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MODERN AFRICA PROGRAMME

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Welcome to the lucky number seven outing of the Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival, the boldest and brightest celebration of African cinema in Europe. Over the years our passion for African film has led us to share over 200 films with audiences of tens of thousands of people. In fact we are getting so popular that this year we are marching across the central belt and taking Scotland’s biggest city Glasgow by storm with a selection of AiM screenings at the Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT). We look forward to welcoming our new Glasgow audience to AiM. The theme of Africa in Motion 2012 is Modern Africa. We invite you to take a close look at the new, provocative, innovative and experimental artistic work being produced on the continent. These cinematic journeys will make evident the important role Africa is playing in today’s global society. Alongside this positive outlook, it is clear that African filmmakers continue to reflect on the contemporary challenges and problems on the continent. Poverty, drainage of natural and intellectual resources, diasporic and migratory movements, peacebuilding and reconciliation, and economic development are just some of the issues dealt with across a stunning selection of features and shorts. To mark our septenary we have prepared an extensive and diverse programme of over 20 UK premieres, with documentary and fiction films exploring topics such as African urban and artistic experiences, contemporary politics across the continent, the growing phenomenon of the digital video-filmmaking industries, and current trends in African genre cinema. To make things easier for you, we’ve grouped films into different strands, which include:

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Modern African Identities African Popular Arts African Science Fiction Arab Spring African Films for Children

Isabel Moura Mendes and Natalia Palombo

FESTIVAL PEOPLE Isabel Moura Mendes Natalia Palombo Lizelle Bisschoff Catherine Bromley Emily Chappell James Cocker Simon Cree Darling Forsyth Miles Fielder David Holmes Carina Kanbi Zora King Jessica Rodgers Kari Ann Shiff

Festival Director Festival Co-director Festival Advisor & Programme Consultant Press Officer Graphic Designer Website Development Marketing & Sponsorship Assistant Website Design & Hosting Press Officer Film Database Coordinator Glasgow Coordinator Schools & Rural Tour Coordinator Marketing & Sponsorship Assistant Film Selections & Guest Hospitality

Thank you also to all the volunteers who will come on board just before and during the festival!

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The 5th edition of our much loved Short Film Competition and the attendance of guest filmmakers from the continent, such as Jean-Pierre Bekolo (Cameroon) and Ndaba ka Ngwane (South Africa), further confirm our commitment to bringing you the most extensive experience of African cinema in Scotland. As in past years, our film programme is accompanied by a wide range of exciting complementary events across different venues. Our academic symposium is a whole day dedicated to ‘African Popular Culture in the 21st Century’. Other events include our customary directors’ Q&As, seminars and masterclasses, workshops, music performances and visual arts exhibitions. And this year’s special highlight, for the first time ever, two cities...TWO opening nights! In Edinburgh, our post-screening festivities move from the Filmhouse Café Bar to nearby Cargo Bar in Fountainbridge. In Glasgow, we make our debut on the city’s arts calendar with (to adopt a Glaswegian expression) a ‘pure brilliant’ party at The Lighthouse in the city’s centre.

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Event

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City

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Children’s Shorts and Animations

Glasgow

The African & Caribbean Network (A&CN)

17:45

Film Screenings

13:30 - 14:15

Storytelling

Glasgow

A&CN

14:30 - 16:30

Music Workshop

Glasgow

A&CN

Edinburgh

Filmhouse

Edinburgh

Cargo Bar

Thursday 25 October 20:30

Opening Screening

22:30

Opening Reception

Uhlanga (The Mark)

Friday 26 October 10:00 - 13:00

Director’s Masterclass: Ndaba ka Ngwane (South Africa)

Edinburgh

Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) Hunter Lecture Theatre, (Room 017)

15:00 - 17:00

Social Anthropology Seminar: Ghanaian Video-films

Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh, Chrystal Macmillan Building (Seminar Room 1)

17:45

Film Screenings + Discussion

African Science Fiction

Edinburgh

Filmhouse

20:30

Film Screening + Director’s Q&A

Les Saignantes (The Bloodettes)

Edinburgh

Filmhouse

Saturday 27 October 09:30 - 17:30

Symposium: African Popular Culture in the 21st Century

Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh, Chrystal Macmillan Building (Seminar Rooms 1 & 2)

18:00

Film Screening + Discussion

Elmina

Edinburgh

Filmhouse

20:45

Film Screening

Essaha (The Square)

Edinburgh

Filmhouse

Children’s Shorts and Animations

Edinburgh

Filmhouse

Edinburgh

Filmhouse

Edinburgh

Filmhouse

Sunday 28 October 11:00 - 12:30

Film Screenings

13:00 - 14:00

Storytelling

15:15

Film Screenings + Discussion

Film

City

Venue

Short Film Competition + announcement of winner

Short Films

Glasgow

GFT

19:30

Film Screening + Discussion

Les Saignantes (The Bloodettes)

Stirling

University of Stirling, macrobert

20:45

Film Screening

Death for Sale

Edinburgh

Filmhouse

Monday 29 October

Saturday 20 October 11:00 - 12:30

Event

Arab Spring and North African Documentaries

18:15

Film Screening

Tey (Today)

Edinburgh

Filmhouse

20:30

Film Screening + Director’s Q&A

Quartier Mozart

Edinburgh

Filmhouse

17:15

Opening Screening + Director’s Q&A

Uhlanga (The Mark)

Glasgow

GFT

21:00 - 01:00

Opening Reception

Glasgow

The Lighthouse

Monday 29 October 10:00

Secondary Schools Screening

Inside Story

Edinburgh

Filmhouse

17:30

Short Film Competition + announcement of winner

Short Films

Edinburgh

Filmhouse

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Tuesday 30 October 13:30 - 17:00

Film Screenings

Fluorescent Sin, Yellow Fever, Africa Shafted, Colour Bar, Afrikaaps

Edinburgh

Edinburgh College of Art, Main Lecture Theatre (E22)

17:45

Film Screening + Discussion

Kinyarwanda

Edinburgh

Filmhouse

20:15

Film Screening

MAAMi

Glasgow

GFT

20:30

Film Screenings

Dear Mandela + Peace Wanted Alive: Kenya at the Crossroads

Edinburgh

Filmhouse

Arab Spring and North African Documentaries

Glasgow

University of Glasgow, Andrew Stewart Cinema, Gilmorehill Centre (G12)

Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh, Chrystal Macmillan Building (Seminar Rooms 1 & 2)

Wednesday 31 October 09:00 - 12:00

Documentary Screenings + Discussion

16:00 - 17.30

Centre of African Studies Seminar: Do Nollywood Films Matter?

18:00

Closing Screening

Restless City + winning short films

Glasgow

GFT

18:15

Film Screening

MAAMi

Edinburgh

Filmhouse

20:20

Film Screening

Otelo Burning

Edinburgh

Filmhouse

Thursday 1 November 10:00 - 17:00

Documentary Screenings

African Popular Arts Documentaries

Edinburgh

Edinburgh College of Art, Room 1.18, Evolution House

18:00

Documentary Screenings

Stocktown X South Africa + Dimanche a Brazzaville (Sunday in Brazzaville)

Edinburgh

Filmhouse

20:15

Film Screening + Discussion

Cry of Love

Edinburgh

Filmhouse

Friday 2 November 18:00

Film Screening + Discussion

Le Point de Vue du Lion (The Lion’s Point of View)

Edinburgh

Filmhouse

20:30

Closing Screening

Restless City + winning short films

Edinburgh

Filmhouse

23:00

Live Music

Edinburgh

Filmhouse Café Bar

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Saturday 20 October

Glasgow

Abeba and Abebe: The Pepper Merchant

AiM Glasgow Children’s day African and Caribbean Network (A&CN) 66-68 Osborne Street, Glasgow Saturday 20 October (11:00 - 16:00)

Film: £1.50 child/adult

Film & Workshop: £3.50 child/adult Suitable for children and families

PLUS UK Premiere

Danny Gebeyehu & Bisrat Amare · Ethiopia 2011 · 7m · Amharic with English subtitles · Animation

Edinburgh

In this short animation, Ethiopian twins Abeba and Abebe stage a play about law and order. Abeba and Abebe is the first-ever animated series to be made in Ethiopia by and for Ethiopians, in collaboration with animators from Canada and the UK. The series follows twins Abeba and Abebe and their friends as they go about their neighborhood and school, educating children in Ethiopia in a fun and entertaining way. Learn more at www.abebaandabebe.com, www.bigfatstudio.co.uk and www.tamesol.net.

