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Contents Introduction ................................................................... page 3 Festival People ............................................................... page 4 Main festival venues and box office .............................. page 5 Connections .................................................................... page 6 AiM Nomad Cinema ........................................................ page 6 TV Lounge ...................................................................... page 6 From Africa, With Love ................................................... page 7 Nigerian-Scottish Film Odyssey........................................ page 7 The Unrepaired Past ....................................................... page 8 Exhibitions ..................................................................... page 9 Festival Schedules .................................................... page 10 /11 Edinburgh ..................................................................... page 12 Glasgow ........................................................................ page 34 AiM TV Lounge Schedule ............................................. page 52 Edinburgh/Glasgow Schools Screenings ................. page 56/57 Supporters .................................................................... page 60 Venue Addresses ....................................................... page 62/63

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Introduction Welcome to the 10th edition of the Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival! We are thrilled to be celebrating the festival’s 10th birthday and once again bring to Scotland a diverse array of beautiful, inspiring and challenging stories from across the African continent. When AiM commenced in 2006, opportunities to see African films in the UK were rare - this was the main motivation for the founding of the festival. Statistics we obtained from the now defunct UK Film Council showed that between 1995 and 2005 there were only 9 African films on general release in the UK - that’s less than one a year! Now, ten years later, the situation has improved substantially, there are five African film festivals operating in different parts of the UK and more African films on general release in cinemas. AiM has also grown from strength to strength. Our own statistics show that we have screened around 350 African films to over 30,000 people in Scotland over the past ten years! We want to celebrate our 10th anniversary first and foremost with our audiences, as it is your loyal support, positive and constructive feedback, and enthusiastic and passionate reception of the festival that has been central to its growth and maturation. Our motto has always been to bring the best of African cinema to Scottish audiences, because African cinema is unfairly neglected within world cinema. We believe that the best way to learn about Africa is to listen to African voices and view representations created by Africans themselves, as these often run counter to the stereotypical representations we see of Africa in mainstream media in the West. In the current times we live in this aim seems even more urgent and relevant than ever before. But our main reason for

screening these films has always been because we believe they are great films which should be widely seen. The African film industries have grown and expanded tremendously over the past 10 years, and this makes our work very exciting! From the Egyptian and francophone West African classics that we introduced to audiences in the early years of AiM, we have since screened many internationally acclaimed features from postapartheid South Africa, excilitaring video-films from Nigeria’s low budget Nollywood industry, vibrant stories from the young East African film industries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia, many documentaries from across the continent, and dozens of short films as part of our annual Short Film Competition. Many filmmakers, from Burkina Faso, Senegal, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and other African countries have attended the festival over the years. We have held dozens of discussions, masterclasses, workshops, performances and exhibitions, covering topics ranging from Africa’s rich cultural traditions, to new developments in African film genres such as science fiction and experimental films, and issues affecting the continent today including post-colonialism, multi-culturalism, immigration, conflict and reconciliation. We thank you for undertaking this rewarding journey with us over the past decade. The theme of Africa in Motion 2015 is Connections, through which we will explore the interrelatedness of the myriad aspects of African experiences. We have created a programme of films and events that engages with the many diverse interpretations of Connections - from political connections, artistic collaborations, generational ties, lost and restored cultural links and pan-Africanism. Come and share in the magic of African cinema with a fascinating and truly multifaceted programme of films, discussions, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, pop-up screenings through our Nomad Cinema series, workshops, exhibitions, live performances and more. We look forward to welcoming you to AiM 2015!

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Festival People Festival Manager: Justine Atkinson Assistant Festival Manager: Sarah Dawson Festival Founder and Advisor: Lizelle Bisschoff Shadow Curator: Deborah May Web Development: James Cocker Copywriting Assistant: Rohan Crickmar Web Design: Darlingforsyth Publicity and Marketing Coordinator: James Erwin Hospitality Coordinator: Kathi Kamleitner Volunteer Coordinator: Genevieve Kay-Gourlay Trailer Design: Basharat Khan Programme Consultant: Natalia Palombo North Africa Programme Consultant: Stefanie Van de Peer Graphic Designer: Jamie Young Marketing Intern: Clara Giruzzi Fundraising Intern: Dan Perry Short Film and Documentary Competitions Submissions and Selections Team: Harriet Downey, Aaron Garcia, Paul Gerard, Clara Giruzzi, Felipe GonzĂ lez Silva, Paul Smith, Chen Zhao Special thanks go to all our volunteers whose commitment to the festival is crucial to its success.

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Main Festival Venues & Box Office Information Edinburgh Filmhouse

Glasgow Film Theatre

Filmhouse 88 Lothian Road Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

Glasgow Film Theatre 12 Rose Street Glasgow G3 6RB

Box office: 0131 228 2688 Opening Times: 10am - 9pm daily Book online: www.filmhousecinema.com

Box office: 0141 332 6535 (There is a £1.50 booking fee per transaction (not per ticket)) Book online: www.glasgowfilm.org

Ticket prices Matinees (Mon to Thu): (Performances starting before 5pm) Full price £7.20, concessions £5.70 Friday matinees: Full price £5.50, concessions £4.00 Evening screenings & Sat/Sun matinees: (Performances starting 5pm or later) Full price £9.00, concessions £7.20 Ticket deals See three (or more) films and get 15% off, see six (or more) films and get 25% off, see nine (or more) films and get 35% off. Tickets must all be bought at the same time. Group discount Buy 10 or more tickets to a single screening and get your 11th ticket free. Concessions Children (under 15) Students (with valid matriculation card) Young Scot card holders Senior Citizens Disability (Carers go free) Claimants (Jobseekers Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Housing Benefit) NHS employees (with proof of employment)

Ticket prices: Unless otherwise stated: Full price £8.50, concessions £7.00 CineCard holders: £1 off every ticket Youth Card holders: £4.50 (ages 15-21) Children: £5 (ages 14 and under)

Summerhall 1 Summerhall Edinburgh EH9 1PL Film ticket prices: £5.00 Box office: 0131 560 1581 Book online: www.summerhall.co.uk

Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) 350 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow G2 3JD Film ticket prices: £5.00 Box office: 0141 352 4900 Book online: www.cca-glasgow.com

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Connections Science has shown that the human species originated in Africa, and that much of our evolution took place on the continent. Though we have, in the West, disconnected ourselves from the cradle of humankind in many ways, our continued dependence on our land of origin connects us all. The recent histories of slavery, colonisation and now the world’s dependence on Africa’s rich resources means that we are still very much connected to Africa in a myriad of ways. What happens in Africa affects us all. Through our programme of films and events we will broadly explore these connections, looking at intersecting genres, spaces, times and places in and with Africa. We will trace the lives of political and cultural movements throughout African history through films like The Dream of Shahrazad, a new documentary which looks at recent political events in Egypt and Turkey

AiM Nomad Cinema The AiM Nomad Cinema will wander into new and inspiring venues around Scotland, unpacking cinema magic and enthralling a diverse range of audiences with African cinema. It will journey across communities, holding screenings in various places. We believe that cinema should be accessible to everyone and we are therefore making it our mission to empower the audience, taking the films to them, rather than the other way around.

through the lens of the famous story collection known as One Thousand and One Nights. Africa has a long history of storytelling traditions and practices. Griots have passed down tales orally and in written form for generations and the continent is brimming with untold stories ready to be told through film. We will look at family ties, kinship and lost relations through films such as It’s Me, Anna and Ayanda, both directed by South Africa’s leading female filmmaker Sara Blecher, who will be in attendance. We will take journeys down African streets in a variety of different countries as we look at the ways in which cityscapes intersect and connect with each other. Finally, we will further probe fragments and dis/ connections through our strand of experimental films, which will include a screening of the highly acclaimed Rwandan film Things of the Aimless Wanderer.

AiM TV Lounge Mon 26 Oct - Thurs 29 Oct from 4pm-8pm, The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane For the first time we are bringing a selection of popular African television shows to the festival, in our newly inaugurated AiM TV Lounge. So put your feet up, relax, chat, flick through our daily TV guide, as we take you on a journey through Africa, through television. From hilarious mockumentaries, political satire, travelogues and cooking programmes, entertaining and addictive, we are showing it all. Come and join us for a cup of African coffee or tea, some delicious food delicacies from across the continent, as we take you to South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and more all from the comfort of a sofa. For all your African TV highlights at a glance go to page 52.

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From Africa, with Love Is there anything more universal than the power of love? With the ability to both create and destroy, people are brought together and torn apart by affairs of the heart. Love, undeniably, conquers all. Across Africa, tales of passion, tenderness and lust provide intimate perspectives on the diverse and heterogeneous communities of the continent. This year, in association with the BFI’s LOVE Season, the five African film festivals in the UK will present From Africa, with Love, a rich programme of films that promise to immerse you in African love across time and space. So join us in the spirit of l’amour and allow us to ignite the fire of romance in your heart through the magic of cinema.

From Africa, with Love is presented by the UK African Film Festivals (Africa in Motion, Afrika Eye, Cambridge African Film Festival, Film Africa, and Watch-Africa Film Festival), part of BFI LOVE, bfi.org.uk/love, in partnership with Plusnet.

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Nigerian-Scottish Film Odyssey Our Nigerian-Scottish Film Odyssey will explore the similarities and differences between independent filmmaking in both countries. Join us for glamourous, red carpet premieres showcasing the latest films from two of the brightest young Nollywood filmmakers, C.J. Obasi who will present his zombie horror film, Ojuju, and Stephanie Linus, with her new film Dry. During their time in Scotland these filmmakers will also have the opportunity to meet and engage with young filmmakers from Scotland and key industry stakeholders in discussions around the state of independent filmmaking, including production, funding and distribution. This project is part of UK/NG: UK - Nigeria Season 2015/2016, supported by the British Council.

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The Unrepaired Past

The Unrepaired Past is a series of events connecting the histories of slavery and colonisation to the present, with a special focus on the subjects of psychological repair, justice and reparations. It will feature three film screenings accompanied by a photo exhibition exploring the links between the histories of European-led slavery and colonialism and racial oppression today, a dance performance entitled ‘Traces of Time’ by Farida Nabibaks, and a public debate with a panel of experts on the subject of reparations for slavery. This strand is sponsored by the University of Edinburgh, the Global Justice Academy (GJA) at the University of Edinburgh, Hope for Africa (Atlanta, Georgia) and the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER).

Symposium: Repairing the Past, Imagining the Future: Reparations and Beyond... From 5–7 November 2015, the University of Edinburgh will host a conference entitled ‘Repairing the Past, Imagining the Future: Reparations and Beyond...’ in collaboration with Wheelock College (Boston, US). Over sixty papers will be presented, along with keynote addresses by eminent reparationists, notably Professor Verene Shepherd and Sir Hilary Beckles from the CARICOM Reparations Commission. Sir Hilary Beckles’s address on 5 November 2015 is a public lecture open to all. For more information, see website: http://conferences.hss.ed.ac.uk/reparations/ or contact: reparations@ ed.ac.uk. Follow us on Twitter @MemoriesSlavery.

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Exhibitions

Photography exhibition: ‘Ways We Watch Films in Africa’ Oct/Nov, Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh 23 Oct - 1 Nov, The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane, Glasgow Across Africa local film industries are flourishing, and as commercial and independent cinema spaces slowly begin to cater for African cinema, audiences have found a myriad of innovative ways to watch African films. This exhibition is comprised of a selection of photographs that were submitted to AiM as part of a call for photographs depicting ‘Ways We Watch Films in Africa’. We asked photographers, professional or amateur, to capture film-viewing habits across the African continent. In response we received stunning images of street pop-up cinemas, crowded film parlours, mobile phone cinema, film festival screenings and more. The best photographs were selected for this exhibition and will be displayed in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The winning image has received a cash prize and was selected to be the cover image for the AiM 2015 festival brochure. This image is from the FiSahara Festival in the Western Sahara. This is the first exhibition of its kind, and one that should not be missed!

Poster exhibition: ‘The Unrepaired Past’ 23 Oct - 1 Nov, St John’s Church Hall, Edinburgh This poster exhibition comprises twelve photographs and images that draw complex links between the slave trade, colonial pasts, and the continuation of racial discourses in the present beyond the moment of abolition and the history of decolonisation. By comparing six images of the past with six images of the present, the viewer will confront and question different forms of everyday racism and social marginalisation, and will be asked to engage with the need to repair a past that remains ever present. This exhibition is part of the strand ‘The Unrepaired Past’ and is being sponsored by the Global Justice Academy (GJA) at the University of Edinburgh.

