This is the ARCHIVED WEBSITE for the 2013 Africa in Motion Film Festival.               For up-to-date information visit: www.africa-in-motion.org.uk

Showings

Wed 30 Oct | 10am | Free as part of National Youth Film Festival | Filmhouse | Book Now

Thu 31 Oct | 10.30am | £5 per student (bring own packed lunch) | Edinburgh Zoo | Book Now

Thu 31 Oct | 1pm | £5 per student (bring own packed lunch) | Edinburgh Zoo | Book Now

Sat 2 Nov | 11am | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: South Africa

Wayne Thornley | South Africa/USA 2012 | 1h23m | U | Animation

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Children and Youth

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Adventures in Zambezia

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This colourful South African animation by the South African animation company Triggerfish is set in a bustling bird city on the edge of the majestic Victoria Falls. Zambezia is the story of Kai - a naïve but high-spirited young falcon who travels to the bird city of Zambezia where he discovers the truth about his origins and, in defending the city, learns how to be part of a community.

To book for the Edinburgh Zoo schools screenings, please email [email protected]g.uk

Ticket Info Glasgow: Glasgow Young Scot or Kidz Card holders and an accompanying adult get in FREE to these shows (these tickets can only be issued on the day of the screening)! All other tickets cost £4.50. Each child’s ticket admits one adult free of charge. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied

Africa Vision Exchange: A network of African film festivals

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AiM is a founding member of a network of African Film Festivals in Europe called Africa Vision Exchange (AVE). The main aims of this network are to explore the artistic, educational and creative potential of African and African diaspora films and work to support each other. In addition to AiM, the other founding members of the network are Africa in the Picture (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Afrika Film Festival (Leuven, Belgium), and FCAT (Cordoba, Spain). We are pleased to welcome representatives of these festivals to AiM this year.

We received funding from the Grundtvig Foundation to travel to each other’s festivals, to meet, and to further the aims of the network. We are working together in order to share knowledge and information, and to lobby policymakers such as the European Union, encouraging them to see the importance of African film for exploring Europe’s cultural diversity.

Showings

Sat 2 Nov | 1pm | Free but ticketed (tickets available from Filmhouse box office) | Filmhouse | Book Now

Strands:
Children and Youth


The films in this programme are:

» Adventures in Zambezia

» Edinburgh Children’s Day

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African Storytelling: Starbird

Mara Menzies storytelling session part of AiM Childrens Day Programme

The Starbird is a most beautiful bird, with sparkling wings that touch the sky. When the sun sets, she flies way up high, and magically lights up the stars until they sing, giggle and glow. What happens when a wicked hunter appears in the Starbird's forest...can she escape him and save her family?

Inspired by Booker prize-winning Nigerian author Ben Okri, Starbird's story is told through a dazzling combination of African-inspired music, story, dance, costume, puppetry and interactive storytelling by much-loved AiM storyteller Mara Menzies from Toto Tales.

Showings

Wed 30 Oct | 8pm - 10pm | Free and non-ticketed | Cabaret Voltaire

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Afrinolly reception

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The Cabaret Voltaire resides deep in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, known as one of the city’s most exciting venues it is a place of alternative music and effortless coolness. In keeping with its classy ambience, Afrinolly, AiM’s main corporate sponsor, invites you to a night of live African music, African canapés and South African wine.

Afrinolly is revolutionising the way people access audio-visual media in Africa with a mobile phone app that enables African movies and entertainment enthusiasts to watch movie trailers, music videos, comedy and full-length movies via YouTube. With 3 million plus downloads across various operating systems namely Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Nokia, Windows and Java-enabled phones Afrinolly is currently the most downloaded African entertainment app designed and developed in Africa.

Strands:
AiM Nomad Cinema


The films in this programme are:

» Edinburgh Nomad Cinema: AiM Movie Bus

» Edinburgh Nomad Cinema: An Islamic pilgrimage at Brass Monkey

» Edinburgh Nomad Cinema: Horror film night

» Edinburgh Nomad Cinema: Journey at St John’s

» Edinburgh Nomad Cinema: South African adventures at the Summerhall

» Glasgow Nomad Cinema: Films at Calabash

» Glasgow Nomad Cinema: GHA and AiM present: Halloween at Riverford Park

» Glasgow Nomad Cinema: Life and Times of Emperor Haile Selassie

» Glasgow Nomad Cinema: South Africa Under Water at Govanhill Baths

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AiM Nomad Cinema

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Over the years we have seen the festival grow and grow and this success is thanks to our loyal audiences, and your belief in the power of African films. This year to say thank you we have created a travelling cinema, called the AiM Nomad Cinema, which takes films outside of the traditional cinema venues to create pop-up screenings in bars, churches, empty swimming pools, on buses and more.

Showings

Mon 28 Oct | 8.25pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: Morocco

Maryam Touzani | Morocco 2012 | 18m | Arabic with English subtitles


The films in this programme are:

» Short Film Competition

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Al Layla al Akheera (When They Slept) - UK Premiere

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Amina, a young widowed mother of three, takes care of her small family, with the precious help of her father, Hashem. The old man, vigorous and lively, has a very special relationship with the youngest child, Sara. The sensitive and mischievous eight-year-old will let neither death nor tradition come between her and her grandfather.

Announcement: South African film festival

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We are pleased to announce an AiM touring film festival of South African cinema throughout the UK in Oct 2014. This touring festival will be held in conjunction with the UK-based Afrovibes Festival produced by UK Arts International (www.ukarts.com) and the South African Film Training and Events Consortium (SAFTEC). 2014 marks 20 years of South African freedom and democracy, and this touring film festival will explore the history of South Africa through film, with a broad programme of films including early anti-apartheid cinema to the most recent internationally acclaimed post-apartheid South African documentaries, shorts and features.

The touring film festival will run alongside Afrovibes, a biennial festival of contemporary theatre, dance and music from South Africa. The festival began in the Netherlands in 1999 and in 2010 it came to the UK for the first time. In Oct 2012 the festival spent a month in the UK and the Netherlands. Central to the festival is a specially created township café, a space that serves African food and drinks, hosts events and acts as a hub for festival activity. In Oct 2014 Afrovibes will return to the UK with its most ambitious programme yet. For more information see www.afrovibesUK.com.

Join us for a reception co-hosted by AiM and SAFTEC on Sat 26 Oct at 11pm in Filmhouse café bar, enjoy a free glass of wine and learn more about the proposed touring film festival.

Announcement: Sports Stories from around the African Commonwealth

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In 2014 AiM is hosting a tour entitled Sports Stories from around the African Commonwealth. This will be part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, which is a partnership between the Organising Committee of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Creative Scotland and Glasgow Life.

Sports Stories from around the African Commonwealth will explore African sports and culture through film. It will take viewers on a journey through the African Commonwealth highlighting triumphs and key challenges through sports.

The programme will include over 15 films from across the African Commonwealth, panel discussions with enlightening speakers and educational workshops. Screenings and events will take place in cinemas, schools, universities and other venues in locations right across Scotland. African films are rarely shown in Scotland, therefore through this tour we will bring a wide variety of African cinema to audiences during the run up to the Games.

Showings

| Filmhouse

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Filmhouse Café Bar for the duration of the festival

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Art Exhibition: ProExposure – African Stories

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Eyes are turning to Africa and new pictures – fresh, dynamic and as diverse as the continent itself - are emerging. The time has come to let go of old representations of poverty and war, as shaped by the West, and to recognise the emergence of a new Africa, with Africans creating their own images and telling their own stories. To learn about Africa we must listen to these authentic voices.

The images show an Africa of beauty and blessings, fun and joy, hope and possibility. They show an Africa that is ordinary and extraordinary – and real. Now Africans can project their own images across the globe.

