this programme are:


Like this? You may also like:
Short Film Competition

Direct Link

Documentary Competition

Red Ochre Pic 5

Following the success of our annual Short Film Competition, Africa in Motion launched a brand new Documentary Competition strand last year. African filmmakers were invited to submit documentaries of 30 minutes or more, and the final shortlist was selected from a wide range of fascinating entries from across the continent, covering varied themes.

The Documentary Competition aims at encouraging and supporting talented African documentary filmmakers. The winner is selected by our jury of acclaimed film practitioners and academics and will be announced after the screenings on the second day. The audience will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite film, with the Audience Award announced on our website at the end of the festival.

Our thanks go to the Scottish Documentary Institute for sponsoring this award.

 

Documentary Jury Members

Noe Mendelle, Director of Scottish Documentary Institute, Film & TV
Daniel Nyalusi, Assistant Festival Director of ZIFF
Tebeho Edkins, Winner of last years Documentary Competition
Kinsi Abdulleh, Numbai Arts
Darryl Els, Festival Director of Encounters

Showings

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 7pm | Free entry
The Glad Cafe

Details

Country: US/Ghana

Akosua Adoma Owusu | US/Ghana 2009 | 22m | Akan/English with English subtitles | 15

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Me Broni Ba (My White Baby)

MeBroniBa 1

This innovative experimental documentary is a lyrical portrait of hair salons in Kumasi, Ghana. The tangled legacy of European colonialism in Africa is evoked through images of women practising hair braiding on discarded white baby dolls from the West. The film unfolds gradually uncovering the meaning behind the Akan term of endearment, me broni ba (“my white baby”).

This film is screening as part of African Fashion on Film.

Showings

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 7pm | Free entry
The Glad Cafe

Details

Country: Kenya

Jim Chuchu & The Nest Collective | Kenya 2015 | 13m |Turkana/Meru/Dholuo/Sheng/Kamba/Tigrinya with English subtitles | PG


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

To Catch A Dream

774A1896 1

To Catch A Dream takes audiences on a surreal and striking journey across Kenya, featuring stunning designs from eight local fashion houses. Using various materials, models, landscapes, music and storylines, one can appreciate the multidisciplinarity of this beautifully short film by the Kenyan art group The Nest Collective.

This film is screening as part of African Fashion on Film

Showings

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 7pm | Free entry
The Glad Cafe

Details

Country: South Africa

Meja L. Shoba | South Africa 2014 | 4m | Zulu with English subtitles | PG


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Boys of Soweto

Boys of Soweto short film 2

Boys of Soweto is the vividly shot tale of a dapperly-dressed circle of gentlemen, a group of suave-conscious South Africans known as Boys of Soweto. The short film is a love letter to both style and township beauty.

This film is screening as part of the African Fashion on Film event. 

Showings

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 7pm | Free entry
The Glad Cafe

Details

Country: Senegal

Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft, Senay Berhe | Senegal 2014 | 28m | Wolof/French with English subtitles | Documentary | PG

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Afripedia Senegal

Senegal SellyRabyKane

Dakar has quickly become one of the most buzzing cities on the continent, infused by a new sense of creativity. In this film we meet fashion designer Selly Raby Kane, who sculpts the digital image of a future alien city in an old railway station. Photographer Omar Victor Diop playfully reimagines Hollywood’s most iconic images with a Senegalese twist, while dancer Khoudia Roodia is organising and building for a future where Africa dominates street dance.

This screening is part of the African Fashion on Film programme. 

Showings

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 7pm | Free entry
The Glad Cafe

Edinburgh | Wed 2 Nov | 6pm | Free entry
The Biscuit Factory

Details

Country: UK

Ng'endo Mukii| UK 2012 | 7m | Animation | PG

Direct Link

Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever 01

Yellow Fever explores the concept of skin and race and what they both imply. It asserts that the idea of beauty has become globalised, creating similar aspirations and distorting people’s self-image across the planet. Using mixed media, the film focuses on African women’s self-image through memories and interviews.

This film is screening as part of African Fashion on Film and Colourism

Showings

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 7pm | Free entry
The Glad Cafe


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

African Fashion on Film

Yellow Fever 04

A unique cinematic opportunity for all fashion, film and craft enthusiasts out there to celebrate and enjoy the innovative world of fashion and beauty from the African continent. Join us on a glamourous, surreal and heart-aching journey, stepping into Ghanaian hair salons, experiencing stunning designs against Kenya’s dramatic landscapes, as well as meeting creative professionals from Senegal and fashionistas from South Africa! Attendees will also be given the opportunity to experience something new with our pop-up African braiding and weaving salon, get their photo taken against traditional African cloths and potentially go home with an exciting new wardrobe. Bring along some clothes you no longer want, and pick up some new ones at our very own swap shop!

Showings

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 8pm | Free entry
Flying Duck

Details

Country: Ghana/US

Akosua Adoma Owusu | Ghana/US 2016 | 8m | 15

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Reluctantly Queer

Reluctantly Queer Kwame Otu2

This short film explores what it means to be queer for a young Ghanaian man as he struggles to reconcile his desires and the love for his mother within an unaccepting society.

This screening is part of Queer Africa: Stories from across the continent

Showings

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 8pm | Free entry
Flying Duck

Details

Country: Zimbabwe/Germany

Sue Maluwa Bruce | Zimbabwe/Germany 2000 | 30m | Shona/English with English subtitles | Documentary | 15


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Forbidden Fruits

ff 01still

This Zimbabwean documentary follows the romantic relationship of two women from a rural village, and what happens after their relationship is discovered.

