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Sports Stories from around the African Commonwealth 1 June to 28 July 2014 Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Inverness, Isle of Skye, Cromarty, Dumfries, Oban, Coll, Dunoon

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nce upon a time... a glowing baton journeyed across a rainy,

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passed tartan bagpipers, quirky fashionistas, towering turrets,

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lots of whisky drinkers. The day it landed in the hub of all this excitement it noticed that the cultural jewels that make this land great, now shone so brightly, that explorers, adventurers and

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Introduction .......................... 4 About us ................................ 5 AiM Shebeen Screen ................ 7 Schedule ................................ 9 Glasgow ............................... 10 Edinburgh ............................. 24 Dundee .................................. 30 Inverness .............................. 35 Isle of Skye ............................ 38 Cromarty ............................. 40 Dumfries ............................... 42 Oban ..................................... 43 Coll ...................................... 44 Dunoon ................................. 45

Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival @aimfilmfest info@africa-in-motion.org.uk www.africa-in-motion.org.uk

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‘Sport has the power to change the world’ – Nelson Mandela, 2000

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elcome to this special edition of the Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival. We are kicking off the year with a touring programme of African sports films, entitled Sports Stories from around the African Commonwealth, which is set to journey across Scotland during the lead up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. By highlighting the diverse array of sport narratives from across Africa we will show how each country and region has its own story linked to sport, depending on its history, culture, economy, climate, and ethnic diversity. We are travelling across the African Commonwealth and beyond, allowing Scotland Commonwealth spectators to watch boxing in Ghana, cycling in Rwanda, long-distance running in Kenya and Ethiopia, surfing in South Africa, football in Nigeria and much more. Sport has the power to inspire, challenge and test everything that makes us human; it can break down the barriers of difference, create hope, promote equality and build friendship. The festival will also use sport to highlight some of the main aims of the Commonwealth including HIV/AIDS awareness, democracy, refugee and asylum seekers and the history of slavery. Viewers will be taken on a visual journey through the African Commonwealth highlighting triumphs and key challenges through sports.

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About Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival For those of you new to AiM, we are an annual African film festival, now in our ninth year, comprised of screenings of African films and other related events. Since our inauguration in 2006 the festival has endeavoured to show the vibrancy of African cinema in Scotland, screening over 350 African films to audiences of around 20,000 people over the years. By screening African stories told by African people we aim to show a different perspective of Africa, one that counters the western clichĂŠs and instead reveals diverse stories from across the continent. Our main annual festival will take place, as usual, at the end of October this year.

About the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a national celebration. Culture 2014 will showcase dance, theatre, music, visual arts, comedy and much more in the run up to and after the Commonwealth Games, with Festival 2014 transforming the Host City at Games time. The Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life, and Creative Scotland through National Lottery funding. For full details on the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme see: www.glasgow2014.com/culture

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Sports Stories from around the African Commonwealth In June and July we are taking African sport films across Scotland, here’s what we have in store for you!

30 African films from 14 countries covering

9 different sports

will travel to

27 venues

1 car will take the AiM team and

1 SCReen pop-up ShebeeN to

10 different locations across Scotland There will also be:

2 bike-powered screenings powered bY 6 bicycles 2 Glaswegian hip hop dancers 2 TANGO DANCERS 6


AIM SHEBEEN SCREEN The AiM Shebeen Screen will draw inspiration from shebeens in both South Africa and Scotland, to create a pop-up cinema that will tour across Scotland during the festival. We have recreated an African video parlour using a projector, a screen, murals and African fabrics. The Shebeen Screen will travel around venues in Scotland, allowing audiences to fully immerse themselves in African film. A shebeen has cultural roots in both South Africa and Scotland: in both places it refers to an illegal or informal drinking establishment. In South Africa this is typically an informal drinking place in a township, and in Scotland it is, likewise, an unlicensed pub. Scotland-based Zimbabwean artist Fadzai Mwakutuya Hamburgh along with Italian artist Ivan Micelli have designed the murals for the Shebeen Screen, recreating scenes from a shebeen in order to transport the audience to an African setting. The Shebeen Screen tour is supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of BFI’s Film Audience Network, and The Touring Network. As part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, Film Hub Scotland is one of nine Hubs set up across the UK to extend film choice, increase and broaden film audiences, and enhance opportunities for audiences to engage with and learn about film. The Touring Network exists to see rural touring be a central, celebrated and indispensable part of the cultural life of Scotland. The Network exists to enable remarkable live performances of the highest level, transform people as promoters, performers, audiences and create vibrant places to live, work and visit.

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The African Commonwealth and the Commonwealth Games Nigeria

Kenya

Joined Commonwealth: 1960 (suspended 1995–99) Medals: 176 Nigeria made its debut in the British empire Games in 1950, winning silver in the men’s high jump competition.

Ghana

Joined Commonwealth: 1957 Medals: 55

Joined Commonwealth: 1963 Medals: 195 Kenya is famous for its distance runners and their many Olympic and Commonwealth titles on the running track.

Rwanda

Joined Commonwealth: 2009 Medals: 0 so far

Tanzania

Joined Commonwealth: 1961 Medals: 21 Having made their debut in the 1962 Games, Tanzania achieved medal success at every Commonwealth Games from 1970 through to 2006.

South Africa

Joined Commonwealth: 1931 (left in 1961, rejoined in 1994) Medals: 311 In 2006 Louis van Zyl broke the record for men’s 400m hurdles with a time of 48.05 seconds.

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ZAMBIA

Joined Commonwealth: 1964 Medals: 29 Raymond Lweendo won Gold in the men's 400m hurdles in the 1970 Games held in Edinburgh.


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Glasgow

Camera, Adventure, Action Fri 20 June, 6pm - 10pm

The Climbing Academy, 124 Portman Street, Glasgow G41 1EJ Free and non-ticketed Website: www.tca-glasgow.com

We are taking the bouldering experience to another level at the Climbing Academy, as we explore new and exciting angles both on the climbing walls and on screen. We join adrenaline junkies in Africa as they search for the next rush and new adventure. The film screenings will take place in the café of the Climbing Academy. Join us for a screening of an action-packed African film before or after your climbing practice, or just come along to experience something new.

Unfinished Business

Graham Shillington | South Africa 2009 | 23m | 15 | Short

Unfinished Business is a dynamic and quirky short documentary with a madcap premise. It follows the vertigo-inducing exploits of solo South African climber Jeremy Samson and his pipe dream to put a pinnacle atop Table Mountain so he can take his sport to the limit and beyond. A refreshingly funny and intelligent look at the thrill-seeking sports culture in Cape Town.