The exhibition is in two parts. The café bar showcases the work of three Ethiopian photographers as they interpret Africa in Motion’s 2013 theme of “Twende” – movement. Frewoini Gebre Mariam, from rural Tigray, Ataklti Mulu from Mekele, and Ashenafi Gudeta from Addis Ababa all trained with ProExposure in 2005 and now pursue photography in different ways. Frewoini runs a small rural photo studio, Ataklti undertakes commissioned work, and Ashe is a freelance photographer and film maker and official photographer for the Great Ethiopian Run. The corridor becomes a gallery of portraits of a number of ProExposure trainees, along with their stories.

ProExposure is a Community Interest Company which trains photographers in Africa, enabling them to tell their own stories in images and helping them to find their place amongst those photographers who are redefining Africa’s image.

Showings

Tue 29 Oct | 10am | Free as part of National Youth Film Festival | Filmhouse | Book Now

Sat 2 Nov | 4.15pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: Ivory Coast

Clément Oubrerie and Marguerite Abouet | Ivory Coast 2012 | 1h25m | French with English subtitles | 15 | Animation

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Children and Youth

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Aya de Yopougon (Aya of Yop City)

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Against the colourful and spirited backdrop of the Ivory Coast in the 1970s, Aya is a vibrant, beautifully animated film. From teen romance to parental tribulations, the film offers a rare glimpse into African daily lives, set to the funky beats of a groovy soundtrack.

Showings

| Free | Stills Gallery

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Country: Scotland

Scottish Refugee Council & Media Co-op | Scotland 2011 | English | 2m10sec

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Journeys


The films in this programme are:

» Immigration Stories from Scotland and Beyond

» Stills Gallery screenings

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Courage

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Celebrating 60 Years of the UN Refugee Convention, Courage is a two-minute documentary featuring two people who have come to Scotland in very different circumstances, but who both fled for their lives. Rosa came to Scotland during the Second World War to flea Nazi Germany whereas Christian came to Scotland to escape the civil war ravaging the Democratic Republic of Congo. Rosa and Christian meet for the first time and we learn why they have something very important in common. The film was made by six men and women from across the world - who all came to Scotland seeking safety.

Showings

Mon 28 Oct | 3.30pm | Full price £6.50, concessions £4.50 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: France

Daniela Ricci | France 2013 | 53m | French with English subtitles | 15

Strands:
Movement of film and filmmakers

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Creation in Exile: Five Filmmakers in Conversation

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Newton Aduaka, John Akomfrah, Haile Gerima, Dani Kouyaté and Jean Odoutan: five major African filmmakers in ‘exile’.This documentary follows their personal and artistic paths from Paris to Washington, from Ouagadougou to London, via Uppsala. Their everyday lives echo with sequences of their films. Through the gazes of these filmmakers, in search of harmony between different cultures, masks fall and myths are smashed.

Director Daniela Ricci will be joining us for a Q&A following the screening.

Showings

| Free | Stills Gallery

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Country: Scotland

Scottish Refugee Council & Chris Leslie | Scotland 2012 | English | 8m

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Journeys


The films in this programme are:

» Immigration Stories from Scotland and Beyond

» Stills Gallery screenings

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Destitution

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Absolute poverty or destitution refers to the one who lacks basic human needs, which commonly includes clean and fresh water, nutrition, health care, education, clothing and shelter. One in four people seeking asylum in Scotland are destitute.
 
This provocative short film follows the lives of three destitute asylum seekers in Glasgow and highlights how you survive in 21st Century Glasgow with no housing support, no income or no right to work.

Showings

Wed 30 Oct | 8.45pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: South Africa

Zanele Muholi | South Africa 2010 | 48m | English, Zulu, Xhosa and Afrikaans with English subtitles | 15

Strands:
Sexualities

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Difficult Love

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Difficult Love is an intimate, thought-provoking portrait of internationally celebrated South African lesbian photographer, Zanele Muholi, and her highly personal take on the challenges facing black lesbians in South Africa today. The film features interviews with Muholi as well as with her friends, colleagues and peers, and provides a compelling overview of the artist, her life and her work. This poignant documentary takes us behind the façade of art-making and shares with us the highly political environment Muholi must navigate in order to bring her lush photographs to light.

The screening is kindly sponsored by the Sexuality, Politics, Religion in Africa (SPRA) Leverhulme Trust research project and the Centre of African Studies, both at the University of Edinburgh. Screening as part of a focus on African sexualities, director and photographer Zanele Muholi will be in attendance following the screening.

 

Showings

Mon 28 Oct | 10am - 1pm | Free and non-ticketed | Edinburgh College of Art Evolution House

Details

Edinburgh College of Art, 78 Westport, Evolution House, Boardroom, 5th floor

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Movement of film and filmmakers

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Distribution Forum

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This forum will look at the burgeoning African film industry and the new and exciting possibilities emerging for African films. It will draw on the experience and expertise of leading industry professionals who will share their insights into filmmaking, film festivals and film distribution.

Key speakers include: Newton Aduaka (filmmaker), Basil Dube (Southern African Regional Secretary for the Pan-African Filmmakers Federation - FEPACI), and Lizelle Bisschoff (Africa in Motion founder). The forum will include the following panels:

Panel 1: Opening new markets for African film
Panel 2: The role of film festivals in the distribution of African films
Panel 3: The freedom for African filmmakers to tell their own stories

Showings

Fri 25 Oct | 6.10pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

Fri 1 Nov | 8pm | £5 per ticket on the door, includes complimentary cocktail | AiM Movie Bus at The Three Sisters Bar

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Country: South Africa

Andrew Worsdale | South Africa 2013 | Afrikaans and English with English subtitles | 1h33m | 15

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AiM Nomad Cinema
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The films in this programme are:

» Edinburgh Nomad Cinema: AiM Movie Bus

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Durban Poison

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Durban Poison is an exposé of a relationship between two lovers whose passionate affair self-destructed: they ended up as serial killers, South Africa’s version of Bonnie and Clyde, killing four people in a game of sex for money. Told in flashback, this road movie follows the culprits and the police as they return to the scenes of the crime. Moving between the present and the past, the film is a tale of murder and romance, truth and lies, memory and regret, with the audience becoming complicit witnesses of a powerful, combustible romance.

Twenty seven years after his controversial anti-apartheid film Shot Down was banned in his home country and went on to become a cult classic, writer/director Andrew Worsdale returns with this explosive noir romance set amongst the marginalised white underclass.

 

Showings

Sat 2 Nov | 11am | Full price £6.50, concessions £4.50 | Filmhouse | Book Now

Strands:
Children and Youth


The films in this programme are:

» Adventures in Zambezia

» African Storytelling: Starbird

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Edinburgh Children’s Day

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The South African animation Adventures in Zambezia is screening as part of AiM’s hugely popular annual children’s day, followed by an African storytelling event.

Showings

Fri 1 Nov | 8pm | £5 per ticket on the door, includes complimentary cocktail | AiM Movie Bus at The Three Sisters Bar

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AiM Nomad Cinema


The films in this programme are:

» Durban Poison

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Edinburgh Nomad Cinema: AiM Movie Bus

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Come and enjoy a night on the AiM Movie Bus as we take you on a wild ride of sex, money and murder along the east coast of South Africa. Durban Poison follows the relationship between two lovers whose passionate affair self-destructed: they ended up as serial killers, South Africa’s version of Bonnie and Clyde, killing four people in a game of sex for money.

The bus is located outside The Three Sisters pub and each audience member will receive a complimentary cocktail upon arrival. So hop aboard, fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride!

