Africa in Motion's theme for 2018 is rebellion

Africa in Motion


Annual film festival of stories from the African continent returns

Africa in Motion is back for another year of thought-provoking screenings, animated discussions, Q&As, live performances and more, with this year's edition of the festival focusing on the theme of rebellion. As Scotland's major celebration of African cinema, the festival aims to present audiences in Glasgow and Edinburgh with a varied range of stories from the African continent, from documentaries right the way through to coming-of-age dramas.

Highlights from this year's programme include Wanuri Kahiu's Rafiki, a touching queer love story from Kenya, which was banned by the Kenya Film Classification Board for its LGBTQ+ themes. With 2018 marking the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, the festival will also commemorate this anniversary with a number of screenings and events, including the political documentary Mandela: A True Pan-Africanist and Standing on Their Shoulders, which places emphasis on female activists both during and post-apartheid.

Elsewhere in the programme, you'll find the South African western Five Fingers for Marseilles, the superhero fantasy Supa Moda and Sahara Desert-set acid western Zerzura, alongside the festival's mentoring programme for aspiring film curators, Reviving Scotland's Black History, which returns for its third year. Keep an eye out for the full programme announcement on Tue 25 Sep. (Arusa Qureshi)

Various venues, Glasgow & Edinburgh, Fri 26 Oct–Sun 4 Nov.

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.

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