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EDINBURGH Schedule Saturday 24 October

Friday 23 October

October

Opening Screening: Hyènes (Hyenas) 6.10pm, Filmhouse

Saturday 24 October

Sunday 25 October

La noire de… (Black Girl) + discussion 8.45pm, Filmhouse

Children’s day: African Storytelling 2pm, Filmhouse

Sunday 25 October

Monday 26 October

L’Orchestre des Aveugles (The Blinds’ Band) 8.25pm, Filmhouse

Bound: African vs. African American 7.30pm, St. John’s Church

The Aduna Award for Short Film at Africa in Motion 8.20pm, Filmhouse

Documentary Competition: La Sirène de Faso Fani (The Siren of Faso Fani) 2pm, ECA

Documentary Competition: Moug (Waves) 5.30pm, ECA

Masterclass: Philippe Lacôte 3.30pm - 5.30pm Filmhouse

PLAY: A Programme of Short Films 7.30pm Woodland Creatures

Africa in Motion Opening and Birthday Party 8.30pm, Summerhall

Sembene! + Q&A 6.10pm, Filmhouse

Children’s day: AfriKids 3.45pm, Filmhouse

Things of the Aimless Wanderer + Memory Cards + Q&A 5.45pm, Filmhouse Tuesday 27 October

Tuesday 27 October Documentary Competition: Troopship Tragedy 4pm, ECA Tuesday 27 October Ghosts of Amistad: In the footsteps of the rebels 8.15pm St. John’s Church

Wednesday 28 October RUN + Q&A 8.20pm, Filmhouse

Wednesday 28 October Dine and View: KanyeKanye/Love The One You Love 7pm, Canongate Kirk

Schools Screening: Ayanda + Q&A 10am, Filmhouse

Bab el hadid (Cairo Station) 6.10pm, Filmhouse

Thursday 29 October Dis Ek, Anna (It’s me, Anna) + Q&A 8.15pm, Filmhouse

Schools Screening: Lamb 10am, Filmhouse

Documentary Competition: Pirates of Salé 2pm, ECA

Documentary Competition: Coming of Age 5.30pm, ECA

The Dream of Shahrazad + Tripoli Stories 5.45pm, Filmhouse

Abaabi ba boda boda (The Boda Boda Thieves) 6pm, Summerhall

Thursday 29 October Documentary Competition: The Turtles’ Song: A Moroccan Revolution, 3.45pm ECA Thursday 29 October Décor 7pm, Brass Monkey

Friday 30 October WAZI?FM 8.15pm, Summerhall

Friday 30 October Ayanda 8.25pm, Filmhouse

Beats of the Antonov + Chop My Money 8.50pm, Filmhouse Saturday 31 October

A Snake Gives Birth To A Snake, 8.45pm, Summerhall

Incorruptible 6pm, Summerhall

Sunday 1 November

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Hope 6pm, Summerhall

Lamb 6.10pm, Filmhouse

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L’oeil du cyclone (Eye of the Storm) 8.25pm, Filmhouse


Glasgow Schedule Saturday 24 October

October

Take 2: Afri-Kids 11.30am, Glasgow Film Theatre

Family Short Films 2pm-6pm, Townhead

Saturday 24 October Documentary Competition: The Turtles’ Song: A Moroccan Revolution, 3.45pm CCA

Documentary Competition: Pirates of Salé 2pm, CCA Sunday 25 October

Documentary Competition: Coming of Age 5.30pm, CCA

Beats of the Antonov + Chop My Money 7.30pm, CCA

Documentary Competition: La Sirène de Faso Fani (The Siren of Faso Fani) 12pm, CCA

Documentary Competition: Moug (Waves) 3pm, CCA

The Dream of Shahrazad 4.30pm, CCA

Glasgow Gala Screening: RUN + Q&A 7.30pm Glasgow Film Theatre

Sunday 25 October Documentary Competition: Troopship Tragedy 1.45pm, CCA Monday 26 October

Tuesday 27 October Black President 6.30pm, Glasgow School of Art

AiM TV Lounge 4pm, The Old Hairdressers

Screen Seminar: Ousmane Sembene 5.15pm Andrew Stewart Cinema

Necktie Youth, 6pm, Glasgow Film Theatre

WAZI?FM 7pm, Calabash

Rights of Passage 7pm, Glad Café

The Aduna Award for Short Film at Africa in Motion, 6.30pm, Andrew Stewart Cinema

I Shot Bi Kidude 6pm, Glasgow Women’s Library

Price of Love 7pm, Calabash

Nigerian-Scottish Film Odyssey: Industry Day 2.30pm-5.30pm The Lighthouse

Off the page: An African Storytelling Journey 4pm, GoMA

AiM TV Lounge 4pm, The Old Hairdressers

Traces Of The Trade + Discussions 6pm, The African & Carribean Centre

Thursday 29 October

Friday 30 October

Saturday 31 October

Itar el-Layl (Narrow Frame of Midnight) 8.30pm, Rosemount Lifelong Learning Centre

Abaabi ba boda boda (The Boda Boda Thieves) Stories of Our Lives 7pm, The Pearce Institute 7pm, Kinning Park Complex

Lamb 1pm, Glasgow Film Theatre

AiM TV Lounge 4pm, The Old Hairdressers Tuesday 27 October Sembene! 7pm, Andrew Stewart Cinema Wednesday 28 October AiM TV Lounge 4pm, The Old Hairdressers Thursday 29 October

Sunday 1 November

Saturday 31 October Ojuju 7.30pm, Anderston Kelvingrove Parish Church

November

Itar el-Layl (Narrow Frame of Midnight) 3pm, Glasgow Film Theatre

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Ojuju/Dry 5pm, The Corinthian Club

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Edinburgh

Opening film Hyènes (Hyenas) Djibril Diop Mambéty | Senegal 1992 | 1h45m | Wolof with English subtitles | 12

Fri 23 Oct at 6.10pm, Filmhouse In a village where everyone walks, Linguere Ramatou arrives by train. The village is Colobane, and Colobane is in trouble. Poverty, hovering over the village's existence like the hyenas stalking their prey in the desert, threatens the future of the village. But Ramatou, driven out of Colobane in disgrace 30 years earlier, returns as a millionairess with ideals of honesty and justice. The problem is, Ramatou's justice is that of a wrathful goddess. And just how honest is wholesale bribery? The second and final feature of maverick director Djibril Diop Mambety, Hyenas is awash in the hypnotic colours and intoxicating sounds of West Africa—a wicked comedy depicting the devastating effects of greed on a small, povertystricken village. Screening as part of the UK-wide From Africa, with Love programme, the film is at once an intimate story of love and revenge, and a critique of neocolonialism and the effects of consumerism on African cultures. This towering masterpiece of African cinema is a magnificent opening to the 10-year celebration of Africa in Motion.

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Friday 23 October

Africa in Motion Opening and Birthday Party Fri 23 October at 8.30pm-1am Summerhall Courtyard and Café Bar Free entry Shuttle bus service available from Filmhouse after the opening screening (£1.50 pay in cash on the night) Following the opening screening of Hyenas everyone is warmly invited to celebrate AiM’s 10th birthday in style at Edinburgh’s number one arts venue, Summerhall. Join us for an evening filled with African beats, dancing, circus acts and African cocktails and snacks as we warm up a chilly October evening with the vibrancy of African culture. The party will begin with a performance by Scottish drumming group Baobab Gateway, whose unique sound fuses Western and West African instruments. Later, the Artcore Circus (Pyroceltica) and fire artist Ashley Male will perform a packed show of acrobatics, parkour, fire throwing, stilt walking and more. To take us into the late night, Edinburgh-based DJ Swank ‘n’ Jam’s afrocentric beats will get you on the dance floor. All of this can be enjoyed with a complimentary cocktail, Knights Kitchen’s finest Kenyan cuisine, and, of course, no birthday party would be complete without a slice of cake!

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Saturday 24 October

La noire de… (Black Girl) Sembene! Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman | Senegal/US 2015 | 1h29m | English/ French and Wolof with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

Sat 24 Oct at 6.10pm, Filmhouse In 1952, Ousmane Sembene, a dockworker and fifth-grade dropout from Senegal, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa. This feature-length documentary tells the unbelievable true story of the “father of African cinema”, the self-taught novelist and filmmaker who fought, against enormous odds, a monumental, 50-year-long battle to give African stories to Africans. Sembene! is told through the experiences of the man who knew him best, colleague and biographer Samba Gadjigo, using rare archival footage and more than 100 hours of exclusive material. A true-life epic, Sembene! follows an ordinary man who transformed himself into a fearless spokesperson for the marginalised, becoming a hero to millions.

Ousmane Sembene | Senegal/France 1966 | 1h5m | French with English subtitles | 12

Sat 24 Oct at 8.45pm, Filmhouse This recently and beautifully restored version of Black Girl is pioneering Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene’s first feature film, and is one of the first features by a director from subSaharan Africa. The film tells the tragic story of Diouana, a young Senegalese woman who finds work as a childminder for a French couple in Dakar. When the couple return to the south of France, she goes with them, dreaming of a life of luxury and fine clothes on the Côte d’Azur. However, things don’t turn out as she planned. A very moving and beautifully filmed portrayal of the gradual breakdown of a fragile, young woman, this is a great opportunity to see one of the genuine classics of African cinema. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Samba Gadjigo, Sembene’s biographer. Professor Gadjigo’s visit to AiM has been generously supported by the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Samba Gadjigo, Sembene’s biographer. Professor Gadjigo’s visit to AiM has been generously supported by the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling.

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Sunday 25 October

Family Day

African Storytelling Sun 25 Oct at 2pm, Filmhouse Free and ticketed (tickets available from Filmhouse box office) Join in with this interactive and engaging storytelling session with Mara the storyteller and her exciting animal stories from across Africa. A perfect opportunity to let your imaginations run wild, practice your roars and meet other cheeky monkeys! Then stay on for a collection of family short films, AfriKids, at 3.45pm. Mwansa

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AfriKids Various | South Africa/Sierre Leone/ Nigeria/Zambia 2015 | 1h24m | U

Sun 25 Oct at 3.45pm, Filmhouse Curious-minded little ones can become intrepid AfriKids by taking a cinematic adventure across the wild and wonderful African continent with Africa in Motion 2015 family day. The hilarious exploits of a menagerie of African animals, including rhinos, elephants and giraffes take centre stage in the delightful Jungle Beats cartoons, while staying true to yourself is the message of the inspiring South African story of Hair That Moves. In Mwansa the Great, an eight-year-old Zambian boy embarks upon a journey to prove his greatness, with unexpected consequences. Finally, in The Money Tree a boy in Sierra Leone learns important lessons while trying to grow an orchard of money. With films for both the young and young-at-heart, AfriKids promises to expand horizons in the most enchanting of ways.

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Edinburgh

Sunday 25 October

Things of the Aimless Wanderer UK Premiere Kivu Ruhorahoza | Rwanda/UK 2014 | 1h17m | English/Kinyarwanda with English subtitles | 15

Sun 25 Oct at 5.45pm, Filmhouse A truly unconventional cinematic experience, Things of the Aimless Wanderer confirms the strength of the Kivu Ruhorahoza’s brilliantly distinctive directorial voice. A merciless dissection of the relationship between masculinity and territoriality, the film sees the conditions of the colony and the post-colony along a common trajectory of exploitation and violence. The division between past and present melts into a menacing, timelessness of abuse along axes of race and gender, seeing the two as intertwined in the most intimate of ways. Composed of mesmerising imagery and soundscapes that are both immaculately cinematic and hauntingly enigmatic, the allusions of this brave and challenging film lay the foundation for rich and important conversations about the soul of the African continent. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Kivu Ruhorahoza. This screening is supported by the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies.

Plus short film: Memory Cards UK Premiere Piotr Cieplak | Rwanda 2015 | 20m | 15 A writer goes missing during a trip to Rwanda and Zanzibar. The only record of the journey survives in the footage she captured on a small camera and sent to her friend and lover, Tomé. After years of obsessively trying to decipher the meaning of the footage, Tomé finally enlists the help of others to solve the mystery. Watching the writer’s journey from rural Rwanda to the surreal beaches of Zanzibar where the trail goes cold, each of the narrators grapples with the same question: did she really go missing or did she decide to disappear?

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Sunday 25 October

Monday 26 October

L’Orchestre des Aveugles (The Blinds’ Band) UK Premiere Mohamed Mouftakir | Morocco/France 2014 | 1h53m | Arabic with English subtitles | 15

Sun 25 Oct at 8.25pm, Filmhouse L’Orchestre des Aveugles has been continuously hailed as one of the best films to come out of Morocco since competing in the Marrakech International Film Festival last year. The film’s narrative is endearingly told from the perspective of Mimou who tells us about his relationship with his musician father and the dramas of living with an orchestra who depends on impersonating the blind in order to play at women only parties within the homes of Morocco’s conservative families. The film’s web of stories is set against 1970s Morocco, and the nation’s struggle between loyalists of King Hassan II and an active oppositional movement. L’Orchestre des Aveugles is a visually striking, semi-autobiographical piece of work by director Mohamed Mouftakir, telling the story of his own childhood, filled with scandal and comedy, all to the rhythm of an orchestra.

Bound: African vs. African American UK Premiere Peres Owino | US 2014 | 1h30m | Documentary | 15

Mon 26 Oct at 7.30pm, St John’s Church Hall Free entry Kenyan-born African American, Peres Owino’s new and multi-award winning documentary reveals the complex struggle between Africans and African Americans. The film looks to take the first steps towards bridging the gap between both cultures’ shared history by having a long and overdue conversation about the enslavement of Africans, the colonisation of Africa and its continuous effects. The film opens with personal testimonials that expose these rifts, then walks us through the corridors of African colonialism and African American enslavement, laying bare their effects and how these have both divided and bound Africans and African Americans. The screening will be introduced through a dance performance by the Dutch-Surinamese professional choreographer, Farida Nabibaks. The performance, entitled Traces of Time, raises issues concerning identity in the present and ancestral links to slavery, and includes a slideshow and music by the Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt. This strand is sponsored by the University of Edinburgh, the Global Justice Academy (GJA) at the University of Edinburgh, Hope for Africa (Atlanta, Georgia) and the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER).

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Edinburgh The Aduna Award for Best Short Film at Africa in Motion UK Premieres

Monday 26 October The shortlisted films are: Mémoires anachroniques ou le couscous du vendredi midi (Thank God It’s Friday) Asmae El Moudir | Morocco/France 2014 | 13m | Arabic with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

Thank God It’s Friday

Mon 26 Oct at 8.20pm, Filmhouse Africa in Motion’s annual Short Film Competition has been successfully running for eight consecutive years. This year, the shortlist was selected from over 120 entries, which is a record in AiM’s history. African filmmakers were invited to submit short films of up to 30 minutes, and the final shortlist comprises a diverse and captivating collection of work from across the continent. The Short Film Competition is part of AiM’s commitment to nurturing young African filmmaking talent. The winner is selected by our jury of acclaimed film practitioners and academics and will be announced immediately after the screenings. The audience will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite film with the Audience Award winner announced on our website at the end of the festival. Our thanks go to Aduna for sponsoring this award.

A young girl recalls the communal Friday family dinners, a time of tradition and airing of diverse opinions. Recalling the history of Morocco and those who tried in earnest to affect change, the experiential nature of the film allows for an interesting perspective on a common story and setting. This film is an allegory of memory: an erratic recollection of shared experiences, feelings, and thoughts that shape a coherent narrative.

