Films: Sports Stories From Around the African Commonwealth


from the AiM Newsletter - Sports Tour in Dundee

Dear Friends of Africa in Motion,

This week Sports Stories From Around the African Commonwealth is kicking off in Dundee with screenings of South African films in the Ardler Complex and a programme of children's shorts in the Finmill Centre.

Here's what we have in store for you...
A South African in Dundee

This year marks the 20th year of democracy and freedom in South Africa, and to celebrate we are screening a strand of South African sports films in Dundee. South Africa is paired with Dundee as their second team during the Commonwealth Games so this seems like the ideal place to reflect on the role sport played in South Africa’s journey to democracy, equality and freedom. In this programme we are screening...

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Justin Chadwick | South Africa/USA 2013 | 2h32m | English, Afrikaans and Xhosa with English subtitles | 15

Tue 3 June 6.30pm
Ardler Complex, Turnberry Ave, Dundee
Free and non-ticketed

Based on Nelson Mandela’s 1994 autobiography of the same name, this is the story of an ordinary man who rose to the challenge of his times and triumphed - an intimate portrait of the making of a modern icon. This epic motion picture span Mandela's extraordinary life journey from his childhood in a rural village to his 27 years in prison for his activism against apartheid; his emotionally-charged marriage to Winnie Mandela and through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected President of South Africa,as he works to rebuild the once-segregated country.


Clint Eastwood | South Africa 2009 | 2h 14m | Various languages with English subtitles | 15

Weds 4 June 6.30pm
Ardler Complex, Turnberry Ave, Dundee
Free and non-ticketed
Nelson Mandela will go down in history for being a protester and a prisoner, but most of all he will be remembered for his role as a peacemaker, and the significant part he played in South Africa’s transition to democracy. Set during the 1995 Rugby World Cup hosted by South Africa, this film shows how Mandela joined forces with Francois Pienaar, the captain of the South African rugby team, to help unite the country through one of their most cherished sports. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.

Otelo Burning

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

Thu 5 June, 6.30pm

Ardler Complex, Turnberry Ave, Dundee DD23TP

Free and non-ticketed
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.

Africa United

Debs Paterson | Rwanda / South Africa 2010 | 1h28m
Fri 6 June, 6.30pm

Ardler Complex, Turnberry Ave, Dundee DD23TP

Free and non-ticketed

Africa United tells the extraordinary story of three Rwandan children and their bid to achieve their ultimate dream – to take part in the opening ceremony of the 2010 Football World Cup in Johannesburg.

On the way to the vital selection trial, disaster strikes when Fabrice, Dudu and Beatrice board the wrong bus and cross into the Congo. Without papers, money or a believable story, they are escorted to a children's refugee camp. But with considerable ingenuity and sass (and a World Cup wall chart for a map), our pint-sized heroes escape the camp and set off in pursuit of their dream, picking up along the way a "dream team" of displaced kids, who help them negotiate a series of thrilling and hilarious adventures. During their 3,000 mile journey, we encounter an Africa few people ever see, experience an epic adventure across seven countries, and feel the joy, laughter and hope that comes from making an incredible journey together.

Family Day in the Finmil

Sat 7 June, 11am - 1pm
Finmill Centre, Fincastle Street, Dundee DD49EW
Free and non-ticketed
We are working in partnership with Finmill Centre’s Local Management Group to host a free event for families in celebration of the Commonwealth Games. The event will include access to the Power Plate fitness machine for adults, arts and crafts workshops, including decorating masks and flags, making necklaces and Kufi hats, and film screenings for children. 
Through our selection of African short films, suitable for children of all ages, we will travel through Zambia, Tunisia, Kenya and Ethiopia to share in the adventures and dreams of children in Africa. For more details see here.

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