Two Wings Many Prayers

LLoyd Ross | South Africa 2013 | 52m | 15 | Documentary

Two South African friends with a love for aviation and adventure decide to design and build their own tiny aircraft. As if this isn’t challenge enough, they also want to put their money where their mouth is and attempt to fly the little single engine twoseater around the world.

Streetball

Demetrius Wren | South Africa 2010 | 1h18m | 15 | Documentary

Years after the end of apartheid South Africa remains one of the most unequal countries in the world. In 2008, as the country prepares to host the FIFA World Cup, everyone is brimming with excitement, and new airports and stadiums are built to welcome visitors from across the world. Streetball looks behind the scenes of this euphoria and tells the stories of South Africa’s 2008 Homeless World Cup team.

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Glasgow

Through Africa on a Bicycle Sat 28 June, 12pm - 2pm Sun 29 June, 11.30am - 1.30pm

Riverside Museum, 100 Pointhouse Road, Glasgow G3 8RS Free and non-ticketed Website: www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/riverside

Through this selection of African short films, suitable for children of all ages, we will travel by bicycle, fishing boat, on foot and by toy car through Zambia, Tunisia, Kenya and Ethiopia to share in the adventures and dreams of children in Africa. Come and enjoy a tour through the moving wonders of Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel, stop by the bike-powered screenings of this selection of short films for families, and be transported to Africa! After the screenings staff will be available to talk visitors through the process of powering a screen using bikes. The screenings include:

Mwansa the Great

Rungano Nyoni | Zambia/UK 2011 | 23m | Nyanja with English subtitles

An eight-year-old boy who aspires to be a hero embarks upon a journey to prove his greatness, with unexpected consequences. A moving insight into childhood where fantasy jostles with reality as a young boy’s imagination transforms and empowers everyday life.

Sabbat El Aid (My Shoes) Anis Lassoued | Tunisia 2012 | 30m | Tunisian dialect with English subtitles

Nine-year-old Nader loves to run, as if he wants to defy gravity. We follow him as he journeys through his village, down winding paths bordered with lush green forests, greeting each neighbour as he passes, until he climbs up a large mountain to the tallest point where he looks down over his small village with a sense of awe and freedom. While shopping for Eid clothes with his parents, he sets his heart on a pair of expensive shoes beyond what his father can afford. A touching short that transports the audience into a boy’s dream world through the magic of animation.

Zebu and the Photo Fish Zipporah Nyaruri | Uganda 2011 | 12m

Ten-year-old Zebu is struggling to look up to his fisherman father as his hero, ever since he stopped bringing fish home. Zebu’s father is paying a big debt to a businessman in the village who bailed him from being locked up in jail. One day, Zebu’s mother falls ill and Zebu comes up with a clever trick.

Lezare (For Today)

Zelalem Woldemariam | Ethiopia 2010 | 15m | Amharic with English subtitles

Based on an Ethiopian folktale, Lezare is a revealing and touching story about a homeless boy in a small village in southern Ethiopia. This beautifully shot film conveys a powerful message about global warming, environmental protection, poverty and hunger. Mwansa the Great

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Cycling through the land of a thousand hills Sat 28 June, 6pm

Riverside Museum, 100 Pointhouse Road, Glasgow G3 8RS Free but ticketed: Book your tickets in advance at Riverside Museum in person or call 0141 287 2720. Tickets are very limited so please book early to avoid disappointment Website: www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/riverside

Share camaraderie with your fellow cyclists on and off screen as you embark upon an epic adventure across the land of a thousand hills in the Riverside Museum, Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel. You will be caught up in the journey, as you will find out how a bicycle is both essential to the lives of the people in Rwanda and to the screening, as the entire film will be pedal-powered by you, the audience! We are working in partnership with Take One Action Film Festival to hold this bike-powered screening of the Rwandan cycling film Rising From Ashes. The screening will be used to raise awareness about the social and environmental impact of cycling.

Rising From Ashes

T.C. Johnson | Rwanda/US 2013 | 1h22m |Kinyarwanda, English with English subtitles | 15 | Documentary

In Rwanda, ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’, the bicycle is essential to life. It is how you move. It is how you work. And during the genocide of 1994, it was how you survived. Stand on any corner of any village throughout the country, and farmers will scream down hillsides barefoot on 25-year-old bikes loaded with 100 pounds of potatoes, bicycle taxi drivers peddle diligently with a mother and daughter in tow, and a child amuses himself for hours guiding a bent wheel down alleyways. It seems natural, maybe destined, that bike racing has a rich history in Rwanda. Rising From Ashes is a documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.

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Glasgow

Twiga Stars: Tanzania’s Soccer Sisters

Nisha Ligon| Tanzania/USA 2010 | 1h20m | English and Swahili with English subtitles | 15 | Documentary

Sat 5 July, 3pm

Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB Book online: www.glasgowfilm.org Box office: 0141 3326535

This inspiring documentary follows a year in the life of the Twiga Stars, Tanzania’s national women’s football team, as they come together for their biggest competition ever. Through the gruel of intensive practice, the heartbreak of team cuts, and the tragedies of life that strike along the way, the girls support each other and work together to achieve what no one could have imagined. We cheer on the Twiga Stars as they fight together to prove ‘wanawake wanaweza’, meaning ‘women are capable’. This screening is co-hosted by the Glasgow City Football Club. Members of the team will be in attendance to take part in a discussion about women in football after the screening.

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Glasgow

Waves, Vibes and Vim Sun 6 July, 7pm

Govanhill Baths, 99 Calder Street, Govanhill, Glasgow G42 7RA Free and non-ticketed Website: www.govanhillbaths.com

Govanhill Baths were first opened in 1917 by Glasgow’s municipal fathers and over the course of 85 years it established itself as a centre for community in the ethnically diverse south of Glasgow. We will bring South Africa to South Glasgow with a programme of African water-sports films, providing audiences with a sensory and site-specific audio-visual experience. The film programme will be accompanied by South African house and afrobeat DJ sets - get ready to be transported to the golden beaches of South Africa! We are screening:

Kushaya Igagasi

Omelga Mthiyane | South Africa 2013 | 23m | English and Zulu with English subtitles | 15 | Documentary

Kushaya Igagasi, which means ‘hitting the waves’, is a documentary that tells a story of four guys who ended up on the streets when they were very young. They join Umthombo, a non-governmental organisation that empowers street children towards alternatives to street life. The documentary shares the lives of the four boys and the challenges they face on the streets, their love for surfing and life beyond Umthombo. It highlights the plight of street kids and shows that there is hope for a brighter and safer future.