Maman(s) (Mother(s)) Maïmouna Doucouré | France/Senegal 2015 | 21m | French with English subtitles | 15 Young Aida lives in the suburbs of Paris with her Senegalese family. Her life is turned upside down when her father comes back from Senegal with a second wife. The film explores Aida’s reactions and struggle in the face of her mother’s distress and the expansion of the family through the polygamy of the father.

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Edinburgh

Monday 26 October

Shortlisted films continued... Moul Lkelb (The Man With a Dog) Kamal Lazraq | Morocco/France 2014 | 27m | Arabic with English subtitles | 15 Youssef is known by his neighbours as “the man with a dog”. Devastated after he lost his dog and sole friend during an evening walk on the beach, he is determined to do anything he can to find it. His quest takes him deeper and deeper into the dangerous underbelly of Casablanca’s slums.

Trash Cash Muzahura Wilberforce Musasizi | Uganda 2014 | 7m | Documentary | 15 Kigozi John is a young homeless boy from Uganda whose only family are his friends. His day to day life creates a devastating yet endearing story about his struggles to work, look after his friends and ultimately to survive. His hardships are not an impediment for his hopes and dreams.

Women in the Dark Shameelah Khan | South Africa 2014 | 15m | Documentary | 15 Three women, three generations - three different takes on love, marriage and sexuality, interact and inspire each other in this short documentary. By asking questions from her mother and grandmother, the filmmaker is looking to shape her own identity and sexuality as a young South African Muslim woman.

Helm El Mash-had (The Dream of a Scene) Yasser Shafiey | Egypt 2014 | 23m | Arabic with English subtitles | 15 Yasser, a young Egyptian filmmaker, is running auditions for the role of a girl who defies social conventions by shaving off her hair. Shocked by the mere thought of shaving their head for an amateur film, the candidates leave one by one. The project is about to fall apart when Mariam, the assistant director, decides to take on the role.

Rabie Chetwy (Wintry Spring) Mohamed Kamel | Egypt 2014 | 15m | Arabic with English Subtitles | 15 Growing up is difficult. As young bodies change, many of us are able to rely on those who have made this transition before us. Wintry Spring is the story of a young girl becoming a woman, with only her confused father to assist her. Misunderstanding and confusion compound already hard times. Only with caring and understanding are these two able to help each other. Wintry Spring implements a clever use of visual metaphors in conveying a sense of growth throughout the story.

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Tuesday 27 October

Africa in Motion Documentary Competition Tue 27 Oct at 2pm - 6.45pm, Edinburgh College of Art, Main Lecture Theatre Free entry Following the success of our annual Short Film Competition, Africa in Motion has launched a brand new Documentary Competition at this year’s festival. African filmmakers were invited to submit documentaries of 30 minutes or more, and the final shortlist was selected from a wide range of fascinating entries from across the continent, covering varied themes. The Documentary Competition aims at encouraging and supporting young and talented African filmmakers. The winner is selected by our jury of acclaimed film practitioners and academics and will be announced after the screenings on the second day. The audience will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite film with the Audience Award winner announced on our website at the end of the festival. Our thanks go to the Scottish Documentary Institute for sponsoring this award.

The shortlisted documentaries are: La Sirène de Faso Fani (The Siren of Faso Fani) UK Premiere Michel K. Zongo | France/Burkina Faso/ Qatar/Germany 2015 | 1h29m | French with English subtitles | 15

Tues 27 Oct at 2pm, Edinburgh College of Art, Main Lecture Theatre For a long time, Koudougou was considered Burkina Faso’s main textile city, with its renowned factory of Faso Fani. In 2001, following strict restructuration plans imposed by the IMF and the World Bank, the factory was shut down and left hundreds of employees jobless. Ten years later, the filmmaker meets the former employees of Faso Fani, as well as workers who continue the legacy of Burkinabe textile making through their homemade work. The documentary explores the disastrous consequences of global economic policies for local businesses and sheds light on local initiatives that strive to revive the textile industry of Koudougou.

Troopship Tragedy UK Premiere Marion Edmunds | South Africa 2014 | 52m | 15

Tues 27 Oct at 4pm, Edinburgh College of Art, Main Lecture Theatre Zwai Mgijima, a young South African man, travels to England to find the shipwreck where 600 of his countrymen drowned during the First World War. The sinking of the Mendi is a tragedy for the progeny of these men in South Africa, as the loss of their bones at sea prevents ancient burial customs from being carried out. Through the quest of Zwai Mgijima for answers and justice, the documentary takes the viewer through the circumstances and history of the tragedy, collecting testimonies of South African and English descendants of the drowned men.

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Shortlisted documentaries continued... Moug (Waves)

Moug (Waves) UK Premiere Ahmed Nour | Egypt 2013 | 1h11m | Arabic with English subtitles | 15

Tues 27 Oct at 5.30pm, Edinburgh College of Art, Main Lecture Theatre The lively city of Suez in Egypt is the birthplace of the Egyptian revolution. Through the eyes and narration of a young Suez-born filmmaker, the film explores Suez’s history, its people and their struggles. The “revolution generation” has lost many friends and family members and nurtures anger against the power in place. Nostalgia about the past and angst about the future are poetically told in this very personal documentary and essay film, which offers an insight into the collective psyche of post-revolution Egypt.

Troopship Tragedy

Masterclass: Philippe Lacôte Tue 27 Oct at 3.30pm - 5.30pm, Filmhouse Free and ticketed (tickets available from Filmhouse box office) Born in 1971 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Philippe Lacôte grew up next to a movie theater – The Magic. As he began to study linguistics, he became a radio enthusiast, before he turned to film and started making short films. In 1989, he made a series of sound portraits on the fall of the Berlin Wall. Four years later, he made his first short film, Somnambule, in black and white. In 1995, he directed the black and white The Messenger, starring Denis Lavant, presented at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. In 2001, he co-directed with Delphine Jaquet Affaire Libinski, a short film made up of stills, reminiscent of Chris Marker’s The Jetty.

fiction film on the unrecognised journey of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat to Ivory Coast. RUN, which won the Jerusalem Film Lab Award, is Lacôte’s first feature. It was presented in the Un certain regard section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. During this masterclass Philippe will show clips from his films and talk about his filmmaking practice.

In 2010, Philippe Lacôte produced Lonesome Solo’s Burn it up Djassa, which was shot in 11 days in the Abidjan suburb and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and at the Panorama Selection of the Berlin Film Festival in 2012. In 2013, he directed To Repel Ghosts, a

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Tuesday 27 October

PLAY: A Programme of Short Films Tue 27 Oct at 7.30pm, Woodland Creatures, 260-262 Leith Walk Free entry This programme of shorts pulls out different elements of play, whether it be imaginative and creative engagement, playful film-making, a distortion of the playground and the toys of our childhoods, or the loss of playful innocence, these shorts look to capture the pleasure and pain of the game.

Films in this programme include: Twaaga Cédric Ido | Burkina Faso/France 2013 | 30m | French with English subtitles | 15 This charming short film by up-and-coming Burkinabé director Cédric Ido is a playful piece of work, with interesting political references. Twaaga (literally meaning invincible) is a superhero-inspired narrative, which beautifully blends action and animation, in a story about a boy’s quest to become a superhero.

Walk With Me Peter Tukai Muhumuza and Johan Oettinger | Uganda/Denmark 2014 | 13m | 15 An exploration of childhood and mortality, this experimental short film takes you on a graphic journey through a young girl’s vivid imagination—where toys come alive and where daydreams can suddenly become nightmares.

Chop My Money Theo Anthony | Congo 2014 | 13m | English/Swahili with English subtitles | 15

Mémoires anachroniques ou le couscous du vendredi midi (Thank God It’s Friday) Asmae El Moudir | Morocco/France 2014 | 13m | Arabic with English subtitles| 15 A young girl recalls the communal Friday family dinners, a time of tradition and airing of diverse opinions. Recalling the history of Morocco and those who tried in earnest to affect change, the experiential nature of the film allows for an interesting perspective on a common story and setting. This film is an allegory of memory: an erratic recollection of shared experiences, feelings, thoughts that shape a coherent narrative.

Mwansa the Great Rungano Nyoni | Zambia/UK 2011 | 23m | Nyanja with English subtitles | U An eight-year-old boy who aspires to be a hero embarks upon a journey to prove his greatness, with unexpected consequences. This is a moving insight into childhood, where fantasy is interwoven with reality as a young boy’s imagination transforms and empowers everyday life.

This short documentary takes a look into the harsh world of three street kids living on Goma’s (Eastern Congo) urban streets, a playground for drugs, alcohol and crime. Chop My Money, scored by Montreal’s ‘Dirty Beaches’ premiered last year in the Toronto International Film Festival’s international shorts programme. Twaaga

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Ghosts of Amistad: In the footsteps of the rebels Tony Buba | US 2014 | 57m | English/ Mende with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

Tues 27 Oct at 8.15pm, St John’s Church Hall Free entry In this powerful and highly original account, Marcus Rediker reclaims the Amistad rebellion for its true proponents: the enslaved Africans who risked death to stake a claim for freedom. Using newly discovered evidence and featuring vividly drawn portraits of the rebels, their captors, and their abolitionist allies, Rediker reframes the story to show how a small group of courageous men fought and won an epic battle against Spanish and American slaveholders and their governments. The successful Amistad rebellion changed the very nature of the struggle against slavery. As a handful of self-emancipated Africans steered their own course for freedom, they opened a way for millions to follow.

Tuesday 27 October

RUN UK Premiere Philippe Lacôte | Ivory Coast 2014 | 1h42m | French with English subtitles | 15

Tues 27 Oct at 8.20pm, Filmhouse Run is running away… He has just killed his country’s Prime Minister. Unexpected circumstances and cruel twists of fate have conspired him to this position. As he disguises himself his life returns to him in flashes: his childhood with master Tourou, when he dreamt of becoming a rainmaker, his incredible adventures with Greedy Gladys and his militia past as a Young Patriot in Ivory Coast’s political and military conflict. Run has not chosen all of these lives. He stumbled into them, escaping from one life to another. RUN is a picaresque fable which reworks magical realist observations in telling the story of Ivory Coast’s long-running civil war, through the iconic life of one individual. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Philippe Lacôte. Philippe will also present a filmmaking masterclass at Filmhouse on the same afternoon.

This strand is sponsored by the University of Edinburgh, the Global Justice Academy (GJA) at the University of Edinburgh, Hope for Africa (Atlanta, Georgia) and the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER).

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Edinburgh

Wednesday 28 October

Love Brewed in an African Pot

Bab el hadid (Cairo Station) Youssef Chahine | Egypt 1958 | 1h17m | Arabic with English subtitles | PG

Weds 28 Oct at 6.10pm, Filmhouse Cairo Station is the film that put Egyptian master director Chahine on the international map. It plays like a masterpiece of Italian neo-realism. In Cairo’s busy rail terminus, passions are simmering: hard-working porter Abou Serib forms a workers’ union; his fiancée Hanouma uses her flirtatious charm to sell lemonade to train passengers; news vendor Kenaoui (played by Chahine himself, who was also a master actor) has designs on her, but he is a simple-minded soul with little choice but to suffer her teasing taunts. Fascinated by feminine images in magazines, he is yearning for revenge on a world that has excluded him. As part of our From Africa, with Love strand, the film, at first glance, startles with its upfront sexuality for a film from an Arab country in 1958, but the bigger picture captures a society experiencing rapid change under Nasser. Chahine excels in social observation, florid melodrama and dark suspense. It is a strikingly controlled, confident, biting display, and rightly regarded as one of Chahine’s masterpieces. From Africa, with Love is presented by the UK African Film Festivals (Africa in Motion, Afrika Eye, Cambridge African Film Festival, Film Africa, Watch-Africa Film Festival), part of BFI LOVE bfi.org.uk/love, in partnership with Plusnet.

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Weds 28 Oct at 7pm Canongate Kirk Church Hall, 10-11 Lochend Close £12 (includes film ticket and two course meal), to book please follow link: http://bit.ly/1XaHy5n BYOB (Bring your own bottle) Love Brewed in an African Pot is a mouthwatering experience where film meets food. We are bringing to Edinburgh a truly authentic African communal dining experience, with delicious sharing platters and South African bunny chow. Both courses are accompanied by two films that question the ideals of love, happiness and truth in the new South Africa. The two-course meal is cooked with love by Kenyan chef Christine Longstaff from Knights Kitchen. This year celebrates the Year of Food and Drink in Scotland and in line with this, the event promises an evening of fragrances, tastes and cinema from the African continent. Part of our From Africa, with Love strand, this is the perfect event for a date night for those in long-standing relationships, or for a first date with that special person you have been admiring from afar.

Menu

Starter Sharing Platter: Kenyan Okra Fritters, Vegetable samosas, Kachumbari (Tomatoes and Onion salad) and other Kenyan tastes Main Course Bunny Chow with vegetable, chickpea and mango curry *Bunny Chow is a South African fast food dish consisting of a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry that originates from Durban’s Indian community. Bunny chow is also called a ‘kota’ (quarter) in many parts of South Africa.

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Edinburgh

Wednesday 28 October

Films screening as part of Love Brewed in an African Pot include:

Kanyekanye

Love the One You Love

Miklas Manneke | South Africa 2013 | 26m | Zulu with English subtitles | 15

Jenna Cato Bass | South Africa 2014 | 1h45m | 15

In a township in South Africa, an argument about which apple is better, the red or the green, causes the greatest divide in the town’s history. A big white line is drawn through the middle of the town to divide the lovers of green and red apples. The one rule that greens and reds do not mix is broken when Thomas, a boy from the green side of town, falls in love with Thandi, a girl from the red side of town. A colourful parody of segregation, Kanyekanye is a magical take on the new South Africa.

