25 September 2020
To increase awareness of Hajooj Kuka’s wrongful imprisonment and demonstrate the value of artistic and political expression, we at Africa in Motion along with the TANO consoritum of African film festivals in the UK are calling for the immediate release of Kuka and the four other artists who have been...
20 July 2020
Girls of my generation grew up with the idea that men and women are perfectly equal, that fundamental rights (access to education, to the labour market, individual freedoms etc…) are natural and evident. We always hear that our country Tunisia is a pioneering country in women’s rights, which is a...
21 October 2019
This year, for the 14th edition of Africa in Motion Film Festival, we have taken a collaborative approach to the curation of our programme. This approach comes from a recognition that everyone views films differently and we have therefore endeavoured to create space for as many curatorial voices as possible.
14 October 2019
I first saw Mostafa Derkaoui’s ‘De Quelques Evenments Sans Signification’ at Berlinale in February. People crowded into a small cinema to watch the film for the first time. The film had gained an almost mythical status and members of the Moroccan film and visual arts community (including AiM favourite Narjiss...
10 October 2019
I am most excited about the documentary Tchindas, which follows the life of Tchinda and her trans sisters as they prepare for a Carnival. Shot in Mindelo, the island of Sao Vicente, this documentary is a beautiful depiction of a trans inclusive community.
7 October 2019
This year we have a host of unforgettable live events taking place across Edinburgh and Glasgow. From an Afrofuturist dance party to a restored classic with a brand new live score, get ready to experience film from Africa and diaspora like you never have before.
25 October 2018
My staff pick for AiM 2018 is Djon Africa, a colourful film that follows Djon, a young endearing rebellious boy caught between the transitional period of teen-hood into adulthood. Djon is unexpectedly stopped in the streets of Lisbon, where he has spent most of his life, by a stranger who...
23 October 2018
What an amazing phenomenon reggae is; a unique genre of music created in a small island that can now be heard in every corner of the globe. An evening of Jamaican culture in Edinburgh on Friday 2 November, curated by Lisa Williams of the Edinburgh Caribbean Association, celebrates that journey.
22 October 2018
AiM has always lived by a pan-African spirit, and includes films from North of the Sahara on its diverse programme every year. Among the recent crop of films by Morocco's star directors, Volubilis really stands out.
16 October 2018
I found it so difficult to choose a staff pick as this year’s programme is jam packed with a huge array of amazing films. À mon âge, je me cache encore pour fumer (I Still Hide To Smoke) was one of the first films we selected to be included in...
4 October 2018
We are delighted that one of our partner festivals, the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), have appointed new directors for their 22nd edition, influential South African film duo Faith Isiakpere as CEO, and Firdoze Bulbulia as Festival Director.
23 September 2018
Africa in Motion is Scotland’s major annual celebration of African cinema, and is delighted to return for the 13th year to bring audiences in Edinburgh and Glasgow a wide variety of creative stories from across the African continent.
29 October 2017
Finn Daniels-Yeomans is sharing some tentative thoughts regarding Aryan Kaganof’s difficult yet vital documentary about Fallism in contemporary South Africa, Metalepsis in Black.
26 October 2017
This is my second year with Africa in Motion and in this short time I’ve already had the opportunity to experience some fantastic films from across Africa. I’m also a huge fan of horror and sci-fi films, so the film I’m most looking forward to at this year’s festival is...
23 October 2017
My pick of the fest is the stunning debut feature of writer and filmmaker Abdellah Taïa. Set in Casablanca, L’Armée du Salut (Salvation Army) tells the story of a young gay Moroccan boy who is teased by his mother and sisters and idolises his older brother.
17 October 2017
By Hélène Audureau
17 October 2017
I have worked on and off in different positions for AiM since 2007. It was first established in 2006, so I only really missed one year of films. I have loved the festival with all my heart from the start.
11 October 2017
Justin Sihera is the producer of Vanishing Sails and will be in attendance at the film's Edinburgh screening on Thursday 2 November
10 October 2017
I could not be prouder to work for a festival showing films such as Tess! It is a very brave film which highly deserves to be seen I can think of no better context than the Africa in Motion film festival to catch this little gem of a film.Tess is...
9 October 2017
My history classes at school taught me about William Wallace and both World Wars, yet colonialism and empire were never discussed.