Showings

Tue 29 Oct | 8pm | Free and non-ticketed | Brass Monkey

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AiM Nomad Cinema
Religious movements


The films in this programme are:

» Touba

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Edinburgh Nomad Cinema: An Islamic pilgrimage at Brass Monkey

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Entering the Brass Monkey takes you into a colourful world of mysticism and travel; its Moroccan style lounge fuses with a traditional Scottish pub making it a truly unique experience. We will offer you a sanctuary from daily toils as you can lie back on mounds of mattresses and cushions and get swept away on a pilgrimage of one million Sufi Muslims to the holy Senegalese city of Touba.

Showings

Sun 27 Oct | 9pm - 3am | £5 per ticket on the door | Banshee Labyrinth

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AiM Nomad Cinema

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The films in this programme are:

» Night Drive

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Edinburgh Nomad Cinema: Horror film night

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Once part of Edinburgh’s infamous underground vaults, the Banshee Labyrinth is one of Scotland’s most haunted pubs. Now home to the tortured souls of thieves, criminals and the very unsavoury, it provides a perfect setting for our African horror film evening.

African horror is a tricky genre to get right. Horror movies, almost by their nature, have to step across lines of political correctness. But portrayal of Africans in film is historically tainted by racialised imagery and superficial presentations of magical beliefs in various cultures.

Yet those aspects of African society – animist beliefs, sangomas (‘witch doctors’), the merging of magical realism into many aspects of everyday life – provide a rich stew for filmmakers to dip into, and are arguably among the defining characteristics of classic African storytelling. They provide a wonderful shortcut for getting straight to the (often bloody) heart of the tale. No ‘origins’. No exposition. Just a descent into the pit.

These cultural influences, used well, allow African horror to be almost uniquely spare and economical in its aim of making you, dear viewer, squirm and sweat. We have chosen several of our favourite spine-chillers - some short, some feature-length - and invite you to jump into the pit with us. We take no responsibility for what happens next…

We are screening the South African horror film Night Drive at 9pm plus several African horror shorts.

Showings

Sat 2 Nov | 5.15pm | Free and non-ticketed | St John’s Church

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St John’s Church Hall, Princes Street (use terrace entrance)

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AiM Nomad Cinema
Journeys

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The films in this programme are:

» La Pirogue (The Pirogue)

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Edinburgh Nomad Cinema: Journey at St John’s

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St John's is a thriving Scottish Episcopal church at the heart of Scotland’s beautiful capital city, located on Princes Street, just around the corner from Filmhouse. Here we will be screening The Pirogue, a film illuminating the moving and often tragic human stories behind the headlines about illegal immigration.

Showings

Sat 26 Oct | 7pm - 9pm | Free and non-ticketed | Summerhall

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Summerhall, Red lecture theatre

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AiM Nomad Cinema
Post-apartheid South Africa


The films in this programme are:

» The Animal Communicator – UK premiere

» Two Wings Many Prayers – UK Premiere

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Edinburgh Nomad Cinema: South African adventures at the Summerhall

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The Summerhall is one of Edinburgh’s newest and biggest arts venues, the former Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, now a creative hub for arts and sciences. In keeping with its history we are screening two African documentaries about adventure and the art of animal communication.


Showings

Fri 25 Oct | 7pm – 10pm | Free and non-ticketed | The Bongo Club

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Movement of film and filmmakers

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Edinburgh VJ night

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Earlier this year, through a happy accident, we came across an idea for introducing people to African short films. It's not VJ-ing in the traditional sense – in this case the initials stand for Video Jukebox. Quite simply, we will bring a wide selection of the very best shorts from our collection, covering a range of genres from comedy to sci-fi to documentary to... well, you get the idea.
 
From the box of treasures on offer, you can browse through the catalogue and see what appeals to you. There will be a provisional running order, but you, the audience, are welcome (nay, encouraged!) to request anything that catches your interest, and let the evening find its own direction. This relaxed format allows for brief discussions of the films, and even repeat screenings by popular demand. If you want to take a break, feel free to come and go as you please.
 
Every film featured in the catalogue has been a big hit at previous festivals or tours, so whatever the final programme evolves into, you can be sure it is ‘all killer, no filler’.

Showings

Thu 31 Oct | 10.30am (followed by a tour) | £5 per student (bring own packed lunch) | Edinburgh Zoo

Thu 31 Oct | 1pm (followed by a tour) | £5 per student (bring own packed lunch) | Edinburgh Zoo

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For more information about Edinburgh Zoo please go to the website: http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/

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Children and Youth

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The films in this programme are:

» Adventures in Zambezia

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Edinburgh Zoo schools screenings: Adventures in Zambezia

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Edinburgh Zoo is one of Europe's leading centres of conservation, education and research. Each year their extensive education programme aims to raise awareness and understanding of the fragility of life on this planet, and our responsibility to take care of it. This year Africa in Motion have partnered with Edinburgh Zoo to hold two school screenings of the South African animation Adventures in Zambezia, with each screening accompanied by a tour of the Zoo.

To book for the Edinburgh Zoo schools screening, please email [email protected]

 

 

 

Showings

Thu 24 Oct | 10pm - 1am | Entry free with your cinema ticket | Cargo Bar

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Edinburgh opening reception

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Following the screening of Edinburgh opening film Grigris everyone is invited to the opening reception at Cargo Bar. Complete with live music from Edinburgh-based Afrobeat/electronic musician Law, an African DJ set, complimentary African canapés and South African wine, it is set to be a truly memorable evening.

Creating futuristic music melding Africa, the Caribbean and the creaking dregs of empire, Law’s urgent, rasped whisper and contrasting diva wail is reminiscent at times of Billie Holiday or Sade. In contemporary terms, Law has been grouped with emerging female artists including Karin Anderson (The Knife/Fever Ray) and Claire Boucher (Grimes). www.lawholt.com.

Showings

Tue 29 Oct | 10am | Free of charge | Filmhouse | Book Now

Wed 30 Oct | 10am | Free of charge | Filmhouse | Book Now

Strands:
Children and Youth

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The films in this programme are:

» Adventures in Zambezia

» Aya de Yopougon (Aya of Yop City)

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Edinburgh schools screenings

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Africa in Motion has partnered with the first National Youth Film Festival (NYFF), a nationwide programme of free film screenings and related activities for children aged five to 19. The festival is an annual celebration of film and cinema, enabling young people across the UK to enjoy a wide variety of films and learn about filmmaking and the film industry.

As part of NYFF we will be screening two African animations at Filmhouse, Aya of Yop City (for secondary schools) and Adventures in Zambezia (for primary schools). These screenings will be free of charge and participating schools will receive teaching resources on the films to complement topics in the curriculum, develop review writing and critical skills, and teach pupils about film and filmmaking. 

Showings

Thu 31 Oct | 8.25pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: Egypt

Ibrahim El-Batout | Egypt | 2012 | 1h34m | Arabic with English subtitles

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Political movements

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El Sheita Elli Fat (Winter of Discontent)

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This gripping political thriller delivers a searing account of the root causes of the Egyptian revolution. For 18 days in January and February 2011, people in Egypt rallied together to overturn decades of dictatorial rule. Set against the momentous backdrop of the whirlwind protests of Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the film takes us on a raw and moving journey into the lives of three protagonists.

Winter of Discontent poetically explores the anguish of a victim, a witness and a perpetrator of state terror. As the stories of the three characters unfold and overlap, we are propelled headlong into the heady, often surreal atmosphere of terror and uncertainty that characterised the last days of Mubarak’s rule.