Phone sex operator Terri is comfortable with voicing the most intimate of thoughts over the phone with strangers. However, words don’t come so easily when it comes to communicating her feelings towards Sandile, her attentive and caring boyfriend who spends his time looking after animals when he is not pressing her to give up her non-committal attitude towards him. Unbeknownst to them, in another corner of Cape Town, a computer technician struggles to let go of a lost love, rubbing self-indulgent salt in his own wounds by insisting on spending time with his ex’s younger brother. As fate would have it, their parallel paths intersect and they begin to suspect that their love is a peculiar conspiracy - setting in motion an intimate, funny and bittersweet exploration of some of the more sacred ideals of young life in contemporary South Africa. This event is held in partnership with The Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015, which celebrates the country’s outstanding natural larder and produce. From Africa, with Love is presented by the UK African Film Festivals (Africa in Motion Film Festival, Afrika Eye, Cambridge African Film Festival, Film Africa, Watch-Africa Film Festival), part of BFI LOVE bfi.org.uk/love, in partnership with Plusnet.

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Edinburgh

Wednesday 28 October

Thursday 29 October

Africa in Motion Documentary Competition

Dis Ek, Anna (It’s Me, Anna) UK Premiere Sara Blecher | South Africa 2015 | 2h | Afrikaans with English subtitles | 15

Thurs 29 Oct at 2pm-6.45pm, Edinburgh College of Art, Lecture Theatre 017 Free entry Talented African documentary filmmakers will take you through three exciting historical, political and social journeys. For more information on the Documentary Competition, see page 19.

Wed 28 Oct at 8.15pm, Filmhouse It’s Me, Anna is based on two top-selling novels by Afrikaans author Elbie Lötter and tells the harrowing story of Anna Bruwer (played by Charlenè Brouwer) who avenges years of abuse suffered at the hands of her stepfather. The viewer is drawn into the distressing and painful world of child sexual abuse, encountering the victims, the active perpetrators and those who are complicit through their silence. It’s Me, Anna is a local story with universal resonance, urgent and relevant to our times. Told in flashback, this captivating, beautifully filmed and superbly acted drama has already been making waves in South Africa in anticipation of its theatrical release later in the year. It seems set to galvanise the South African film industry and to further cement director Sara Blecher’s reputation as one of the most important and talented voices working in the South African film industry at present. We are delighted to host the UK premiere of the film and to welcome director Sara Blecher, producer Niel Van Deventer and actress Charlenè Brouwer to AiM to take part in a Q&A after the screening.

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Pirates of Salé Rosa Rogers and Merieme Addou | Morocco 2014 | 1h18m | Arabic/French with English subtitles | 15

Thurs 29 Oct at 2pm, Edinburgh College of Art, Lecture Theatre 017 While the film’s title might make one think of recent blockbuster films and rum swigging buccaneers, Pirates of Salé is a documentary about Morocco’s first circus, Cirque Shems’y (located in the city of Salé) at a fort once used by pirates. The narrative of the film follows the stories of some new and some experienced young artists of the circus as they get prepared for the biannual presentation. An upbeat and fervent score reflects this uplifting and energetic film.

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Edinburgh

Thursday 29 October

Shortlisted documentaries continued...

The Turtles’ Song: A Moroccan Revolution UK Premiere Jawad Rhalib | Morocco/Belgium 2013 | 1h25m | Arabic with English subtitles | 15

Thurs 29 Oct at 3.45pm, Edinburgh College of Art, Lecture Theatre 017 In February 2011, a Moroccan revolution emerged when the young generation, previously presumed to be apolitical, marched under the banner of the “Movement of February 20”. Thousands of Moroccans called for freedom, justice, dignity and the end of fear and surveillance. Artists stand up to convey their hopes and dreams as the censorship loosens. The Moroccan revolution, often called the “long revolution”, reminds of the race between the rabbit and the turtle. How many would have bet on the turtle to win?

Coming of Age UK Premiere Teboho Edkins | South Africa/Lesotho/ Germany 2015 | 1h03m | Sesotho with English subtitles | 15

Thurs 29 Oct at 5.30pm, Edinburgh College of Art, Lecture Theatre 017 Coming of Age is a film that follows teenagers over the course of two years as they grow up deep in the southern African mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Very little happens in the village of Ha Sekake, but from their perspective, a lot is at stake. Lefa, who wears her heart on her sleeve, sees her world fall apart when her best friend Senate leaves the village. She too must decide whether to stay or leave in search of a better education and new opportunities. Retabile takes care of the family’s livestock up in a remote cattle post, and goes through a rite of passage that will mark his transition into manhood. The summer of youth is quickly over, doors into adulthood open and close.

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Thursday 29 October Plus short films: Tripoli Stories 2 Land of Men Kelly Ali and Alaa Hassan Saneed | Libya/UK 2014 | 4m | Arabic with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

The Dream of Shahrazad

Libyan women had so many dreams post 2011 revolution. Whatever happened to them?

Francois Verster | South Africa/Egypt/ Jordan/France/Netherlands 2014 | 1h47m | English/Arabic/Turkish with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

Thurs 29 Oct at 5.45pm, Filmhouse This unique music-led film looks at recent political events in Egypt, Turkey and Lebanon through the lens of the famous story collection known as One Thousand and One Nights. The film uses the metaphor of Shahrazad - the princess in the Nights who saves lives by telling stories to the murderous Sultan Shahrivar. It is filmed before, during and after the Arab Spring uprisings and weaves together a web of music, politics and storytelling to explore the ways in which creativity and political articulation coincide in response to oppression. The documentary is led by an impassioned Turkish conductor who leads a performance in Istanbul of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. These scenes are interweaved with theatre performances in Egypt, a young activist in Lebanon and a visual artist who uses Shahrazad as his muse. This is an impassioned and creatively curated documentary by multi-award-winning South African director Francois Verster, offering a new and fascinating take on the Arab Spring. This screening has been sponsored by the Peacebuilding through the Media Arts Project at the Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI) at the University of Edinburgh and will be followed by a discussion on art and activism during the Arab uprisings.

The Sandwich Maker Samer S.Omar | Libya/UK 2014 | 4m | Arabic with English subtitles | Documentary | 15 Retirement is not an option for Tripoli’s famous sandwich maker.

The Mosque Farag Al-Sharif | Libya/UK 2014 | 5m | Arabic with English subtitles | Documentary | 15 Post 2011 Libyan revolution, Tripoli saw a series of attacks by religious extremists damaging Sufi shrines such as the beautiful 18th century Ahmed Pasha Karamanli mosque.

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Abaabi ba boda boda (The Boda Boda Thieves) UK Premiere Donald Mugisha and James Tayler | Uganda/South Africa/Kenya 2015 | Luganda/English with English subtitles | 1h25m | 15

Thurs 29 Oct at 6pm, Summerhall, Red Lecture Theatre Kampala, Uganda serves as the backdrop for a free reworking of Italian neorealist classic The Bicycle Thieves by South African/Ugandan film co-operative Yes! That’s Us. Abel is a sullen young Kampala teen maintaining the appearance of being a good Christian kid for the benefit of his hard-grafting parents. In actuality he’s gambling and hanging out with local street gangs rather than finding work. When Abel’s father, who drives the eponymous boda (a motorcycle taxi), is injured on the job Abel is forced to step up and deputise, to help pay off his father’s debts. However, the new freedoms the boda presents to Abel come to outweigh any sense of commitment and responsibility. This renegade film, shot almost entirely on location, depicts Ugandan youth in thrall to the bling of football stars playing for the likes of Chelsea, whilst their devout parents scrabble together just enough to keep their heads above water.

Thursday 29 October

Decor Ahmad Abdalla | Egypt 2014 | 1h56m | Arabic with English subtitles | 15

Thurs 29 Oct at 7pm, Brass Monkey, Drummond Street Free entry Maha and her husband Sherif are set designers working for the first time on a purely commercial film. Overworked and frustrated by the low artistic standards, Maha is exceedingly stressed by the experience. One day on set, Maha hurriedly adjusts a prop between takes only to turn around and find that the entire film crew has disappeared. The film set is now a real apartment, and Maha’s outfit has inexplicably changed. Torn between worlds, and unable to control either life, Maha reaches a breaking point. For the first time ever, she’s forced to decide what she truly desires. Shot in black and white with numerous visual, aural, and narrative elements, Decor draws upon a rich tradition of Egyptian black-and-white cinema that rivaled Hollywood in its heyday, and which remains a vibrant component of popular Egyptian culture to this day.

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Thursday 29 October

WAZI?FM UK Premiere

Beats of the Antonov

Dr. Farasi | Kenya 2014 | 1h2m | English/ Swahili/Somali with English subtitles | 15

Hajooj Kuka | Sudan/South Africa 2014 | 1h5m | Arabic with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

Thurs 29 Oct at 8.15pm, Summerhall, Red Lecture Theatre

Thurs 29 Oct at 8.50pm, Filmhouse

MoMo is a Somali urban refugee living in Eastleigh, Nairobi where he runs the community radio station Wazi?FM with his Kenyan friend Kevo. Everything is going well until one day the team stumble upon a dark secret in their community and MoMo suddenly vanishes. Pulling together the evidence for the story an inspector from the Kenyan Special Forces is trying to understand what really happened before MoMo’s disappearance. Is everything really as it seems in Eastleigh? Were MoMo and Kevo ever really friends? Will the inspector unravel the case in time? All will be revealed in this gripping detective mystery thriller. WAZI?FM was the inaugural winner of the European African Film Festivals Award. This award is dedicated to East African filmmakers and was presented by Africa in Motion, the Afrika Film Festival, Leuven, and the Verona African Film Festival, at the Zanzibar International Film Festival 2015. WAZI?FM received a cash prize of 1,000 Euros and will screen at all three European festivals.

A music movement is at the core of this engaging and unsettling documentary from war reporter Hajooj Kuka. The film is structured around the daily bombing runs carried out by the Sudanese government in the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountain regions in Sudan, and shows the music forms that have sprung up around the impromptu celebrations staged after each attack. This screening is held in partnership with Take One Action Film Festival.

Plus short film: Chop My Money Theo Anthony | Congo 2014 | 13m | English/Swahili with English subtitles | 15 This short documentary takes a look into the harsh world of three street kids living on Goma’s (Eastern Congo) urban streets, a playground for drugs, alcohol and crime. Chop My Money, scored by Montreal’s ‘Dirty Beaches’ premiered last year in the Toronto International Film Festival’s international shorts programme.

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Edinburgh

Friday 30 October

Hope

Ayanda

Boris Lojkine | France 2014 | 1h31m | French/English/Arabic with English subtitles | 15

Sara Blecher | South Africa 2015 | 1h46m | English/Zulu/Sesotho with English subtitles | 12

Fri 30 Oct at 6pm, Summerhall, Red Lecture Theatre

Fri 30 Oct at 8.25pm, Filmhouse

A young man from Cameroon and a Nigerian woman find themselves in the harsh landscape of the Sahara desert along with hundreds of others making the desperate and dangerous journey across Northern Africa. Although their journeys are the same, the gangs, culture, racism and nationalistic structures that have been emplaced along this well-worn migratory path, means that the safety of both man and woman requires staying with one’s own people. However, these two try to find their way together and to love each other—telling what is both an incredibly beautiful and ugly story, Hope vigorously portrays the very much current and heartbreaking issue of African migrants in search of something better in Europe. This screening is sponsored by the University of Edinburgh Global Development Academy as part of a strand of films focused on Transitions toward Development and Freedom.

Ayanda is twenty-one, trendy, beautiful and brave. But above all, Ayanda is a dreamer, and the most charismatic resident of the vibrant and kaleidoscopically Afropolitan neighbourhood of Yeoville, Johannesburg. In both her demeanour and her work, the charming Ayanda makes a habit of bringing light and life into the world around her, making a living off her knack for upcycling the industrial debris of urban life into objects of Afro-chic beauty. Working in her father’s automechanic workshop is a way for her to remain connected to his spirit, despite his death eight years earlier, until dark secrets rear their ugly heads and threaten to strip her of all that is dear to her. In this fresh and important portrait of urban African femininity, Ayanda has to battle not only the odds, but her own inner demons to come to the truth of what is really important in her world.

The screening will be followed by a discussion on the current European refugee crisis.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director Sara Blecher.

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Edinburgh

Friday 30 October

Saturday 31 October

A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake

Incorruptible

Michael Lessac | South Africa/US/ France/Serbia/ Montenegro/Rwanda/ Serbia/Ireland/Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014 | 1h39m | English/Afrikaans/ Albanian/Bosnian/Xhosa/Zulu/Serbian with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

Fri 30 Oct at 8.45pm, Summerhall, Red Lecture Theatre South Africa’s transition from oppressive white minority rule to inclusive democracy in 1994 is often spoken about as having been miraculously peaceful. A crucial aspect of this was the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in which the victims and perpetrators of violence faced each other in a series of hearings in pursuit of healing. Broadcast in all 11 of the South African languages, the interpreters of these stories became the literal voice of truth, verbalising the pain inflicted by the Apartheid regime. In 2003, director Michael Lessac took the oft-overlooked experiences of these narrators as the starting point for a theatrical production, touring the war-torn regions of Northern Ireland, Rwanda, and the former Yugoslavia. Sparking dialogue among people with raw memories of atrocity, the actors find they must once again confront their homeland’s violent past – and their own capacity for healing and forgiveness. This screening is sponsored by the University of Edinburgh Global Development Academy as part of a strand of films focused on Transitions toward Development and Freedom.

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E. Chai Vasarhelyi | Senegal/US 2015 | 1h30m | French with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

Sat 31 Oct at 6pm, Summerhall, Red Lecture Theatre When President Abdoulaye Wade changed the Senegalese constitution in 2011 to allow for a third term, the country’s young people responded loudly and clearly. Y’en a Marre (“Enough is Enough”) became the name of a nascent movement, which rapidly gained traction amongst the disillusioned youth. While Wade once represented the voice of a democratic opposition, he soon fell victim to power. Ageing, out of touch, and surrounded by sycophants, the President’s greatest threat is Macky Sall, who has formed an alliance with Y’en a Marre. Yet the young activists remain sceptical, since they believe all politicians to be susceptible to corruption. With the elections on the horizon, the future remains unclear: if elected, will Sall deliver on his promises or will he follow his predecessor’s path to self-delusion? Award-winning filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s second documentary on Senegal examines Africa’s oldest democracy in crisis and a generation determined to fight for it. This screening is sponsored by the University of Edinburgh Global Development Academy as part of a strand of films focused on Transitions toward Development and Freedom. The screening will be followed by a discussion on democracy in Africa.