Also screening on Sunday 28 October in Edinburgh (see page 16)

Tickets are available from Africa in Motion in advance or on the door (but best to book early to avoid disappointment). To reserve your place at AiM Glasgow Children’s Day, contact Festival Co-director, Natalia Palombo: natalia@africa-in-motion.org.uk.

Designed especially for our younger audience members and their families, AiM’s Children’s Day is full of exciting films and animations and inspiring stories from all over the continent! The day starts with our African Films for Children screenings (with subtitles narrated for younger viewers), followed by an African storytelling session and a music workshop.

African Films for Children 1h3m · PG

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Le Parrain (The Godfather)

UK Premiere

Lazare Sie Pale · Burkina Faso 2011 · 20m · French with English subtitles · Animation In this innovative puppet animation, a man searches for the perfect godfather for his newborn son. Samba believes he is the epitome of an ideal man and he wants someone similar to be the godfather of his child. Since he can’t think of anyone that fits the bill, he decides to turn to the gods.

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The first two films in this programme were made in collaboration with the African children and youth who took part in Lola Kenya Screen’s creative and cultural entrepreneurship mentoring scheme. Lola Kenya Screen, based in Nairobi, Kenya, is an audiovisual media festival, skills development programme and market for children and youth in eastern Africa. Learn more at www.lolakenyascreen.org

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

Little Knowledge is Dangerous

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.

The films in our children’s programme are:

UK Premiere

Karama Ogova/Samora Michel Oundo/Adede Hawi Nyodero · Kenya 2010 · 5m · English and Swahili with English subtitles · Animation In an attempt to shock everyone with their clever-by-half antics, Jinga, Juha, and Mwehu end up ‘frying themselves in their own oil’.

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Vanessa’s Dream

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Adede Hawi Nyodero/Daki Mohamed · Kenya 2011 · 2m · Documentary Vanessa wants to be a performer and believes the best way to achieve a goal is to dream and then do something about it. And that’s what she does!

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African Storytelling Saturday 20 October

Bino and Fino: A Big Birthday Party

(13:15 - 14:00)

Adamu Waziri · Nigeria 2011 · 6m · Animation

Free and non-ticketed

Siblings Bino and Fino join their grandparents in celebrating the 50th independence anniversary of Nigeria and many other African nations, and learn what concepts like colonialism and independence mean. Bino and Fino is a Nigerian cartoon series about a brother and sister who live with their grandparents in a modern-day city in Africa, created to provide more diverse children’s educational entertainment. Learn more at: www.binoandfino.com.

Kenyan/Scottish storyteller Mara Menzies from Toto Tales is back! A fine and fantastical afternoon for children and their families of brand new stories and songs from across the African continent exploring the transition from old to new. With plenty of opportunity for audience participation, this promises to be storytelling at its best.

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Music Workshop Saturday 20 October (14:00 - 16:00) Concluding our Glasgow Children’s Day, we are presenting a music-making workshop facilitated by traditional Ghanaian musician, Gameli Tordzro. Gameli Tordzro is the Artistic Director of Pan African Arts Scotland based in Glasgow, and is well known on Ghana TV as a traditional African musician and storyteller, as well as a film, television and theatre director and actor. Gameli will take the kids on a musical journey through traditional African music to the present day: creating your own lyrics and melodies through inspiring traditional symbols, your own experiences and an exploration of wonderful instruments including kora, xylophone, bamboo flute and drums. This is a unique and fun opportunity to open your mind to new creative endeavours.

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Friday 26 October

Edinburgh

DIRECTOR’s Masterclass

OPENING SCREENING - edinburgh OPENING SCREENING UHLANGA (The Mark)

Ndaba ka Ngwane South Africa 2012 · 1h30m · Zulu with English subtitles · 15

Edinburgh College of Art, Hunter Lecture Theatre, (Room 017), Lauriston Place Friday 26 October (10:00 - 13:00)

UK Premiere

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Cinema 1 Thursday 25 October (20:30)

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Also screening on Sunday 28 October in Glasgow (see page 20)

Ndaba ka Ngwane is an award-winning author and playwright. His written work includes the Zulu novel Mhlaba Sengiyakwazi (1996). Film credits include the short film Sindisiwe (2007) which, like Uhlanga, he wrote, produced and directed. Ka Ngwane has staged various theatre productions and also works as a radio presenter for a community radio station.

Beautiful and thought-provoking debut feature film from South African filmmaker, author and playwright Ndaba ka Ngwane. A family from rural KwaZulu-Natal struggle daily with poverty, abuse and prejudice. Their determination to escape violence, starvation, fear and a generational curse takes them on the journey of a lifetime.

Khulekani Zondi is a music producer and a musician in his own right. He is also the Founder of Emamba Music and Entertainment. Zondi started his career by filming and documenting rural life and African music including Maskandi music, after graduating from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Uhlanga is his first feature film as a director of photography and film editor.

We are excited to host the UK premiere of Uhlanga and delighted to have the director Ndaba ka Ngwane and cinematographer Khulekani Zondi in attendance. The film arrives in Scotland after a successful debut run on the African continent, scooping five awards at the Zanzibar International Film Festival - including the Golden Dhow Award for best feature, and a screening in its hometown festival, the Durban International Film Festival. Ndaba ka Ngwane and Khulekani Zondi are presenting a masterclass at Edinburgh College of Art, Friday 26 October at 10:00. Their attendance was made possible with the generous support of Film Africa in London.

The masterclass is co-hosted by the Scottish Documentary Institute.

With stunning cinematography by first-time director of photography and film editor Khulekani Zondi, Uhlanga features a cast of young amateur actors, stirring poetry by lead protagonist and poet Sbonelo Mbutho (Sbo Da Poet) and an original and engaging soundtrack of South African music.

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Cargo Bar, 129 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh Thursday 25 October (22:30) After the screening everyone is warmly invited to an opening reception at Cargo Bar featuring live African music, African canapés and South African wine. Our thanks to Spoilt for Choice for generously sponsoring the canapés.

In this masterclass, both Ndaba and Khulekani will share their filmmaking experiences and their journey to make this feature-length film. Africa in Motion is opening with the UK premiere of ka Ngwane’s award-winning feature directorial debut, Uhlanga, on Thursday 25 October in Edinburgh and Sunday 28 October in Glasgow.

Friday 26 October

SOCIAL Anthropology Seminar Video-Movies, Spirits and the Popular Imagination in Ghana University of Edinburgh, Seminar Room 1 (ground floor), Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square Friday 26 October (15:00 - 17:00)

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By Professor Birgit Meyer, Utrecht University, The Netherlands Free and non-ticketed

In collaboration with Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh.

Like many other African countries, since the mid-1980s Ghana has been a site of major transformations that brought about the gradual withdrawal of the state from the economy and from control over mass media, generating a new public sphere evolving around new private cultural entrepreneurs. This is the habitat in which the video-movies thrive that have captured my attention for more than 15 years. In this seminar, I will present the key ideas of the introduction to the book about the video-film phenomenon that I am about to finish. Studying this phenomenon is extraordinarily fruitful because it is not only a material symptom of the developments through which a new public sphere with its specific forms of cultural entrepreneurship arises under the aegis of privatization and deregulation, but also offers a window into how these processes impinge on and are worked through in the popular imagination. Moving pictures are a productive entry point for understanding the formative role of the imagination in constituting worlds of everyday lived experience which are real and meaningful for those who inhabit it. Understood as representations of the popular imagination and as material forms that are present in public space, video-movies do not only allow us a glimpse into ideas, moods, desires and anxieties of the audiences, but also help us grasp the very concrete practices through which “public” issues and “publics” emerge, how the popular imagination materializes through moving images, and how movies tie into larger audio-visual practices of religious mediation.

Birgit Meyer (PhD in cultural anthropology, 1995) is professor of Religious Studies at Utrecht University. She works on African Christianity; Pentecostal churches; religion, media and the public sphere; and (audio)-visual culture, aesthetics and the senses.

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Friday 26 October

PLUS

Edinburgh

Kichwateli (TV-Head)

African science fiction

Bobb Muchiri Kenya 2011 · 7m

Kichwateli is a story set in a city and slum of Nairobi about a child who comes back from a postapocalyptic Africa to the present time. In a dream sequence, he transforms into a robot-like character whose head is replaced by a “live” TV set. The film takes the audience through a spiritual and metaphoric journey depicting that we are currently all plugged into the same images of global anxiety while ourselves being subjects of media scrutiny.