This screening is part of the Queer Africa: Stories from across the continent

Showings

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 8pm | Free entry
Flying Duck

Details

Country: Nigeria

Ishaya Bako | Nigeria 2010 | 25m |Hausa/Pidgin with English subtitles | 15

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Braids On a Bald Head

Braids on a bald head

Braids on Bald Head examines a day in the life of a Nigerian hairdresser who begins to ask for more from her marriage after an unexpected experience makes her question her sexuality.

This film is screening as part of the Queer Africa: Stories from across the continent event. 

 

 

Showings

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 8pm | Free entry
Flying Duck

Details

Country: South Africa

Jessie Zinn | South Africa 2016 | 13m | Afrikaans/Xhosa/English with English subtitles | 15

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Into Us and Ours

Photo 3 Emilie

While already in a rocky cross-racial relationship, two girls from South Africa find it put under further strain following their disagreement over a minor accident.

This film is screening as part of Queer Africa: Stories from across the continent

Showings

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 8pm | Free entry
Flying Duck


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Queer Africa: Stories from across the continent

Photo 4 Into Us

This package of specially curated short films looks at LGBTQ+ themes and tell stories from across the African continent - including stories of sexual identity, relationships and discrimination from Zimbabwe, Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria. The films within this programme aim to give a greater understanding of the identities and the struggle for acceptance of queer people and communities in contemporary Africa. Curated by Jo Reid.

This event is part of the Reviving Scotland's Black History programme. 

 

 

Showings

Glasgow | Tue 1 Nov | 8.15pm
Glasgow Film Theatre | Book Now

Details

Country: Egypt/Germany/UK/UAE

Tamer El Said | Egypt/Germany/UK/UAE 2016 | 1h58m | Arabic with English subtitles | 15

» View Trailer

Direct Link

Akher ayam el madina (In the Last Days of the City)

LDC 3 Khalid Abdalla Bassim Hajar Hayder Helo Bassem Fayad

In the fading grandeur of downtown Cairo, Khalid, a 35-year-old filmmaker, is struggling to make a film that captures the pulse of his city at a moment when everything is about the change. Set just before the revolution in 2010, this film chronicles the recent years in the Arab world, where revolutions seemed to spark hope for change, but instead leave many questions. Khalid’s wandering through the city is interweaved with moments with friends who share footage and stories from Berlin, Baghdad, and Beirut, creating a powerful, multilayered meditation on togetherness, the tactile hold of cities, and the meaning of homeland.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with main actor Khalid Abdalla.

Showings

Edinburgh | Wed 2 Nov | 6:15pm
Filmhouse

Details

Country: Madagascar/France

Alexander Abela | Madagascar/France/UK 2001 | 1h13m | Malagasy/English with English subtitles | 15

» View Trailer

Direct Link

Makibefo

Makibefo

This unique adaptation of Macbeth was filmed in Faux Cap on the southern tip of Madagascar and acted (with a great deal of impressive improvisation) by Antandroy fishermen. Shot in high-contrast black-and-white, the austerity of dialogue (all in native Malagasy) gives way to striking visuals that tell the familiar story in a captivating new context.

This screening is held in association with Filmhouse’s Shakespeare on Film season.

Showings

Edinburgh | Wed 2 Nov | 6pm | Free entry
The Biscuit Factory


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Colourism

Yellow Fever 02

Definition of Colourism: prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group.

The event, Colourism, discusses the ideologies behind the thinking that humans with darker skin are seen as lesser beings than those with lighter skin. Within the world today there is still infrastructures and ideologies in place that understand darker skin to be less attractive, dirty and unintelligent. These ideologies, though originating from slavery and colonialism, still continue to stand today. This event uses film to explore the origins of colourism and its contemporary manifestations, as well as the damaging psychology behind white supremacy. Curated by Wacera Kamonji.

This film is screening as part of the Reviving Scotland's Black History programme. 

Showings

Edinburgh | Wed 2 Nov | 6pm | Free entry
The Biscuit Factory

Details

Country: South Africa

Palesa Lebona | South Africa/US 2016 | 15m | 15


Like this? You may also like:
Cream
Shadeism
Yellow Fever

Direct Link

Cream

IMG 0256

Set in the late 1960s the day after Martin Luther King’s death, Cream tells the story of a twisted, brutal relationship between a grandmother and her dark-skinned grandaughter, a young girl who is torn between her own personal identity and seeking the love and affection from her grandmother.

This film is screening as part of Colourism. 

Showings

Edinburgh | Wed 2 Nov | 6pm | Free entry
The Biscuit Factory

Details

Country: Canada

Nayani Thiyagarajah | Canada 2010 | 20m | 15


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Shadeism

13963044 1070964522972858 4584761889826572763 o

This documentary short is an introduction to the issue of shadeism, the discrimination that exists between the lighter-skinned and darker-skinned members of the same community. This documentary short looks specifically at how it affects young women within the African, Caribbean, and South Asian diasporas. Through the eyes and words of 5 young women and 1 little girl - all females of colour - the film takes us into the thoughts and experiences of each.

This film is screening as part of Colourism

Showings

Glasgow | Wed 2 Nov | 6pm | Free entry
Alliance Française

Details

Country: Senegal/France

Simon Rouby | Senegal/France 2015 | 1h25m | French with English subtitles | Animation | PG

» View Trailer

Direct Link

Adama

adama3

This coming-of-age tale begins in a remote Senegalese village, home to many myths, legends and a young boy named Adama. The year is 1916, and in Europe World War I is in full swing, the effects of it suddenly sweeping Adama’s life in Senegal as his brother is taken away to fight in France. Adama decides to defy the village elders and sets off on a quest over the seas, to the frontline of WW1 in search of his brother. Adama takes us on a historical and magical journey through the paradise and colours of village life in Senegal, through the harsh waters of the Atlantic Ocean and across to the brutality of industrial and war-torn Europe. The film’s incredible beauty lies in the realism and humanity which it brings to the screen, a wonderful example of the craftsmanship behind animation.

