Classic and contemporary African films come to Scotland this autumn!

6 October 2017


Africa in Motion 273Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival runs from the 27 October – 5 November 2017

Africa in Motion is Scotland’s major annual celebration of African cinema, and is delighted to return for the 12th year to bring audiences in Edinburgh and Glasgow a wide variety of creative stories from across the African continent.

This year the festival will undertake journeys across the continent and beyond, looking at both African and Black identities globally. Strands will include a programme of African Lost Classics, bringing artistically innovative, but rare and little-known, classic African films to audiences; Afro-Latin (in)visibility, a strand looking at cultural politics in Nicaragua, Colombia and Cuba through exploring Afro-descendant history; and Reviving Scotland’s Black History, a mentoring programme for aspiring film curators from a diverse range of backgrounds to learn about black history in Scotland and use this knowledge to programme events during Africa in Motion and Black History Month.

Artistically stimulating and thought-provoking, the programme takes on bold narratives through a range of features, documentaries and shorts. From classical African feature films such as Soleil O (Med Hondo, Mauritania, 1970), and Rage (Newton Aduaka, UK, 1999), exploring race and identity in the early post-colonial world; to films exploring African diaspora identities across the globe in Shashamane (Giulia Amat, USA, 2016), a film about the repatriation of Jamaican Rastafarians to Ethiopia, and Vanishing Sail (Alexis Andrews, Antigua and Barbuda/Grenada/St Vincent and the Grenadines, 2015), a documentary looking at the Scottish settler influences on boat building in Carriacou. There is also a strong focus on female-driven stories, from South African political narratives such as the documentary Winnie (Pascale Lamche, France/Netherlands/South Africa, 2017), to a women-powered road movie across West Africa in Frontieres (Apolline Traore, Burkina Faso, 2017).

The festival will open in Edinburgh’s Filmhouse with the FESPACO Golden Stallion and Berlinale Silver Bear winner Felicite, directed by French/Senegalese director Alain Gomis, who will be in attendance for the screening. Set in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the film follows the story of a vivacious independent singer, Felicite, as she carves out a life for herself and her son in a precarious environment. The narrative weaves a story of hope, sensuality and song set within the harsh urban jungle of Kinshasa.

Source: Press Release