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

Sat 26 Oct | 11.50am (following a storytelling session at 11.15am) | Glasgow Young Scot or Kidz Card holders and an accompanying adult get in FREE to these shows | Glasgow Film Theatre | Book Now

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Country: South Africa

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

Strands:
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]

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 26 Oct | 11.15pm | Glasgow Film Theatre | Book Now

Details

Country: Zimbabwe

Strands:
Children and Youth


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African Storytelling: Tawona Sithole

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As part of Glasgow Children’s Day, Tawona will present a fun, interactive storytelling session preceding the screening of Adventures in Zambezia, exploring the storytelling traditions of Southern Africa. Be ready to get involved. Bring your fun side.

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. Using traditional influences, Tawona developed a contemporary style of expression, often using humour to challenge stereotypes.

This year’s children’s day is hosted in partnership with Glasgow Film Theatre Take 2. Take 2 is a weekly family event run by Glasgow Film Theatre. Full the full programme of events, visit www.glasgowfilm.org.uk

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.

 

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 | 7pm | Free | South Block

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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

Fri 1 Nov - Tue 8 Oct | Gallery

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Exhibition Preview event: Fri 1 Nov, 5pm - 7pm Exhibitions runs: 2 Nov - 8 Nov |

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Women’s movements

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Art Exhibition: Noble Eagle/Wiley Fox

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Noble Eagle/Wily Fox is the first solo show from Glasgow School of Art graduate Rachel Jones following on from her critically acclaimed degree show in June 2013. Noble Eagle/Wily Fox is a combination of paintings from Jones’ degree show and a series of new works created in response to Africa in Motion’s festival theme, Twende: Africa on the Move. Responding to the idea of movement, Jones has developed a series of paintings that consider action and consequence of inaction. The work discusses politics, land, the weight of entrapment, and the delight of freedom. And they focus on joy, lots and lots of joy.

Rachel Jones recently exhibited at the Glasgow School of Art Painting & Printmaking Degree Show. Her exhibition received a number of acclaimed awards including The Steven Campbell Trust Hunt Medal for Poetic Creativity 2013, the inaugural 108 Fine Art Purchase Prize, and the RSA: New Contemporaries. The latter will give the artist an opportunity to develop her work further with a prestigious show at The Royal Scottish Academy in February 2014.

We would like to invite you to join us at the exhibition preview event at 5pm on Friday 1 November at 48 Virginia Court for a complimentary drink and an exclusive view of Noble Eagle/Wiley Fox. Thereafter, the gallery will be open 11am - 5pm everyday.

http://www.rachelvictoriajones.co.uk/

Showings

Fri 25 Oct | 1pm | Free | Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)

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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

Fri 25 Oct | 1pm | Free | Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)

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Country: Scotland

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

Strands:
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

Fri 25 Oct | 9.45am | Free | Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)

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Country: Scotland/Pakistan

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

Strands:
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

Sat 26 Oct | 11.15am - 1.10pm | Glasgow Young Scot or Kidz Card holders and an accompanying adult get in FREE to these shows (these | Glasgow Film Theatre | Book Now

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Country: Various Countries

Strands:
Children and Youth


The films in this programme are:

» Adventures in Zambezia

» African Storytelling: Tawona Sithole

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Glasgow 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.

This year’s children’s day is hosted in partnership with Glasgow Film Theatre Take 2. Take 2 is a weekly family event run by Glasgow Film Theatre. Full the full programme of events, visit www.glasgowfilm.org.uk. 

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.

Showings

Sun 27 Oct | 5pm | The African Cypher - Free | Calabash

Sat 2 Nov | 5pm | The Pardon - Free | Calabash

Sun 3 Nov | 7pm | Last Flight to Abuja - £5 on the door (admits to AiM Closing Party and buffet). | Calabash

Details

Country: South Africa/Rwanda/Nigeria

Strands:
AiM Nomad Cinema
Journeys
Physical Movement
Post-apartheid South Africa

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The films in this programme are:

» Imbabazi (The Pardon)

» Last Flight to Abuja

» The African Cypher

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Glasgow Nomad Cinema: Films at Calabash

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Glasgow Nomad Cinema: African films at Calabash

Opened by Kenyan owners in 2011, Scotland’s premier pan-African bar and restaurant is the unofficial municipal for African communities in Glasgow complete with a welcoming atmosphere with sharp fashion and animated conversation buzzing around in different languages. Adding to a diverse programme of music and events at Calabash, AiM will screen three films from three different countries in Calabash over the course of the festival, appealing to the diverse demographic of the venue.