Zulu Surf Riders

Carlos Francisco | South Africa 2008 | 50m | English and Zulu with English subtitles | 15 | Documentary

Evidence of South Africa’s shifting cultural identities can be seen on KwaZulu Natal’s shores with young Zulu surfers emerging as keen competitors. Zulu Surf Riders tells the story of a pair of second generation surfing twins, Cyril and Mishak Mqade, who have made a life for themselves through this sport. Having grown up in a small community where employment is scarce and education lacking, the film documents the twins’ journeys from their early endeavours to their present day successes. Cyril and Mishak are inspirational figures in their neighbourhood, teaching local youngsters to continue on the path of the ‘Zulu wave’. This film captures the lives of these brothers who, against all odds, have defied traditional taboos to bravely discover a new world.

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Glasgow The Fighting Spirit

George Amponsah | Ghana 2007 | 1h20m | Ga with English subtitles | 15 | Documentary

Mon 7 July, 7pm

Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD Free and non-ticketed Website: www.cca-glasgow.com

It is not easy to leave Bukom. A poor village in Ghana, its main industry is fishing, with a paltry annual salary of $300. So its young people are fighting their way out – literally. Thanks to tenacious coaches who turn rough street fighters into money-churning professional boxers, the village has produced several world champions, including the legendary Azumah ‘Zoom Zoom’ Nelson, and is now looking for its next superstar of the ring. 22-year-old George Ashie is excited to box overseas for the first time, but has girlfriend troubles back home. Known as the first lady of boxing, Yarkor Annan is using the memory of her cheating ex-boyfriend to fuel her fire, but is struggling to win her first big fight. Having already achieved international success, Joshua Clotty is campaigning for the world welterweight title, with the help of ‘connected’ manager Vinnie Scolpino. This is a spirited look at Ghana through the eyes of those fighting for their dreams.

Inside Story

Rolie Nikiwe | Kenya/South Africa 2011 | 1h38m | English and Swahili with English subtitles | 15

Tue 8 July, 6.30PM

Grosvenor Cinema, 24 Ashton Lane, Glasgow G12 8Sj Book online: www.grosvenorcinema.co.uk Box office: 0845 166 6002

Kalu is a young talented football player from Kenya who dreams of playing in the professional leagues. His life dramatically changes when he gets an offer to play football in South Africa and at the same time is unknowingly infected with the HIV virus. The battles Kalu has to fight on and off the field are the backdrop for his remarkable journey to understanding the HIV virus and its impact on his future. Together, we race past skin, bone, and muscle to reveal the battle going on inside his body. Kalu eventually confronts the challenges of HIV, and ultimately realises that knowledge is power. Produced by the Discovery Channel and filmed in Kenya and South Africa, this engaging film uses football, one of the most popular sports on the African continent, to encourage discussions about HIV. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by an expert on issues surrounding HIV/ AIDS in Africa.

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Glasgow

AiM Film and Food Marathon Wed 9 July, 7pm-9.30pm

Mackintosh Suite, House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbreck Road, Glasgow G41 5BW Booking info: ÂŁ20 per head to book please email: justine@africa-in-motion.org.uk Website: www.houseforanartlover.co.uk

Attention film and food lovers! We have partnered with the unique and architecturally stunning House for an Art Lover, designed by beloved Glaswegian architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, to take you on a tantalizing and nourishing African journey through our Film and Food Marathon. Your senses will be awakened as you run alongside a young boy who wants to defy gravity in Tunisia, follow the training of Olympic athletes in Kenya, and surf on the wild waves of South Africa, each with an accompanying course giving you a true flavour of Africa. See film synopses on the next page.

STARTER Couscous with sweet peppers, spicy lamb and tomato sauce Couscous with Mediterranean vegetables (v) Country: Tunisia Film: Sabbat El Aid (My Shoes)

MAIN COURSE Chicken in coconut sauce, pilau rice Orzo pasta, sun-blushed tomatoes, broad beans and asparagus (v) Country: Kenya Film: Gun to Tape

DESSERT Mini custard tartlet Chilled lemon posset, berry compote Country: South Africa Film: Kushaya Igagasi

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Glasgow

AiM Film and Food Marathon Sabbat El Aid (My Shoes)

Anis Lassoued | Tunisia 2012 | 30m | Tunisian dialect with English subtitles | Short

Nine-year-old Nader loves to run, as if he wants to defy gravity. We follow him as he journeys through his village, down winding paths bordered with lush green forests, greeting each neighbour as he passes, until he climbs up a large mountain to the tallest point where he looks down over his small village with a sense of awe and freedom. While shopping for Eid clothes with his parents, he sets his heart on a pair of expensive shoes beyond what his father can afford. From this moment on it is as if nothing else matters, he prays for the shoes, dreams about the shoes, he can’t eat or sleep. The film then captures this emotion by transporting the audience into his dream through the magic of animation.

Gun to Tape

David Forbes | Kenya 2012 | 48m | Documentary

Kenya has been a powerhouse in athletics for many decades. Iten, a dusty Kenyan town with red dirt roads, has become famous amongst the world’s top runners and is acknowledged as the home and major training ground of most of Kenya’s world class athletes. Gun to Tape explores the human side of the making of an Olympic champion as we follow the training regimes of two top Kenyan runners preparing for the 2012 London Olympics, gaining an insight into the physical and psychological pressures facing world class athletes as they train for a major event.

Kushaya Igagasi

Omelga Mthiyane | South Africa 2013 | 23m | Documentary

Kushaya Igagasi, which means ‘hitting the waves’, is a documentary that tells a story of four guys who ended up on the streets when they were very young. They join Umthombo, a non-governmental organisation that empowers street children towards alternatives to street life. The documentary shares the lives of the four boys and the challenges they face on the streets, their love for surfing and life beyond Umthombo. It highlights the plight of street kids and shows that there is hope for a brighter and safer future.

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Running and Africa The Marathon In October 1984 Steve Jones from Wales set a World Record for the men's Marathon: 2.08.05 This record was broken in September 2013 by Wilson Kipsan from Kenya with a time of 2.03.25 Had they been in the same race, Kipsang would have finished 1 mile ahead. (Kipsang's 2.03.25 works out at an average of 4 mins 42 seconds per mile)

One Mile

In 2013 alone more than 60 African men ran under 2.08 (36 Kenyans, 22 Ethiopians, 1 Eritrean and 1 Moroccan) While Paula Radcliffe still holds the Women’s World Record for the marathon, of the top 20 times ran by women for the event in 2013, 18 were from Africa.