This screening is supported by the Alliance Française.

Showings

Edinburgh | Wed 2 Nov | 7pm | Free entry
Screening Room G.04, 50 George Square

Details

Country: Uganda/Mali/Canada/US/Cambodia

Amy Miller | Uganda/Mali/Canada/US/Cambodia 2013 | 1h16m | French/Bambara/Khmer with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

» View Trailer

Direct Link

No Land No Food No Life - UK Premiere

NL2

No Land No Food No Life is a hard-hitting film which explores sustainable small-scale agriculture and the urgent call for an end to corporate global land grabs. The documentary gives voice to those directly affected by combining personal stories, and footage of communities fighting to retain control of their land in Uganda, Mali and Cambodia.

The screening will be followed by a discussion on the issues raised in the film.

The event is supported by the Global Development Academy at the University of Edinburgh, One World Shop, Just Trading Scotland, and the Slow Food Movement. One World Shop and Just Trading Scotland will host an exhibition in the foyer of the venue, displaying some of their fair trade and sustainable food products from Africa.

Showings

Glasgow | Wed 2 Nov | 7pm | Free entry
Pearce Institute | Book Now

Details

Country: Ghana/Belgium

Adams Mensah | Ghana/Belgium 2016 | 1h | Ga/Dutch/English with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

» View Trailer

Direct Link

Me a Belgian, My Mother a Ghanaian - UK Premiere

Me a Beligian My mother a Ghanaian Still 1

At the young age of 14 Adams Mensah came to Belgium to live with his father. Three years after being away from home his mother suffers a massive stroke. Unable to offer any help as a young boy, Adams returns to Ghana six years later in search of his mother to seek answers about what has contributed to her present state of health.

A deeply personal autobiographical piece following Adams’s emotional, psychological and spiritual journey as he tries to bring his mother to Belgium.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Adams Mensah.

This screening is held in partnership with Scottish Mental Health and Arts Film Festival.

Showings

Glasgow | Wed 2 Nov | 7.30pm | Free entry
The Rum Shack

Details

Country: Mozambique/Portugal/Germany

Margarida Cardoso | Mozambique/Portugal/Germany 2004 | 2h | Portuguese with English subtitles | 15

Direct Link

The Journey of Antonio

CDM 3. palmeiras vento

‘’The film that I have chosen is based on the colonisation of and immigration to Mozambique by civilians from Portugal. This is also part of my great grandfather’s history, Antonio D’Alumeida. He was a mixed-race man born in Portugal to a black mother and a white father. As a young adult Antonio sold spices with his uncles but it wasn’t until later on that he decided to move to Mozambique as a missionary. After a period of time my great grandfather then moved to my home country Zimbabwe, where he settled. It was there he got married and his wife gave birth to my grandmother who unfortunately passed away after giving birth. This screening will be preceded by my story’’. Curated by Tinofara Fombe

A Costa dos Murmúrios (The Murmuring Coast)

Margarida Cardoso | Mozambique/Portugal/Germany 2004 | 2h | Portuguese with English subtitles | 15

This film is set during the 1960s when Mozambique was fighting for independence from Portuguese colonial rule. It focuses on the story of a woman who moves from Lisbon to Mozambique to marry a man who is currently enlisted in the military services. The relationship between the couple begins to become unstable once the disturbing truths of war are exposed - the racism, violence and injustice. The Murmuring Coast addresses the view from an outsider moving into a country at the time that the violence of a colonial age is coming to the fore.

Showings

Edinburgh | Wed 2 Nov | 8.30pm
Filmhouse | Book Now

Details

Country: Denmark

Abou Bakar Sidibé, Moritz Siebert and Estephan Wagner | Denmark 2016 | 1h22m | Bambara/French/Hebrew with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Les Sauteurs (Those Who Jump)

6 Bonfire in camp LES SAUTEURS

In northern Morocco lies the Spanish enclave of Melilla - Europe on African land. On the mountain above live over a thousand hopeful African migrants, watching the fence separating Morocco and Spain. Through hand-held cameras given to the camp dwellers we get a glimpse of the hopes, fears and determination of those who dream of a better life in Europe by jumping the fence.

Followed by a discussion on the current refugee crisis.

Showings

Edinburgh | Wed 2 Nov | 8.30pm
Filmhouse

Glasgow | Fri 4 Nov | 7pm | Free entry
The Project Cafe

Details

Country: Kenya

Ng'endo Mukii | Kenya 2015 | 6m | 15

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

This Migrant Business

TMB 02

Through animation this short film shows the powerful and cruel system that currently exists in Europe, enabling the easy exploitation of African migrants through a cyclic, lucrative trade with vulnerable people as its currency.