AFRICAN SCI-FI SHORTS Edinburgh Filmhouse, Cinema 2 Friday 26 October (17:45) 1h42m · 15

If District 9 taught the world one thing, it’s that African sci-fi is where it’s at. Sci-fi as a genre, metaphor or catalyst is increasingly being explored by African artists, writers and filmmakers. Adopting and reinterpreting the genre has allowed these artists to create counter-narratives and tackle persistent stereotypes of Africa. Long overdue its own season, we’ve put together a great selection of African sci-fi shorts and features. The screenings will be followed by a discussion with Cameroonian director Jean-Pierre Bekolo, whose feature film Les Saignantes, hailed as one of the first African sci-fi films, will be screened later the same evening. The films in this programme are:

The Last Angel of History John Akomfrah Ghana/UK 1995 · 45m

As an introduction to our focus on African sci-fi, this innovative documentary by Ghanaian-born, London-based filmmaker John Akomfrah (one of the founders of the Black Audio Film Collective and director of 1987 documentary masterpiece Handsworth Songs) is an engaging and searing examination of the hitherto unexplored relationships between Pan-African culture, science fiction, intergalactic travel, and rapidly progressing computer technology. The Last Angel of History is one of the most influential video-essays of the 1990s, inspiring filmmakers, conferences, novels and exhibitions. The film’s exploration of the creative possibilities of digital video is embedded within a mythology of the future that creates connections between black ‘unpopular’ culture, outer space and the limits of the human condition. The Last Angel of History has been curated by Mother Tongue. For further information see: www.mothertongue.se

Mother Tongue has also curated screenings of Afrofuturist films later in the month in Glasgow, see page 19 for further info.

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Sweetheart

UK Premiere

Michael Matthews South Africa 2012 · 26m

The late 1950s, at the height of the Cold War tension: When her husband and stepsons don’t return from a routine trip into town, a young housewife finds herself alone in their remote South African farmhouse. As time passes it becomes clear that they aren’t coming back, and with hints of strange events just over the horizon, she must force herself out of an aimless cycle, setting out to find them. What she finds instead is a seemingly derelict world empty of all but a few dazed ‘survivors’. Unsure who, if anyone, to trust, she must navigate a series of strange encounters to find shocking answers in a world that will reveal itself to be a marked alternative to what we remember.

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Kichwateli is also part of the Africa in Motion Short Film Competition, and will be screened with the rest of the finalists on Monday 29 Oct in Edinburgh and Glasgow. See pages 24 - 26.

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Hasaki Ya Suda (Swords)

Cédric Ido Burkina Faso 2010 · 24m · Lingala with English subtitles A dystopian, futuristic, “Afro-samurai” short set in the year 2100. Global warming has caused drought, conflict and famine. The first victims of global warming are the Southern populations, forced to leave their lands to immigrate to the North. A massive exodus turns the face of the world upside down. From now on, the earth is reduced to a gigantic no man’s land. Lost and distraught, the few survivors turn to the past and revive some ancestral rituals. All over the world, clans emerge and fight for the last fertile lands they find. Three men, Wurubemba, Shandaru and Kapkaru confront one another with the only weapon they have: swords.

Les Saignantes (The Bloodettes) Edinburgh Filmhouse, Cinema 2 Friday 26 October (20:30) Jean-Pierre Bekolo France/Cameroon 2005 · 1h37m · French with English subtitles · 15 Two femme fatales, Majolie (Adele Ado) and Chouchou (Dorylia Calmel), use their beauty to win favour from powerful men in Cameroon. When one of these men dies, it sets in motion a plot involving a severed head, a secret society of women and the fate of a struggling nation. Set in the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde in 2025, Les Saignantes is Jean-Pierre Bekolo’s tool to make a very poignant and provocative comment on the relationships between money, power, desire and alienation of the body on the continent. Since its release in 2005, Les Saignantes has been hailed as one the first science fiction films to come out of Africa. An experimental sci-fi/action/horror hybrid, the film aims to expose the deep social crisis that, according to the filmmaker, Cameroon in particular and Africa in general, suffer from. The avant-garde feel of the film, its stylised aesthetic and superb acting earned the film second prize for Feature Film and Best Female Actresses awards at FESPACO 2007.

We are delighted to have Jean-Pierre Bekolo in attendance to talk to the audience during a Q&A session following the screening. Bekolo is an award-winning filmmaker, scriptwriter, author and scholar. His first film Quartier Mozart (screening on Sunday 28 October) was awarded the Prix Afrique en Création at the Cannes Film Festival (1992). Amongst the multidisciplinary body of work he has produced are Les Saignantes, a video installation entitled An African Woman in Space (2008) and the book Africa for the Future (2009). Learn more about his work at www.jeanpierrebekolo.com. Jean-Pierre Bekolo’s visit is generously funded by the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling.

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Saturday 27 October

Saturday 27 October

Edinburgh

SYMPOSIUM

Elmina

African Popular CULTURE in the 21st century

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Cinema 2 Saturday 27 October (18:00)

University of Edinburgh Seminar Rooms 1 & 2 (ground floor), Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square Saturday 27 October (09:30 - 17:30)

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Hosted jointly by the Centre of African Studies and Africa in Motion film festival.

To link with the Africa in Motion 2012 festival theme “Modern Africa”, we have invited papers from international scholars working in the field of African popular culture. The symposium will cover various aspects of contemporary African arts and cultures from different parts of the continent - including music, visual arts, fiction, dance, film and festivals. Current research in African popular culture illuminates Africa’s position in a global world, where new and modified cultural forms that embrace modernity and reinterpret tradition, are emerging all over the continent. The digital revolution has also had a profound impact on African popular arts, where artists and audiences alike now have unprecedented access to create and consume new art forms. The day will conclude with a roundtable discussion on the popular African video-film industries. Having originated in Nigeria in the 1990s to become widely known as “Nollywood”, the phenomenon of low-budget filmmaking with easily accessible digital technology that aids production and consumption, has created a revolution in African filmmaking. This model is increasingly being adopted in other parts of the continent and the discussion will look at this phenomenon from trans- and international perspectives. A number of video-films will also be screened during AiM 2012, and a seminar on Nollywood is taking place on Wednesday 31 October (see page 32). In conjunction with the symposium, we are screening a series of documentaries on African Popular Arts covering a wide range of topics, on Thursday 1 November (see pages 34 - 36).

Emmanuel Apea Jr Ghana 2010 · 1h44m · 15 Elmina brings together two worlds that don’t often intersect - the Western art world and the African popular cinema industry - in a unique hybrid that turns conventional notions of globalisation on their head. The film depicts the journey of a small-town Ghanaian farmer fighting government and corporate corruption to protect his land and family from a Chinese oil company against all odds. This intriguing melodrama full of witchcraft, murder, sex and intrigue chronicles one man’s struggle against the system. In an unusual casting choice, Doug Fishbone, a white American from New York City, portrays a character that would traditionally be played by a black actor from Ghana. No reference is ever made to this irregular casting, which in a quietly subversive way challenges our ideas of fiction and tests the acceptable limits of role and representation in film. Kindly supported by Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, the screening will be followed by a discussion with researchers and anthropologists working in Africa. To learn more about Africa’s video-film industries, don’t miss Birgit Meyer’s seminar on Friday 26 October (see page 10), Onookome Okome’s seminar on Wednesday 31 October (see page 32), and the Africa in Motion Symposium on Saturday 27 October (see page 13).

To attend the symposium, please return a completed registration form (downloadable from our website: www.africa-in-motion.org.uk/symposium) and cheque (made out to Africa in Motion Film Festival Ltd) to Africa in Motion Film Festival, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30-36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG or by email to: symposium@africa-in-motion.org.uk. You could also pay by cash or cheque on the day of the symposium (but please register in advance). The deadline for registrations is 15 October but book early to avoid disappointment!

Essaha (The Square)

Deadline for registrations: 15 October 2012

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Cinema 2 Saturday 27 October (20:45)

Admission: £15 (£10 Students)

Edinburgh

UK Premiere

Dahmane Ouzid Algeria 2010 · 1h53m · Arabic with English subtitles · 15 Essaha is the first-ever Algerian musical comedy! A group of juveniles defend “The Square“, the place where they live, against a company which plans to build a shopping mall in its place. None of them has a job nor any chance of getting one. Violence, drugs and illegal immigration are everywhere, and the threat of an acquisition of their living space generates huge concern. Dahmane Ouzid has created a humouristic musical where the youth’s hopes and dreams for a better life, love, and a visa end up being the catalyst to move a mostly silent community into action.

