Africa in Motion film festival presents Sports Stories from around the African Commonwealth

Africa in Motion film festival presents Sports Stories from around the African Commonwealth

The Athlete

Events include bike-powered screenings, a food-and-film marathon and an exploration of slavery

This year’s Africa in Motion (AiM) film festival is heading out on the road, showcasing 30 sporting films from Africa in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games.

The touring event titled ‘Sports Stories from around the African Commonwealth’ will travel to ten different places in Scotland, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Inverness, and will take place over June and July.

Among the highlights is Streetball, a film that looks at the hype surrounding the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, as well as following the story of the Homeless World Cup and the South African representatives. The Fighting Spirit takes audiences to Bukom, Ghana, a small village where many youngsters are turning to boxing as a means of surviving. It explores the stories of different individuals as they fight both personal and professional battles inside and outside the ring.

The Price of Memory is the final film to be shown during the festival, and tackles the history of slavery in Jamaica, and the long struggle for slavery reparations. Its focal point is Queen Elizabeth’s 2002 visit to Jamaica, and the role the British monarchy played in slavery.

There are many other site-specific events running alongside the films, such as a film and food marathon at the House for an Art Lover building that will combine traditional African dishes with an accompanying film showing. There will be a pop up cinema, the AiM Shebeen Screen, which will replicate the way Africans watch films through an African-decorated mobile cinema. Also at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow there will be a bike-powered screening, in collaboration with Take One Action Film Festival.

Various venues nationwide, until Mon 28 Jul – see the Africa in Motion website for more info.

Africa in Motion Film Festival

Scotland’s annual celebration of African cinema heads online with screenings of animated films, features, shorts and documentaries. The 2020 festival features five key strands: Diaspora, Industry, Mamas, Queer Africa and Women in Focus.