This film is screening as part of Migration (mis) Translation

Showings

Edinburgh | Thu 3 Nov | 2pm | Free entry
Edinburgh College of Art, Main Lecture Theatre

Glasgow | Fri 4 Nov | 6pm | £5
Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA) | Book Now

Details

Country: South Africa

Richard Finn Gregory | South Africa 2015 | 1h25m | Afrikaans/English/Spanish with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

The Boers at the End of the World - UK Premiere

TheBoersattheEndoftheWorld 5

The Dickasons have never been to South Africa, but they call it home. They are part of a community of Boers - Afrikaans-speaking South Africans of Dutch descent - whose ancestors migrated to Argentina when the Anglo-Boer War in South Africa burned down their farms a century ago. Against all odds, they have managed to keep their language and culture alive. Conscious of the fact that their legacy could disappear in a few decades, Ty Dickason will travel to South Africa to reconnect with his roots and relatives. South African filmmaker Richard Finn Gregory debuts as a documentary filmmaker with this fascinating fi lm, which has won 3 SAFTAs (South African Film and Television Awards).

This film is screening as part of the Documentary Competition. 

Showings

Glasgow | Thu 3 Nov | 2-8pm | Free entry
Glasgow Women’s Library | Book Now


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Symposium: Women in a World of Film

AsIOpenMyEyes 1

Women still make up only 16% of all directors, producers, writers, cinematographers and editors world-wide. Against the backdrop of this striking under-representation, this event will consider the role of women in a world of film. An afternoon symposium will include discussions by female experts working in the film and television industries, discussing issues such as funding, training, distribution, production and storytelling. The symposium will be followed by a wine reception and a screening of Tunisian female-directed film As I Open My Eyes.

You can book to attend either the symposium or screening, or for both parts.

Programme:

2-2.30pm: Arrival, registration and welcome
2.30-3.30pm: Panel 1 - Women's Stories
3.30-4pm: Coffee/tea break
4-5pm: Panel 2 - Women's Opportunities
5-6pm: Wine reception
6-8pm: Screening of As I Open My Eyes

Showings

Glasgow | Thu 3 Nov | 6pm | Free entry
Glasgow Women’s Library

Edinburgh | Sat 5 Nov | 8.40pm
Filmhouse | Book Now

Details

Country: France/Tunisia/Belgium/UAE

Leyla Bouzid | France/Tunisia/Belgium/UAE 2015 | 1h42m | Arabic/French with English subtitles | 15

» View Trailer

Direct Link

À Peine J'ouvre Les Yeux (As I Open My Eyes)

As I Open My Eyes

It is summer 2010 in Tunis, at a point when the first waves of the Arab Spring are beginning to swell. Ben Ali’s government nears the end as Farah joins Joujma, a political underground rock band. Farah is a principled and articulate young girl, but also strong-willed and searching, constantly pushing boundaries. She sings, drinks and discovers love and protest, all against the will of her mother Hayet (played by famous singer Ghalia Benali), who is painfully aware of Tunisia’s cultural taboos. In her self-exploration, Farah is unaware of the dangers of a regime that infiltrates her privacy. Hayet will do anything to protect her, even revive the wounds of her own youth.

The story was inspired by director Leyla Bouzid’s personal experiences: during Ben Ali’s dictatorship, she and her friends ran a cine-club, one of whose members was discovered to be a secret-police informant.

Showings

Edinburgh | Thu 3 Nov | 7pm | Free entry
Brass Monkey

Details

Country: Niger

Christopher Kirkley | Niger 2015 | 1h15m | Tamashek with English subtitles | 15

» View Trailer

Direct Link

Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Rain the Colour Blue with a Little Red in it)

christopher kirkley

Purple Rain, the cult film that tells the story of Prince’s own journey to stardom, has been translated to the Niger desert in this film featuring the nomadic group of people known as the Tuareg. Rain the Colour Blue with a Little Red in It (so translated because there is no word for “purple” in the language spoken by the Tuareg people) is an original remake by ‘guerilla ethnomusicologist’ Christopher Kirkley. The film tells the story of a guitarist and songwriter who battles his musical rivals, a conservative father and his own ego to create a vibrant new music scene in Niger. Shot on a shoestring budget over a space of only ten days, and one of the first feature films to be shot entirely in the Tuareg language, this is an exciting film celebrating new musical traditions coming out of the Sahara desert.

Showings

Edinburgh | Thu 3 Nov | 7pm | £5
Scottish Storytelling Centre | Book Now

Details

Country: Ghana/US

Kelly Daniela Noris and Travis Pittman | Ghana/US 2016 | 1h30m | Kusaal/English with English subtitles | 15

» View Trailer

Direct Link

Nakom

NAKOM still in the millet field b

A dramatic microcosm of the age-old tension between town and country, Nakom follows the story of Iddrisu, a Ghanaian medical student forced to return to his rural home village after the death of his father. Confronted with complicated family dynamics, pressures from the village elders and a failing harvest, Iddrisu has to decide whether to stay in Nakom and fulfi ll his family obligations or to return to the city and continue his studies. Shot on location, using a cast of non-actors, and alive to cultural specifi city, Nakom offers a distinctly local negotiation of the “confl ict” between modernity and tradition. It shines a light on the many diffi culties facing rural communities both in contemporary Ghana and beyond, showing these to be bound up in complex ways with problems that have global reach.

This screening is held in partnership with the Folk Film Gathering.

Showings

Glasgow | Thu 3 Nov | 8pm | Free entry
Grand Ole Opry

Details

Country: Congo/Belgium/UK

Cecilia Zoppelletto | Congo/Belgium/UK 2015 | 1h6m | Lingala/French with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

» View Trailer

Direct Link

La Belle at the Movies

Figure 13 The stock of VHS pop up cinemas and the marketing quads 2014 Preston Witman Productions 2

La Belle at The Movies reveals the disappearance over the past decade of cinema-going culture in the Democratic Republic of the Congo through interviews with cinema audiences, filmmakers and cinema owners all living in Kinshasa, a city of 10 million deprived of a single working cinema. Filmmaker Cecilia Zoppelletto intimately shares the nostalgia for the visual excitement that cinema provided, while also celebrating aspects of Kinshasa’s cinematic history like the Kinshasa cowboys who found their identity in the Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s. Zoppelletto’s intriguing documentary takes us on a journey around the city streets and the old, neglected cinemas of the Congo, a reality that can also be found closer to home. The Grand Ole Opry, where the screening is taking place, existed as a cinema in Glasgow from 1921 to 1951.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Cecilia Zoppelletto.

