What to see at the 11th Africa in Motion's film festival
- Louise Stoddart
- 27 September 2016
Including the return of the AiM TV lounge, a pop-up festival in East Lothian and a Dine and View multi-sensory experience
Scotland's annual African film festival celebrates its 11th anniversary this year with a series of screenings, workshops, multi-sensory experiences and live performances across Edinburgh and Glasgow.
For 2016, the specified theme of Africa in Motion is 'time'. For South African artist Diek Grobler (who created the cover design) this meant 'the way in which rock artists have been telling stories with pictures in the flickering light of fires on cave walls for centuries.' Other aspects of the festival explore the African continent's past, present and future through Q&A sessions, a number of different cuisines and work from young, aspiring film programmers.
As well as focusing the festival around the theme of time, the organisers have taken a more collaborative stance. Several groups and organisations have had their say in the programmes contents, young programmers have devised a handful of events for the festival and the committee for the documentary competition is made up of postgraduate students from the University of Glasgow.
With one of the festivals most extensive programmes yet, we've picked out some of the highlights:
These Objects, Those Memories: UK Premiere
A split-screen production looking at the lives of three Zimbabwean female migrants who are living in South Africa. Material culture is explored by the objects the girls bring, leave and send home to Zimbabwe.
Fri 4 Nov, 7pm,The Project Cafe, free entry.
Nollywood Red Carpet Premiere Double Bill
2016's Nollywood Red Carpet Premiere Double Bill shows The CEO – the story of five professionals competing for the position of CEO and The Road to Yesterday, a modern day love story. The Premiere is part of the BFI's Black Star Season, which celebrates the talent and diversity of black actors on film and television.
Sun 6 Nov, 9pm, The Corinthian Club, £12 for one film; £16 for both.
AiM TV Lounge
Back for its second year, the AiM TV Lounge gives audiences an insight into popular African TV shows. The lounge is an informal, relaxed setting to enjoy mockumentaries, cooking programmes, travelogues and sitcoms.
Mon 31 Oct–Thu 3 Nov, noon–4pm, Andell's Tearoom, 1st Floor, Savoy Centre, free entry.
Pop-Up Festival East Lothian
AiM have decided to spread their wings for 2016, taking the festival to East Lothian's coastal town, Musselburgh. The programme includes stories from Sudan, South Africa, Rwanda and Egypt and was curated with help from the locals. Visitors can also expect a number of film showings, printmaking, upcycling workshops and African drumming.
Sun 30 Oct, 11.30am–5.30pm, The Fisherrow Centre, Musselburgh, free entry.
The Champagne Room
A Scottish/ Nigerian production of several real life interrelated stories from Glasgow including domestic violence, child abuse, forced marriages and drug crimes. One story sees a journalist and political activist who is denied asylum forced to make the choice to join the men of Glasgow's underworld, or go home. Also part of the BFI's Black Star Season.
Sun 30 Oct, 7.30pm, Bedlam Theatre, £10–£15.
Dine and View
A multi-sensory experience combining film with food that conveys the culture of North Africa. Stories and dishes from Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia are all explored, so you can expect food that's full of flavour and street scenes that evoke life in the Northern half of the continent.
Mon 31 Oct, 7pm, Serenity Cafe, £12.