World records The 800m - David Rudisha (Kenya) men’s world record for each of 1500m - Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco) the recognised middle and long distance running 3000m Steeple Chase - Saif Saaeed Shaheen events is held by an (Qatar, Kenyan born) [Formerly Stephen Cerono] African-born man

5000m - Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia)

10000m - Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia)

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Glasgow

Movement (R)evolution Africa Joan Frosch & Alla Kovgan | USA 2007 | 1h05m | English and various languages with English subtitles | 15 | Documentary

Wed 9 July, 6.30PM

Grosvenor Cinema, 24 Ashton Lane, Glasgow G12 8SJ Book online: www.grosvenorcinema.co.uk Box office: 0845 166 6002

In an astonishing exposition of choreographic creations, nine African choreographers tell stories of the emergence of contemporary African dance. Stunning choreography and riveting critiques challenge stale stereotypes of “traditional Africa” to unveil soul-shaking responses to the beauty and tragedy of 21st century Africa.

Rain

maria Govan | Bahamas 2008 | 1h33m | 15

Thu 10 July, 6.30pm

Andrew Stewart Cinema, Gilmorehill Centre, University of Glasgow, 9 University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ Free and non-ticketed

A young Bahamian girl, Rain, boards a local mail boat from Ragged Island and sets sail for Nassau. The death of her grandmother has forced her to get out and explore the world on her own. Stranded in an unfamiliar environment that fills her with dread and confronted by a mother she has never known, Rain searches desperately to find her own place in the world. Plus short:

Beach Boy

Emil Langbelle | UK/Kenya 2013 | 27m | 15

Juma is one of many so-called ‘beach boys’ on the coast of Mombasa – young men who date older European ‘sugar mamas’ in pursuit of money, success or a visa to Europe. In this vérité documentary we follow Juma as he embarks on a relationship with Lynn, an older British woman in Kenya on holiday. Rain and Beach Boy are screened in collaboration with the Commonwealth Film Festival, taking place in Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth Film Festival is a cinematic crossroad where diverse Commonwealth communities meet to exchange their views of the world. The selected films celebrate their cultural uniqueness and simultaneously reveal overarching similarities across continents. This first look at the Commonwealth Film Festival will explore the everyday lives of a teenage girl and a young man. Although in two completely different spots of the world, they share a struggle for identity and dreams.

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Glasgow The Athlete (Atletu)

Davey Frankel & Rasselas Lakew | Ethiopia 2009 | 1h33m | Amharic, English, Oromo, Norwegian with English subtitles | 15

Thu 10 July, 6.30PM

Grosvenor Cinema, 24 Ashton Lane, Glasgow G12 8SJ Book online: www.grosvenorcinema.co.uk Box office: 0845 166 6002

Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefoot Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold in the marathon. Overnight, Abebe Bikila became an Olympic legend. A hero in his own country and on the continent, Bikila was the first African to win a gold medal and, four years later in Tokyo, the first person in history to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the marathon. This soldier and quiet son of a shepherd is considered by many to be the greatest long-distance runner in history. But his life story only began with Olympic medals. One evening while returning to his home in Addis Ababa after training in the Ethiopian countryside, fate would present this remarkable champion with his greatest challenge; to dig deep within, not just to run the next mile but to find the will to live. The race of his life had a new beginning and would lead him to places he could never have imagined.

Streetball

Demetrius Wren | South Africa 2010 | 1h18m | 15 | Documentary

Fri 11 July, 7pm

Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD Free and Non-ticketed Website: www.cca-glasgow.com

Years after the end of apartheid South Africa remains one of the most unequal countries in the world. In 2008, as the country prepares to host the FIFA World Cup, everyone is brimming with excitement, and new airports and stadiums are built to welcome visitors from across the world. Streetball looks behind the scenes of this euphoria and tells the stories of South Africa’s 2008 Homeless World Cup team.

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Glasgow

Rule Britannia, Britannia Rules the WAVES Sat 12 July, 6.30pm

Britannia Panopticon, 113-117 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HD

(Access is via the New Wynd, the small lane between T.J. Hughes and Mitchell’s Amusement Arcade, no wheelchair access)

Free and non-ticketed Website: www.britanniapanopticon.org

The Britannia Panopticon is situated in the heart of Glasgow; founded in 1857 it is the UK’s oldest music hall. Full of old British charm, this unique venue is set in a time warp, the walls lined with bunting, old music sheets, posters and Union Jacks. We are fusing this quintessentially British backdrop with a taste of Africa and the Caribbean. Using this aesthetic hybrid we are screening sport-related short films from the British Colonial Film Archives alongside the thought-provoking documentary The Price of Memory. Following the films there will be a discussion about the history of ‘The Empire and the Commonwealth’ and its continued legacy today.

The Price of Memory

Karen Mafundikwa | Jamaica 2013 | 1h30m | 15 | Documentary

The Price of Memory is a poetic documentary that explores the enduring legacy of slavery in Jamaica and the decades-long movement for slavery reparations. In 2002, Queen Elizabeth II visits Jamaica to celebrate her Golden Jubilee celebrations. While there, she is petitioned by a small group of Rastafari for slavery reparations. For Rastafari, reparations are linked with their quest to move back to Africa, the land of their African ancestors who were brought to Jamaica as slaves. The film looks at the visible ruins left by slavery in Jamaica and also explores the British royal family’s past as investors in slavery as well as the enduring legacy of slavery in England.

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Glasgow

From hip to hop: A cultural collision at The Glad Café Tue 15 July, 6.30pm

The Glad Café, 1006A Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G41 2HG Free and non-ticketed Website: www.thegladcafe.co.uk

Fusing the hip and trendy arts scene of The Glad Café in the Southside of Glasgow with the hip street dancers of Cape Town, we explore the physicality of dance and its ability to empower and provide a new form of self-expression. Featuring a live performance from local Glasgow hip hop dancers followed by a South African documentary looking at how different dance forms are used to enrich and change lives.

The African Cypher

Bryan Little | South Africa 2012 | 1h28m | English, Zulu, Sotho, Xhosa and Afrikaans with English Subtitles | 15 | Documentary

This is the physicality of the dance; the awe of a body flowing through space, flipping, spinning, and snaking as if giving birth to a new means of self-expression. Across South African cities and townships, dance has long been a mirror of the community, replaying allegorical stories that both educate and entertain. Through stunning visuals director Bryan Little harnesses the energy of the unique and diverse performance styles of isiPantsula and sBhujwa to Krump and B|boy. In an African community overpowered by crime and poverty we see how dance has enriched and even changed the lives of the inhabitants.