Showings

| Free | Stills Gallery

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Country: Scotland/Pakistan

Sana Bilgrami | 2011 | Urdu with English Subtitles | 15m

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Journeys


The films in this programme are:

» Immigration Stories from Scotland and Beyond

» Stills Gallery screenings

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Fragments of a Love Story

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At the turn of the 20th century, Sana Bilgrami’s great-grandfather travelled to Edinburgh from India to study medicine. One hundred years later, coincidentally living in Edinburgh herself, the filmmaker pieces together fragments of memory and archive to invoke a forgotten story of love and sorrow.

Showings

Wed 30 Oct | 6pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: Uganda

Roger Ross Williams | Uganda/US 2013 | 1h23m | 15

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Sexualities

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God Loves Uganda

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God Loves Uganda explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry. The film follows evangelical leaders in America and Uganda along with politicians and missionaries as they attempt the radical task of eliminating “sexual sin” and converting Ugandans to fundamentalist Christianity. With unprecedented access God Loves Uganda takes viewers inside the evangelical movement in both the US and Uganda. Shocking, horrifying, touching and enlightening, the film records the culture clash between enthusiastic Midwestern missionaries and world-weary Ugandans.

The screening is kindly sponsored by the Sexuality, Politics, Religion in Africa (SPRA) Leverhulme Trust research project and the Centre of African Studies, both at the University of Edinburgh. Part of the festival’s focus on sexuality in Africa, the screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring experts on African sexuality and religion.

Showings

Thu 24 Oct | 8pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: Chad

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun | France/Chad 2013 | 1h41m | French and Arabic with English subtitles | 15

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Physical Movement

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Grigris

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Grigris is the inspiring story of a 25-year-old man living in N'Djamena, capital of the central African country Chad, with dreams of becoming a dancer in spite of his physical disability. It appears that his dreams may be shattered when his uncle falls ill and Grigris gets involved with a gang of petrol smugglers in an attempt to save him.

Based on real events the story was created when Haroun attended the FESPACO film festival in Ouagadougou, where he discovered Souleymane Démé (who plays Grigris), a professional dancer with a crippled leg. Deceptively simple, Grigris is yet another example of celebrated Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's (Abouna, Daratt, A Screaming Man) extraordinary ability to effortlessly engage audiences through a combination of beautiful visuals and universally recognisable parables.

After the screening in Edinburgh everyone is warmly invited to an opening reception at Cargo Bar.

 

Showings

| Free | Stills Gallery

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Country: Scotland

Scottish Refugee Council & the Citizens Theatre | Scotland 2012 | English | 30 min

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Journeys


The films in this programme are:

» Immigration Stories from Scotland and Beyond

» Stills Gallery screenings

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Here We Stay

Here We Stay is a powerful and insightful documentary created by refugees, asylum seekers and local Scots who took part in an arts project by Scottish Refugee Council and the Citizens Theatre, which mixed theatre, music and song. The film provides a unique opportunity to hear the reflections of those seeking refuge in Glasgow today and celebrates the rich and diverse life stories of refugees and local residents, as first captured through theatre and music production Here We Stay, which was performed at the Citizens Theatre in November 2012.
 
The film was supported by Creative Scotland’s First in a Lifetime Fund and the Russell and Craignish Trusts, in 2012.

Showings

| Free | Stills Gallery

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Country: Scotland

Benjamin Hunter | Scotland 2011 | English | 12 min

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Journeys
Sexualities


The films in this programme are:

» Immigration Stories from Scotland and Beyond

» Stills Gallery screenings

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I am Real

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An Egyptian refugee forced to abandon his family and flea his home country to avoid persecution, young Adam has gone through more than most. In this short film, Adam recounts the journey of sacrifice he made in 2010; how that has moulded and changed him into the person he is today and whether, given the choice, he would go back and change the past. Shot in and around central Glasgow, the film reflects on themes of home, memory and gender.

Showings

Tue 29 Oct | 8.25pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: Rwanda

Joel Karekezi | Rwanda 2013 | 1h13m | 15

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Political movements

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Imbabazi (The Pardon)

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Manzi and Karemera are best friends who seem inseparable, but as ethnic tensions rise in 1994 Rwanda, the forces of history and violence tear them apart and Manzi finds he must choose between friendship and family. Fifteen years later, as the former friends search for justice and absolution, they both find themselves at odds with a society eager to forget the trauma of the past.

During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, neighbours became enemies and friendships were destroyed overnight. Rwandan filmmaker Joel Karekezi has crafted a beautiful film that reflects the horror of the genocide while advocating for reconciliation and a brighter future in the next generation.

This screening is kindly sponsored by the Rwanda Scotland Alliance and the Rwandan High Commission, and the Edinburgh screening will be followed by a discussion supported by the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling.

Showings

| Monday - Thursday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm / Friday - Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm | Free | Stills Gallery

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Country: Various Countries

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Journeys


The films in this programme are:

» Courage

» Destitution

» Fragments of a Love Story

» Here We Stay

» I am Real

» Joy, It’s Nina

» Making it Home ("The Shortest and Sweetest of Songs")

» Making it Home - The making of

» Our Life Stories – Episode One: Tawona from Zimbabwe

» Tu Seras Mon Allie (You will be my Ally)

» Where is Billet?

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Immigration Stories from Scotland and Beyond

Immigration Stories from across Scotland and Beyond is hosted in partnership with Document film festival. Africa in Motion and Document invited immigrants from all over the world to submit their immigration stories on film. Bringing together many of these films, the programme has been curated thematically and will include panel discussions facilitated by NGOs working with refugees in Glasgow. Through this event we want to give an opportunity to immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers and people from diaspora communities living in Scotland, to share their stories and experiences of their lives in Scotland.

Document is the only dedicated international human rights documentary film festival in Scotland, a grassroots initiative that aims to use film as an advocacy tool to raise the profile and promote debate of human rights & social issues across the globe.

As part of Africa in Motion’s focus on immigration, we will be screening the film programme from Immigration Stories at Stills Gallery in Edinburgh throughout the month of October. Immigration Stories will sit cohesively within Stills’ 3-year long research project, Image/Identity. This project is exploring how the movement of people from one place to another has become a normal part of contemporary society through themes of migration, diaspora, transnationalism and multi-culturalism, with an extensive 3-year long programme of events and exhibitions.

We will also screen the Immigration Stories programme at Stills Gallery in Edinburgh throughout October.

Film listings and times

9 am – 9.30am: Registration

9.30 – 9.45:     Welcome

9.45 – 12.00    Imagination 

Where is Billet? | 20 min  

Tu Seras Mon Allie (You will be my Ally) | 20min

Fragments of a Love Story | 15min

Discussion


12.00 – 1.00    Lunch Break

1.00 – 3.15      In Scotland

Courage |  2min

I am Real | 12min

Destitution | 8m

Making it Home | 5min
In this series, we will be screening 'The Shortest and Sweetest of Songs' and 'Choice'

Making it home - The making of | 10min

Our Life Stories – Episode One: Tawona from Zimbabwe | 40min

Discussion

3.15 – 3.30      Coffee Break

3.30 – 5   Bridges  

Here we stay | 30min

Joy, It’s Nina | 34min

Discussion


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Showings

| Free | Stills Gallery

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Country: UK

Joy Elias-Rilvan and Jane Thorburn | UK 2012 | English and Yoruba with English Subtitles | 34m

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Journeys

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The films in this programme are:

» Immigration Stories from Scotland and Beyond

» Stills Gallery screenings

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Joy, It’s Nina

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Shot in England and Nigeria by Jane Thorburn, this evocative and original film builds on the experiences and emotional lives of West African women living in the UK separated from their families. The stories are based on news and court reports and Joy Elias-Rilwan's own life, including voicemails left on her answer-machine by the legendary singer Nina Simone, her friend and self-proclaimed 'Spiritual Mother'.
 