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Saturday 31 October

Sunday 1 November

L’oeil du cyclone (Eye of the Storm)

Lamb

Sékou Traoré | Burkina Faso/France 2015 | 1h40m | French with English subtitles | 15

Sat 31 Oct at 8.25pm, Filmhouse L’oeil du cyclone is psychological drama about a young, female lawyer who has been appointed a case that no one else wants - defending a rebel soldier. In an un-named African country plagued by civil war, both lawyer and defendant are scarred by growing up in a world devastated by cyclical violence. These two profoundly different individuals meet, clash and need to find a way to understand each other. As resistance from her colleagues and family mounts, the young lawyer becomes even more determined to stand up for her client’s rights to a fair trial. This screening is supported by Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh and will be followed by a discussion about issues raised in the film.

Yared Zeleke | Ethiopia/France/ Germany/Norway 2015 | 1h34m | Amharic with English subtitles | 15

Sun 1 Nov at 6.10pm, Filmhouse Director Yared Zeleke’s first feature film Lamb tells the story of Ephraim, a young Ethiopian boy and his best friend, a sheep named Chuni. The inseparable pair are sent to live with distant relatives on their farm in a village far away from their drought-ridden homeland. Ephraim soon becomes homesick while living with his supposedly new family. As an outcast, he gets into various scrapes. When his uncle announces that he will have to sacrifice his sheep for an upcoming feast, Ephraim is ready to fight to save the life of his only true friend. Lamb has most recently been screened at the 2015 Cannes film festival, celebrated as the first Ethiopian film ever to have made it into the festival’s official selection.

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Saturday 24 October

Take 2: AfriKids Various | South Africa/Sierre Leone/ Nigeria/Zambia 2015 | 1h24m | U

Sat 24 Oct at 11.30am, Glasgow Film Theatre Curious-minded little ones can become intrepid AfriKids by taking a cinematic adventure across the wild and wonderful African continent with Africa in Motion 2015 and Take 2 at the Glasgow Film Theatre. The hilarious exploits of a menagerie of African animals, including rhinos, elephants and giraffes take centre stage in the delightful Jungle Beat cartoons, while staying true to yourself is the message of the inspiring South African story of Hair That Moves. In Mwansa the Great, an eight-year-old Zambian boy embarks upon a journey to prove his greatness, with unexpected consequences. Finally, in The Money Tree a boy in Sierra Leone learns important lessons while trying to grow an orchard of money. With films for both the young and young-at-heart, AfriKids promises to expand horizons in the most enchanting of ways.

Celebration day at Townhead - Family short films Sat 24 Oct at 2pm-6pm, Townhead Village Hall, St. Mungo Avenue Free entry

Africa in Motion Documentary Competition Sat 24 Oct at 2pm-6.30pm, Centre for Contemporary Arts TICKET DEAL: Buy tickets to any two of the documentary competition screenings and get a third one free Following the success of our annual Short Film Competition, Africa in Motion has launched a brand new Documentary Competition at this year’s festival. African filmmakers were invited to submit documentaries of 30 minutes or more, and the final shortlist was selected from a wide range of fascinating entries from across the continent, covering varied themes. The Documentary Competition aims at encouraging and supporting young and talented African filmmakers. The winner is selected by our jury of acclaimed film practitioners and academics and will be announced after the screenings on the second day. The audience will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite film with the Audience Award winner announced on our website at the end of the festival. Our thanks go to The Scottish Documentary Institute for sponsoring this award.

The Glasgow Library in collaboration with the Central and Western Integration Network (CWIN) will present a Celebration day at Townhead. This event will truly embody the idea that People Make Glasgow, bringing together a multi-cultural mix of Turkish music, Palestinian dancers, choirs, henna painting, art workshops for children, cooking classes and more. During the day Africa in Motion will present a package of family short films from across the African continent.

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Glasgow

Saturday 24 October

Shortlisted documentaries continued... The Turtles’ Song: A Moroccan Revolution UK Premiere Jawad Rhalib | Morocco/Belgium 2013 | 1h25m | Arabic with English subtitles | 15

Sat 24 Oct at 3.45pm, Centre for Contemporary Arts

Pirates of Salé Rosa Rogers and Merieme Addou | Morocco 2014 | 1h18m | Arabic/French with English subtitles | 15

Sat 24 Oct at 2pm, Centre for Contemporary Arts While the film’s title might make one think of recent blockbuster films and rum swigging buccaneers, Pirates of Salé is a documentary about Morocco’s first circus, Cirque Shems’y (located in the city of Salé) at a fort once used by pirates. The narrative of the film follows the stories of some new and some experienced young artists of the circus as they get prepared for the biannual presentation. An upbeat and fervent score reflects this uplifting and energetic film. Coming of Age

In February 2011, a Moroccan revolution emerged when the young generation, previously presumed to be apolitical, marched under the banner of the “Movement of February 20”. Thousands of Moroccans called for freedom, justice, dignity and the end of fear and surveillance. Artists stand up to convey their hopes and dreams as the censorship loosens. The Moroccan revolution, often called the “long revolution”, reminds of the race between the rabbit and the turtle. How many would have bet on the turtle to win?

Coming of Age UK Premiere Teboho Edkins | South Africa/Lesotho/ Germany 2015 | 1h03m | Sesotho with English subtitles | 15

Sat 24 Oct at 5.30pm, Centre for Contemporary Arts Coming of Age is a film that follows teenagers over the course of two years as they grow up deep in the southern African mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Very little happens in the village of Ha Sekake, but from their perspective, a lot is at stake. Lefa, who wears her heart on her sleeve, sees her world fall apart when her best friend Senate leaves the village. She too must decide whether to stay or leave in search of a better education and new opportunities. Retabile takes care of the family’s livestock up in a remote cattle post, and goes through a rite of passage that will mark his transition into manhood. The summer of youth is quickly over, doors into adulthood open and close.

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Sunday 25 October

Beats of the Antonov

The Siren of Faso Fani

Hajooj Kuka | Sudan/South Africa 2014 | 1h5m | Arabic with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

Sat 24 Oct at 7.30pm, Centre for Contemporary Arts A music movement is at the core of this engaging and unsettling documentary from war reporter Hajooj Kuka. Telling the story of the Sudanese populations of the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountain regions this concentrated documentary feature reveals, and revels in, the cultural production and societal organisation of these people. The film is structured around the daily bombing runs carried out by the Sudanese government in Khartoum. The bombing runs utilise Russian Antonov cargo-carriers to try to blast these ‘rebels’ out of existence. However, such tactics have only further reinforced a determination to preserve a specifically African culture that is viewed as under threat. Sarah Mohamed, an ethnomusicologist, features prominently as a guide to the various music forms that have sprung up around the impromptu celebrations staged after each bombing run. These are celebrations of life as much as culture.

Africa in Motion Documentary Competition Sun 25 Oct at 12pm-4.30pm, Centre for Contemporary Arts TICKET DEAL: Buy tickets to any two of the documentary competition screenings and get a third one free Talented African documentary filmmakers will take you through three exciting historical, political and social journeys. For more information on the Documentary Competition, see page 34. Our thanks go to the Scottish Documentary Institute for sponsoring this award.

This screening is held in partnership with Take One Action Film Festival.

Plus short film: Chop My Money For details see page 21.

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Sunday 25 October

Shortlisted documentaries continued... La Sirène de Faso Fani (The Siren of Faso Fani) UK Premiere Michel K. Zongo | France/Burkina Faso/ Qatar/Germany 2015 | 1h29m | French with English subtitles | 15

Sun 25 Oct at 12pm, Centre for Contemporary Arts For a long time, Koudougou was considered Burkina Faso’s main textile city, with its renowned factory of Faso Fani. In 2001, following strict restructuration plans imposed by the IMF and the World Bank, the factory was shut down and left hundreds of employees jobless. Ten years later, the filmmaker meets the former employees of Faso Fani, as well as workers who continue the legacy of Burkinabe textile making through their homemade work. The documentary explores the disastrous consequences of global economic policies for local businesses and sheds light on local initiatives that strive to revive the textile industry of Koudougou.

Moug (Waves) UK Premiere Ahmed Nour | Egypt 2013 | 1h11m | Arabic with English subtitles | 15

Troopship Tragedy UK Premiere Marion Edmunds | South Africa 2014 | 52m | 15

Sun 25 Oct at 1.45pm, Centre for Contemporary Arts Zwai Mgijima, a young South African man, travels to England to find the shipwreck where 600 of his countrymen drowned during the First World War. The sinking of the Mendi is a tragedy for the progeny of these men in South Africa, as the loss of their bones at sea prevents ancient burial customs from being carried out. Through the quest of Zwai Mgijima for answers and justice, the documentary takes the viewer through the circumstances and history of the tragedy, collecting testimonies of South African and English descendants of the drowned men.

Sun 25 Oct at 3pm, Centre for Contemporary Arts The lively city of Suez in Egypt is the birthplace of the Egyptian revolution. Through the eyes and narration of a young Suez-born filmmaker, the film explores Suez’s history, its people and their struggles. The “revolution generation” has lost many friends and family members and nurtures anger against the power in place. Nostalgia about the past and angst about the future are poetically told in this very personal documentary and essay film, which offers an insight into the collective psyche of post-revolution Egypt.

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Moug (Waves)

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Sunday 25 October

The Dream of Shahrazad

Glasgow Gala Screening

Francois Verster | South Africa/Egypt/ Jordan/France/Netherlands 2014 | 1h47m | English/Arabic/Turkish with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

Philippe Lacôte | Ivory Coast 2014 | 1h42m | French with English subtitles | 15

RUN UK Premiere

Sun 25 Oct at 4.30pm, Centre for Contemporary Arts This unique music-led film looks at recent political events in Egypt, Turkey and Lebanon through the lens of the famous story collection known as One Thousand and One Nights. The film uses the metaphor of Shahrazad - the princess in the Nights who saves lives by telling stories to the murderous Sultan Shahrivar. It is filmed before, during and after the Arab Spring uprisings and weaves together a web of music, politics and storytelling to explore the ways in which creativity and political articulation coincide in response to oppression. The documentary is led by an impassioned Turkish conductor who leads a performance in Istanbul of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. These scenes are interweaved with theatre performances in Egypt, a young activist in Lebanon and a visual artist who uses Shahrazad as his muse. This is an impassioned and creatively curated documentary by multi-award-winning South African director Francois Verster, offering a new and fascinating take on the Arab Spring. This screening is held in partnership with Document International Human Rights Festival.

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Sun 25 Oct at 7.30pm, Glasgow Film Theatre Run is running away… He has just killed his country’s Prime Minister. Unexpected circumstances and cruel twists of fate have conspired him to this position. As he disguises himself his life returns to him in flashes: his childhood with master Tourou, when he dreamt of becoming a rainmaker, his incredible adventures with Greedy Gladys and his militia past as a Young Patriot in Ivory Coast’s political and military conflict. Run has not chosen all of these lives. He stumbled into them, escaping from one life to another. RUN is a picaresque fable which reworks magical realist observations in telling the story of Ivory Coast’s long-running civil war, through the iconic life of one individual. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Philippe Lacôte. This screening is sponsored by Alliance Française de Glasgow, a local not-for-profit organisation which reflects the desire to share with others the love of the French language and culture.

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Glasgow

Monday 26 October

AiM TV Lounge Mon 26 Oct at 4pm-6pm, The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane Free entry

For all your African TV highlights at a glance go to page 52

Black President Mpumelelo Mcata | Zimbabwe/South Africa/UK 2015 | 1h26m | English/Shona/Zulu/ Xhosa/Tswana/French with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

Mon 26 Oct at 6.30pm, Glasgow School of Art, Reid Building, 164 Renfrew Street Free entry Black President is more than an artist’s biopic following the work of contemporary Zimbabwean artist, Kudzanai Chiuarai - this excellent first film by Mpumelelo Mcata (also known for being the guitarist for experimental rock band, BLK JKS) entwines itself with the artist’s practice, harmonising with it. At its core is the fascinating “State of the Nation” exhibition, which invents a fictional African state populated with archetypes and headed by a female president. Woven together like an hallucinatory dream, we are asked rhetorical questions like, what is the responsibility of African artists in an ever more globalised world? Will it be a perpetual game of “catch up”? Are we still slaves, or will we define our own path? Not only a fascinating progression of documentary aesthetics, the film also provides vivid insight into an incredibly vibrant burgeoning community of urban Southern African artists, which simmers with powerful, new perspectives that have the potential to revolutionise conceptions of art on a global scale. This event is held in partnership with the Glasgow School of Art, who are also currently exhibiting ‘A Return to Normalcy: Birth of a New Museum’, by Kenyan Artist Grace Ndiritu. This will take place in the Reid Gallery, 2 Oct-12 Dec, Mon-Sun, 10am-4.30pm. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Mpumelelo Mcata and producer Anna Teeman.

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Tuesday 27 October

AiM TV Lounge For all your African TV highlights at a glance go to page 52

Tue 27 Oct at 4pm-8pm, The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane Free entry

Screen Seminar

A home craftsman for the masses: An introduction to the life and work of Ousmane Sembene Tue 27 Oct at 5.15pm, Andrew Stewart Cinema, Gilmorehill Halls Free entry

This seminar is presented by Professor Samba Gadjigo, the world’s foremost expert on the life and work of Ousmane Sembene and author of Sembene’s official biography. Professor Gadjigo was born and raised in Senegal and is professor of African Studies and French at Mt. Holyoke College. Ousmane Sembene (1923-2007) was fisherman, bricklayer (in his native Senegal), WWII veteran (in Niger), dock worker, union organizer, and French Communist member (in Marseilles, France). Almost illiterate when he arrived in France in 1947, by his death in 2007, the self-educated Marxist dock worker had become one of the most prolific writers of his generation, with ten books (starting with his biographical novel Black Docker, 1956), most of which have been translated into many languages. When most African countries gained political independence in 1960, Ousmane Sembene returned to Africa with the goal “to give voice to millions of voiceless, disenfranchized Africans.” However, faced with the rampant illiteracy in both African and European languages that plagued the continent, in 1961 Sembene decided to find a better medium to reconnect with the African masses. After a year training at the Gorki Studio in Moscow, he returned to Senegal to direct his first short, Borom Sarret (1962). In half a century, he directed twelve films that earned him the title of “Father of African Cinema”. Today, Sembene is recognized as one of the world’s most distinguished cultural icons of the 20th century.