Showings

Edinburgh | Thu 3 Nov | 8.45pm
Filmhouse | Book Now

Details

Country: Morocco/France

Nabil Ayouch | Morocco/France 2015 | 1h44m | Arabic/French with English subtitles | 15

» View Trailer

Direct Link

Zin Li Fik (Much Loved)

MUCH LOVED STILL 1

This film is one of the first features to address the issue of sex work in Morocco, revealing the exploitation of prostitutes by pimps, Saudi businessmen and a corrupt police force. Noha is an experienced prostitute, and a mother figure to two young sex workers, Soukaina and Randa. With driver/protector Said in tow, they spend lucrative nights at villas rented by a group of Saudi businessmen. The film denounces Morocco’s hypocrisy, and the two-faced society that profits Edinburgh Thursday 3 November from the sex trade while treating its workers without respect. Despite the shocking abuse and exploitation they suffer, the film also depicts their female companionship as joyful and life affirming.

Screened at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Much Loved stirred the censors and created an outcry in Morocco even before its release.

Showings

Glasgow | Fri 4 Nov | 12.30pm | Free entry (lunch provided)
Garnethill Multicultural Centre

Details

Country: Kenya

Nick Reding | Kenya 2015 | 1h11m | Kiswahili with English subtitles | 15

» View Trailer

Direct Link

Watatu (Three People) - UK Premiere

SALIM YUSUF2

Watatu tells the story of Yusuf, a young university graduate suffering from discrimination, lack of opportunity and a rage provoked by injustice. The story develops as three lives become fatally entwined. Watatu innovatively uses an interdisciplinary approach to filmmaking, using documentary theatre and public engagement to give voice to the majority Muslim community of coastal Kenya. But can these citizens change the outcome of the story by taking on the roles of the three fatally entwined lives?

Watatu was the winner of the European African Film Festivals Award. This award is dedicated to East African filmmakers and is presented by Africa in Motion, the Afrika Film Festival, Leuven, and the Verona African Film Festival, at the Zanzibar International Film Festival. The makers of Watatu received a cash prize and the film will screen at all three European festivals.

This screening is held in partnership with the Central and West Integration Network.

Showings

Edinburgh | Fri 4 Nov | 6.30pm | Free entry
Screening Room G.04, 50 George Square

Details

Country: Sierra Leone/Cuba

Emma Christopher | Sierra Leone/Cuba 2013 | Mende/Krio/Gbande/Kono/Spanish/English with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

» View Trailer


Like this? You may also like:
Cuba, an African Odyssey Part 1

Direct Link

They Are We

TheyAreWe 300 sm

Can a family separated by the transatlantic slave trade sing and dance its way back together? In Perico, Cuba, an Afro-Cuban group has kept alive songs and dances that their ancestors, known only as Josefa, brought aboard the slave ship from Africa. They preserved them proudly despite slavery, poverty and repression. Through years of searching, filmmaker Emma Christopher tried to find their origins. Then, in a remote village in Sierra Leone, people watched a recording of the Cubans’ festival joined in their songs, and said joyously, ‘They Are We!’. Finally, the Africans said, their lost but never forgotten family was coming home. This is a film of survival against the odds and how shared humanity can ultimately triumph over any number of years’ separation.

Supported by CAS (Centre of African Studies) and LLC (School of Literatures Languages and Cultures) at the University of Edinburgh.

Showings

Glasgow | Fri 4 Nov | 7pm | Free entry
The Project Cafe

Details

Country: Zambia/Denmark/Finland

Hamy Ramezan, Rungano Nyoni | Zambia/Denmark/Finland 2014 | 13m | Arabic/Danish with English subtitles | 15

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Listen

Listen Mother cast Zeinab Rahal 00094922

A police station in Copenhagen is trying to deal with a complaint made by a woman wearing a burqa, with her young son in tow. Yet, her statement seems to get warped through the mouth of another...

This film is screening as part of Migration (mis) Translation

Showings

Glasgow | Fri 4 Nov | 7pm | Free entry
The Project Cafe

Details

Country: South Africa/Zimbabwe

Roger Horn | South Africa/Zimbabwe 2015 | 30m | 15

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

These Objects, Those Memories - UK Premiere

TOTM Still 2

A split-screen experience examining material culture through the lens of three Zimbabwean female migrants living in South Africa. The exploration of objects brought, left and sent back to Zimbabwe elicit stories of joy, loss, and hope for a return to their homeland.

This film is screening as part of Migration (mis) Translation

Showings

Glasgow | Fri 4 Nov | 7pm | Free entry
The Project Cafe


The films in this programme are:


Like this? You may also like:
Les Sauteurs (Those Who Jump)

Direct Link

Migration (mis) Translation

Listen Mother cast Zeinab Rahal 00094922

The life of a film often depends on its migration to other lands and its translation into other languages in order for it to be seen widely. This collection of short films considers concepts and feelings of geographical dislocation represented on the screen, by looking at the migrant’s physical movement, the dystopian futures that lie ahead and the state of being ‘lost in translation’ when away from home.