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Glasgow

Exploring Slavery Mon 28 July, 2pm

The Empire Café, Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, Glasgow G1 5HZ Free and non-ticketed Website: www.empire-cafe.org

We are partnering with The Empire Café to explore the role the UK played in the slave trade and its continued effects today. The Empire Café is an innovative exploration of Scotland’s relationship with the North Atlantic slave trade through coffee, sugar, tea, cotton, music, visual art, academic lectures, poetry, debate, workshops, historical walks, film and literature. The café will be based in the Briggait (home of the Merchant’s Steeple) in Glasgow’s Merchant City from 24th July - 1st August 2014. For further information see: www.empire-cafe.org. We are screening:

The Price of Memory

Karen Mafundikwa | Jamaica 2013 | 1h30m | 15 | Documentary

The Price of Memory is a poetic documentary that explores the enduring legacy of slavery in Jamaica and the decades-long movement for slavery reparations. In 2002, Queen Elizabeth II visits Jamaica to celebrate her Golden Jubilee celebrations. While there, she is petitioned by a small group of Rastafari for slavery reparations. For Rastafari, reparations are linked with their quest to move back to Africa, the land of their African ancestors who were brought to Jamaica as slaves. The film looks at the visible ruins left by slavery in Jamaica and also explores the British royal family’s past as investors in slavery as well as the enduring legacy of slavery in England.

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EDINBURGH The Runner

Saeed Taji Farouky | Western Sahara/Ireland 2012 | 1h34m | Arabic with English subtitles | 15 | Documentary

Tue 17 June, 7pm

Red Lecture Theatre, Summerhall, Summerhall Place, Edinburgh EH9 1QH Free and non-ticketed Website: www.summerhall.co.uk

"Running is part of my resistance. It's the only weapon I have." Salah Hmatou Ameidan is willing to risk his life, his career, his family and his nationality to run for a country that doesn't exist. He is from Western Sahara, officially Africa's last colony and under Moroccan occupation since 1975. Salah grew up under Moroccan occupation in Western Sahara, he is a Sahrawi, a native of the area. By 14 he was recognized as a talented athlete and was forced to join Morocco's junior athletics team. In 2003, during a race in France, he took a risk from which he and his family have never recovered. Today, Salah is not only one of the highest profile Sahrawi activists in the world, but is seen by his people as a hero, a symbol, an ambassador and a spokesman for the Western Sahara liberation movement. The Runner tells the story of a champion long-distance runner whose journey transformed him from an athlete into the symbol of a national liberation movement. This screening is held in partnership with the Scottish Refugee Council as part of Refugee Week Scotland and will be followed by a discussion. Refugee Week Scotland 2014: Discover the dynamism and vibrancy of Scotland’s cultures through a programme of 120 music, theatre, dance, film, discussion, visual arts, community celebrations and workshops, taking place across Scotland. For more details see: refugeeweekscotland.com.

The African Cypher

Bryan Little | South Africa 2012 | 1h28m | English, Zulu, Sotho, Xhosa and Afrikaans with English Subtitles | 15 | Documentary

Wed 2 July, 6.15PM

Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ Book online: www.filmhousecinema.com Box office: 0131 228 2688

This is the physicality of the dance; the awe of a body flowing through space, flipping, spinning, and snaking as if giving birth to a new means of self-expression. Across South African cities and townships, dance has long been a mirror of the community, replaying allegorical stories that both educate and entertain. Through stunning visuals director Bryan Little harnesses the energy of the unique and diverse performance styles of isiPantsula and sBhujwa to Krump and B|boy. In an African community overpowered by crime and poverty we see how dance has enriched and even changed the lives of the inhabitants. All proceeds from this screening will be donated to Dancing for Prince, a fundraising initiative in aid of the star of The African Cypher, Prince Mogokeng, who is suffering from cancer. If you would like to donate, please see: www.gofundme.com/7b4qpg.

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EDINBURGH Rising From Ashes

T.C. Johnson | Rwanda/US 2013 | 1h22m | Kinyarwanda and English with English subtitles | 15 | Documentary

Thu 3 July, 6.15PM

Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ Book online: www.filmhousecinema.com Box office: 0131 228 2688

In Rwanda, ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’, the bicycle is essential to life. It is how you move. It is how you work. And during the genocide of 1994, it was how you survived. Stand on any corner of any village throughout the country, and farmers will scream down hillsides barefoot on 25-year-old bikes loaded with 100 pounds of potatoes, bicycle taxi drivers peddle diligently with a mother and daughter in tow, and a child amuses himself for hours guiding a bent wheel down alleyways. It seems natural, maybe destined, that bike racing has a rich history in Rwanda. Rising From Ashes is a documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.

Town of Runners

Jerry Rothwell | UK/Ethiopia 2011 | 52m | 15 | Documentary

Fri 11 July, 7pm

Red Lecture Theatre, Summerhall, Summerhall Place, Edinburgh EH9 1QH Free and non-ticketed Website: www.summerhall.co.uk

Town Of Runners is a feature documentary about young people from the Ethiopian rural town of Bekoji, whose runners have won 8 Olympic Gold medals, 32 World Championships and broken 10 world records in the last 20 years. The film follows two girls as they strive to emulate their local heroes, making the journey from school track to national competition and from childhood to adulthood. Their mentor is a former PE Teacher who has discovered and trained many of the world’s leading long distance runners including Tirunesh and Genzebe Dibaba, Kenenisa Bekele and Deratu Tulu.

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EDINBURGH The Fighting Spirit

George Amponsah | Ghana 2007 | 1h20m | Ga with English subtitles | 15 | Documentary

Sat 12 July, 7pm

Red Lecture Theatre, Summerhall, Summerhall Place, Edinburgh EH9 1QH Free and non-ticketed Website: www.summerhall.co.uk

It is not easy to leave Bukom. A poor village in Ghana, its main industry is fishing, with a paltry annual salary of $300. So its young people are fighting their way out – literally. Thanks to tenacious coaches who turn rough street fighters into money-churning professional boxers, the village has produced several world champions, including the legendary Azumah ‘Zoom Zoom’ Nelson, and is now looking for its next superstar of the ring. 22-year-old George Ashie is excited to box overseas for the first time, but has girlfriend troubles back home. Known as the first lady of boxing, Yarkor Annan is using the memory of her cheating ex-boyfriend to fuel her fire, but is struggling to win her first big fight. Having already achieved international success, Joshua Clotty is campaigning for the world welterweight title, with the help of ‘connected’ manager Vinnie Scolpino. This is a spirited look at Ghana through the eyes of those fighting for their dreams.

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Football and Africa In 2010, South Africa became the first African nation to host the FIFA World Cup. They were also the first host nation not to progress beyond the first round.

According to FIFA, over 750,000 litres of beer were sold in the stadiums during South Africa 2010. 390,600 hotdogs were also sold.

In the women’s game, African nations have not got very far internationally, with only Nigeria once progressing to the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup in 1999.

