Edinburgh meets Africa in film festival

The film festival will run from November 2 (Picture by Holger Ellgaard)

A TOP film festival is to show the lives of children in Africa.

Africa in Motion (AiM) , the UK’s largest African film festival, will deal with many aspects relating to youth in Africa, such as education, entertainment, stories and myths, the future and social issues, both in rural and urban Africa.

First up is Bab’Aziz: The Prince who contemplated his soul, a fairytale by Tunisian director Nacer Khemir which tells the story of  Bab’Aziz, a blind dervish who intimately knows the desert, and who is travelling with his vivacious granddaughter Ishtar to a great reunion of dervishes which takes place every 30 years.

Younger audiences will be treated to a free storytelling event by beloved Edinburgh-based Kenyan/Scottish storyteller Mara Menzies, as well as drumming and dancing workshops.


The annual Africa in Motion Short Film Competition returns with seven stunning short films from across Africa. Dealing with themes ranging from myths and folktales, families and relationships, to mysterious powers and the magic of storytelling the films are representative of the exciting young filmmaking talent in Africa. The winner will be announced immediately after the screenings with the audience getting a chance to vote for their favourite in the Audience Choice Award.

Festival founder and management team member Lizelle Bisschoff says: “Africa in Motion 2011 is dedicated to children and youth. With a programme filled with stories and representations by, for and about the youth of Africa, we are looking towards the future of the continent with excitement and optimism. Not only are we celebrating the extraordinary filmmaking talent from Africa, but also the future of a continent from which we have much to learn.”

AIM takes place from November 2 to November 6 at Filmhouse in Edinburgh.

For full programme details please visit www.africa-in-motion.org.uk .

Tickets are available from Filmhouse box office on 0131 228 2688 or www.filmhousecinema.com . Concessionary discounts and ticket deals are available.