The film explores a contemporary visual language that centres on how a woman of West African origin inhabits an alien and sometimes hostile landscape. Through performance and environment the film juxtaposes sound and image in surprising ways to offer moving interpretations of identity politics and the place of a woman in two different societies.

Showings

Fri 1 Nov | 2pm – 5pm | Free and non-ticketed | Edinburgh College of Art

Details

ECA, Lauriston Place, Room 017

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Judy Kibinge Masterclass

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Judy Kibinge is a talented Kenyan filmmaker and has made several fiction and documentary films to high acclaim. In this masterclass Judy will show clips from her films and talk about her filmmaking practice.

We are screening Judy’s most recent feature film, Something Necessary, at Filmhouse at 6pm on the same day.

Showings

Mon 28 Oct | 8.25pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: South Africa

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


The films in this programme are:

» Short Film Competition

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Kanyekanye - UK Premiere

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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.

Showings

Mon 28 Oct | 8.25pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: Ghana/Mexico/UK

Akosua Adoma Owusu | Ghana/Mexico/UK 2013 | 25m | Twi with English subtitles


The films in this programme are:

» Short Film Competition

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Kwaku Ananse

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Kwaku Ananse is an intensely personal project which draws upon the rich mythology of Ghana. This short film combines semi-autobiographical elements with the tale of Kwaku Ananse, a trickster in West African stories who appears as both spider and man. The fable is combined with the story of a young outsider named Nyan Koronhwea attending her estranged father's funeral. When she arrives at the funeral, she retreats to the woods in search for her father.

Showings

Sat 2 Nov | 5.15pm | Free and non-ticketed | St John’s Church

Sun 3 Nov | 4.05pm | Full price £6.50, concessions £4.50 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: France/Senegal

Moussa Toure | France/Senegal 2012 | 1h27m | French and Wolof with English subtitles | 15

Strands:
AiM Nomad Cinema
Journeys

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La Pirogue (The Pirogue)

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Illuminating the moving and often tragic human stories behind the headlines about illegal immigration, La Pirogue follows Baye Laye, the captain of a fishing pirogue as he journeys from Senegal to mainland Europe. Leading a group of 30 men – and a stowaway woman – of different religions and speaking different languages, some of whom have never seen the sea, Baye Laye will confront many perils in order to reach the distant coasts of Europe.

Directed by Moussa Touré this Un Certain Regard entry at Cannes is dedicated to the 5,000 or so Africans who have died trying to cross to Europe in the last decade. The screening is kindly sponsored by the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies.

Showings

Sun 27 Oct | 3.20pm | Full price £6.50, concessions £4.50 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: France/Qatar/Egypt

Namir Abdel Messeeh | France/Qatar/Egypt 2012 | 1h25m | Arabic/French with English subtitles | 15

Strands:
Religious movements

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La Vierge, les Coptes et moi (The Virgin, the Copts and Me) – UK premiere

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A non-believer born in Egypt and raised in France by his Copt parents, filmmaker Namir Abdel Messeeh has a complicated relationship with his ethno-religious heritage. After watching a video said to depict an appearance of the Virgin Mary in the region of his birthplace, Abdel Messeeh decides to head to Egypt to explore the claims of Marian apparitions that have proliferated in the country since the famous apparitions in Zeitoun in the late 1960s.

The Virgin, the Copts and Me is a playful and warm personal account of the filmmaker’s attempt to better understand his roots while making his first feature film.

 

Showings

Thu 31 Oct | 4pm | Free and non-ticketed | Edinburgh College of Art

Details

Country: Cameroon

ECA, Lauriston Place, Room 017 | Jean-Pierre Bekolo | Cameroon/Germany 2013 | 1h5m | French with English subtitles | 15

Strands:
Political movements

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Le President (The President)

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In this intelligently rendered mix of mockumentary and drama, the disappearance of the President of Cameroon a few days before the elections is a sign that the ‘spectre’ has taken over. Young people are becoming restless, intellectuals are debating national issues, prisoners are making political plans and people are asking difficult questions. With this film, which contains the stories of succession, independence and revolution, director Jean-Pierre Bekolo presents a very different African narrative, one which attempts to interrupt notions of genre, not just by mixing fiction and reality but also in its treatment of form and imagery.

Showings

Sun 27 Oct | 8.25pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: Morocco

Nabil Ayouch | Morocco 2013 | 1h45m | Arabic and French with English subtitles | 15

Strands:
Religious movements

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Les Chevaux de Dieu (Horses of God)

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Ten-year-old Yachine lives with his family in the Sidi Moumen slum in Casablanca. His older brother Hamid is the neighbourhood boss and Yachine’s protector. When Hamid is sent to jail, Yachine takes job after job, however hopeless, to try and uplift himself from the violence, misery and drugs that surround him. Released from prison, now an Islamic fundamentalist, Hamid persuades Yachine and his friends to join their “brothers“.

Thoughtful and affecting, Horses of God retells a story of great political importance, reflecting on the terrorist attacks of May 2003 in Casablanca - the most devastating terrorist attacks in the country’s history.

 

Showings

| Stills Gallery

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Country: Scotland

Augusta, Marzanna, Edineth, Shamaila, Patricia | Scotland 2013 | English | 1min52sec

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Journeys


The films in this programme are:

» Immigration Stories from Scotland and Beyond

» Stills Gallery screenings

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Making it Home ("Choice")

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17 women from 10 countries in two cities over nine months. They start with five poems and create four films. None of the women had ever made a film before; the Scottish participants had never met a refugee before. They found common ground they’d never expected. All of them know what it feels like and what it means to be far from home, or not to have a home at all. Their films explore ideas and feelings about home, loss, and belonging.

In this series, we will be screening 'The Shortest and Sweetest of Songs' and 'Choice'.

Making it Home was facilitated by the Refugee Survival Trust, Maryhill Integration Network, Pilton Community Health Project, and Media Co-op

Showings

| Free | Stills Gallery

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Country: Scotland

Ahlam, Ena, Mubina, Mhurai, Samira | Scotland 2013 | English | 2m21sec

Strands:
Journeys


The films in this programme are:

» Immigration Stories from Scotland and Beyond

» Stills Gallery screenings

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Making it Home ("The Shortest and Sweetest of Songs")

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17 women from 10 countries in two cities over nine months. They start with five poems and create four films. None of the women had ever made a film before; the Scottish participants had never met a refugee before. They found common ground they’d never expected. All of them know what it feels like and what it means to be far from home, or not to have a home at all. Their films explore ideas and feelings about home, loss, and belonging.

In this series, we will be screening 'The Shortest and Sweetest of Songs' and 'Choice'.
 
Making it Home was facilitated by the Refugee Survival Trust, Maryhill Integration Network, Pilton Community Health Project, and Media Co-op

Showings

| Free | Stills Gallery

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Country: Scotland

Refugee Survival Trust & media co-op | Scotland 2013 | English | 10min


The films in this programme are:

» Immigration Stories from Scotland and Beyond

» Stills Gallery screenings

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Making it Home - The making of

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What is home? Where is home? Where do I belong? The behind-the-scenes account of the participatory poetry and filmmaking Making it Home project traces the journey of 17 brave women learning skills, building unlikely friendships and discovering new forms of creative self-expression.
 
Asylum seekers and refugees from Glasgow collaborated with local women from Pilton in Edinburgh, to tell their stories on screen, using styles from animation to documentary to drama. This film is a ten-minute glimpse of how they got there and how they changed along the way.  
 