£ Midfielder Michael Essien (Ghana) became the most expensive African footballer in 2005, when Chelsea paid French side Olympique Lyon €38 million (which at the time equalled £24.4 million). The legendary Brazilian footballer, Pele, once predicted that an African team would win the FIFA World Cup before the year 2000. As we approach the 2014 World Cup, no African nation has won the tournament yet. Ghana (2010), Senegal (2002), and Cameroon (1990) have come closest, reaching the quarter finals.

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EDINBURGH

Exploring African culture through dance Sun 13 July, 6pm - 9pm

Dance Base, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU Free but ticketed (tickets available on the door) Website: www.dancebase.co.uk

Overlooked by Edinburgh Castle, Dance Base is located in the heart of Edinburgh and provides a hub of expression and excitement for the people of the city. We are using this space to explore different forms of dance from Africa, both off and on the screen. Two films will be accompanied by two dance performances given by instructors from Dance Base. Come along and learn about the African roots of the Tango and contemporary African dance, and watch as the films come to life through live performance. See film synopses on next page. Dance Base is Scotland’s National Centre for Dance. They offer a vibrant and uplifting programme of dance which inspires well-being and creativity and cultivates a future for dance in local, national and international communities. Try out a range of World Dances at Dance Base this Autumn. Visit www. dancebase.co.uk for details.

Exploring african culture through dance

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Contemporary African dance performance

6pm

Screening: Movement (R)evolution

6.15pm

Tango performance

7.30pm

Screening: Tango Negro

7.45pm


EDINBURGH

Exploring African culture through dance Movement (R)evolution Africa Joan Frosch & Alla Kovgan | USA 2007 | 1h05m | English and various languages with English subtitles | 15 | Documentary

In an astonishing exposition of choreographic creations, nine African choreographers tell stories of the emergence of contemporary African dance. Stunning choreography and riveting critiques challenge stale stereotypes of "traditional Africa" to unveil soul-shaking responses to the beauty and tragedy of 21st century Africa. From Senegal to South Africa, this film offers an insight into perspectives and creative processes of how these dancers and choreographers present fresh images of Africa, and bring to life the continent’s contemporary identity. Combining innovative narrative techniques and striking footage of dancers at work in the studio and on stage, Movement (R)evolution Africa explores an astonishing exposition of choreographic fomentation, and a fresh perspective of 21st century Africa.

Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango Dom Pedro | Angola /France 2013 | 1h33m| Spanish with English subtitles | 15 | Documentary

Angolan filmmaker Dom Pedro explores the expression of the tango’s African-ness and the contribution of African cultures to the creation of the tango. Tango was a reflection of the social life of the slaves who were taken to South America from central Africa. The film reveals the depth of the footprints of African music on the tango through a combination of musical performances and interviews from many tango fans and historians in Latin America and Europe, including the renowned Argentinean pianist Juan Carlos Caceres.

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Dundee MAAMi

Tunde Kelani | Nigeria 2011 | 1h32m | Yoruba with English subtitles | 15

Sun 1 June, 7pm

Bharatiya Ashram, 5 St Mary Place, Dundee DD1 5RB Free and non-ticketed Website: bharatiyaashram.org.uk

MAAMi is an enthralling story of a poor, devoted single parent’s struggles to raise her only child, Kashimawo, who goes on to become an international star in an English football club, and consequently, a national hero. Set over a two-day period in the southern Nigerian town of Abeokuta leading up to the 2010 World Cup, the film retrospectively accounts Kashimawo’s childhood through his own thoughts, addressing his turbulent childhood and unresolved issues with his absent father. MAAMi is a film about love, fate, hard work and goodwill.

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Dundee

A South African in Dundee This year marks the 20th year of democracy and freedom in South Africa, and to celebrate we are screening a strand of South African sports films in Dundee. South Africa is paired with Dundee as their second team during the Commonwealth Games so this seems like the ideal place to reflect on the role sport played in South Africa’s journey to democracy, equality and freedom.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Justin Chadwick | South Africa / USA 2013 | 2h32m | English, Afrikaans and Xhosa with English subtitles | 15

Tue 3 June, 6.30pm

Ardler Complex, Turnberry Ave, Dundee DD2 3TP Free and non-ticketed Website: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/communitycentres/ardlercomplex

Based on Nelson Mandela’s 1994 autobiography of the same name, this is the story of an ordinary man who rose to the challenge of his times and triumphed - an intimate portrait of the making of a modern icon. This epic motion picture span Mandela’s extraordinary life journey from his childhood in a rural village to his 27 years in prison for his activism against apartheid; his emotionally-charged marriage to Winnie Mandela and through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected President of South Africa, as he works to rebuild the once-segregated country.

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Dundee Invictus

Clint Eastwood | South Africa 2009 | 2h14m | Various languages with English subtitles | 15

Wed 4 June, 6.30pm

Ardler Complex, Turnberry Ave, Dundee DD2 3TP Free and non-ticketed Website: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/ communitycentres/ardlercomplex

Nelson Mandela will go down in history for being a protester and a prisoner, but most of all he will be remembered for his role as a peacemaker, and the significant part he played in South Africa’s transition to democracy. Set during the 1995 Rugby World Cup hosted by South Africa, this film shows how Mandela joined forces with Francois Pienaar, the captain of the South African rugby team, to help unite the country through one of their most cherished sports. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.

Otelo Burning

Sara Blecher | South Africa 2011 | 1h12m | English and Zulu with English subtitles | 15

Thu 5 June, 6.30pm

Ardler Complex, Turnberry Ave, Dundee DD2 3TP Free and non-ticketed Website: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/ communitycentres/ardlercomplex

Shot in Durban and set in 1989, in the final years of the crumbling system of apartheid, Otelo Burning tells the story of a group of township kids who discover the joy of surfing. When 16-year-old Otelo Buthelezi takes to the water for the first time, it is clear that he was born to surf. But then tragedy strikes. On the day that Nelson Mandela is released from prison, Otelo is forced to choose between surfing success and justice. Jealousy, betrayal and political turbulence impact the lives of these young boys in ways that will change them forever. This is a beautifully made, insightful and entertaining film that captures a turbulent time in the history of South Africa.

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Dundee Africa United

Debs Paterson | Rwanda/South Africa 2010 | 1h28m

Fri 6 June, 6.30pm

Ardler Complex, Turnberry Ave, Dundee DD2 3TP Free and non-ticketed Website: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/communitycentres/ardlercomplex

Africa United tells the extraordinary story of three Rwandan children and their bid to achieve their ultimate dream – to take part in the opening ceremony of the 2010 Football World Cup in Johannesburg. On the way to the vital selection trial, disaster strikes when Fabrice, Dudu and Beatrice board the wrong bus and cross into the Congo. Without papers, money or a believable story, they are escorted to a children’s refugee camp. But with considerable ingenuity and sass (and a World Cup wall chart for a map), our pint-sized heroes escape the camp and set off in pursuit of their dream, picking up along the way a “dream team” of displaced kids, who help them negotiate a series of thrilling and hilarious adventures. During their 3,000 mile journey, we encounter an Africa few people ever see, experience an epic adventure across seven countries, and feel the joy, laughter and hope that comes from making an incredible journey together.