Showings

Glasgow | Fri 4 Nov | 8pm | Free entry
Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA)

Details

Country: Senegal

Djibril Diop Mambéty | Senegal 1969 | 16m | French with English subtitles | 15

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Contras City (City of Contrasts)

contras city 4

Contras City is Senegalese maverick Mambety’s first film, made at the age of 24 with no formal training. It is often considered Africa’s first comedy film, though it was initially only screened to western audiences. It was filmed in the immediate aftermath of the 1968 Dakar riots against continuing French influence.

This film is screening as part of Decolonising the image: Repression and resistance in anti-colonial film 

Showings

Glasgow | Fri 4 Nov | 8pm | Free entry
Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA)

Details

Country: Niger/Côte d'Ivoire

René Vautier | Niger/Côte d'Ivoire 1950 | 17m | French with English subtitles | 15


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Afrique 50 (Africa 50)

Afrique50 ReneVautier 0 1

In his third year of film school study in Paris, 21-year-old René Vautier was commissioned by the French Board of Education to make a film about the daily lives of villagers in French (colonial) West Africa. Intended to show the ‘benefits’ of empire, Vautier instead made the first French anti-colonial film, exposing the brutalities of the French military.

This screening is part of Decolonising the Image: Repression and resistance in anti-colonial film

Showings

Glasgow | Fri 4 Nov | 8pm | Free entry
Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA)

Details

Country: France

Paulin Soumanou Vieyra and Mamadou Sarr | France 1955 | 22m | French with English subtitles | 15


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Afrique sur Seine (Africa on the Seine)

psv Tournag En Re Sur 81

Afrique sur Seine is hailed as the first film made by Africans south of the Sahara. Made by two Senegalese filmmakers who were unable to shoot in Africa, it takes the spectator on a disconcerting tour through the centre of Paris, observing French society in the same way that French filmmakers had made ethnographic films about Africa. Africans had so often been portrayed as the exotic ‘other’, yet here they are the protagonists, reversing the colonial gaze.

This film is screening as part of Decolonising the image: Repression and resistance in anti-colonial film

Showings

Glasgow | Fri 4 Nov | 8pm | £5
Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA) | Book Now


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Decolonising the image: Repression and resistance in anti-colonial film

Afrique50 ReneVautier 0 1

In an attempt to maintain order, the 1934 Laval Decree sought to control all images of Africa and French colonialism, giving the French authorities the right to refuse anyone permission to film in the colonies. Shot between 1950 and 1970, these three short films are of immense historical and aesthetic importance. From the first French anti-colonial film to the first documentary shot by African filmmakers south of the Sahara, Colonising the image explores through film the relationship between France and (colonial) Africa.

The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion with Professor Michael Syrotinski, Dr Mathilde von Bülow  and Professor David Murphy, all scholars working in postcolonial studies.

Curated by Alasdair Campbell.

Showings

Edinburgh | Fri 4 Nov | 8.45pm
Filmhouse | Book Now

Details

Country: Kenya/Germany

Mbithi Masya | Kenya/Germany 2016 | 1h15m | Swahili and English with English subtitles | 15

Direct Link

Kati Kati

57c5869fbe27e

When Kaleche, a young amnesiac, wakes up in the middle of the Kenyan wilderness, she has no memories and no idea how she got there. She makes her way to Kati Kati, a nearby lodge, where she meets a mysterious motley crew of residents. This unusual fantasy set in a purgatory space-time is an allegory of finding peace and reconciliation against the backdrop of Kenya’s violent recent past.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Mbithi Masya.

Showings

Edinburgh | Sat 5 Nov | 2-3.30pm | Free but ticketed
National Museum of Scotland | Book Now

Direct Link

African Cinema in the Digital Age

Mobile phone

Join curator Charlotte Connelly and African film scholars Dr Stefanie Van de Peer and Dr Lizelle Bisschoff as they discuss mobile phone usage in Africa and its impact on filmmaking. Charlotte will showcase some examples from this new wave of African filmmakers where talent, creativity and hard work count more than budget and industry connections. Stefanie, having researched mobile phone filmmaking in North Africa specifically and having programmed a mobile phone film festival in the past, will talk about digital forms of self-representation, with a focus on documentary mobile phone filmmaking: both the pioneering decades of the form and the years leading up to and including the Revolutions.

The films screened in the programme are:

Silent Depression
George Stanley Nsamba | Uganda 2015 | 12m | PG

The story of a young guy feeling depressed because he has come short on his life goals, but on his journey to self-discovery in a crowded city he discovers it has less to do with him but mostly to do with the smartphone he holds.

Mogard (Bare)
Mohamed El-Dabbah | Egypt 2015 | 4m | No Dialogue | PG

A fantasy film that portrays a world where clothes reject people, escaping the human body and exposing their true nature. Shot on Mobile iPhone 5.

Chta (Rain)
Saâd El Kettani | Morocco 2014 | 2m | Arabic with English subtitles | PG

A poetic attempt to capture the essence of the rain and see what it can teach us.

What Rhymes With Egypt
Nathan Gray | Egypt 2016 | 4m | PG

An experimental mobile-captured short film about the rhythms and rhymes of daily life in Egypt.

Community Voices From Lake Turkana
Narissa Allibhai | Kenya 2015 | 6m | PG

Lake Turkana, in Kenya and Ethiopia, supports the livelihoods of 300,000 people. However, the future of these people is uncertain due to the construction of commercial plantations upstream of the lake.

