“Africa in Motion 2012 is all about the shock of the new. We are going to take you on a journey to the beating creative heart of Modern Africa. All life, art, rebellion and even life forms from outer space are here. Africa in Motion 2012 boasts an extensive and diverse programme of UK film premieres.”
Africa in Motion, now in its seventh year, is committed to bringing the experience of African cinema to Scotland. Based in Edinburgh at the Edinburgh Film House, this year AiM also goes to Glasgow with a selection of screenings at the Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT). Its film programme is complemented by a wide range of events across different venues: this year’s academic symposium is dedicated to ‘African Popular Culture in the 21st Century’; there’s also the 5th edition of Africa in Motion’s Short Film Competition – a much-loved and valuable initiative, nurturing young talent – plus discussions, music workshops, screenings of children’s shorts, a seminar at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre of African Studies on Nollywood, a host of premieres, and more…
“The main aims of the festival have been, since its inception, to introduce Scottish audiences to the brilliance of African cinema and to overcome the under-representation and marginalisation of African film in British film-going culture. We believe that the best way to learn about Africa is to listen to African voices and to view representations created by African themselves, as these often counter the stereotypical representations we see from Africa in mainstream media in the West. But our main reason for screening the films is because we believe they are great films which should be seen the world over. Over the past six years we have screened over 200 African films to audiences totalling around 15,000 people!
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