Making it Home was facilitated by the Refugee Survival Trust, Maryhill Integration Network, Pilton Community Health Project, and Media Co-op

Showings

Sat 26 Oct | 6.10pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: South Africa

Akin Omotoso | South Africa 2011 | 1h20m | English, Zulu, Southern Sotho and Yoruba with English subtitles | 15

Strands:
Post-apartheid South Africa

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There are three sides to every story. Yours, mine, and the truth. No one is lying, but memories shared serve each differently. Ade and Femi are two expatriate and estranged Nigerian brothers, living on different sides of the economic divide, their relationship tainted with unspoken betrayal, guilt and scorn which they have carried since the early days of their youth. When they reunite, the mounting violence of a young and struggling country forms the backdrop to their exchanges, eventually prompting an explosive revelation.

Inspired by the 2008 xenophobic attacks in South Africa, talented expat Nigerian director Akin Omotoso creates a socially engaged film that captures the people behind the headlines.

Showings

Tue 29 Oct | 6.10pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: South Africa

Craig Freimond | South Africa 2012 | 1h33m | 15

Strands:
Post-apartheid South Africa

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Material is a warm and witty comedy of a dutiful Muslim son, Cassim (played by South African stand-up comedian Riaad Moosa), who works alongside his traditionalist father in the declining family run textile store in Johannesburg. Cassim is expected to take over the family business one day, but unknown to his father, is secretly honing his skills as a stand-up comic. When his father finds out, it is no laughing matter and Cassim is suddenly confronted with a stark choice that ultimately reflects the divide between traditional Muslim values and multi-cultural, modern South Africa. Can laughter, love and family overcome this divide?

Showings

Sat 2 Nov | 8.30pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: Tunisia

Nouri Bouzid | Tunisia 2012 | 1h45m | Arabic with English subtitles | 15

Strands:
Women’s movements

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Millefeuille (Hidden Beauties)

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Hidden Beauties is the striking tale of two young Tunisian women striving to achieve the same level of emancipation enjoyed by the male population of their country – even as their fellow citizens fight for freedom. Surrounded by the turmoil of revolution, Zaineb and Aisha are inspired to change the course of their own lives. As one woman resists putting on the veil and the other resists taking it off, the two friends stand together unrelenting in their fight. Their story resonates as a metaphor for all the uncertainties in the country’s political future.

With such films as the acclaimed Bent Familia, screened at Africa in Motion 2010, Nouri Bouzid hasestablished himself early on as an atypical Tunisian filmmaker, tackling taboo issues. Hidden Beauties, his most recent film, is a provocative deliberation on inter-religious tolerance.

In Glasgow the screening will be followed by screenings of the winners of the AiM Short Film Competition.

Showings

Fri 25 Oct | 8.50pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: Kenya

David Tosh Gitonga | Kenya 2012 | 1h36m | English and Swahili with English Subtitles | 15

Strands:
City movements

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Nairobi Half Life

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A young, aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya dreams of success in the big city. In pursuit of this and to the chagrin of his brother and parents, he makes his way to Nairobi: the city of opportunity. Luck, or lack of it, brings him face to face with two groups of downtown crooks and he forms a friendship with a young small-time gang leader who takes him in. Drawn into a new world of theft and violence, he continues to pursue his dream of becoming an actor.

Nairobi Half Life captures the vibrant street-life of Kenya’s capital city in a colourful tale where dreams are dashed but hope prevails.

Showings

Sun 27 Oct | 9pm | £5 per ticket on the door | Banshee Labyrinth

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Country: South Africa

Justin Head | South Africa 2010 | 1h43m | 15

Strands:
AiM Nomad Cinema

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The films in this programme are:

» Edinburgh Nomad Cinema: Horror film night

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Night Drive

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Against the tranquil backdrop of a game reserve, South African thriller Night Drive tracks a group of tourists left stranded during a night-time game drive after their vehicle breaks down. As a series of terrifying events unfolds, the tourists realise that wild animals are the least of their fears.

Local legend has it that the Hyena Man – a power-obsessed madman who once traded in animal parts – heads a well-armed, well trained group of poachers who are on the hunt for human body parts and who are known to trade in live human beings.

Showings

Sat 26 Oct | 8.25pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: South Africa

Jahmil Qubeka | South Africa 2013 | 1h44m | Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho with English subtitles | 15

Strands:
Post-apartheid South Africa

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Of Good Report

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After engaging in an illicit affair with one of his pupils, English teacher Parker Sithole spirals into an abyss of obsession that eventually turns to murder. A cinephile’s passionate homage to classic film noir, Of Good Report is a dramatic yet humorous story about a demented teacher's attempt to get away with the murder of a teenage beauty queen.

Controversially banned by the South African Film and Publication board, the film was pulled from the Durban International Film Festival in July 2013, where it was billed to be the opening film. The film was subsequently “unbanned” on the last day of the festival.

In partnership with Film Africa we are delighted to have the director Jahmil Qubeka in attendance for a discussion following the screening.

Showings

Mon 28 Oct | 6.10pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: France/Nigeria

Newton Aduaka | France/Nigeria 2012 | 1h15m | French with English subtitles | 15

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Movement of film and filmmakers

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One Man’s Show - UK Premiere

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Recording key moments in the life of middle-aged actor Emile (played be celebrated Cameroonian-French actor Emile Abossolo Mbo, who also features in Ezra, Africa Paradis and Les Saignantes, screened at previous AiM festivals), One Man’s Show explores the life and existential crisis of a man attempting to make sense of his fragmented past and shattered ego. The film is a bold and intelligent portrayal of an individual’s search for meaning and identity.

One of the directors interviewed in Creation in Exile, screened earlier on Mon 29 Oct, we are delighted to have Newton Aduaka in attendance to talk to the audience after the screening. Our thanks to the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling for generously supporting Newton’s attendance.

Showings

| Free | Stills Gallery

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Country: Scotland

Gameli Tordzro (Pan African Arts Scotland) | Scotland 2011 | English | 40m


The films in this programme are:

» Immigration Stories from Scotland and Beyond

» Stills Gallery screenings

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Our Life Stories – Episode One: Tawona from Zimbabwe

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Better known as Ganyamatope, Zimbabwean storyteller Tawona Sitholé is a son from the ancestral family Moyo Chirandu. Over the ages, his family’s values have been maintained and expressed through the spoken word and mbira music, and these values have had a huge impact on his own identity as an African in the diaspora. Tawona talks about the challenges and importance of maintaining your true identity in a land where African identity is dictated by the stereotypical representations depicted in Western media.
 
Our Stories: Tawona from Zimbabwe is one of three documentaries that aim to cover untold live inspirational stories of struggles, fears, aspirations, resilience, determination, excellence and success of immigrants from African communities in Scotland.

This film is part of a three-film series produced by Pan African Arts Scotland

 

 

Showings

Thu 31 Oct | 2.30pm | Edinburgh College of Art

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Country: Senegal

ECA, Lauriston Place, Room 017 | Ousmane William Mbaye | Senegal 2012 | 54m | French with English subtitles | 15

Strands:
Political movements

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December 17, 1962: Mamadou Dia, chairman of Senegal, was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of a coup by his friend and companion Leopold Sedar Senghor. Fifty years later, while the 2012 presidential campaign stirred the country around the values of democracy, witnesses and actors of the events of 1962 speak.

 

Showings

Sat 26 Oct | 11pm | Free and non-ticketed | Filmhouse

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SAFTEC/AiM reception

In July this year, Africa in Motion partnered with the South African Film Training and Events Consortium (SAFTEC), with the purpose of organising a touring festival of South African cinema across the UK in Oct 2014, in celebration of 20 years of South African freedom and democracy. We are pleased to welcome a delegation of SAFTEC members to AiM. Come along to this reception for a complimentary glass of wine and to learn more about the proposed touring film festival.

