Grigris, Of Good Report and The Children's Republic among highlights of Africa in Motion 2013

Grigris, Of Good Report and The Children's Republic among highlights of Africa in Motion 2013

The Children's Republic

The film festival will also feature a pop-up strand screening films in site-specific locations

For its eighth edition, the Africa in Motion film festival has taken as its theme ‘Twende! Africa on the Move’. Translated as ‘let’s go!’, ‘twende’ is an apt word for an event that covers nine diverse strands, ranging from post-apartheid South Africa to sexual identity. Difficult Love combines both these themes, following internationally celebrated photographer Zanele Muholi in a personal exploration of the challenges facing black lesbians in South Africa. Meanwhile, The Children’s Republic stars Danny Glover in a surreal science-fiction drama that imagines a small state ruled by children in a futuristic postwar continent.

The festival takes place in several venues including the Glasgow Film Theatre, the CCA and Edinburgh’s Filmhouse. Coordinators also hope to reach untapped local communities with a new pop-up strand, named the AiM Nomad Cinema, which screens films in fitting surroundings – including a kids’ film in Edinburgh Zoo and a Hallowe’en horror evening in the city’s Banshee Labyrinth.

If you still can’t make up your mind what to see, Africa in Motion founder and curator Lizelle Bisschoff points cinema-goers towards the twin opening night films in Edinburgh and Glasgow: Grigris, directed by Cannes jury prize-winning Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, and Of Good Report, a controversial South African film about an English teacher’s affair with a pupil.

Africa in Motion Film Festival 2013, various venues, Thu 24 Oct–Sun 3 Nov.

Le film GRIGRIS (Cannes 2013 - Selection Officielle)

OF GOOD REPORT Trailer | Festival 2013


  • 2013
  • France / Chad
  • 1h 41min
  • Directed by: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
  • Cast: Souleymane Démé, Anaïs Monory, Cyril Guei

Despite a paralysed leg, 25-year-old Grigris dreams of being a dancer. But his dreams are dashed when his uncle falls critically ill and Grigris resolves to work for petrol traffickers.

Of Good Report

  • 2013
  • South Africa
  • 1h 41min
  • Directed by: Jahmil XT Qubeka
  • Cast: Mothusi Magano, Petronella Tshuma, Thobi Mkhwanazi

An introverted high school teacher in rural South Africa starts an obsessive affair with a pupil, with tragic consequences. Controversial South African thriller that was first banned in its home country, then unbanned.

Difficult Love

  • 2010
  • South Africa
  • 48min
  • Directed by: Zanele Muholi, Peter Goldsmid
  • Cast: Zanele Muholi

Portrait of the life and work of internationally celebrated South African lesbian photographer and visual activist Zanele Muholi.

The Children's Republic

  • 2012
  • Portugal / France / Guinea-Bissau / Belgium / Germany
  • 1h 18min
  • Directed by: Flora Gomes
  • Cast: Danny Glover, Hedviges Mamudo, Melanie de Vales Rafael

Fantasy about an African country from which the adults flee, leaving children to fend for themselves.