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Sunday 28 October

Edinburgh

African Films for Children Edinburgh Filmhouse, Cinema 2 Sunday 28 October (11:00) 1h3m · Various languages with English subtitles and narration · PG A programme of exciting films and animations, designed especially for our younger audience members and their families. The screening will be introduced by Ogova Ondego, director of Lola Kenya Screen based in Nairobi, an audiovisual media festival, skills development programme and market for children and youth in eastern Africa. The first two films in this programme were made in collaboration with the African children and youth who took part in the entrepreneurship mentoring scheme. Learn more at www.lolakenyascreen.org The films in our children’s programme are:

Little Knowledge is Dangerous

For full descriptions of the films see pages 7 - 8

Karama Ogova/Samora Michel Oundo/Adede Hawi Nyodero · Kenya 2010 · 5m · English and Swahili with English subtitles · Animation

Glasgow Also screening in Glasgow on October 20 (see page 7 - 8)

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Adede Hawi Nyodero/Daki · Mohamed Kenya 2011 · 2m · Documentary

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Bino and Fino: A Big Birthday Party Adamu Waziri · Nigeria 2011 · 6m · Animation

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Abeba and Abebe: The Pepper Merchant

Danny Gebeyehu & Bisrat Amare · Ethiopia 2011 · 7m · Amharic with English subtitles · Animation

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Sunday 28 October

PLUS

Edinburgh

Arab Spring Documentaries Edinburgh Filmhouse, Cinema 2 Sunday 28 October (15:15) 1h55m ·15

Glasgow Also screening on Sunday 31 October in Glasgow (see page 31)

Beginning in Dec 2010 a wave of popular uprisings and demonstrations swept through the Arab World (North Africa and the Middle East); civil protests that resulted in the toppling of decades-long oppressive regimes and the beginnings of a new era of democracy for those countries. Rulers in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya were forced from power, and uprisings and protests have erupted in many other countries since, reaching as far as sub-Saharan Africa. These civil resistance campaigns involved strikes, demonstrations, marches and rallies and were characterised by the use of social media and digital technology as a way to spread information and subvert censorship and freedom of speech. While these young democracies are finding their feet, their artists are embracing a new-found freedom of creative expression which is having a positive effect on the cinema industries in these countries. Africa in Motion salutes this new wave in Arabic cinema with a selection of new shorts and features. The films in this programme are:

Rouge Parole

UK Premiere

Tripoli Stories and Rabat Stories

This collection of short documentaries offers fresh insight into the identities of the Libyan capital of Tripoli and the Moroccan capital of Rabat after the revolutions. The documentaries were made during two ten-day workshops organised by the British Council in collaboration with the Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) and the Institut Spécialisé du Cinéma et de L’audiovisuel (ISCA) in Morocco. For the last 9 years, the SDI has been running creative documentary workshops in various parts of Africa. The Tripoli and Rabat Stories focus on Muslim cultures in North Africa, with the aim to help young people living in transitioning societies discover visual storytelling and enable them to define their national identity, away from TV headlines. The screenings of the Tripoli and Rabat Stories are sponsored by the British Council. We are screening four films from the collection:

Grafitti (Tripoli Stories)

UK Premiere

Anas El Gomati/Ibrahim El Mayet Libya/UK 2012 · 4m · Arabic with English subtitles ‘In every spray of the can you feel a part of your emotion is released from inside of you, to the wall to the people.’ After the Libyan Revolution, long suppressed feelings are appearing on the walls of buildings in Tripoli.

Granny’s Flags (Tripoli Stories)

Elyes Baccar Tunisia/Switzerland/Qatar 2011 · 1h36m · English, Arabic and Turkish with English subtitles

Naziha Arebi Libya/UK 2012 · 5m · Arabic with English subtitles Haja Fatma, a mother to eight children, tells the tale of family life in Tripoli during the Libyan Revolution. Women of all ages contributed to the revolution during these difficult months in many unique ways. The film presents a human portal into the acts of ordinary people in their hope for freedom.

The Arab Spring started in Tunisia, initiating a political earthquake that shook the whole world. Tunisia had the image of a quiet and stable country until a young man set himself on fire, igniting the fight for freedom and dignity. Rouge Parole depicts the Tunisian popular revolution and the expulsion of President Ben Ali. It is an emotional story, told by its heroes through both their silence and their clamour, charting Tunisia’s first steps towards democracy.

The Secret Room (Tripoli Stories) Ibrahim Y. Shebani Libya/UK 2012 · 5m · Arabic with English subtitles

This screening is kindly sponsored by the Division of Literature and Languages at University of Stirling.

During the 12 months of anxiety and turbulence of the Libyan Revolution, the caretaker for the National Museum of Libya had to live not just at home to protect his family, but also at work to protect the precious objects which are a part of the country’s national heritage.

Bitter Return (Rabat Stories)

UK Premiere

Mohamed Benabou Morocco/UK 2012 · 5m · Arabic with English subtitles Hicham is a Moroccan migrant worker in Libya sharing his experiences in Libya prior to and post the revolution. The return home is not always as smooth as the nostalgia held for one’s own country.

The screenings of the Arab Spring Documentaries will be followed by a discussion with Noe Mendelle (producer of the Tripoli and Rabat Stories) and other experts on the Arab Spring revolutions.

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AFROFUTURISM: REVISIONS TOWARDS A PLACE IN MODERNITY Artists’ Film & Video Screening

MOTHER TONGUE

Ndaba ka Ngwane South Africa 2012 · 1h30m · Zulu with English subtitles · 15 We are excited to host the UK premiere of Uhlanga and delighted to have the director Ndaba ka Ngwane and cinematographer Khulekani Zondi in attendance to talk to the audience after the screening.

Friday 23 Nov 19:00 - 21:00

A Creative Scotland Initiative in partnership with Africa in Motion and supported by British Council Scotland.

7 – 9pm, Monday 29 Oct A panel discussion with guest speakers from Africa and a performance by the storyteller Mara Menzies

UK Premiere

Glasgow Film Theatre, Cinema 2 Sunday 28 October (17:15)

Curated by Mother Tongue in partnership with Africa in Motion Film Festival

ENGAGING WITH THE ARTS AND INFRASTRUCTURE OF SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Glasgow

OPENING SCREENING UHLANGA (The Mark)

Focusing on the concept of Afrofuturism - its aesthetic, intents and chronological development since its inception in the 1970s - this artists’ film and video screening will be accompanied by an essay made freely available at the screening.

Mother Tongue is a research-led curatorial project initiated in 2009 by Tiffany Boyle and Jessica Carden.

Sunday 28 October

CCA Glasgow Free

For full film synopsis, see page 9 Director Ndaba ka Ngwane and cinematographer Khulekani Zondi are presenting a masterclass at Edinburgh College of Art on Friday 26 October at 10:00 (see page 10). Their attendance was made possible with the generous support of Film Africa in London.

Edinburgh Also screening on Thursday 25 October in Edinburgh (see page 9)

OPENING RECEPTION EVENT

The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow Sunday 28 October (21:00 - 01:00) After the screening everyone is warmly invited to an opening reception at The Lighthouse featuring a live performance by Ghanaian UK-based hip-hop artist Kobi Onyame, Auntie Flo DJ Set (Hip-Hop, Afrobeat and Highlife), African canapés and South African wine. Our thanks to Wines of South Africa for sponsoring the wine.

9.00am – 5.30pm, Tuesday 30 Oct A seminar with speakers from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, England and Scotland Both events to be held at Creative Scotland, 2 – 4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Attendance is free but spaces are limited. For further information and to register please visit www.creativescotland.com/events or contact events@creativescotland.com

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Sunday 28 October

Monday 29 October

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Secondary Schools Screening

Tey (Today)

Inside Story

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Cinema 2 Sunday 28 October (18:15)

UK Premiere

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Cinema 1 Monday 29 October (10:00)

Alain Gomis France/Senegal 2012 · 1h26m · French and Wolof with English subtitles · 15 He is a strong, healthy man, yet today is the last day of his life. Satché (played by African American musician, poet, writer and actor Saul Williams) recounts his past as he ambles through the familiar streets of his Senegalese home town for the last time. As if on a quest to leave his relationships in peace, he journeys from his parents’ house to his first love, to the friends of his youth, to his wife and children. Satché experiences his concluding moments full of fear, yet exuding serenity. Followed by a congregation of admirers, he weaves through the streets with an unwavering focus on his death foretold. Meditative and exotic, French/Senegalese director Alain Gomis’ film tells the story of a man who leaves America to return to the land of his birth. It is a poetic and experimental narrative that prompts the audience to contemplate their own mortality. This screening is kindly sponsored by the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies.

Rolie Nikiwe Kenya/South Africa 2011 · 1h38m · English and Swahili with English subtitles · 15 Interested schools can book directly with Filmhouse Box Office (0131 228 2688) Tickets: £2.60 per pupil, teachers free Age groups: 15+

Suitable for: S4-S6 / Curriculum links to Modern Studies, Health & Wellbeing, Global Development, Sciences and Religious & Moral Education

Educational packs will be provided to teachers for follow-up classroom activities

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

Quartier Mozart Edinburgh Filmhouse, Cinema 2 Sunday 28 October (20:30)

This screening was developed in partnership with the Filmhouse Cinema Knowledge & Learning Department.

Jean-Pierre Bekolo France/Cameroon 1992 · 1h20m · French with English subtitles · 15 Told over a 48-hour period in a working class neighborhood in Yaounde, capital of Cameroon, Quartier Mozart is the story of a young schoolgirl known as ‘Queen of the Hood’ and her education on the “sexual politics” of the male quarter. Maman Thekla, the local sorceress, enables the schoolgirl’s spiritual acquisition of the body of the young man My Guy, allowing her to satisfy her curiosity about men. She then becomes a boy suitor competing for the amorous attentions of a policeman’s daughter. Maman Thekla herself assumes the shape of Panka, a familiar comic figure in Cameroonian folklore with the ability to make a man’s genitals disappear when he shakes hands with him. Awarded the Prix Afrique en Création at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival, Jean-Pierre Bekolo’s humour-filled film and its colourful cast of characters has delighted film festival audiences from across the world, and we know you are in for a treat in Edinburgh as well!

We are delighted to have Jean-Pierre Bekolo in attendance to talk to the audience in a Q&A session following the screening. We are also screening Bekolo’s sci-fi feature Les Saignantes on Friday 26 October (see page 12). This screening is kindly sponsored by the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling.

Rural Scotland Tour Following the success of our AiM 2011 Schools Tour and previous years’ Rural Scotland Tours, we are again embarking on a tour of the Scottish Highlands in November after the main festival, encompassing both school and community screenings.

The Africa in Motion Rural Scotland Tour has as its main aim to expand the reach of the festival in order to create new audiences for African film. The festival itself wants to make brilliant, rare and unusual films available to Scottish audiences, and the Tour enables us to reach much further than Scotland’s biggest cities. Join us along the way as we take a selection of the films from this year’s festival accompanied by storytelling sessions, discussions and workshops to your local school or cinema.

If you’re a teacher or work with a cinema in a rural community in Scotland and would like to collaborate with Africa in Motion, we would love to hear from you. Email: tour@africa-in-motion.org.uk to learn more. AiM’s Rural Scotland Tour is sponsored by Regional Screen Scotland.

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Monday 29 October

Edinburgh

Glasgow

AiM SHORT FILM COMPETITIOn Edinburgh Filmhouse, Cinema 2 Monday 29 October (17:30) Glasgow Film Theatre, Cinema 2 Monday 29 October (17:45) 2h21m · 15 For the fifth consecutive year, AiM has invited African filmmakers to submit short films of up to 30 minutes for our annual Short Film Competition. From the dozens of submissions, eight films have been shortlisted, comprising a diverse and captivating collection of work from across the continent. With styles ranging from experimental and futuristic to animation and dramatic, these films are representative of the dynamic and progressive filmmaking in contemporary Africa.

The Short Film Competition is part of AiM’s commitment to nurturing young African filmmaking talent, offering a cash prize of £1,000 to the winning film. The winner is selected by our jury of acclaimed film practitioners and academics: Noe Mendelle (director of the Scottish Documentary Institute), Zina Saro-Wiwa (Nigerian filmmaker), Mark Cousins (director and film critic), Paul Dale (writer/editor) and David Archibald (lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Glasgow), and will be announced immediately after the screenings. Audiences in both Glasgow and Edinburgh will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite films with the Audience Award winners announced at the closing screenings of the festival on 31 October (Glasgow) & 2 November (Edinburgh), where both the jury winning film and the audience’s favourite will be screened again.

Our thanks to The Africa Channel and Buni TV for sponsoring the prize money for the Short Film Competition. The shortlisted films are:

Le Parrain (The Godfather)

UK Premiere

In this innovative puppet animation, a man searches for the perfect godfather for his newborn son. Samba believes he is the epitome of an ideal man and he wants someone similar to be a godfather of his child. Since he can’t think of anyone that fits the bill, he decides to turn to the gods.

AFRICA CHANNEL

Dog

UK Premiere

Dog is a subtle story about a chance meeting between two South African women. One is a curious city dweller with a voyeuristic streak while the other is a recluse living close to the beach on the far outskirts of the small coastal town where the story is set. Drawn by her curiosity, the city dweller discovers scars and clues that hint at the other woman’s past as a victim of violence.

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Lazare Sie Pale Burkina Faso 2011 · 20m · French with English subtitles · Animation

Jaco Minnaar South Africa 2012 · 12m

...CONTINUES OVERLEAF

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Monday 29 October

Edinburgh

Glasgow

SHORT FILM COMPETITIOn ...CONTINUED Who Killed Me

UK Premiere

Tanzania/Canada 2012 · 15m · English and Swahili with English subtitles

Nola

Askia Traoré

A special day in the life of Nola, her first on leave after years in detention. How Nola chooses to spend her free day offers a glimpse into what everyday luxuries she has been missing. It is the portrait of a woman whose world has fallen to pieces.

France/Chad 2010 · 26m · French with English subtitles

Mkhobbi Fi Kobba (Turbulence)

Leyla Bouzid

When a tragedy occurs in one of the huge houses of the Tunisian petty-bourgeoisie, everything is done to hide it. Bouzid’s film highlights the patriarchal oppression present in Tunisian society, but also offers glimmers of hope by showing ways in which women work together to overcome it.

Kichwateli (TV-Head)

UK Premiere

Kichwateli is a story set in a city and slum of Nairobi about a child who comes back from a post-apocalyptic Africa to the present time. In a dream sequence, he transforms into a robot-like character whose head is replaced by a “live” TV set. This film takes the audience through a spiritual and metaphoric journey depicting that we are currently all plugged into the same images of global anxiety while ourselves being subjects of media scrutiny.

Salam Ghourba (Farewell Exile)

UK Premiere

In a rundown Moroccan neighbourhood, Fatima is waiting to join her husband who has migrated to France. Will the husband’s letter potentially secure a brighter future for her and her son or will she have to make a crucial sacrifice?

Mwansa The Great

Glasgow

Lamia Alami Morocco/USA/Switzerland 2011 · 16m · Arabic with English subtitles

Rungano Nyoni

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.

Zambia/UK 2011 · 23m · Nyanja with English subtitles

Tunisia/France 2011 · 22m · Arabic with English subtitles

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SHORT FILM COMPETITIOn ...CONTINUED

Amil Shivji

This short film offers a glimpse into the life of Hassan, a lower class Congolese immigrant in Toronto before, during and after he is shot and murdered outside his workplace. From his sister, to his fellow immigrant employer and the police officer who finds him, we see how different lives in the same city are affected by the same event.

UK Premiere

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Monday 29 October

Tuesday 30 October

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Death for Sale

Modern African Identities ...continued

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Cinema 2 Monday 29 October (20:45)

Yellow Fever

Ng’endo Mukii UK/Kenya 2012 · 7m ·Documentary

Faouzi Bansaïdi Belgium/France/Morocco 2011 · 1h57m · Arabic with English subtitles · 15 In the port city of Tetouan, Morocco, there is a permanent low, heavy sky. Malik, 26, is out of a job and madly in love with Dounia, a prostitute at the La Passarella nightclub. Malik and his two friends, all small time crooks, conceive a plan to rob the city’s biggest jewellery store in the hope of escaping from an inevitably bleak future. Malik is in on the heist so that he can take Dounia out of prostitution and create a new life for them. Allal needs cash so he can fry bigger fish in the drugs trade. Soufiane, the youngest of the three, has left school and is looking for direction. When the plan falls apart, the three friends must face their own separate destinies alone.

Yellow Fever explores the concept of skin and race and what they imply. It asserts that the idea of beauty has become globalised, creating homogenous aspirations and distorting people’s self-image across the planet. Using mixed media, the film focuses on African women’s self-image through memories and interviews.

Africa Shafted: Under One Roof

Award-winning director Faouzi Bensaïdi’s third feature is an open invitation to dive into a visually playful neo-noir tale of ordinary people who, as Bensaïdi describes, “are suffocated by a political, economic and religious system”.

Tuesday 30 October

Edinburgh

Ingrid Martens South Africa 2011 · 50m · Documentary Africa Shafted: Under One Roof captures the views and opinions of people from every corner of the African continent who are now residing in South Africa. These immigrants and refugees, who have been seen as scary, undeserving or criminal by so many others in post-apartheid South Africa, are actually diverse, ordinary people, each with a dream of a better life and wisdom to share. Sadly the film also exposes the very prejudice that led to the violent xenophobic attacks that are still today an ongoing chapter in South Africa’s recent history.

Colour Bar

Modern African Identities

UK Premiere

UK Premiere

Roland Gunst Belgium 2011 · 58m · French with English subtitles · Documentary

Edinburgh College of Art, Main Lecture Theatre, (Room E22), Lauriston Place Tuesday 30 October (13:30 - 17:00)

At the age of 12, Roland moved from the Congo to Belgium with his father, and was for the first time confronted with his mixed-race identity. In Africa he was considered white, while in Belgium he was considered black. Totally confused, he fought against an identity crisis for the next 20 years. In an effort to define his identity he shatters a taboo by speaking about this racial issue with his family and other mulattoes. He discovers that other mulattoes too have had to deny, hide or reject one of their roots (parents) in order to survive in their social environment. According to the ‘divine laws’ of the Colour Bar, he doesn’t exist, because his race doesn’t exist.

Free and non-ticketed An afternoon of films exploring modern African identities followed by discussions. The films in the programme address various identity issues in contemporary Africa through themes such as migration, diaspora, sexuality, beauty, language and mixed-race identity. The films in this programme are:

Fluorescent Sin

Afrikaaps UK Premiere

Dyllan Valley South Africa 2010 · 52m · English and Afrikaans with English subtitles · Documentary

Amirah Tajdin Kenya 2011 · 9m At Nairobi’s iconic central station, a lithe, majestic drag queen sits on a bench, lightly crying, smoking a cigarette and descending into a breakdown through a poetic soliloquy. Filmmaker Amirah Tajdin challenges our ideas of beauty, sexuality, and Kenyan attitudes to ‘otherness’, suggesting that being caught between two places might not be a bad thing.

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UK Premiere

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The documentary follows a group of local artists creating the hip-hop opera Afrikaaps, as they trace the true roots of Afrikaans to slaves in the Cape. This is the untold story of Afrikaans, liberated from its reputation as the language of the oppressor and taking it back to the people who own it. It features the musical greats, Jitsvinger, Kyle Shepherd, Emile (Black Noise), Shane Cooper, Moenier Adams, Blaq Pearl, the powerhouse b-boy, Bliksemstraal, and the poetic genius of Jethro Louw.

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Tuesday 30 October

Tuesday 30 October

Edinburgh Edinburgh

Edinburgh Edinburgh

Kinyarwanda

Dear Mandela

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Cinema 2 Tuesday 30 October (17:45)

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Cinema 2 Tuesday 30 October (20:30)

During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, when neighbours killed neighbours and friends betrayed friends, some crossed lines of hatred to protect each other. The Mufti of Rwanda, the most respected Muslim leader in the country, issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims from participating in the killing of the Tutsi. As the country became a slaughterhouse, mosques became places of refuge where Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis came together to protect each other. Kinyarwanda is based on true accounts from survivors who took refuge at the Grand Mosque of Kigali and the madrassa of Nyanza. It recounts how the Imams opened the doors of the mosques to give refuge to the Tutsi and those Hutu who refused to participate in the killing.

Destroyed homes, threats at gunpoint and high-court action; this battle by three young people to stand up for their rights is a testimony to people power. When the South African government promises to ‘eradicate the slums’ and begins to evict shack dwellers far outside the city, three friends who live in Durban’s vast shantytowns refuse to be moved. Dear Mandela follows their journey from their shacks to the highest court in the land as they invoke Nelson Mandela’s example and become leaders in a growing social movement.

Dara Kell / Christopher Nizza South Africa/USA 2011 · 1h33m · English and Zulu with English subtitles · 15 · Documentary

Alrick Brown USA/France/DRC 2011 · 1h40m · English and Kinyarwanda with English subtitles · 15

The screening is kindly sponsored by the Rwandan High Commission and the Rwanda Scotland Alliance and will be followed by a discussion with a representative from the Rwandan High Commission. The discussion will be preceded by the screening of a pre-recorded message from the director of Kinyarwanda, Alrick Brown. After the screening there will be the opening of an exhibition of Rwandan visual artists at Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh. For more information see below..

By turns inspiring, devastating and funny, the film offers a new perspective on the role that young people can play in political change and is a fascinating portrait of South Africa coming of age.

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Peace Wanted Alive: Kenya at the Crossroads

Edinburgh

KIGALI, KIGALI

Stephen Marshall Kenya/USA · 2010 ·18m · Digibeta ·15 · Documentary

Contemporary Art from young Rwandan Artists

Documentary short about the courageous Kenyan peacebuilders who saved their country from descending into genocide during the 2008 election crisis.

30 October to 7 November

These two documentaries are screened in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI) project on ‘Peace-building through Media Arts’.

Opening: 30 Oct (20:30)

Out of the Blue Drill Hall (30-36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh) Curated by Kate Saffin (Charlie Dutton Gallery)

Organised by Rwandan High Commission & Rwanda Scotland Alliance

KIGALI, KIGALI - Contemporary Art from young Rwandan Artists features work by five professional and nine student artists, Ivuka Arts group in Kigali, who have been working creatively for many years and represent the best of young talent that Rwanda has to offer. The artists have developed their own expressive language both collectively and individually, and explore both figurative and abstract expressionist ideas, separately and in combination.

The Ivuka Arts group is one of a handful of nascent and groundbreaking collective studios in Rwanda which are exploring the creative potential of contemporary art and providing networks and educational and supportive opportunities to their surrounding communities. Members of Ivuka Arts are not only amongst the best known practising artists working in Rwanda, but are also in the vanguard of the relatively young contemporary art scene there, as it claims its place amongst other art forms in the country. Artists featured: Tony Cyizanye, Bruce Niyonkuru, Celestin Nizeyimana, Emmanuel Nkuranga, Innocent Nkuruinziza. Student artists:Angel, Eric, Kiza, Moise, Musa, Roger, Tong, Tuyisange, Zakalia.

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Tuesday 30 October

Edinburgh

Glasgow

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Centre of African Studies Seminar

MAAMi Glasgow Film Theatre, Cinema 2 Tuesday 30 October (20:15)

Do Nollywood Films Matter?

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

University of Edinburgh Seminar Rooms 1 & 2 (ground floor), Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square Wednesday 31 October (16:00 - 17:30)

MAAMi is an enthralling story of a poor, devoted single parent’s struggles to raise her only child, Kashimawo, who goes on to become an international star in an English football club, and consequently, a national hero. Set over a two-day period in the southern Nigerian town of Abeokuta leading up to the 2010 World Cup, the film retrospectively accounts Kashimawo’s past through his own thoughts, addressing his turbulent childhood and unresolved issues with his absent father. MAAMi is a film about love, fate, hard work and goodwill. Tunde Kelani is a highly acclaimed Nigerian filmmaker, part of the hugely popular and prolific Nollywood industry, and has been making popular Nollywood films for over twenty years.

Nigerian film academic and Nollywood expert Onookome Okome will introduce the screening. To learn more about Nollywood and the African video-film industries, don’t miss Professor Okome’s seminar on Nollywood on Wednesday 31 October (see page 32) and the Africa in Motion Symposium on Saturday 27 October (see page 13), both at the University of Edinburgh.

Wednesday 31 October

Arab Spring Documentaries University of Glasgow, Andrew Stewart Cinema, Gilmorehill Centre Wednesday 31 October (09:00 - 12:00) Free and non-ticketed

Wednesday 31 October

Free and non-ticketed

By Professor Onookome Okome, University of Alberta, Canada

Edinburgh Also screening on Wednesday 31 October in Edinburgh (see page 32)

Glasgow Edinburgh Also screening on Sunday 28 October in Edinburgh (see page 17)

For full film synopses, see page 17 - 18

Onookome Okome studied at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where he earned his PhD in Cinema and Theatre Studies. He taught at the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Calabar, Nigeria, from 1989 to 2002. In 2002, he moved to the University of Alberta, Canada, where he is currently Professor of English and Film Studies. He has published widely in the areas of African literature and cinema, especially Nollywood and is often described as “one of the pioneers of Nollywood Studies”. In 2011, he set up the Nollywood Studies Center at the Pan-African University, Victoria Island, Lagos. The seminar will be followed by a screening of Tunde Kelani’s acclaimed Nollywood production, MAAMi, at Filmhouse. Glasgow

MAAMi

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Cinema 2 Wednesday 31 October (18:15)

Beginning in Dec 2010 a wave of popular uprisings and demonstrations swept through the Arab World (North Africa and the Middle East); civil protests that resulted in the toppling of decades-long oppressive regimes and the beginnings of a new era of democracy for those countries. Rulers in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya were forced from power, and uprisings and protests have erupted in many other countries since, reaching as far as sub-Saharan Africa. These civil resistance campaigns involved strikes, demonstrations, marches and rallies and were characterised by the use of social media and digital technology as a way to spread information and subvert censorship and freedom of speech. While these young democracies are finding their feet, their artists are embracing a new-found freedom of creative expression which is having a positive effect on the cinema industries in these countries. Africa in Motion salutes this new wave in Arabic cinema with a selection of new shorts and features.

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Nollywood is as controversial as it is popular with the masses in Nigeria. The one resounding question surrounding its operation seems to be posed around the notion of social and cultural authenticity, and with it the debate of questions about representations of contemporary Nigeria and indeed Africa. This notion of cultural validity of the popular video text or so-called “home-video film” has been put to test right from the very beginning of the home video industry, which is now known worldwide as Nollywood. Nowhere is this debate more vociferous than in Nigeria itself. But this debate cannot be contained within the borders of Nigeria either. In the West, especially central Europe, Nollywood is making a significant inroad but perception is still more or less a curiosity; a form of amusement. In North America, in the Caribbean islands and in places all over the globe where there are significant presence of African immigrants and peoples of African descent, Nollywood films are both hailed and denounced at the same time. While they are denounced as narratives full of ‘fetishism’, ‘violence’ and ‘superstition’, some have come to see it as a sign that Nigeria (Africa) is indeed stepping up to the challenge and taking control of its own images. My paper speaks to this debate and provides an alternate reading of some video films from the perspective of its audience. It plots theoretical ways of understanding the social and cultural relevance of this popular medium in Nigeria, and indeed the whole of Africa.

Also screening on Tuesday 30 October in Glasgow (see page 31)

Director Tunde Kelani Nigeria 2011 · 1h32m · Yoruba with English subtitles · 15

Nigerian film academic and Nollywood expert Onookome Okome will introduce the screening. To learn more about Nollywood and the African video-film industries, don’t miss Prof Okome’s seminar on Nollywood on Wednesday 31 October (see above) and the Africa in Motion symposium on Saturday 27 October (see page 13), both at the University of Edinburgh. For full film synopsis, see page 31

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Wednesday 31 October

Glasgow

CLOSING SCREENING Edinburgh

Restless City

Also screening on Sunday 2 November in Edinburgh (see page 38)

Glasgow Film Theatre, Cinema 2 Wednesday 31 October (18:00)

Andrew Dosunmu USA 2011 · 1h20m · English, French, Wolof and Yoruba with English subtitles · 15

Thursday 1 November

Edinburgh

DOCUMENTARY SCREENINGS African Popular ARTS Edinburgh College of Art, Room 1.18, Evolution House, West Port Thursday 1 November (10:00 - 17:00) Free and non-ticketed

A full day of free documentary screenings exploring contemporary popular African art forms, accompanied by discussions. These documentaries show how aspects of traditional culture and notions of modernity are reinterpreted through African artists across the continent. We journey through Morocco, Egypt, Senegal, South Africa and Kenya to see musicians, poets and visual artists at work. AiM’s documentaries on African Popular Arts continue at Filmhouse in the evening.

Restless City tells the story of an African immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City, where music is his passion, life is a hustle, and falling in love is his greatest risk.

Djibril (Alassane Sy) is a young African immigrant whose life can only go upward. Leaving a past of hardship behind, he arrives in New York. After living in the City for a while he begins to believe that he can achieve his dreams. Djibril wants to be a musician, a pop star, and one-day return to Africa where his mother and father still toil for a meagre living. By day he sells merchandise on Canal Street for the small income that keeps him going, and at the same time he seeks a way to succeed as a singer. During his search he meets the beautiful and fragile Trini; an encounter that changes his life forever.

Al Khadra: Poet of the Desert (10:00 - 10.30)

UK Premiere

Noe Mendelle Morocco/UK 2012 · 25m · Arabic and Spanish with English subtitles

Nigerian-born director Andrew Dosunmu’s feature-length debut is a remarkable, stylised cinematographic exercise - his background is in fashion and photography. With its alluring aesthetics and phenomenal soundtrack, Dosunmu is a new name to follow.

Al Khadra is a renowned Saharawi war poetess, now in her 70s, living in the Al Auin wind-swept refugee camp in Algeria. The oral verse from this illiterate nomad is vivid testament to three decades of the Sahara conflict. We witness how this extraordinary matriarch survives the hardship and desolation of life in the camp, and also see how she keeps her oral poetry alive and attempts to pass on her activism to the next generation.

The closing film will be preceded by the screenings of the winners of the AiM Short Film Competition (see pages 24 - 26).

The Noise of Cairo

Wednesday 31 October

(10:30 - 11:30)

Edinburgh

Heiko Lange Egypt 2012 · 57m · English, Arabic and French with English subtitles

Otelo Burning Edinburgh Filmhouse, Cinema 2 Wednesday 31 October (20:20)

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

Shot in Durban and set in 1989, in the final years of the crumbling apartheid system, Otelo Burning tells the story of a group of township kids who discover the joy of surfing. When 16-year-old Otelo Buthelezi takes to the water for the first time, it is clear that he was born to surf. But then tragedy strikes. On the day that Nelson Mandela is released from prison, Otelo is forced to choose between surfing and justice. This beautiful, insightful and entertaining film captures a turbulent time in South Africa’s history.

The film will be introduced by South African director Sara Blecher, who will be in attendance.

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The Noise of Cairo is a cinematic adventure, following the interplay between art and the revolution in Egypt. Protest of any kind was punished violently in pre-revolutionary Egypt and artistic expression was considered nothing but a threat to the status quo. However, since the fall of the Mubarak dictatorship, the art scene in Cairo is flourishing once again. Twelve influencers from Cairo’s cultural scene lead us on a journey to understand the unique role artists played during the revolution in Cairo. This documentary bears witness to Cairo’s vibrant artistic underbelly, as it raises its voice once again. The artists of Cairo, who refused to quiet down, come together to be heard. These individuals create The Noise of Cairo. To learn more about the Arab Spring Revolutions, don’t miss AiM’s focus on the Arab Spring on Sunday 28 October (Edinburgh, see page 17) and Wednesday 31 October (Glasgow, see page 31).

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Thursday 1 November

Thursday 1 November

Edinburgh

African Popular ARTS ...CONTINUED

African Popular ARTS ...CONTINUED Twende Berlin (Let’s Go To Berlin)

Edinburgh College of Art, Room 1.18, Evolution House, West Port

Upendo Hero/Dr. Farasi Kenya/Germany 2011 · 1h20m · English, Swahili and German with English subtitles

UK Premiere

(11:45 - 12:45)

Twende Berlin is a documentary about urban spaces and our relationship to them as told through the eyes of a troupe of African hip-hop artists. The social issue which underpins the documentary is the importance of public space and public art in contemporary society, and how and why Western metropolises are affected by the emerging phenomenon of “gentrification”. Twende Berlin is an opportunity for both European and African urban citizens to twist and subvert stereotypes, to become an object of both social and cultural investigation in order to discover ourselves again, told by the hip-hop artists and their superhero - Upendo Hero (the hero of love).

Maria Luisa Gambale / Gloria Bremer USA/Senegal 2011 · 1h · French, German, Diola and Wolof with English subtitles Rapper, singer and activist, Sister Fa is hero to young women in Senegal and an unstoppable force for social change. A childhood victim of female genital cutting (FGC), she decided to tackle the issue by starting a grassroots campaign, “Education Without Excision”, which uses her music and persuasive powers to end the practice. Until 2010 there was one place she had never brought her message – back home to her own village of Thionck Essyl, where she fears rejection. Sarabah follows Sister Fa on this challenging journey, where she speaks out passionately to female elders and students alike, and stages a rousing concert that has the community on its feet. The portrait of an artist as activist, Sarabah shows the extraordinary resilience, passion and creativity of a woman who boldly challenges gender and cultural norms. It’s an inspiring story of courage, hope and change.

Mama Goema: The Cape Town Beat in 5 Movements (13:00 - 14:00)

UK Premiere

Ángela Ramirez / Sara Gouveia / Calum MacNaughton South Africa 2011 · 55m · English, Afrikaans and Xhosa with English subtitles If you take a pinch of Khoisan lament, a dash of Malay spice, a measure of European orchestral, a splash of Xhosa spiritual, the clash of marching bands, the pizzazz of the Klopse, a driving primal beat and lots of humour and musical virtuosity, what do you get? Goema, Goema, Goema!

(Photo Credit Sara Gouveia)

UK Premiere

(15:40 - 17:00)

Thursday 1 November

Sarabah

Edinburgh

A journey to the heart of the Mother City and a beat called Goema. With indigenous roots,colonial influences and shaped by Cape Town’s slave history, Goema’s blueprint lies in the city’s carnival culture. It is from these traditional festivities that contemporary variations have emerged in the form of defiant rock, marking the collapse of apartheid and healing jazz in the wake of South Africa’s democratic rebirth. Mama Goema charts the evolution of Goema through composer Mac McKenzie, multi-instrumentalist Hilton Schilder and a cast of Cape Town’s diverse musicians and sees the city’s most representative sound take a bold step into the future.

Griot

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Cinema 2 Thursday 1 November (18:00) A double bill of documentaries depicting cutting-edge contemporary culture in Africa’s urban centres through street fashion, hip-hop, graffiti and more. Reinterpreting tradition and embracing modernity, these films show the exciting and vibrant fusion of styles and ideas that make up contemporary culture in Africa today.

Stocktown X South Africa Teddy Goitom Sweden/South Africa 2011 · 29m · 15 Beyond the stereotypical daily reporting on violence, AIDS and safari tours, Swedish directors Teddy Goitom and Benjamin Taft set out to capture the creative street vibes of South Africa. On their trip to Cape Town and Johannesburg they meet up with the heavy metal band Ree-burth, the Soweto style-setters Smarteez with their colorful street-savvy fashion, video gamers label 2bop, and limpop music genre innovator Gazelle. This alternative road movie presents another perspective from the young creative forces at work in South Africa’s cities.

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UK Premiere

(14:00 - 15:30)

Volker Goetze Senegal/France/USA 2012 · 1h23m · English, Wolof and French with English subtitles

By tradition, griots are the living repositories of West Africa’s oral epics - histories that are crucial for the preservation of West African social structures. Griot uncovers the beauty of West African traditional past and discovers that some revolutionary changes may be afoot; changes that could alter the cultural landscape forever.

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Dimanche a Brazzaville (Sunday in Brazzaville)

UK Premiere

Adrià Monés/Enric Bach Congo 2011 · 51m · French, Lingala and Kitouba with English subtitles · 15

In his weekend show, a young radio talk show host, Carlos La Menace, unveils three figures from Congo’s capital, Brazzaville. The Sapeur Yves Saint Laurent, surrounded by extreme poverty, chooses elegance as a way of life. Cheriff Bakala is not a usual rapper. He mixes hip hop with Congolese folk, and uses local instruments such as self-crafted drums. Finally, Palmas Yaya, Brazzaville’s wrestling champion is relying on voodoo to defend his throne at a crucial moment of his life.

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Thursday 1 November Cry of Love

Edinburgh

Friday 2 November

Edinburgh

Le Point de Vue du Lion (The Lion’s Point of View)

UK Premiere

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Cinema 2 Thursday 1 November (20:15)

UK Premiere

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Cinema 2 Friday 2 November (18:00)

Faith Isiakpere South Africa 2012 · 2h · 15

Cry of Love follows the lives of young and talented teens who explore their musical gifts in Johannesburg’s African Performing Arts Centre. Set against the city’s vibrant cosmopolitan backdrop, this film brings together characters from across Africa. Despite their differences, each character finds solace in “The Sanctuary”, a place of common ground where people are united through music and the celebration of Ubuntu - the African expression for “I am what I am because of who we all are.” In Cry of Love, Nigerian-born director Faith Isiakpere delivers an uplifting Famestyle musical starring legendary South African songbird Yvonne Chaka Chaka. This ‘faction’ (fact and fiction) film distinguishes itself by combining a compelling narrative with music and contemporary human right issues.

This film is screened in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI) project on ‘Peace-building through Media Arts’. The screening will be followed by a discussion on issues of peacemaking and reconciliation in film.

Didier Awadi / Vincent Vallet Senegal 2011 · 1h12m · English, French and Spanish with English subtitles · 15 · Documentary 50 years of independence. A promise of happiness and prosperity. But nowadays young Africans climb into simple wooden boats, and cross the desert and the sea towards El Dorado. Why? What are the deeper reasons? And how could it come this far? These were the starting questions from Senegalese director and hip-hop star Didier Awadi. For several years he interviewed ex-presidents and ministers, important UN officials, writers, artists, historians, activists and lay migrants and refugees: 44 people who have analysed the situation of their continent and they do not mince words. The result is a decidedly Pan-African, deliberately subjective and revolutionary documentary with an undoubted power of impact. This screening is kindly sponsored by the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh and will be followed by a discussion hosted by experts in African history and development.

CLOSING SCREENING Friday 2 November

Restless City

Postgraduate study and research in Film & Television Studies at the University of Glasgow

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Cinema 1 Friday 2 November (20:30)

Andrew Dosunmu USA 2011 · 1h20m · English, French, Wolof and Yoruba with English subtitles · 15 For full film synopsis, see page 33

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Senegalese musician, Soriba Kanout performing at AiM 2011

The closing film will be preceded by screenings of the winners of the AiM Short Film Competition (see pages 24 - 26). Glasgow Also screening on Wednesday 31 October in Glasgow (see page 33)

Join us for a celebratory drink and some live African music in the Filmhouse Café Bar afterwards

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Stirling

AiM Screenings at MacRobert University of Stirling

ART EXHIBITIONS

Edinburgh

Sieberiana

We are very pleased to screen a number of films from the main festival programme at the macrobert in Stirling this year. To book tickets, call the macrobert box office on: 01786 466666, (macrobert, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA).

by Willem Venter

Filmhouse Café Bar 14 October - 4 November 2012 The portrayal of Africa often consists of vast panoramas of a savannah with acacia trees dotted throughout the landscape. In this series of works the pod of the Acacia Sieberiana var. woodii becomes the focus and site through which a different aspect of African identity is explored. This is an identity framed by modernity. It is hybrid and sometimes full of contradiction, where the organic and inorganic co-exist.

Les Saignantes (The Bloodettes) Monday 29 October (19:30)

Jean-Pierre Bekolo France/Cameroon 2005 · 1h37m · French with English subtitles · 15

Willem Venter is a South African visual artist. Graduating from Rhodes University with distinction and a number of awards under his belt, Venter went on to exhibit extensively across the country. Having recently moved to Edinburgh, this is Venter’s first UK exhibition.

For full film synopsis, see page 12 The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Cameroonian filmmaker Jean-Pierre Bekolo. Jean-Pierre Bekolo’s visit is generously funded by the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling.

Otelo Burning

Influence

Wednesday 7 November (19:30)

by Luis Dourado

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

Filmhouse Café Bar 14 October - 4 November 2012

For full film synopsis, see page 33

Influence by Luis Dourado gathers a group of selected work from the artist’s personal series, Departure and Maps, and incorporates original pieces created specifically for Africa in Motion 2012. Through a variety of mediums, Dourado explores ideas of territory and history and investigates the possibility of a new reality for a new Africa.

Rouge Parole

Thursday 8 November at (19:30)

Elyes Baccar Tunisia/Switzerland/Qatar 2011 · 1h36m · English, Arabic and Turkish with English subtitles · 15 For full film synopsis, see page 17

These screenings have been developed in partnership with the School of Arts and Humanities & Division of Literature and Languages, University of Stirling.

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Portuguese artist Luis Dourado has exhibited independently and collaboratively throughout Europe. Through his varied experience in disciplines such as design, photography and music he has been involved in several international initiatives such as the Illustrative - International Forum for Illustration and Graphic Arts (Berlin, Germany) and a number of festivals such as Sónar (Barcelona, Spain), DMY (Berlin, Germany) and Outonarte (A Coruña, Spain).

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