Africa in Motion Children's Day
Programme of kids' activities at the film festival aim to strengthen Scottish-African links
With many Scottish schools forging links with Africa, more and more children are learning to appreciate the highs and lows of life on another continent. To that same end, this year’s Africa in Motion (AiM) film festival is offering families a fascinating glimpse into African life with its fun-packed Children’s Day.
Now in its sixth year, AiM is the UK’s largest African film festival, and the over-arching theme for 2011 is Children and Youth in Africa. ‘Our hope is that families will take this opportunity to engage in the lives and experiences of children in Africa,’ says AiM’s founder, Lizelle Bisschoff. ‘We have created a programme that promotes knowledge, cultural exchange and learning in a fun environment.’
The Children’s Day starts with a free session of interactive storytelling suitable for ages 2+ and their accompanying adults. Followed by a screening of six short films and one feature using both live action and animation (with any subtitles narrated for younger viewers). Then families can take part in a drumming and dancing workshop introducing young audiences to the music and rhythms of Africa.
‘Alongside looking at cinematic representations for, by and about children in Africa,’ says Bisschoff, ‘we wanted to create fun and challenging workshops and events that would enable Scottish children to understand how familiar issues such as education, entertainment and the environment are experienced in other cultures.’
Filmhouse and St Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh, Sat 5 Nov.