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After a brief introduction to Sembene’s extraordinary life, this seminar will attempt to illustrate how, throughout his literary and film work, the self-proclaimed artisan de chambre (“home craftsman”) combined politics and art to challenge the dominant discourses on Africa and to invent a new, galvanizing mirror for the continent. This event is part of Screen Seminars at Glasgow University in association with Africa in Motion. The seminar will be followed by a screening of the award-winning documentary Sembene!, co-directed by Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman.

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Glasgow

Tuesday 27 October

Sembene!

Necktie Youth

Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman | Senegal/US 2015 | 1h22m | English/ French/Wolof with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

Sibs Shongwe-La Mer | South Africa 2014 | 1h31m | Afrikaans/English/ isiZulu with English subtitles | 15

Tues 27 Oct at 7pm, Andrew Stewart Cinema, Gilmorehill Halls Free entry In 1952, Ousmane Sembene, a dockworker and fifth-grade dropout from Senegal, began dreaming an impossible dream: to become the storyteller for a new Africa. This feature-length documentary tells the unbelievable true story of the “father of African cinema”, the self-taught novelist and filmmaker who fought, against enormous odds, a monumental, 50-year-long battle to give African stories to Africans. Sembene! is told through the experiences of the man who knew him best, colleague and biographer Samba Gadjigo, using rare archival footage and more than 100 hours of exclusive materials. A truelife epic, Sembene! follows an ordinary man who transformed himself into a fearless spokesperson for the marginalised, becoming a hero to millions.

Tues 27 Oct at 6pm, Glasgow Film Theatre This South African debut feature from the multitalented Sibs Shongwe-La Mer begins with the shocking suicide of Emily, a young Afrikaans girl from the affluent suburbs of Johannesburg, livestreamed to the web. Flash forward a year and some of Emily’s friends, including her former partner Jabz, are participating in a documentary about Emily’s death. Jabz and his best friend September (played by Shongwe-La Mer himself ) listlessly trawl the streets, stores and apartments of central and suburban Johannesburg, looking for something to give their lives meaning beyond the immediacy of sex and drugs. This carefully crafted and wonderfully verbose film is shot in sumptuous monochrome, evoking a 1990s American indie aesthetic (think Lee, Linklater and Smith) as a vehicle for the curious nostalgia that haunts its youthful protagonists - of a South Africa available to them only through secondhand stories.

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Tuesday 27 October

WAZI?FM

UK Premiere Dr. Farasi | Kenya 2014 | 1h2m | English/ Swahili/Somali with English subtitles | 15

Tues 27 Oct at 7pm, Calabash, 57 Union Street Free entry MoMo is a Somali urban refugee living in Eastleigh, Nairobi where he runs the community radio station Wazi?FM with his Kenyan friend Kevo. Everything is going well until one day the team stumble upon a dark secret in their community and MoMo suddenly vanishes. Pulling together the evidence for the story an inspector from the Kenyan Special Forces is trying to understand what really happened before MoMo’s disappearance. Is everything really as it seems in Eastleigh? Were MoMo and Kevo ever really friends? Will the inspector unravel the case in time? All will be revealed in this gripping detective mystery thriller. WAZI?FM was the inaugural winner of the European African Film Festivals Award. This award is dedicated to East African filmmakers and was presented by Africa in Motion, the Afrika Film Festival, Leuven, and the Verona African Film Festival, at the Zanzibar International Film Festival 2015. WAZI?FM received a cash prize of 1,000 Euros and will screen at all three European festivals.

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Rights of Passage UK Premiere Ntombizodwa Magagula, Mapula Sibanda, Lerato Moloi, Valencia Joshua, Zandile Angeline Wardle, Tony Miyambo, Rethabile Mothobi and Yashvir Bagwandeen | South Africa 2015 | 1h38m | English/Zulu with English subtitles | 15

Tues 27 Oct at 7pm, The Glad Cafe, 1006A Pollokshaws Road Free entry Rights of Passage is an anthology of eight short films made by first-time young filmmakers who were born when Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first democratically elected President and who entered young adulthood during the last years of Mandela’s remarkable life. Using African proverbs as inspiration, this creative series of short films shows concern for the opportunity of change in contemporary South Africa and explores and reflects on the experiences of young South Africans today. Rights of Passage is the outcome of the Youth Filmmaker Project, an NFVF initiative focused on developing the youth within South Africa’s filmmaking industry.

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Glasgow

Wednesday 28 October

AiM TV Lounge Wed 28 Oct at 4pm-8pm, The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane Free entry

For all your African TV highlights at a glance go to page 52

The Aduna Award for Best Short Film at Africa in Motion UK Premieres

The shortlisted films are:

Wed 28 Oct at 6.30pm, Andrew Stewart Cinema, Gilmorehill Halls Free entry

Asmae El Moudir | Morocco/France 2014 | 13m | Arabic with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

Thank God It’s Friday Africa in Motion’s annual Short Film Competition has been successfully running for eight consecutive years. This year, the shortlist was selected from over 120 entries, which is a record in AiM’s history. African filmmakers were invited to submit short films of up to 30 minutes, and the final shortlist comprises a diverse and captivating collection of work from across the continent. The Short Film Competition is part of AiM’s commitment to nurturing young African filmmaking talent. The winner is selected by our jury of acclaimed film practitioners and academics and will be announced immediately after the screenings. The audience will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite film with the Audience Award winner announced on our website at the end of the festival.

Mémoires anachroniques ou le couscous du vendredi midi (Thank God It’s Friday)

A young girl recalls the communal Friday family dinners, a time of tradition and airing of diverse opinions. Recalling the history of Morocco and those who tried in earnest to affect change, the experiential nature of the film allows for an interesting perspective on a common story and setting. This film is an allegory of memory: an erratic recollection of shared experiences, feelings, and thoughts that shape a coherent narrative.

Maman(s) (Mother(s)) Maïmouna Doucouré | France/Senegal 2015 | 21m | French with English subtitles | 15 Young Aida lives in the suburbs of Paris with her Senegalese family. Her life is turned upside down when her father comes back from Senegal with a second wife. The film explores Aida’s reactions and struggle in the face of her mother’s distress and the expansion of the family through the polygamy of the father.

Our thanks go to Aduna for sponsoring this award.

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Wednesday 28 October

Shortlisted films continued... Moul Lkelb (The Man With a Dog) Kamal Lazraq | Morocco/France 2014 | 27m | Arabic with English subtitles | 15 Youssef is known by his neighbours as “the man with a dog”. Devastated after he lost his dog and sole friend during an evening walk on the beach, he is determined to do anything he can to find it. His quest takes him deeper and deeper into the dangerous underbelly of Casablanca’s slums.

Women in the Dark Shameelah Khan | South Africa 2014 | 15m | Documentary | 15

Trash Cash Muzahura Wilberforce Musasizi | Uganda 2014 | 7m | Documentary | 15 Kigozi John is a young homeless boy from Uganda whose only family are his friends. His day to day life creates a devastating yet endearing story about his struggles to work, look after his friends and ultimately to survive. His hardships are not an impediment for his hopes and dreams.

Three women, three generations - three different takes on love, marriage and sexuality, interact and inspire each other in this short documentary. By asking questions from her mother and grandmother, the filmmaker is looking to shape her own identity and sexuality as a young South African Muslim woman.

Rabie Chetwy (Wintry Spring) Mohamed Kamel | Egypt 2014 | 15m | Arabic with English Subtitles | 15 Growing up is difficult. As young bodies change, many of us are able to rely on those who have made this transition before us. Wintry Spring is the story of a young girl becoming a woman, with only her confused father to assist her. Misunderstanding and confusion compound already hard times. Only with caring and understanding are these two able to help each other. Wintry Spring implements a clever use of visual metaphors in conveying a sense of growth throughout the story.

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Helm El Mash-had (The Dream of a Scene) Yasser Shafiey | Egypt 2014 | 23m | Arabic with English subtitles | 15 Yasser, a young Egyptian filmmaker, is running auditions for the role of a girl who defies social conventions by shaving off her hair. Shocked by the mere thought of shaving their head for an amateur film, the candidates leave one by one. The project is about to fall apart when Mariam, the assistant director, decides to take on the role.

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Wednesday 28 October

I Shot Bi Kidude UK Premiere Andy Jones | Tanzania/UK 2015 | 1h23m | English/Swahili with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

Wed 28 Oct at 6pm, Glasgow Women’s Library Free entry Upon hearing of her death in April 2013, British filmmaker Andy Jones dropped everything and flew to Zanzibar to attend the funeral of Bi Kidude, the 102-year-old singer and national icon and the subject of his earlier film, As Old as my Tongue. In the months prior to her death it was reported in Tanzanian media that the charismatic singer had been kidnapped by relatives who claimed that she had been subjected to abuse by associates in the music industry, but the relatives argued that they had only her interests at heart. This sensitive and personal film recounts the final days of the extraordinarily charismatic artist, and unravels the mysterious circumstances of her death. Both thrilling and deeply emotional, I Shot Bi Kidude documents an unlikely friendship but is, above all, a tribute to the life of a legendary performer and incredible woman. This screening will begin with a performance by the Maryhill Integration Network’s (MIN) Joyous Choir and followed by a Q&A with director Andy Jones. This screening is held in partnership with Maryhill Integration Network and Glasgow Women’s Library.

Price of Love Hermon Hailay | Ethiopia 2014 | 1h39m | Amharic with English subtitles | 15

Wed 28 Oct at 7pm, Calabash, 57 Union Street Free entry Price of Love tells the story of a young Addis Ababa resident, Teddy, who finds his life entangled with the more shadowy aspects of love, resulting in his main source of income, his taxi, being stolen. Having fallen in love with a prostitute, he finds himself having to confront the darkness in his past, while also discovering the pathway to his redemption. In this gritty and courageous film, set in the streets of a rapidly-changing city, Teddy has to decide what, for him, is the ultimate price of love. Price of Love is screened as part of our From Africa, with Love strand.

LIVE at the OLD HAIRDRESSERS

Songs and Stories of Bi Kidude with Mohamed Issa Matona Wed 28 Oct at 9pm, The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane, Free Entry Join oud virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Matona for a unique night to celebrate the UK premiere of I Shot Bi Kidude. Matona will recount his own journeys with the legendary singer, and also share stories passed down by his father, who first played alongside Bi Kidude back in 1954.

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Glasgow

Thursday 29 October

Industry Day Nigerian-Scottish Film Odyssey Thurs 29 Oct at 2.30pm-5.30pm, The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane Free entry As part of the Nigerian-Scottish Film Odyssey we are hosting an industry day that will look at connections between film industries in both countries. The day will bring together industry professionals from Scotland and Nigeria to engage in discussions comparing filmmaking practices, storytelling, production, funding and audience development. It is a great opportunity for students, filmmakers, and people working in the Scottish or the wider independent film industry to connect, learn and forge future collaborations. You can get involved in the discussions and share your views in the lead-up to the industry day in our ‘Tweet-a-long’ using the designated hashtag #NollywoodOdyssey. As part of the project we are working with the African Movie Channel, a TV platform with a focus on Nollywood cinema, to broadcast this industry event in over 14 countries in Africa and Europe in late November. 2.45pm - 3.45pm: Working local, thinking global: Strategies for developing, engaging and sustaining local and international audiences 3.45pm - 4.10pm: Coffee break 4.10pm - 5.10pm: Culture through the lens: storytelling practices, popular genres and the value of independent filmmaking 5.10pm - 5.30pm: Final remarks and close This event is held as part of the UK/NG: UK Nigeria Season 2015/2016, supported by the British Council, and held in collaboration with Film Hub Scotland.

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AiM TV Lounge Thurs 29 Oct at 4pm-8pm, The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane Free entry

For all your African TV highlights at a glance go to page 52

Off the page: An African Storytelling Journey Thurs 29 Oct at 4pm, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Royal Exchange Square, Free entry This event will take the audience on a journey through African literature, and will be held in the GoMA Library. In each section of the library the audience will find a Scotland-based African storyteller dressed in costume who will perform a brief story from African literature. There will be three readings and then a screening of The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo, which explores the life and writings of one of Africa’s foremost female writers.

The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo Yaba Badoe | Ghana/UK 2014 | 1h18m | English/Fanti with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

Thurs 29 Oct at 4pm, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Royal Exchange Square, Free entry Described as a trailblazer for an entire generation of writing talent including internationally acclaimed Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Yaba Badoe’s riveting documentary follows the great Ama Ata Aidoo over the course of an eventful year. We join Aidoo as she travels home to her ancestral village in Ghana, is feted at a Colloquium in her honour in the United States and attends the premiere of her seminal play Anowa. The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo celebrates and reflects on the artistic contribution of one of Africa’s most important female writers working today. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Yaba Badoe.