This screening is held in partnership with the National Museum of Scotland

Showings

Glasgow | Sat 5 Nov | 6pm | Free entry
Kinning Park Complex

Details

Country: Tanzania

Florence Ayisi & Catalin Brylla | Tanzania/UK 2016 | 1h4m | Swahili with English subtitles | Documentary | PG

Direct Link

Ndoto Ya Mpira Ya Miguu Zanzibar (Going For Gold: Zanzibar Soccer Dreams)

Still 4

Going for Gold: Zanzibar Soccer Dreams is a follow up to Zanzibar Soccer Queens (2007), a documentary film about the personal stories and football activities of the predominantly Muslim female football team ‘Women Fighters’ in Zanzibar. The much-awaited sequel Going for Gold continues to document the strong will of the female football teams and their individual players who are determined to better their lives and define new identities through the game of football. This heart-warming documentary shows how women’s involvement with football on the island of Zanzibar has literally taken them across borders and oceans, and away from the confines of the traditional role of a Muslim woman for whom sport is often not possible.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with female football coach Nassra Mohammed who has inspired the development of women’s football in Zanzibar since the late 1980s.

This event is held in partnership with the United Glasgow Football Team (UGFC).

Showings

Glasgow | Sun 6 Nov | 5pm | £12 (one film); £16 (both films)
The Corinthian Club | Book Now


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Nollywood Red Carpet Premiere Double Bill

7a

This year’s Nollywood Red Carpet Premiere Double Bill is part of the BFI´s Black Star season, a celebration on the range, versatility and power of black actors on film and television. Black Star provides a meaningful and high-profile platform for audiences to explore a galaxy of black actors. For more information on the Black Star season please go to bfi.org.uk/blackstar.

The evening will run as follows:

5.00pm - 6.00pm: Arrival and red carpet
6.00pm - 7.30pm: Screening of The Road to Yesterday
7.30pm - 8.30pm: Drinks reception
8.30pm - 10.00pm: Screening of The CEO

Dress code: Formal

Ticket price for one film: £12
Ticket price for both films: £16
Tickets include film screenings, glass of prosecco and canapé reception.

Showings

Glasgow | Sun 6 Nov | 3pm | Free entry (ticketed)
Platform | Book Now

Details

Country: Cape Verde

Robbie McCallum | Cape Verde 2016 | 1h28m | Creole with English subtitles | PG

» View Trailer

Direct Link

Coração Atlântico (Atlantic Heart)

MANDINGA 1

Only a handful of films have been made in Cape Verde, a small archipelago of islands off the northwest coast of Africa, and Atlantic Heart is one of them, made by filmmaker Robbie McCallum, originally from Govanhill in Glasgow. This coming-of-age tale sets itself against the colourful yet chaotic backdrop of the Mardi Gras Carnaval, where teenage siblings Lucas and Telma struggle to survive the seedier side of island life and hold on to their innocence and their dreams. McCallum’s first feature film takes viewers on a visually impressive journey full of colorful costumes, beautiful beaches, as well as bars, bordellos, and back streets, exposing the harsher realities of island life!

Showings

Edinburgh | Sun 6 Nov | 3.30pm
Filmhouse | Book Now

Details

Country: Morocco

Youssef Britel | Morocco 2015 | 1h30m | Arabic/French/Spanish with English subtitles | 15

» View Trailer


Like this? You may also like:
Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara

Direct Link

Al Massira: La Marche Verte (The Green March)

13B

Youssef Britel’s La Marche Verte is a patriotic account of 350,000 Moroccan civilians’ dramatic 1975 March into the Southern Moroccan territory of the Western Sahara. The ensemble of diverse characters has one thing in common: a deep, uncomplicated love for their country. With the Green March, these civilians crossed the country from north to south, asserting independence from Spanish occupiers.

The film’s narrative tells of Massira, a woman born on the day of this historic event, who interviews Ali (Jilali Ferhati, a famous Moroccan actor and director), a retiring politician. Through flashback, history mingles with that of those on the March, describing a mix of intentions and hopes.

Followed by a panel discussion on migration, post-colonialism and the Western Sahara. This discussion is supported by the AHRC-funded Transnational Moroccan Cinema Research Project from the University of Exeter.

Showings

Edinburgh | Sun 6 Nov | 3.30pm
Filmhouse


The films in this programme are:

Direct Link

Double Bill: Focus on the Western Sahara

WS pic 3.2

This double bill includes a fictional account of the historical march and a documentary focusing on the other side of the border, on the refugee camps and the consequences of (neo-)colonialism in Western Sahara. Join us for these film screenings and the accompanying panel discussion in which experts on film, migration, post-colonialism and Western Sahara will engage with the debates that connect these two diametrically opposed films.

Note that audience members have to purchase separate tickets for the two screenings

Showings

Edinburgh | Sun 6 Nov | 6pm
Filmhouse | Book Now

Details

Country: Western Sahara/US/Spain

Iara Lee | Western Sahara/US/Spain 2015 | 59m | Arabic Hassaniya/Spanish/ French/English with English subtitles | 15

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:


Like this? You may also like:
Pop-Up Festival East Lothian

Direct Link

Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara

WS pic 4 1

Most people think that colonialism in Africa has ended. But in the territory of Western Sahara, the end of European rule only gave way to a new occupation, this time by Morocco. Four decades later the Sahrawi people still face arrests, torture and disappearances for demanding their independence. Today’s young generation is deploying creative nonviolent resistance for the cause of self-determination. While risking their lives, they are also pushing back against those who have lost patience with the international community and are ready to launch another guerrilla war. Life Is Waiting chronicles this struggle and gives voice to a brave cast of Sahrawi activists and artists as they offer their points of view.

