Top 5: Africa in Motion

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  • 16 October 2009
Top 5: Africa in Motion

Paul Dale recommends five films not to miss at this year’s Africa in Motion (AIM) festival

My Secret Sky
Opening the fourth edition of the Africa in Motion film festival is the UK premiere of this South African film, the feature debut of filmmaker Madoda Ncayiyana. This magical realist tale of Zulu rugs, craft competitions and the need to climb out of rural poverty has been compared to Slumdog Millionaire.
8.30pm, Thu 23 Oct.

Mwalimu: The Legacy of Julius Kambarage Nyerere
UK premiere of this fascinating documentary about the father of the Tanzanian nation Julius Kambarage Nyerere who brought independence to Tanganyika before going on to forge the United Nation of Tanzania in 1964. If that wasn’t enough Nyerere was also a key player in the South African liberation movement. Not bad for a man who obtained a masters degree in history and economics at the University of Edinburgh in 1952. Director Lekoko Piniel Ole Livilal will be in attendance.
8.45pm, Wed 28 Oct.

From a Whisper
Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu’s interesting thriller looks at the aftermath of the US embassy bombing in Nairobi in 1998. Both contentious and empathetic the film begs some difficult questions. Kahiu will be in attendance and will be holding a masterclass at the Edinburgh College of Art on Fri 30 Oct from 2pm.
4.45pm, Sun 1 Nov.

Le Franc/The Little Girl Who Sold the World
Mini retrospective of two rarely seen films by the great Senegalese filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambety (Touki Bouki, Hyenas). Do not miss.
5.45pm, Sat 31 Oct.

The Athlete
Engrossing and powerful biopic of Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila who took the Olympic gold medal in 1960.
8.30pm, Thu 29 Oct.

AIM, Thu 23 Oct-Mon 1 Nov.

Atletu (The Athlete)

  • 2009
  • Ethiopia / US / Germany
  • 1h 32min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew
  • Written by: Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew, Mikael Aemiro Awake
  • Cast: Rasselas Lakew
  • UK release: 29 June 2012

This intriguing and elegant hybrid of documentary and biopic tells the inspiring story of the Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila, who in 1960 became the first African athlete to win gold at the Olympics.

My Secret Sky

  • 2008
  • South Africa
  • 1h 30min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Madoda Ncayiyana
  • Cast: Sobahle Mkhabas, Sibonelo Malinga, Tshepang Mohlomi

Two orphaned South African siblings venture from their homestead to the city in the hope of entering their only possession - a traditional Zulu grass mat - into a craft competition.

Mwalimu: The Legacy of Julius Kambarage Nyerere

  • 2009
  • Tanzania
  • 52min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Lekoko Piniel Ole Livilal

Documentary about Tanzanian leader Julius Kambarage Nyerere, who placed the country at the heart of the Southern Africa liberation struggle.

From a Whisper

  • 2008
  • Kenya
  • 1h 20min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Wanuri Kahiu
  • Written by: Wanuri Kahiu, Screenplay:, Wanuri Kahiu
  • Cast: Ken Ambani, Abubakar Mwenda, Godfrey Odhiambo, Corrine Onyango

Commemorating the tenth anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi, Kahiu's film concentrates on the aftermath of the bombing and its devastating effect on the lives of its indirect victims. This screening will be followed by short film 'Killer Necklace'.

Le Franc

  • 1994
  • 46min
  • Directed by: Djibril Diop Mambéty
  • Cast: Dieye Ma, Aminata Fall, Demba Bâ

A comedy about a poor musician who one day wins the lottery. Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty.