Africa In Mo­tion Un­til Novem­ber 4, venues in Ed­in­burgh and Glas­gow

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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.

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