With over 40 films from 22 African countries, Africa in Motion 2008
is a celebration and exploration of the multiplicity of forms, themes,
styles and approaches we find in the African film industries today.
We open with a classic from Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine -
a hugely important pioneering figure who sadly passed away in July
We are screening retrospectives of the work of Malian director Souleymane Cissé and
Gaston Kaboré with both directors in attendance to talk to audiences after screenings.
New genres are being introduced - African animation shorts
from all over the continent will be screened in two sessions, one for
children and one for adults, consisting of various types of animation
such as cut-out, claymation, stop-motion and computer animation. These
screenings will be complemented by an African storytelling event and
an animation workshop for young people.
We have a focus on popular
African cinema to explore what Africans are watching - we hope to
delight audiences with a slice of Nollywood, the prolific Nigerian
video industry which has taken the continent by storm over the last
As part of AiM's commitment to supporting filmmaking activity
on the continent, we are hosting a short film competition for emerging
African filmmakers. We received entries from almost 20 African
countries and here audiences will have the chance to view the eight
films which were selected for the shortlist and vote for their
An audacious new strand is our AiM After Hours series -
late-night screenings over Halloween weekend of African horrors and
We also have a focus on the Bushmen of Southern Africa,
with documentary screenings, a panel
discussion and an accompanying exhibition of Bushmen art work and
jewellery in the Filmhouse café.
Contemporary films will feature
prominently - highlights include Nigerian director Newton Aduaka's
Ezra which won the grand prize at the FESPACO film festival in 2007
and Guinean director Cheick Fantamady Camara's Clouds over Conakry,
the closing screening of the festival.
Click on the film titles on the left to read more about the films.