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Glasgow

Thursday 29 October

Traces Of The Trade: A Story from the Deep North Katrina Browne | US 2008 | 1h26m | Documentary | 15

Thurs 29 Oct at 6pm - 9pm, African-Caribbean Centre, 66-68 Osborne St Free entry Filmmaker Katrina Browne, alongside 9 family members, retrace and face their difficult ancestry as the largest slave trading family in US history. From 1769 to 1820, the DeWolf family line trafficked over 10,000 human beings. Traces of the Trade follows Browne and nine DeWolf descendants on an incredible journey, retracing the steps of the Triangle Trade which brings them face-to-face with their own family tree, history, blood riches and legacy. On return, the family confronts the issue of reparations for slavery, questioning how to think about and contribute to “repair�. Brown applies this issues to the nation as a whole, asking: What is the legacy of slavery- for whites, for blacks, for others? What history do we inherit as individuals or as citizens? What would repair look like and what would it take? The film screening will be followed by a public debate on the legacies of slavery and the slave trade, with a particular focus on the controversial question of reparations. The discussions will be led by three expert panellists. Paul Sutton (retired academic and Caribbean expert) will introduce the debate by focusing on links between Scotland and the Caribbean, and the importance of reparations. Esther Stanford-Xosei (Jurisconsult, reparations legal specialist and chair of the PanAfrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe) and Mario Gousse (member of the Haiti Support Group) will also be addressing the issue of reparations from legal and activist perspectives. This strand is sponsored by the University of Edinburgh, the Global Justice Academy (GJA) at the University of Edinburgh, Hope for Africa (Atlanta, Georgia) and the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER).

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Friday 30 October

Itar el-Layl (Narrow Frame of Midnight)

Abaabi ba boda boda (The Boda Boda Thieves) UK Premiere

Tala Hadid | Morocco/Qatar/France/ UK 2014 | 1h33m | Arabic/French with English subtitles | 15

Thurs 29 Oct at 8.30pm, Rosemount Lifelong Learning Centre, 102 Royston Road Free entry In director Tala Hadid’s lucid and subtly incisive first film, the interconnected lives of a handful of central characters serve as a window onto the complex and sometimes murky world of contemporary Morocco – a country torn apart by fundamentalism and violence. Aicha is a young girl sold into the possession of petty criminals by her desperate family. Moroccan/Iraqi writer, Zacaria, becomes her unlikely saviour when their paths cross as he seeks redemption for having turned a blind eye to his brother’s abuse at the hands of the Moroccan secret police, and who he fears has now become entangled in jihadism. Judith, the western lover of Zacaria, longs for a child, and offers sanctuary to the brave but vulnerable Aicha. At once sensitively wise, and thoroughly unsettling, this nuanced and deeply human film holds out cautious hope for the future through characters who, despite cruel and powerful forces of corruptibility, are driven by compassion, mercy, and the desire for a world in which innocence and love can survive. This screening is held in collaboration with Rosemount Lifelong Learning Centre. Rosemount works in the Northeast of Glasgow to widen adult learning opportunities, to offer childcare, provide social support and offer English classes to learners from all over the globe.

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Donald Mugisha and James Tayler | Uganda/South Africa/Kenya 2015 | 1h25m | Luganda/English with English subtitles | 15

Fri 30 Oct at 7pm, Kinning Park Complex, 40 Cornwall Street Free entry (donations welcome) African snacks provided by ISARO network Kampala, Uganda serves as the backdrop for a free reworking of Italian neorealist classic The Bicycle Thieves by South African/Ugandan film co-operative Yes! That’s Us. Abel is a sullen young Kampala teen maintaining the appearance of being a good Christian kid for the benefit of his hard-grafting parents. In actuality he’s gambling and hanging out with local street gangs rather than finding work. When Abel’s father, who drives the eponymous boda (a motorcycle taxi), is injured on the job Abel is forced to step up and deputise, to help pay off his father’s debts. However, the new freedoms the boda presents to Abel come to outweigh any sense of commitment and responsibility. This renegade film, shot almost entirely on location, depicts Ugandan youth in thrall to the bling of football stars playing for the likes of Chelsea, whilst their devout parents scrabble together just enough to keep their heads above water. This event is held in partnership with Isaro Social Integration Network, a non-profit organisation based in Clydebank which promotes social and economic integration of Black and Minority Ethnic communities as well as art and culture.

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Glasgow

Friday 30 October

Saturday 31 October

Stories of Our Lives Jim Chuchu | Kenya 2014 | 1h | English/ Swahili with English subtitles | 15

Fri 30 Oct at 7pm, The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road Free entry Director Jim Chuchu’s first feature, Stories of Our Lives is a beautifully acted, honest and revealing anthology of short films depicting different landscapes, homes, ages and relationships - re-telling queer stories of Kenyans who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex. Stories of Our Lives is a striking collective short film series, produced in collaboration with Kenyan multidisciplinary art collective NEST. This screening is held in partnership with Glitch Festival, and will be followed by a discussion about LGBTQI+ communities in Africa.

Lamb Yared Zeleke | Ethiopia/France/ Germany/Norway 2015 | 1h34m | Amharic with English subtitles | 15

Sat 31 Oct at 1pm, Glasgow Film Theatre Director Yared Zeleke’s first feature film Lamb tells the story of Ephraim, a young Ethiopian boy and his best friend, a sheep named Chuni. The inseparable pair are sent to live with distant relatives on their farm in a village far away from their drought-ridden homeland. Ephraim soon becomes homesick while living with his supposedly new family. As an outcast he gets into various scrapes. When his uncle announces that he will have to sacrifice his sheep for an upcoming feast, Ephraim is ready to fight to save the life of his only true friend. Lamb has most recently been screened at the 2015 Cannes film festival, celebrated as the first Ethiopian film ever to have made it to the festival’s official selection.

The screening is part of From Africa, with Love, presented by the UK African Film Festivals (Africa in Motion, Afrika Eye, Cambridge African Film Festival, Film Africa, WatchAfrica Film Festival), part of BFI LOVE bfi.org.uk/love, in partnership with Plusnet.

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Glasgow

Glasgow

Saturday 31 October

Sunday 1 November

Ojuju

Itar el-Layl (Narrow Frame of Midnight)

C.J. Obasi | Nigeria 2014 | 1h35m | English/Nigerian Pidgin with English subtitles | 15

Sat 31 Oct at 7.30pm, Anderston Kelvingrove Parish Church, 759 Argyle St Free entry (donations welcome) Afro-Halloween snacks provided Optional fancy dress This ultra low-budget Nigerian zombie film set in a nightmarishly enclosed slum district of Lagos, juggles comedy and creeping terror audaciously. A zombie infection is transmitted through the water supply of the slum district, leading to each of the district’s denizens being possessed by the ‘ojuju’ of the title. Romero, a knowing wink to the doyen of the subgenre, is an expectant father and, like so many other people in his district, a skunk addict. When his pregnant girlfriend and best mate are turned zombie, Romero is left having to find a way out of the ghetto with Peju, a local girl who may have a crush on him. Despite the budgetary limitations, director Obasi serves up a satisfyingly grotesque horror as seen through a thick haze of skunk smoke. The director also brings something fresh to the zombie subgenre by focusing as much on the mindless actions of the zombies, as upon the quest for survival of his protagonists.

Tala Hadid | Morocco/Qatar/France/ UK 2014 | 1h33m | Arabic/French with English subtitles | 15

Sun 1 Nov at 3pm, Glasgow Film Theatre In director Tala Hadid’s lucid and subtly incisive first film, the interconnected lives of a handful of central characters serve as a window onto the complex and sometimes murky world of contemporary Morocco – a country torn apart by fundamentalism and violence. Aicha is a young girl sold into the possession of petty criminals by her desperate family. Moroccan/Iraqi writer, Zacaria, becomes her unlikely saviour when their paths cross as he seeks redemption for having turned a blind eye to his brother’s abuse at the hands of the Moroccan secret police, and who he fears has now become entangled in jihadism. Judith, the western lover of Zacaria, longs for a child, and offers sanctuary to the brave but vulnerable Aicha. At once sensitively wise, and thoroughly unsettling, this nuanced and deeply human film holds out cautious hope for the future through characters who, despite cruel and powerful forces of corruptibility, are driven by compassion, mercy, and the desire for a world in which innocence and love can survive.

This screening is held in partnership with the Glasgow Night Shelter, which provides a crucial front-line service for destitute asylum seekers in Glasgow, who because of their immigration status, would otherwise be forced to sleep rough on the city’s streets.

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Sunday 1 November

Nigerian-Scottish Film Odyssey Red Carpet Premieres These two Nollywood premieres are screening as part of our Nigerian-Scottish Film Odyssey, part of the UK/NG: UK - Nigerian Season 2015/2016, supported by the British Council. Join us for red carpet premieres of two brand-new films, followed by discussions with the filmmakers.

5pm - 6pm: Arrival and red carpet 6pm - 8pm: Screening of Dry 8pm - 9pm: Drinks reception 9pm - 11pm: Screening of Ojuju Venue and ticket info: Langley and Mercer Suites, The Corinthian Club, 191 Ingram Street, Glasgow Dress code: Formal Ticket price for one film: £12 Ticket price for both films: £16 Tickets include film screenings, glass of prosecco and canapé reception To book please follow link: http://bit.ly/1FfTXcZ

Dry

Ojuju

Stephanie Okereke-Linus | Nigeria/UK 2015 | 1h47m | 15

C.J. Obasi | Nigeria 2014 | 1h35m | English/Nigerian Pidgin with English subtitles | 15

Sun 1 Nov at 6pm

Sun 1 Nov at 9pm

Stephanie Okereke-Linus’s first feature film Dry travels between rural life in Wales and Nigeria, looking at two parallel female narratives, a child and a woman both dealing with similar childhood memories and horrors. Both woman and child instantly have a strong bond that binds them together. Okereke-Linus’s intriguing film works with two strong female narratives, addressing various female issues that apply to young girls and women from around the world. With a stellar cast including its director Okereke-Linus herself playing the film’s female lead Dr. Zara, Dry deals with rejection, isolation and reconciliation.

This ultra low-budget Nigerian zombie film set in a nightmarishly enclosed slum district of Lagos, juggles comedy and creeping terror audaciously. A zombie infection is transmitted through the water supply of the slum district, leading to each of the district’s denizens being possessed by the ‘ojuju’ of the title. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director C.J. Obasi.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with a representative of the film.

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Mon 26 - Thur 29 Oct at the Old Hairdressers

Glasgow AiM TV Lounge Shows The Pearl of Africa

My Africa

Enter the life of Cleopatra Kambugu, a 27-yearold Ugandan transgender girl, biologically born male in one of the world’s most homophobic places.

When you come from a place you love, you want to show people all your favorite spots, hidden gems and things that make it so special. In this Africa Channel series, we let someone who spends a lot of time in a place – anywhere from Africa to the Caribbean - show us their personal ties to the area, getting to know them and their special places at the same time.

Jonny von Wallström | Uganda 2014 | 6m episodes

Ogas At The Top

Charles Kuria | Nigeria 2015 | 5m episodes | English/Pidgin | Buni TV With an aim of having a social impact with humor, this satirical puppet show series looks at the rampant corruption and mismanagement of Nigeria.

The XYZ Show

Charles Kuria | Kenya 2014 | 5m episodes | English/Swahili | Buni TV The XYZ Show is Africa's first and most popular puppet political satire show, produced in Nairobi with an aim of having a social impact by exposing with humor, rampant corruption and mismanagement in Kenya.

African Masters: Rising Stars

Angola/Ivory Coast/Tanzania/Ethiopia 2014 | 30m episodes | Africa Channel Production With in-depth exclusive access to some of the world’s most collectable artists. African Masters: Rising Stars seeks out the emerging talent of some the region’s burgeoning art scenes across four countries; Angola, Ivory Coast, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

An African City

Nicole Amarteifio | Ghana/US 2014 | 30m episodes An African City is a web series created as a Ghanaian equivalent of Sex and the City, following the lives of five single young women of African descent who have recently resettled in Accra, Ghana from living abroad, dealing with their new life as "returnees" in Ghana.

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Ghana/Ethiopia 2014 | 1h | Africa Channel Production

Africa on a Plate

South Africa 2014 | 1h | Green Zebra Productions Chef Lentswe Bhengu is on a culinary journey through Africa to find the perfect ingredients for great cuisine – the food and culture of Africa, inspired by people he encounters along the way. Back in the kitchen he combines these elements into his own recipes, showing us how to do it, his way. By the end of each episode, viewers will have a new recipe and come away with a new appreciation for the people, culture and food that they would never have been aware of if not for Lentswe dishing out Africa On A Plate.

The Samaritans

Kenya | 30m | Xeinium Productions This scripted series is about the absurdities of Aid for Aid, a dysfunctional, fictitious non governmental organization (NGO). In the Kenya field office, the cosmopolitan staff deal with the strange demands and decisions of UK headquarters and hopelessly inept local bureaucracies, all under the guise of ‘Saving Africa’.

My Story

South Africa 2015 | 45m | M-Net My Story, in which some of the country’s biggest personalities share the truth behind the headlines and the real details of their life in the limelight.

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Glasgow AiM TV Lounge Shows African Time

Ayman Gasmelseed and Algernon Felice Jr | US 2013 | WAAVE DADA

Ogas At The Top

This series showcases what it's like for Africans in the diaspora looking at the experiences of first and second generation Africans in the US.

Africa for Norway/Let’s Save Africa: Gone Wrong/Who Wants to be a Volunteer Norway 2012-2014 | 5m | SAIH Norway

These short online spoofs wish to highlight both the positive and negative examples of fundraising campaigns, mimicking portrayals of people that are often unfairly represented in the campaigns.

Trace Urban

TRACE Sport Stars: In the Name of Good

South Africa/UK/France 2011-2014 | 26m | TRACE Because athletes are influential personalities, getting involved in charitable causes has become essential for many of them. In the Name of Good gives you an insight into the inspirational activities of these big - hearted champions! Featuring Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto'o.

TRACE Sport Stars

TRACE Africa

South Africa/UK/France 2013 | 13m | TRACE A channel dedicated to African music: featuring videos of Africa’s best contemporary music hits, exclusive specials and documentaries.

TRACE Urban

South Africa/UK/France 2013 | 13m | TRACE TRACE Urban gives unique insight into urban music and culture and airs the most popular urban music genres, focusing on the latest in R&B, hip-hop, dance, rhythmic pop and urban South African beats.

The Pearl of Africa

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Mon 26 - Thur 29 Oct at the Old Hairdressers

Glasgow AiM TV Lounge schedule Monday 26 October

Tuesday 27 October

4.pm

African Ad Breaks: An array of old and new ads and products from the continent!