This screening is in partnership with Take One Action Film Festival.

This screening is part of a double bill: Double Bill: Focus on the Western Sahara

Showings

Glasgow | Sun 6 Nov | 6.30pm | Ticket price for one film: £12 Ticket price for both films: £16
The Corinthian Club

Details

Country: Nigeria

Ishaya Bako | Nigeria 2015 | 1h36m | 15

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:


Like this? You may also like:
Nollywood Red Carpet Premiere Double Bill

Direct Link

The Road to Yesterday

7a

Genevieve Nnaji gives a powerful performance in The Road to Yesterday, a modern day love story, come road movie by first time feature filmmaker Ishayo Bako. The film tells the story of Victoria, performed by Ms Nnaji, a strong female character trying to deal with the breakdown of her longtime marriage to estranged husband Izu, played by British actor Oris Erhuero. The film centers around their troubled relationship - playfully offering glimpses into moments of matrimonial bliss, intertwined with episodes of serious strain and heartache. Things come to an all time low for both of them when their most prized possession, their child falls ill. Will they ultimately learn to communicate together to insure the survival of their marriage?

This screening is part of Nollywood Red Carpet Premiere Double Bill

This year’s Nollywood Red Carpet Premiere Double Bill is part of the BFI´s Black Star season, a celebration on the range, versatility and power of black actors on film and television. Black Star provides a meaningful and high-profile platform for audiences to explore a galaxy of black actors. For more information on the Black Star season please go to bfi.org.uk/blackstar.

Showings

Glasgow | Sun 6 Nov | 9pm | Ticket price for one film: £12 Ticket price for both films: £16
The Corinthian Club

Details

Country: Nigeria

Kunle Afolayan | Nigeria 2016 | 1h40m | 15

» View Trailer


The films in this programme are:


Like this? You may also like:
Nollywood Red Carpet Premiere Double Bill

Direct Link

The CEO

THE ceo


Five top level staff of a company are selected for a retreat where the new CEO of a global company will be chosen. Each arrive from their respective destinations and check into the beach resort. But what starts off as cordial soon goes sour as they attempt to out do one another to be named The CEO. Short on location across Africa with an impressive star-studded cast including Grammy award-winning singer, Angélique Kidjo; Haitian actor and model Jimmy Jean-Louis; infamous Nigerian actor Wale Ojo; French-Ivorian actress and model, Aurelie Eliam, and others from South Africa, Kenya and Morocco, makes The CEO a truly pan-African cinema experience.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with a star from the film. 

This screening is part of Nollywood Red Carpet Premiere Double Bill.

This year’s Nollywood Red Carpet Premiere Double Bill is part of the BFI´s Black Star season, a celebration on the range, versatility and power of black actors on film and television. Black Star provides a meaningful and high-profile platform for audiences to explore a galaxy of black actors. For more information on the Black Star season please go to bfi.org.uk/blackstar.

Showings

Glasgow | Thu 27 Apr | 5:30pm
Kinning Park Complex

Direct Link

Nollyfood

285915 72cbaa566eba410da5c0f4d6e3a207d7 mv2

Join Africa in Motion Film Festival in collaboration with Küche with this fun, tasty and drama filled event celebrating Nollywood cinema - one of the biggest film industries in the world - together with Nigerian cuisine!

Nollyfood is one of 5 one-off food and film led events that make up 'Feast and Film: A Multi-Sensory Experience Across the African Continent" - a socially engaged food project that will explore African food and film as one of the least experienced, least understood cuisines and cinematic industries in the world. The project will promote African cuisine and cinema; exploring the diversity of tastes, cultures and cinematic output from the continent and creating a space for cultural integration by engaging with African diaspora communities and Scottish audiences.

Showings

Glasgow | Fri 28 Apr | 7pm | FREE
Glasgow University - Andrew Stewart Cinema

Direct Link

African Muslim Woman on Screen

Musilm woman

Join us for an evening looking at the representation of African Muslim Women in Film. We will be screening the new documentary: 'Going for Gold: Zanzibar Soccer Dream' and 'Dream of a Scene'. a film about the personal stories and football activities of the predominantly muslim female football team 'Women Fighters' in Zanzibar.

The screening will be followed by a discussion about the representation of Muslim women on and off-screen. 

Showings

Glasgow | Thu 3 Aug | 5.30pm- 8pm
Glasgow Women’s Library | Book Now

Details

Joan Frosch, Alla Kovgan |Various 2007 | 1h5m | English, French, Wolof, Portuguese, Japanese, Shona, and Lingala with English subtitles

Direct Link

Movement (R)evolution Africa

movement rev copy

In an astonishing exposition of choreographic fomentation, nine African choreographers tell stories of an emergent art form and their diverse and deeply contemporary expressions of self. Stunning choreography and riveting critiques challenge stale stereotypes of "traditional Africa" to unveil soul-shaking responses to the beauty and tragedy of 21st century Africa. 

Screening preceded by short films: 

She Poems | Aida Colmenero Diaz | South Africa | 2016
She Poems are a series of short experimental films made in collaboration with female artists from across the Africancontinent. The films explore contemporary notions of identity, human rights and empowerment through dance.

This screening is held in partnership with Project X and will be followed by two dance workshops for adults on Thursday 10th and Saturday 12th August. In these workshops we will be learning traditional and contemporary dances of the African Diaspora and exploring their cultural connections.

Project X is an educational, cultural programme, profiling and celebrating the dances of the African diaspora. They have an amazing programme of dance workshops throughout 2017, you can find out more here: www.projectxplatform/adult-workshops/

 

Back to Top