Showings

Mon 28 Oct | 8.25pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: Tunisia

Anis Lassoued | Tunisia 2012 | 30m | Tunisian dialect with English subtitles


The films in this programme are:

» Short Film Competition

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Sabbat El Aid (My Shoes) - UK Premiere

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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. A touching short that transports the audience into a boy’s dream world through the magic of animation.

Showings

Mon 28 Oct | 8.25pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: Tanzania

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


The films in this programme are:

» Short Film Competition

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Shoeshine

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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 neighbor tea-maker. This short-film is both a social commentary and an artistic depiction of the life, aspirations and perspectives of a working child.

Showings

Mon 28 Oct | 8.25pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

Strands:
Movement of film and filmmakers


The films in this programme are:

» Al Layla al Akheera (When They Slept) - UK Premiere

» Kanyekanye - UK Premiere

» Kwaku Ananse

» Sabbat El Aid (My Shoes) - UK Premiere

» Shoeshine

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Short Film Competition

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For the sixth consecutive year, AiM has invited African filmmakers to submit short films of up to 30 minutes for our annual Short Film Competition. From the dozens of submissions, 5 films have been shortlisted, comprising 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 films with the Audience Award winner announced at the closing screenings of the festival where the winning shorts will be screened again prior to the screening of Hidden Beauties and The Forgotten Kingdom.

Our thanks go to The Africa Channel and Buni TV for sponsoring the prize money for the Short Film Competition.

The jury members are: Noe Mendelle (director, Scottish Documentary Institute), David Archibald (University of Glasgow), Mark Cousins (filmmaker), Zina Saro-Wiwa (filmmaker), and Rungano Nyoni (filmmaker and winner of the 2012 Africa in Motion Short Film Competition).

Showings

Fri 1 Nov | 6pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: Kenya/Germany

Judy Kibinge | Kenya/Germany 2013 | 1h25m | Swahili with English subtitles | 15

Strands:
Kenyan independence

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Something Necessary

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The past weighs heavier for some than for others. For Anne, a Kenyan woman and a victim of political and racial violence, it is heavier than conceivable. Nor is the past that light for Joseph, even though he was the culprit. They must hate each other but their stories unfold otherwise. Election violence based on ethnicity is a recurrent phenomenon in Kenya, but the destruction in 2007 was unparalleled. Something Necessary tells the true story, showing how complex things are when it is not about the statistics of a conflict but the people behind the numbers.

In partnership with festivals Film Africa and Afrika Eye, we are delighted to have director Judy Kibinge in attendance for a discussion following the screening. Judy will also present a masterclass on her filmmaking practice at the Edinburgh College of Art earlier on Fri 1 Nov.

Showings

| Monday - Thursday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm / Friday - Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm | Free and non-ticketed | Stills Gallery

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Journeys


The films in this programme are:

» Courage

» Destitution

» Here We Stay

» I am Real

» Joy, It’s Nina

» Making it Home ("The Shortest and Sweetest of Songs")

» Making it Home - The making of

» Our Life Stories – Episode One: Tawona from Zimbabwe

» Tu Seras Mon Allie (You will be my Ally)

» Where is Billet?

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Stills Gallery screenings

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As part of Africa in Motion’s focus on immigration, we will be screening the film programme from Immigration stories, taking place at CCA, Glasgow, at Stills Gallery in Edinburgh throughout the month of October. Immigration Stories will sit cohesively within Stills’ 3-year long research project, Image/Identity. This project is exploring how the movement of people from one place to another has become a normal part of contemporary society through themes of migration, diaspora, transnationalism and multi-culturalism, with an extensive 3-year long programme of events and exhibitions.

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Showings

Tue 29 Oct | 2pm | Edinburgh College of Art

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Country: South Africa

Bryan Little | South Africa 2012 | 1h28m | English, Zulu, Sotho, Xhosa and Afrikaans with English Subtitles | 15

Strands:
Physical Movement
Post-apartheid South Africa

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The films in this programme are:

» Glasgow Nomad Cinema: Films at Calabash

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The African Cypher

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This is the physicality of the dance; the awe of a body flowing through space, flipping, spinning, and snaking as if giving birth to a new means of self-expression. Across South African cities and townships, dance has long been a mirror of the community, replaying allegorical stories that both educate and entertain. Through stunning visuals director Bryan Little harnesses the energy of the unique and diverse performance styles of isiPantsula and sBhujwa to Krump and B|boy. In an African community overpowered by crime and poverty we see how dance has enriched and even changed the lives of the inhabitants.

 

Showings

Sat 26 Oct | 7pm | Free and non-ticketed | Summerhall

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Country: South Africa

Craig Foster and Swati Thiyagarajan | South Africa 2012 | 52m | 15

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The films in this programme are:

» Edinburgh Nomad Cinema: South African adventures at the Summerhall

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The Animal Communicator – UK premiere

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What if you could talk to animals and have them talk back to you? Anna Breytenbach has dedicated her life to what she calls interspecies communication. She sends detailed messages to animals through pictures and thoughts. She then receives messages of remarkable clarity back from the animals.

Anna can feel the scars hidden under a monkey’s fur, she can understand the detailed story that is causing a bird’s trauma, she transforms a deadly snarling leopard into a relaxed contented cat - the whole animal kingdom comes alive in a way never seen before. Wild birds land on her shoulders, fish gather around her when she swims, and wild unfamiliar baboons lie on her body as if she is one of their own. This is the first full-length documentary film on the art of animal communication.

 

Showings

Sun 3 Nov | 6.10pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: France/Portugal

Flora Gomes | France/Portugal 2013 | 1h15m | 15

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The Children’s Republic

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In an unidentified African country, the citizens are ruled by a violent and unjust political and economic system. One day the adults run away, exhausted by the wars they triggered themselves, leaving their children behind. The children must rebuild their world and form a stable and prosperous country. When a group of traumatised child soldiers enter their country, they threaten to disrupt the peace and order of the Children’s Republic.

This fantasy tale comes from renowned director Flora Gomes from Guinea-Bissau. Co-starring Danny Glover the film transports the viewer to a surrealist world ruled by children.

The screening is kindly sponsored by the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Theology and Public Issues and will be followed by a discussion on issues of peace-making and reconciliation in film.

Showings

Fri 1 Nov | 8.30pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse

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Country: United Kingdom /United States/Kenya

Justin Chadwick | United Kingdom /United States/Kenya 2011 | 1h43m | 15

Strands:
Kenyan independence

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The First Grader

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In a small, remote primary school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance to the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. One applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school. He is Maruge (played famed Kenyan actor Oliver Litondo), an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, who is desperate to reclaim the education he never had.

Full of vitality and humour, the film explores the remarkable relationships Maruge builds with his junior classmates, while reminding us of the neglected history of the Mau Mau uprising against British colonial rule.

Showings

Sun 3 Nov | 8.30pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: Lesotho / South Africa

Andrew Mudge | Lesotho/South Africa 2013 | 1h37m | Sesotho with English subtitles | 15 UK premiere

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The Forgotten Kingdom

Lebohang Ntsane

Atang Mokoenya reluctantly leaves the hustle of Johannesburg to bury his estranged father in their remote ancestral land, the Kingdom of Lesotho, a tiny country landlocked by South Africa. Stirred by memories of his youth, he falls in love with his childhood friend Dineo, now a radiant young school teacher. Through her, Atang is drawn to the mystical beauty and hardships of the people and land he had forgotten.

The Forgotten Kingdom takes us on a mesmerising road trip through the stunning rural hills of Lesotho, telling a story of romance and passion both for a country and for a woman.