4.pm

African Ad Breaks: An array of old and new ads and products from the continent!

4.05pm

African Masters: Rising Stars (Ep1): Not the Angola of public perception - find out why the art scene in its capital Luanda is exploding.

4.05pm

4.35pm

Africa For Norway: Africans unite to save Norwegians from dying of frostbite.

My Africa (Ep5): Nicole Amarteifio and Reggie Rockstone take you around Accra, checking out the best street food makers and meeting some of Accra’s most interesting inhabitants.

5.05pm

African Music Break

4.40pm

An African City (Ep1/2): Follow the new life of five female Ghanian returnees and learn more about their needs and wants and who they truly are.

5.10pm

5.15pm

My Africa (Ep3): Ethiopian natives, Nebyou Kassu and Emila Getachew, journey with cameras through Addis Ababa where through their unique perspectives, we get a glimpse of life in modern day Addis, and a taste of what the city has to offer.

Africa on a Plate (Ep109/110): Chef Lentswe Bhengu learns about spice history, culture and tea on the exotic spice island called Zanzibar. Chef Lentswe Bhengu shares a meal and the inspirational story behind M’Hudi Wines, a wine farm in Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands and the first black owned wine farm in South Africa.

5.55pm

Who Wants to be a Volunteer: Parodying a Western volunteer’s experience in Africa.

6.pm

An African City (Ep3/4/5): Follow the new life of five female Ghanian returnees as they discuss the pet peeves of dating...and the one thing that makes them overlook it all.

6.45pm

African Ad Breaks: An array of old and new ads and products from the continent!

6.50pm

TRACE Africa (Ep1/2): Nigerian Special: Guest Stars P Square and D Banj

7.15pm

The Pearl of Africa (Ep1/2/3): Follow Cleo’s journey as she questions gender identities and her family’s reaction when she came out in one of the world’s most homophobic places.

7.30pm

The XYZ Show (Ep1/2/3): Best of The XYZ Show!

6.15pm

Ogas At The Top (Ep1/2/3): Abacha’s Request, Be Social, Certified General.

6.30pm

TRACE Urban (Ep1/2): South African Special: Guest Star Mi Casa and Guest Star Casper Nyovest

6.55pm

TRACE Sport Stars (Ep1): In the Name of Good: Didier Drogba

7.25pm

African Ad Breaks: An array of old and new ads and products from the continent!

7.30pm

The Samaritans (Ep1): Follow the daily goings-on at the office of fictitious NGO “Aid for Aid.” New NGO director Scott clearly hasn’t got a clue what he’s doing.

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Mon 26 - Thur 29 Oct at the Old Hairdressers

Glasgow AiM TV Lounge schedule Wednesday 28 October

Thursday 29 October

4.pm

African Ad Breaks: An array of old and new ads and products from the continent!

4.pm

African Ad Breaks: An array of old and new ads and products from the continent!

4.05pm

Ogas At The Top (Ep7/8/9): The Defecto App

4.05pm

4.20pm

African Masters: Rising Stars: Africa’s oldest independent nation has a contemporary art scene to match. Meet the first Ethiopian woman ever to stage a solo art exhibition; the designer and scultor of the Contemporary Art Centre in Addis Ababa and a hotly tipped artist.

My Africa (Ep1): Ugandan musician Maurice Kirya takes viewers on an insider’s tour of the best sights, sounds and hot spots in his hometown of Kampala, Uganda.

4.50pm

African Music Break

4.55pm

African Masters: Rising Stars We meet the curator of the Venice Biennale-winning pavilion and find out why the art scene in Angola is exploding.

5.55pm

African Time (Ep1/2): Tackling stereotypes, discipline, parenting and other issues with humor, class and intelligence, via different perspectives from the diaspora.

6.05pm

My Story: Some of South Africa’s biggest personalities share the truth behind the headlines and the real details of their life in the limelight. With a career spanning more than 50 years in the resort industry, Sol Kerzner is the South African King of the hotel business.

7.05pm

An African City (Ep5): We follow the lives of five female Ghanian returnees as they overcome insecurities through some awkward circumstances.

7.20pm

TRACE Sport Stars (Ep2): In the Name of Good: Samuel Eto’o

7.50pm

African Ad Breaks: An array of old and new ads and products from the continent!

5.20pm

African Music Break

5.25pm

The Samaritans: We follow the daily goings-on at the office of fictitious NGO “Aid for Aid.” New NGO director Scott clearly hasn’t got a clue what he’s doing.

5.55pm

Africa on a Plate (Ep113/116): Chef Lentswe Bhengu learns the history of Pemba Island, aka The Green Island. Chef Lentswe Bhengu explores most populous city in Africa; Lagos, Nigeria. This city is known as the “New York” of Africa and Lentswe is there to find out why.

6.40pm

African Ad Breaks: An array of old and new ads and products from the continent!

6.45pm

The Samaritans (Ep2)

7.15pm

Let’s Save Africa: When top charities need an African child star for their ads, they call Michael. This sarcastic piece reminds us of how ridiculous stereotypes can be, and why we need to throw them out.

7.20pm

An African City (Ep6/7/8): The girls discuss confidence and experience the pros and cons of social media in their love lives.

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Edinburgh - School Screenings

Ayanda

Lamb

Sara Blecher | South Africa 2015 | 1h46m | English/Zulu/Sesotho with English subtitles | 12

Yared Zeleke | Ethiopia/France/ Germany/Norway 2015 | 1h34m | Amharic with English subtitles | 15

Weds 28 Oct at 10am, Filmhouse

Thurs 29 Oct at 10am, Filmhouse

Ayanda is twenty-one, trendy, beautiful and brave. But above all, Ayanda is a dreamer, and the most charismatic resident of the vibrant and kaleidoscopically Afropolitan neighbourhood of Yeoville, Johannesburg. In both her demeanour and her work, the charming Ayanda makes a habit of bringing light and life into the world around her, making a living off her knack for upcycling the industrial debris of urban life into objects of Afro-chic beauty. Working in her father’s automechanic workshop is a way for her to remain connected to his spirit, despite his death eight years earlier, until dark secrets rear their ugly heads and threaten to strip her of all that is dear to her. In this fresh and important portrait of urban African femininity, Ayanda has to battle not only the odds, but her own inner demons to come to the truth of what is really important in her world.

Director Yared Zeleke’s first feature film Lamb tells the story of Ephraim, a young Ethiopian boy and his best friend, a sheep named Chuni. The inseparable pair are sent to live with distant relatives on their farm in a village far away from their drought-ridden homeland. Ephraim soon becomes homesick while living with his supposedly new family. As an outcast, he gets into various scrapes. When his uncle announces that he will have to sacrifice his sheep for an upcoming feast, Ephraim is ready to fight to save the life of his only true friend. Lamb has most recently been screened at the 2015 Cannes film festival, celebrated as the first Ethiopian film ever to have made it into the festival’s official selection.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Sara Blecher.

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Glasgow - School Screening

Ayanda Sara Blecher | South Africa 2015 | 1h46m | English/Zulu/Sesotho with English subtitles | 12

Fri 13 Nov at 10am, Glasgow Film Theatre Book now: http://www.intofilm.org/festival/ events/glasgow-film-theatre-ayanda Ayanda is twenty-one, trendy, beautiful and brave. But above all, Ayanda is a dreamer, and the most charismatic resident of the vibrant and kaleidoscopically Afropolitan neighbourhood of Yeoville, Johannesburg. In both her demeanour and her work, the charming Ayanda makes a habit of bringing light and life into the world around her, making a living off her knack for upcycling the industrial debris of urban life into objects of Afro-chic beauty. Working in her father’s automechanic workshop is a way for her to remain connected to his spirit, despite his death eight years earlier, until dark secrets rear their ugly heads and threaten to strip her of all that is dear to her. In this fresh and important portrait of urban African femininity, Ayanda has to battle not only the odds, but her own inner demons to come to the truth of what is really important in her world.

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Ten of the most popular films at Africa in Motion over the past ten years: 1. Yeelen by Malian master Souleymane Cissé was the opening film of the very first Africa in Motion Film Festival in 2006. 2. Africa Paradis by Sylvestre Amoussou from Benin was screened at AiM 2007, and audiences found the futurist narrative of the film so intriguing that the screening sold out even before the festival began! 3. El-Ard (The Land) made in 1969 by Egyptian pioneering director Youssef Chahine, was screened as the opening film of AiM 2008, as a tribute to the director who passed away in July of that year. 4. Wend Kuuni is a West African classic by director Gaston Kabore from Burkina Faso, who was a much-loved guest at AiM 2008. 5. Between Joyce and Remembrance is a powerful documentary about trauma and forgiveness, directed by Mark Kaplan from South Africa, and formed part of the focus on reconciliation at AiM 2009. 6. Sex, Okra and Salted Butter is Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s delightful, light-hearted satire that opened AiM 2010. 7. Les Saignantes, a science fiction film by Jean-Pierre Bekolo from Cameroon, formed part of our focus on African sci fi at AiM 2012. 8. Something Necessary, screened at AiM 2013, is Kenyan director Judy Kibinge’s complex and accomplished feature about post-conflict reconciliation. 9. Of Good Report, a neo-noir horror/thriller directed by South African director Jahmil X Qubeka, divided audiences at AiM 2013. 10. Four Corners, directed by Ian Gabriel, is a gangster drama set in the Cape Flats and formed part of our South African focus at AiM 2014, in celebration of 20 years of democracy and freedom.

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A Timeline of 10 Years of AiM: 2006 – AiM’s inaugural festival takes place at Filmhouse in Edinburgh, we open with the celebrated classic Yeelen, and also screen a number of “lost African classics”, recovering early African films which have been lying forgotten in dusty archives. 2007 – We open with Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene’s Xala, as a tribute to the director who passed away in June 2007. 2008 – Our annual Short Film Competition is introduced this year, and the festival

includes retrospectives of the work of Souleymane Cissé and Gaston Kabore, two of the pioneers of francophone West African cinema.

2009 – The festival theme is Reconciliation, in line with the UN’s International Year of Reconciliation. We are asked to present a report on the festival to the UN Secretary General, and we receive an award recognising the festival’s work in promoting reconciliation through film. We undertake our first rural tour in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. 2010 – We celebrate AiM’s 5th birthday, and also the 50-year independence

anniversaries of 17 African countries.

2011 – Our festival theme is Children and Youth, recognising the crucial importance that the young play in the future of the continent.

2012 – Modern Africa is the focus of this year’s festival, and we introduce an African science fiction theme, which receives a lot of attention. 2013 – Our dynamic theme is Twende! Africa in the Move – twende is a Swahili word that translates as Let’s Go! We introduce pop-up screenings in unusual locations through our mobile cinema, the AiM Nomad Cinema, and hold a screening on a bus, among other places! 2014 – With 20-year anniversaries of South Africa’s first democratic elections as well as the Rwandan genocide, we select the fitting theme of Looking Back, Reaching Forward. We hold a tour of African sport films across Scotland, as part of the Culture programme of the Commonwealth Games. 2015 – It is AiM’s 10th anniversary and our theme is Connections. We introduce

a Documentary Competition Strand as well as a packed and diverse programme that our audiences have now come to expect!

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Venues African-Caribbean Centre 66-68 Osborne Street Glasgow G1 5QH Tel: 0141 700 5999 Anderston Kelvingrove Parish Church 759 Argyle Street Glasgow G3 8DS Brass Monkey 14 Drummond Street Edinburgh EH8 9TU Tel: 0131 556 1961

Canongate Kirk Church Hall 10-11 Lochend Close (Just off the Royal Mile) Canongate Edinburgh EH8 8BP Tel: 0131 556 3515 Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) 350 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow G2 3JD Tel: 0141 352 4900 Edinburgh College of Art Main Lecture Theatre / Lecture Room 017 University of Edinburgh 74 Lauriston Place Edinburgh EH3 9DF Tel: 0131 651 5800

Glasgow Film Theatre 12 Rose Street Glasgow G3 6RB Tel: 0141 332 6535

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Glasgow School of Art Reid Building 164 Renfrew St Glasgow G3 6RF Tel: 0141 353 4742 Glasgow Women’s Library 23 Landressy Street Glasgow G40 1BP Tel: 0141 550 2267

Calabash Restaurant 57 Union Street Glasgow G1 3RB Tel: 0141 221 2711

Filmhouse 88 Lothian Road Edinburgh EH3 9BZ Tel: 0131 228 2688

Glasgow University - Andrew Stewart Cinema Gilmorehill 9 University Ave Glasgow G12 8QQ Tel: 0141 330 5522

GoMa Library Gallery of Modern Art Royal Exchange Square Glasgow G1 3AH Tel: 0141 287 3010 Kinning Park Complex 40 Cornwall St Glasgow G41 1AQ Tel: 0141 419 0329 The Lighthouse 11 Mitchell Lane Glasgow G13NU Tel: 0141 276 5385 Pearce Institute 840-860 Govan Road Glasgow G513UU Tel: 0141 445 6007 Rosemount Lifelong Learning Centre 102 Royston Road Glasgow G21 2NU Tel: 0141 553 0808 Summerhall 1 Summerhall
 Edinburgh EH9 1PL Tel: 0845 874 3000

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Venues St John’s Church Princes Street Edinburgh EH2 4BJ Tel: 0131 229 7565 The Corinthian Club 191 Ingram Street Merchant City Glasgow City Centre G1 1DA Tel: 0141 552 1101 The Glad Cafe 1006A Pollokshaws Rd Glasgow G41 2HG Tel: 0141 636 6119

GoMa Library

The Old Hairdressers 22-28 Renfield Lane Glasgow G2 6PH Tel: 0141 222 2254 Townhead Village Hall 60 St Mungo Avenue Glasgow G4 0PL Tel: 0141 2120046 Woodland Creatures 260-262 Leith Walk Edinburgh EH6 5EL Tel: 0131 629 5509

The Brass Monkey

Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)

Summerhall

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Africa in Motion 2015 Brochure  

Full festival brochure for Africa in Motion 2015 - the tenth edition of Scotland's African film festival. www.africa-in-motion.org.uk