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Dundee

Family Day in Finmill Sun 7 June, 11aM-1pm

Finmill Centre, Findcastle Street, Dundee DD4 9EW, Free and non-ticketed Website: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/communitycentres/finmillcentre

We are working in partnership with Finmill Centre’s Local Management Group to host a free event for families in celebration of the Commonwealth Games. The event will include access to the Power Plate fitness machine for adults, arts and crafts workshops, including decorating masks and flags, making necklaces and Kufi hats, and film screenings for children. Finmill Centre is a registered charity no: SCO27261 The screenings include:

Mwansa the Great Rungano Nyoni | Zambia/UK 2011 | 23m | Nyanja with English subtitles

An eight-year-old boy who aspires to be a hero embarks upon a journey to prove his greatness, with unexpected consequences. A moving insight into childhood where fantasy jostles with reality as a young boy’s imagination transforms and empowers everyday life.

Sabbat El Aid (My Shoes) Anis Lassoued | Tunisia 2012 | 30m | Tunisian dialect with English subtitles

Nine-year-old Nader loves to run, as if he wants to defy gravity. We follow him as he journeys through his village, down winding paths bordered with lush green forests, greeting each neighbour as he passes, until he climbs up a large mountain to the tallest point where he looks down over his small village with a sense of awe and freedom. While shopping for Eid clothes with his parents, he sets his heart on a pair of expensive shoes beyond what his father can afford. A touching short that transports the audience into a boy’s dream world through the magic of animation.

Zebu and the Photo Fish Zipporah Nyaruri | Uganda 2011 | 12m

Ten-year-old Zebu is struggling to look up to his fisherman father as his hero, ever since he stopped bringing fish home. Zebu’s father is paying a big debt to a businessman in the village who bailed him from being locked up in jail. One day, Zebu’s mother falls ill and Zebu comes up with a clever trick.

Lezare (For Today) Zelalem Woldemariam | Ethiopia 2010 | 15m | Amharic with English subtitles

Based on an Ethiopian folktale, Lezare is a revealing and touching story about a homeless boy in a small village in southern Ethiopia. This beautifully shot film conveys a powerful message about global warming, environmental protection, poverty and hunger.

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Inverness Rising From Ashes

T.C. Johnson | Rwanda/US 2013 | 1h22m | Kinyarwanda, English with English subtitles | 15 | Documentary

Mon 9 June, 6.15pm

Eden Court Cinema, Bishops Road, Inverness IV3 Book online: www.eden-court.co.uk Box office: 01463 234 234

In Rwanda, ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’, the bicycle is essential to life. It is how you move. It is how you work. And during the genocide of 1994, it was how you survived. Stand on any corner of any village throughout the country, and farmers will scream down hillsides barefoot on 25-year-old bikes loaded with 100 pounds of potatoes, bicycle taxi drivers peddle diligently with a mother and daughter in tow, and a child amuses himself for hours guiding a bent wheel down alleyways. It seems natural, maybe destined, that bike racing has a rich history in Rwanda. Rising From Ashes is a documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.

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Inverness

Cycling and running for your life Tue 10 June, 7pm

The Bike Shed, 23 Grant Street, Inverness IV3 8BN Free and non-ticketed Website: www.thebikeshed.info

Join us at The Bike Shed for two documentaries exploring different angles on sport and endurance in Africa:

10 Gears of Change

Lloyd Ross | South Africa 2004 | 50m | 15 | Documentary

In rural South Africa, having a bicycle can make all the difference between freedom and confinement. It provides mobility and the chance to look for a job in a nearby village. In an effort to give the underprivileged workers at a local farm a new goal in life, the boss enters them as a cycling team in a large race in Cape Town. Surrounded by tall buildings and thousands of people, and blessed with innumerable new impressions, the proud, eleven-headed farm team cross the finishing line, winning not only a medal, but riding away with the experience of a lifetime.

Gun to Tape

David Forbes | Kenya 2012 | 48m | Documentary

Kenya has been a powerhouse in athletics for many decades. Iten, a dusty Kenyan town with red dirt roads, has become famous amongst the world’s top runners and is acknowledged as the home and major training ground of most of Kenya’s world class athletes. Gun to Tape explores the human side of the making of an Olympic champion as we follow the training regimes of two top Kenyan runners preparing for the 2012 London Olympics, gaining an insight into the physical and psychological pressures facing world class athletes as they train for a major event.

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Inverness The Athlete (Atletu)

Davey Frankel & Rasselas Lakew | Ethiopia 2009 | 1h33m | Amharic, English, Oromo, Norwegian with English subtitles | 15

Wed 11 July, 7.15pM

Eden Court Cinema, Bishops Road, Inverness IV3 Book online: www.eden-court.co.uk Box office: 01463 234 234

Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefoot Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold in the marathon. Overnight, Abebe Bikila became an Olympic legend. A hero in his own country and on the continent, Bikila was the first African to win a gold medal and, four years later in Tokyo, the first person in history to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the marathon. This soldier and quiet son of a shepherd is considered by many to be the greatest long-distance runner in history. But his life story only began with Olympic medals. One evening while returning to his home in Addis Ababa after training in the Ethiopian countryside, fate would present this remarkable champion with his greatest challenge; to dig deep within, not just to run the next mile but to find the will to live. The race of his life had a new beginning and would lead him to places he could never have imagined.

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ISLE OF SKYE

On foot at Skye Film Club Thu 12 June, 7.30PM

Club Film, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat, Isle of Skye IV44 8RQ Box office: 01471 844207 Website: www.seall.co.uk

Join us at Skye’s Club Film for two films focused on running:

Sabbat El Aid (My Shoes)

Anis Lassoued | Tunisia 2012 | 30m | Tunisian dialect with English subtitles | Short

Nine-year-old Nader loves to run, as if he wants to defy gravity. We follow him as he journeys through his village, down winding paths bordered with lush green forests, greeting each neighbour as he passes, until he climbs up a large mountain to the tallest point where he looks down over his small village with a sense of awe and freedom. While shopping for Eid clothes with his parents, he sets his heart on a pair of expensive shoes beyond what his father can afford. From this moment on it is as if nothing else matters, he prays for the shoes, dreams about the shoes, he can’t eat or sleep. The film then captures this emotion by transporting the audience into his dream through the magic of animation.

