Africa In Motion Until November 4, venues in Edinburgh and Glasgow
Running for the 13th year is Africa In Motion, Scotland’s major annual celebration of creative stories from across the African continent.
With the aim of “rebelling against dominant narratives” the festival features screenings, discussions, Q&As with filmmakers, pop-ups, workshops, exhibitions and live performances.
Having screened more than 500 films since its inception in 2006, as the festival now hits its teenage years the theme this year is rebellion.
From political and resistance movements, comingof-age dramas, and representations of youth and popular culture, to rebelling against the stereotyped and dominant images or narratives of Africa, the theme will be widely applied across the festival.
This year marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, and Scotland took part in a number of political acts during the anti-apartheid campaign, the most prominent of which was renaming the street that housed the South African embassy during apartheid to Nelson Mandela Place.
The festival will draw on these historical links in a series of film screenings and events, including the political documentary Mandela: A True Pan-Africanist and Standing On Their Shoulders, a film that focuses on female activists both during and post-apartheid.
For the third year running, Africa In Motion will collaborate with the University of Exeter’s Transnational Moroccan Cinema project to screen contemporary films from Morocco. It will also show movies from other countries and host Blessing Igbe and Ema Edosio, female directors central to the development of Nollywood, a not uncontroversial term for films from Nigeria.