There are three events in this series:

Sunday 27 Oct, 5pm: Dance Over Crime: a screening of South African documentary The African Cypher

Saturday 2 Nov, 5pm: Justice, Absolution and Reconciliation: A film by Rwandan filmmaker Joel Karekezi, Imbabazi (The Pardon)

Sunday 3 Nov, 7pm: Lagos to Abuja: a film by acclaimed Nollywood producer, Obi Emelonye documenting a true story: Last Flight to Abuja. 
This screening will be followed by the Africa in Motion Film Festival VJ and Closing Party and will include a buffet. Tickets for this screening are £5 and can be bought on the door or by emailing [email protected]

Showings

Thu 31 Oct | 3.30 - 7pm | Free | Riverford Green Space

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Country: Various Countries

Strands:
Children and Youth

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The films in this programme are:

» Mirror Boy

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

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AiM are working with Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) to deliver a celebratory community event on Halloween night for children and families of the Pollokshaws community. Celebrating over a year of development work to the Riverford area, we will host Halloween themed workshops, African storytelling sessions and a screening of Obi Emelonye’s Mirror Boy at 5pm. Situated beside one of Glasgow’s oldest graveyards, we’re ready to thrill the living daylights out of you! You can also keep the cinema spirit up with our retro popcorn card that will make it rounds through the park! 

Please note that this is an outdoor event - we advise you to dress for wet conditions.


1520 - 1540
Pupil Halloween Parade from St Conval’s to Riverford

1540 - 1630 African Storytelling Session with Tawona Sithole
Halloween Games throughout the greenspace

1615 - 1630 Introduction from Glasgow Housing Association | Introduction from Local Councillor(s)

1630 New Riverford Lights Switch-on!

1650 - 1710! ‘Tinga Tales’ CBeebies, Animation, 0h 20m, U

1710 - 1840! ‘Mirror Boy’ Obi Emelonye, Nigeria 2010, 1h 27m, PG!

Showings

Fri 1 Nov | 7pm | Free | African & Caribbean Centre

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Country: Ethiopia

Strands:
AiM Nomad Cinema
Political movements

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The films in this programme are:

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

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Glasgow Nomad Cinema: Life and Times of Emperor Haile Selassie

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The African & Caribbean Centre is one of Glasgow’s hidden gems. The centre serves as a headquarters for the Glasgow Afro-Caribbean network, formed in 2005 to support Glasgow's various Afro-Caribbean communities and promote inclusion. The centre is run entirely by volunteers, who endeavour to host regular events including open mic nights, community events, fundraisers, and the mighty Bass Warrior soundsystem bringing in exotica and world-music acts from around the African continent.

At this event, we will be screening Ethiopian documentary Twilight Revelations: Episodes in the Life and Times of Emperor Haile Selassie.

 

Showings

Sat 26 Oct | 7pm | Free | Govanhill Baths

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Country: South Africa

Strands:
AiM Nomad Cinema
Physical Movement

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The films in this programme are:

» Otelo Burning

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Glasgow Nomad Cinema: South Africa Under Water at Govanhill Baths

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Govanhill Baths were first opened in 1917 by the municipal fathers and over the course of 85 years it established itself as a centre for community in the ethnically diverse South of Glasgow. In 2001 the council announced that they were closing the baths. Over 10 years of protest from the determined Govanhill residents ensued and finally last year they were successful when it was announced that the baths would be restored.

The protests were staged in the form of innovative cultural events that regularly popped up in the building. Africa in Motion are excited to collaborate with the Govanhill Baths Community Trust to further engage Glasgow communities with a space-specific pop-up screening of Sara Blecher’s acclaimed feature, Otelo Burning.

Showings

Fri 25 Oct | 8.30pm - 1am | Free | Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)


The films in this programme are:

» Of Good Report

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Glasgow Opening Reception

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After the screening of Of Good Report everyone is warmly invited to an opening reception at Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA) for a live performance by Edinburgh-based Afrobeat/Electronic artist Law, music provided by Yebo DJs and DJ Chief Boima of Okay Africa/Africa is a Country (Hip Hop, Afrobeat and Highlife), and complimentary South African wine and African canapés.

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

Chief Boima is a Sierra Leonean-American electronic musician, DJ, writer (Africa is a Country, The Fader Magazine), label manager at the Brooklyn based music arts, and culture collective Dutty Artz, and outspoken advocate for the cutting-edge digital music coming out of many parts of the world today. www.chiefboima.com

Yebo residents; Dandy Riots (Sex Cult Records), Trill Spector (This is Music) and Floatingboy (Juice) are teaming up to blend together the best African Music and dark electronic Hip Hop found on the deep web. The set will be accompanied by live visuals from video artists; Stella Wan (GSA) and Steven Morrison (ECA).

Showings

Sun 3 Nov | 7pm | £5 (fee includes film ticket and buffet) | Calabash

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Country: Various Countries

Strands:
AiM Nomad Cinema
Journeys

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The films in this programme are:

» Last Flight to Abuja

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Glasgow closing screening and VJ event

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This event will see the last of our three screenings at Calabash and the final Glasgow screening of the festival. To see out AiM13, we will be following the screening of The Last Flight to Abuja with a West African buffet of tasty food straight from the Calabash kitchen and an East African inspired live VJ event. A phenomenon has emerged predominantly in Kenya and Tanzania that is further experimenting with film exhibition. VJs, each with their own distinctive personality, and humour, frame the action within the film with their own quirky style. We’ll be bringing the trend to Calabash, utilising AiM’s ever growing short film collection.

Calabash’s resident Nigerian DJ will be on hand later to make sure we’re able to dance the festival out in style.

