Africa in Motion is an annual African film festival taking place in Scotland, consisting of film screenings and complementary events. Now in its eleventh year, the festival brings the best of African cinema to Scotland, making it possible for Scottish audiences to engage with African stories and industry professionals from the continent. Africa in Motion has established itself as a major annual event within the Scottish cultural calendar, whilst also raising an international profile as one of the leading African art platforms.
This coming-of-age tale begins in a remote West African village, home to many myths, legends and a young boy named Adama.
The year is 1916. With the sudden disappearance of his best friend and brother, Adama decides to defy the village elders and set off on a quest over the seas, to the North, and to the front-line of First World War in search of him.
Adama takes us on a historical and magical journey through the paradise and colour of village life in Senegal, through the harsh waters of the Atlantic Ocean and across industrial and war torn Europe. The film’s incredible beauty lies in the realism and humanity which it brings to the screen, a true example of the current craftsmanship behind animation.
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Screening in French with English subtitles. | 1h25 | 15
FREE EVENT: please book your place(s) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact number.
Venue : Alliance Française, 3 Park Circus, G3 6AX.
Date : Wednesday 2nd November at 6.30pm
A celebratory screening marking the 50th anniversary of the release of Gillo Portecorvo’s seminal work, The Battle of Algiers.
Set in the 1950s, the film follows the harrowing reality of Algeria’s post-war struggle for liberation against the French colonial government. The unforgiving representation of the French military’s counterinsurgency tactics led to the film being banned in France, and its portrayal of military strategy warranted a screening at the Pentagon in 2003.
50 years on, it is still an essential piece of filmmaking, not only because of its historical significance and the role the film played in the political landscape at the time, but also because of its unfortunate relevance in contemporary society.
Screening in French/Arabic with English subtitles. | 2h1m | 15
Venue: Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB.
All tickets £5.50. You can book your tickets online here or by visiting the GFT’s box-office.
Date: Sunday 30th October at 7pm.
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Supported by Alliance Française and the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies.
You can consult the rest of the festival’s programme by here.