In Edinburgh the screening will be preceded by screenings of the winners of the AiM Short Film Competition.

Showings

Sat 26 Oct | 3.20pm | Full price £6.50, concessions £4.50 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: South Africa/UK/Ireland

Phil Harrison | South Africa/UK/Ireland 2012 | 1h15m | English and Xhosa with English subtitles | 15

Strands:
Post-apartheid South Africa

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The Good Man

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Michael (played by Irish actor Aidan Gillen of Game of Thrones fame) is a young Irishman on the way up; a wife and daughter he loves, good friends, and a promising career. Sifiso is a bright, sharp teenager living in an informal settlement in Cape Town. Hoping for a place at university, and a better future, he is inadvertently drawn deeper into the harsh struggles of township life. Worlds apart, both men find themselves faced with the same question: how to be good. And when their stories unexpectedly collide, their impact on one another’s lives is far greater, and more surprising, than either could have imagined.

We are delighted to have director Phil Harrison in attendance to talk to the audience after the screening.

Showings

Sun 27 Oct | 6.10pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

Tue 29 Oct | 8pm | Free and non-ticketed | Brass Monkey

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Country: Senegal/Canada

Chai Vasarhelyi | Senegal/Canada 2013 | 1h23m | Wolof and French with English subtitles | 15

Strands:
Religious movements

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Touba

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Touba reveals a different face of Islam, one which is essential in these divisive times. The film chronicles the annual Grand Magaal pilgrimage of one million Sufi Muslims to the holy Senegalese city of Touba. This dynamic and immersive observational film takes us inside the Mouride Brotherhood, one of West Africa's most elusive organisations and one of the world's largest Sufi communities. Shot on celluloid film, the film’s breathtakingly vivid cinematography and integrated soundtrack elevates it to the level of a humanist filmic poem.

 

Showings

Tue 29 Oct | 3.30pm | Edinburgh College of Art

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Country: Ethiopia/UK

ECA, Lauriston Place, Room 017 | Jerry Rothwell | UK/Ethiopia 2011 | 52m | 15

Strands:
Physical Movement

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Town of Runners

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Town Of Runners is a feature documentary about young people from the Ethiopian rural town of Bekoji, whose runners have won 8 Olympic Gold medals, 32 World Championships and broken 10 world records in the last 20 years. The film follows two girls as they strive to emulate their local heroes, making the journey from school track to national competition and from childhood to adulthood. Their mentor is a former PE Teacher who has discovered and trained many of the world’s leading long distance runners including Tirunesh and Genzebe Dibaba, Kenenisa Bekele and Deratu Tulu.

Showings

| Free | Stills Gallery

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Country: Cameroon/Belgium

Rosine Mbakam | Cameroon/Belgium 2012 | French with English Subtitles | 20m


The films in this programme are:

» Immigration Stories from Scotland and Beyond

» Stills Gallery screenings

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Tu Seras Mon Allie (You will be my Ally)

Tu Seras Mon Allié (You will be my Ally) is a short film by Cameroonian director Rosine Mfetgo Mbakam and depicts the story of Domé, a 35 year old woman from Gabon, travelling to Europe. Domé is stopped at the airport in Brussels, Belgium, due to discrepancies with her paperwork. She faces a long and gruelling ordeal. During lengthy interrogations by Belgian airport officials, Domé becomes anxious as to whether or not she'll realise her desire of entering the European country.

Showings

Thu 31 Oct | 1.30pm | Edinburgh College of Art

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Country: Ethiopia/South Africa/USA

Yemane Demissie | Ethiopia/South Africa/USA 2009 | 58m | 15

Strands:
Political movements

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Twilight Revelations: Episodes in the Life and Times of Emperor Haile Selassie

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Twilight Revelations: Episodes in the Life & Times of Emperor Haile Selassie explores and analyzes watershed events during the reign of the Ethiopian emperor. Using a wealth of archival footage and photographs, the film reexamines the imperial administration through the eyes of numerous individuals who played important roles in the monarchy. The featured witnesses include attorneys, ministers of education, information and planning, a general, a Supreme Court justice, members of the royal family, the Emperor’s favorite pilot, parliamentarians, high-ranking civil servants, and members of the imperial household. The observations and narratives of these individuals shed new light on the personality, leadership style and humanity of the last and final Ethiopian emperor.

 

Showings

Sat 26 Oct - Thu 26 Sep | 8pm | Free and non-ticketed | Summerhall

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Country: South Africa

Lloyd Ross | South Africa 2013 | 52m | 15

Strands:
Post-apartheid South Africa

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The films in this programme are:

» Edinburgh Nomad Cinema: South African adventures at the Summerhall

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Two Wings Many Prayers – UK Premiere

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Two friends with a love for aviation and adventure decide to design and build their own tiny aircraft. As if this isn’t challenge enough, they also want to put their money where their mouth is and attempt to fly the little single engine two-seater around the world. Technically, attempting to fly around the world in such an aircraft may just be possible, but without a doubt it would be a high-risk endeavor that most pilots would classify as insanity.

James Pitman and Mike Blyth aren’t aeronautical engineers, they’re not even mechanics. But they have seen a gap in the market for an affordable, reliable light aircraft and decide to go for it, hoping to make the deadline for Oshkosh, the world’s greatest airshow. With the clock ticking down, they rush to complete the build of the plucky little plane that will become known as The Sling.

 

Showings

Sat 2 Nov | 6.20pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: Mozambique

Licínio Azevedo | Mozambique 2012 | 1h30m | Portuguese with English subtitles | 15

Strands:
Women’s movements

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Virgem Margarida (Virgin Margarida)

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Set in Mozambique in 1975, this revealing and poignant film exposes the mindless violence perpetrated against women at the end of colonial rule. After five hundred years of Portuguese colonisation, Mozambicans raise their flag for the first time. Those who fought for independence are empowered and apply their revolutionary ideals. But thousands of women are arrested, prostitutes or presumed prostitutes, leaving their lives and sometimes their children behind. Amongst them, Margarida, a sixteen year-old peasant girl, is wrongly arrested and sent to a rehabilitation camp. Through such adversities the women are bound together as they discover their own humanity. This is their story.

Showings

| Free | Stills Gallery

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Country: Bangladesh/UK

Paul James Gomez | Bangladesh/UK 2011 | English/Bengali with English Subtitles |20m


The films in this programme are:

» Immigration Stories from Scotland and Beyond

» Stills Gallery screenings

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Where is Billet?

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I have recently made a decision to immigrate to the UK from Bangladesh. Europe in general is referred as Billet in the Indian Subcontinent. It’s a desired place where millions of people want to come to find their dreams. Aside from visa issues, I didn’t think it would be a difficult journey. But to make a home in a foreign country is a complex emotional journey.
 
This film reflects this journey and explores the experience of emigration among the people I know in the UK who have made a similar decision.

Showings

Thu 31 Oct | 6.10pm | Full price £8.20, concessions £6 | Filmhouse | Book Now

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Country: Algeria/ France

Djamila Sahraoui | Algeria/ France 2012 | 1h30m | Arabic with English subtitles | 15

Strands:
Political movements

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Yema (Mother)

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Yema is the story of a mother (played by director Djamila Sahraoui herself) and her two sons. This Cain and Abel narrative is set against the backdrop of the barren landscape in a country torn apart by decades of civil war and fundamentalist terrorism. It shows how everyone’s life is touched by Islamic fundamentalism and how even within one close-knit family it can cause disruption and harm.

A parable of the large as well as the small-scale consequences of war, this beautifully shot and powerfully acted film makes damning statements about the heartbreak of violent conflict.

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