Showings

Fri 25 Oct | 3.30pm | Free | Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)

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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

Fri 25 Oct | 1pm | Free | Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)

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Country: Scotland

Benjamin Hunter | Scotland 2011 | English | 12 min

Strands:
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

Sat 2 Nov | 5pm | Free | Calabash

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Country: Rwanda

Joel Karekezi | Rwanda 2013 | 1h13m | 15

Strands:
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

Fri 25 Oct | 9am - 5pm | Free | Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)

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Country: Various Countries

Strands:
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

Fri 25 Oct | 3.30pm | Free | Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)

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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

Mon 28 Oct | 7pm | Free | South Block

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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 | 7pm | Free | South Block

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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

Sun 3 Nov | 7pm | £5 (Includes entry to the AiM Closing and VJ Party and buffet) | Calabash

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Country: Nigeria

Obi Emelonye | Nigeria 2012 | 81m | English | 12A

Strands:
AiM Nomad Cinema
Journeys

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The films in this programme are:

» Glasgow closing screening and VJ event

» Glasgow Nomad Cinema: Films at Calabash

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Last Flight to Abuja

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A set of everyday Nigerian travellers board the last Flamingo Airways flight scheduled to fly from Lagos to Abuja on a fateful Friday night in 2006. The plane cruises at 30,000 feet, tranquil and on schedule. But like a bolt out of the blue, through a mixture of human error, technical failure and sheer bad luck, the plane rapidly develops major difficulties that send it teetering on the brink of disaster. Young lovers, an elderly couple, a corporate party, a sportsman on the threshold of greatness; all the passengers are caught up in the nightmare scenario and sense the final moments of their lives approach. All...except one! What does he know? Will they survive... the last flight to Abuja?

Following on from Obi Emelonye’s award-winning film Mirror Boy (screened at AiM 2011 and again this year), The Last Flight to Abuja incorporates Nollywood stylistics while remaining accessible to both African and international audiences. Obi is one of the brightest creative minds to come out of Nollywood, and has been showing films in European cinemas since 200

Showings

Tue 29 Oct | 6pm | £7.50/£6 | Glasgow Film Theatre | Book Now

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Country: Morocco

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

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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

Fri 25 Oct | 1pm | Free | Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)

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Country: Scotland

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

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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

Fri 25 Oct | 1pm | Free | Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)

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Country: Scotland

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

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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

Fri 25 Oct | 1pm | Free | Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)

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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

Wed 30 Oct | 8.15pm | £7.50/£6 | Glasgow Film Theatre | 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

Thu 31 Oct | 5pm | Free | Riverford Green Space

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Country: Nigeria

Nigeria | Obi Emelonye | Nigeria 2010 | 1h27m | PG

Strands:
AiM Nomad Cinema
Children and Youth

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The films in this programme are:

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


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Mirror Boy

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The Mirror Boy is an enthralling journey through the small West African country of The Gambia, as seen through the eyes of a London-born 12-year-old boy, Tijani. When Tijani gets involved in a street fight, his mother decides to take him to The Gambia to rediscover discipline and become a man. After many exhilarating adventures with a little boy called Mirror Boy, Tijani discovers that the lines between reality and fantasy, between the physical and the spiritual, are blurred. Tijani must unravel the mystery of the Mirror Boy: who is he and where does he come from? Why is Tijani the only one who can see him?

 

Showings

Fri 25 Oct | 5.50pm | £7.50/ £6 | Glasgow Film Theatre | 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

Sat 26 Oct | 7pm | Free and non-ticketed | Govanhill Baths

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Country: South Africa

Sara Blecher | South Africa 2011 | 1h12m | English and Zulu with English subtitles | 15

Strands:
AiM Nomad Cinema
Physical Movement

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The films in this programme are:

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

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Otelo Burning

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Shot in Durban and set in 1989, in the final years of the crumbling system of apartheid, Otelo Burning tells the story of a group of township kids who discover the joy of surfing. When 16-year-old Otelo Buthelezi takes to the water for the first time, it is clear that he was born to surf. But then tragedy strikes. On the day that Nelson Mandela is released from prison, Otelo is forced to choose between surfing success and justice. Jealousy, betrayal and political turbulence impact the lives of these young boys in ways that will change them forever. This is a beautifully made, insightful and entertaining film that captures a turbulent time in the history of South Africa.

Showings

Fri 25 Oct | 9am | Free | Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)

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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

Mon 28 Oct | 7pm | Free | South Block

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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

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

Showings

Mon 28 Oct | 7pm | Free | South Block

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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 | 7pm | Free | South Block

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

Sun 27 Oct | 5pm | Free | Calabash

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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

Sun 27 Oct | 1pm | £7.50/ £6 | Glasgow Film Theatre | Book Now

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Country: Lesotho / South Africa

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

Strands:
Journeys

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The Forgotten Kingdom

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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

Fri 25 Oct | 9am | Free | Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)

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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

Fri 1 Nov | 7pm | Free | African & Caribbean Centre

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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

Fri 25 Oct | 9am | Free | Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)

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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.

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