Scotland's annual film festival Africa in Motion celebrates 20 years of freedom in South Africa
Events include dozens of film screenings, plus talks by directors Eric Kabera and Ian Gabriel
‘I’d like audiences to come away from the festival inspired by the beauty, spirit and innovation of the continent,’ says Natalia Palombo, one of the managers of Scotland’s Africa in Motion film festival, now in its ninth year. Started in 2006 by Dr Lizelle Bisschoff as an extension of her PhD studies into African cinema, AiM has now become one of the largest African film festivals in Europe, this year showing 50 films alongside a range of non-film events.
‘By showcasing African stories told by African people we aim to show a different perspective of the continent,’ says Palombo, ‘one that counters the western clichés and instead reveals diverse stories from across the continent.’ There will be retrospective screenings of classic African cinema like Mapantsula (‘a South African feature film produced in 1988 of great historical significance as one of the most important anti-apartheid films, infamously banned by the Publications Control Board,’ says Palombo), while there will also be a strand focusing on African science fiction, including two short films by Black British filmmaker Kibwe Tavares.
Fifteen special guests from across Africa will include Rwandan film pioneer Eric Kabera at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh, and Ian Gabriel, director of South Africa’s 2013 coming of age drama Four Corners at the GFT. Edinburgh’s Summerhall and Glasgow’s CCA will also act as ‘festival hubs’, presenting music performances from artists like kora player Sura Susso, a Kwaito-inspired dance class by Glasgow Open Dance School, capoeira workshops with Mao na Chao, an African acoustic open mic led by Moroccan musician Omar Afif and Seeds of Thoughts’ Tawona Sithole, and a graphic design exhibition by South African artist Modise BlackDice.
Various venues, Edinburgh and Glasgow, Fri 24 Oct–Sun 9 Nov.