Town of Runners

Jerry Rothwell | UK/Ethiopia 2011 | 52m | 15 | Documentary

Town Of Runners is a feature documentary about young people from the Ethiopian rural town of Bekoji, whose runners have won 8 Olympic Gold medals, 32 World Championships and broken 10 world records in the last 20 years. The film follows two girls as they strive to emulate their local heroes, making the journey from school track to national competition and from childhood to adulthood. Their mentor is a former PE Teacher who has discovered and trained many of the world’s leading long distance runners including Tirunesh and Genzebe Dibaba, Kenenisa Bekele and Deratu Tulu.

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Cromarty

Cycling and running for your life Sat 14 June, 7pm

Resolis Hall, Cromarty Free and non-ticketed Website: www.resoliscommunityarts.org.uk

Join us at Resolis Hall for two documentaries exploring different angles on sport and endurance in Africa:

10 Gears of Change

Lloyd Ross | South Africa 2004 | 50m | 15 | Documentary

In rural South Africa, having a bicycle can make all the difference between freedom and confinement. It provides mobility and the chance to look for a job in a nearby village. In an effort to give the underprivileged workers at a local farm a new goal in life, the boss enters them as a cycling team in a large race in Cape Town. Surrounded by tall buildings and thousands of people, and blessed with innumerable new impressions, the proud, eleven-headed farm team cross the finishing line, winning not only a medal, but riding away with the experience of a lifetime.

Gun to Tape

David Forbes | Kenya 2012 | 48m | Documentary

Kenya has been a powerhouse in athletics for many decades. Iten, a dusty Kenyan town with red dirt roads, has become famous amongst the world’s top runners and is acknowledged as the home and major training ground of most of Kenya’s world class athletes. Gun to Tape explores the human side of the making of an Olympic champion as we follow the training regimes of two top Kenyan runners preparing for the 2012 London Olympics, gaining an insight into the physical and psychological pressures facing world class athletes as they train for a major event.

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Cromarty

BESIDE THE SEASIDE Sun 15 June, 7.30pm

Boat Shed, Lighthouse Field Station, Cromarty IV11 8YL Free and non-ticketed

Waves will be crashing on and off the screen as we sit back in the boat shed by Cromarty harbour, and ride alongside three young boys who find escape and freedom in the waves during the apartheid years in South Africa. We are screening:

Otelo Burning

Sara Blecher | South Africa 2011 | 1h12m | English and Zulu with English subtitles | 15

Shot in Durban and set in 1989, in the final years of the crumbling system of apartheid, Otelo Burning tells the story of a group of township kids who discover the joy of surfing. When 16-year-old Otelo Buthelezi takes to the water for the first time, it is clear that he was born to surf. But then tragedy strikes. On the day that Nelson Mandela is released from prison, Otelo is forced to choose between surfing success and justice. Jealousy, betrayal and political turbulence impact the lives of these young boys in ways that will change them forever. This is a beautifully made, insightful and entertaining film that captures a turbulent time in the history of South Africa.

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Dumfries Rising From Ashes

T.C. Johnson | Rwanda/US 2013 | 1h22m | Kinyarwanda, English with English subtitles | 15 | Documentary

Wed 18 June, 7.30PM

Roberts Burns Centre Film Theatre, Mill Road, Dumfries DG2 7BE Box office: 01387 264808 Website: www.rbcft.co.uk

In Rwanda, ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’, the bicycle is essential to life. It is how you move. It is how you work. And during the genocide of 1994, it was how you survived. Stand on any corner of any village throughout the country, and farmers will scream down hillsides barefoot on 25-year-old bikes loaded with 100 pounds of potatoes, bicycle taxi drivers peddle diligently with a mother and daughter in tow, and a child amuses himself for hours guiding a bent wheel down alleyways. It seems natural, maybe destined, that bike racing has a rich history in Rwanda. Rising From Ashes is a documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.

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OBAN

The Athlete (Atletu)

Davey Frankel & Rasselas Lakew | Ethiopia 2009 | 1h33m | Amharic, English, Oromo, Norwegian with English subtitles | 15

Mon 23 June, 7.30PM

Oban Phoenix, 140 George Street, Oban PA34 5NX Book online: www.obanphoenix.com Box office: 01631 562905

Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefoot Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold in the marathon. Overnight, Abebe Bikila became an Olympic legend. A hero in his own country and on the continent, Bikila was the first African to win a gold medal and, four years later in Tokyo, the first person in history to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the marathon. This soldier and quiet son of a shepherd is considered by many to be the greatest long-distance runner in history. But his life story only began with Olympic medals. One evening while returning to his home in Addis Ababa after training in the Ethiopian countryside, fate would present this remarkable champion with his greatest challenge; to dig deep within, not just to run the next mile but to find the will to live. The race of his life had a new beginning and would lead him to places he could never have imagined.

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ISLE OF COLL MAAMi

Tunde Kelani | Nigeria 2011 | 1h32m | Yoruba with English | 15

Tue 24 June, 7.30PM

An Cridhe & Coll Bunkhouse, Arinagour, Isle of Coll PA78 6SY Box office: 01879 230000 Website: collbunkhouse.com/an-cridhe

MAAMi is an enthralling story of a poor, devoted single parent’s struggles to raise her only child, Kashimawo, who goes on to become an international star in an English football club, and consequently, a national hero. Set over a two-day period in the southern Nigerian town of Abeokuta leading up to the 2010 World Cup, the film retrospectively accounts Kashimawo’s childhood through his own thoughts, addressing his turbulent childhood and unresolved issues with his absent father. MAAMi is a film about love, fate, hard work and goodwill.

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DUNOON Streetball

Demetrius Wren | South Africa 2010 | 1h18m | 15 | Feature Documentary

Wed 25 June, 7.30PM

Dunoon Burgh Hall, 195 Argyll Street, Dunoon PA23 7DE Box office: 01369 703302 Website: www.dunoonburghhall.org.uk

Years after the end of apartheid South Africa remains one of the most unequal countries in the world. In 2008, as the country prepares to host the FIFA World Cup, everyone is brimming with excitement, and new airports and stadiums are built to welcome visitors from across the world. Streetball looks behind the scenes of this euphoria and tells the stories of South Africa’s 2008 Homeless World Cup team. The Homeless World Cup is an annual soccer tournament that draws teams from over 56 countries - comprised of the homeless and excluded. The SA Squad consists of ex-convicts, former gangsters, orphans and recovering drug addicts that band together to represent their country, proving that no one is beyond redemption. This documentary highlights the dreams and aspirations of the team and shows the hope, endurance and resilience that dwell within the human spirit.

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