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Africa in Motion Film Festival – 22 Oct to 1 Nov 2009

Welcome to the Africa in Motion website. Africa in Motion (AiM) is an annual African film festival based at Filmhouse Cinema in Edinburgh, Scotland.

My Secret Sky

My Secret Sky

AiM is the biggest African film festival in the UK and screen dozens of films from all over the continent, including shorts, documentaries and features. A number of African filmmakers are in attendance each year to talk to audiences about their work and the screenings are accompanied by a variety of complementary events such as discussions, masterclasses, seminars and music events.

The festival’s main goal is to overcome the under-representation of African film in the UK and to introduce Scottish audiences to the riches of African cinema. AiM is currently in its fourth year and this year’s festival is taking place from 22 Oct to 1 Nov. If you need travel and accommodation information for Edinburgh, please click here.

In addition, a number of films will tour to rural areas in the Scottish Highlands and Islands in early November.



Happy New Year!

9th January, 2010

2009 was a wonderful and challenging year for AiM, and we’re already thinking ahead to the next festival! With all the energy we got out of the success of the 2009 edition, we’re planning a grand celebration of the fifth AiM. Pictures of the past festival are available on the website of our photographer Ola Gruszczynska from 3Faeries Photography:

This blog was kept updated for a while during the exciting last addition to the festival: our rural tour. We went all the way to remote and rural communities in Scotland. Generously funded by Regional Screen Scotland, we travelled to New Galloway, Skye, Drumnadrochit, and Lerwick in Shetland with a selection of films from the main festival. The reception we received was reassuring. Members of the audience were very enthusiastic about our festival and asked us to return. We’re already planning to expand the tour and visit more places next year!

We are excited to announce that Africa in Motion 2010 will be devoted to the theme of “Celebrations”! 2010 is the 50th anniversary of the independence of 17 African countries, and it is the fifth anniversary of AiM! We will organise events and screen films in a celebratory style and atmosphere, tackling fun as well as serious issues with workshops on mask making, singing and dancing for kids, and events dealing with rituals, rites of passage and ceremonies.

Look out for the announcements on our website for the open short film competition and the call for submissions for documentaries on African music and dance. We will announce when and how to submit for these at the end of January 2010.

In the meantime, Filmhouse is still showing its support for African films and topics by showing ‘Mugabe and the White African’. For more information, see below.

So – until later this month, have a wonderful return to daily life after all the celebrations, and look out for all our announcements to come!




Showing at Filmhouse 8 – 11 January 2010

Since 2000, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has pursued a campaign of aggressive land reform, claiming land owned by white farmers. Government supporters have occupied many white-owned farms, with violence flaring frequently, and a number of white farmers and their black workers have been killed.

Though Mugabe proposed that the land would be distributed among the poorer black population, evidence suggests most has been put in the hands of government officials and cronies. White farmer Michael Campbell faced intimidation and aggression, but chose to put up a fight for his land, taking the unprecedented step of challenging Mugabe before the South African Development Community’s international court, charging him and his government with racial discrimination and of violations of Human Rights.

Filmed covertly in a country where a press ban exists, Mugabe and the White African provides a valuable, unsettling insight into the reality of life under Mugabe’s dictatorship, following Campbell and his family on their brave campaign, as they fight for the right to live peacefully.

Drumnadrochit in Motion

13th November, 2009

Our third stop on the AiM Tour  was Drumnadrochit – 14 miles southeast from Inverness – where we screened two busy afternoons of films. The venue, the Craigmonie Centre, based at a school in Drum, was extremely well-equipped: there was an impressive big screen with an amazing projection room. The firstschool kids got the chance to see a selection of animation shorts from this and last year’s AiM and loved ALL of them best. I think they wanted to impress miss Lizelle because five minutes before that, they almost convinced Alastair and me that the continent of Africa was in New York. They laughed so much at the shorts, and my own storytelling skills re-surfaced and surprised me as one of the Congolese animations was in French and subtitled; so I was assigned the task of reading this out – very dramatically I might add – to the kids.

At the feature film screenings in the evening, the communication between Alastair upstairs in the projection room and Lizelle and myself in the front of the hall, was as good as flawless through the projection room window because of our very top secret and flawlessly practiced AiM sign language! A sight to behold, definitely. Once again, the audience was extremely receptive to our informal approach to the one hour presentation on African cinema history, and all gave us approving feedback on the selection of films, asking for much more next year. We will do our bestest best!


Sunny days in Skye!

10th November, 2009

Yes, you’ve read that correctly – we’re on the Isle of Skye and it’s sunny! After our first stop in New Galloway we made our way northwest to Skye and had screenings at the Gaelic university Sabhal Mor Ostaig and Portree High School. We received a warm welcome at the University on Sunday evening, with a wine reception put on especially for Africa in Motion, followed by a screening of Idrissa Ouedraogo’s wonderful “Tilai”, a love story set in pre-colonial Africa. On Monday morning we screened African animation to about 100 local kids, who thoroughly enjoyed the innovative stories and learnt a lot about Africa in the process, particularly about all the wild animals in Africa, and not in zoos! This was followed by documentary screenings at Portree High School, where we showed the Zimbabwean documentary “The Postivie Ladies Soccer Club” as well as the Namibian documentary “The Great Dance: A Hunter’s Story” about the hunting techniques of the Bushmen of southern Africa. Again, the teenagers were fascinated by the films, and also pointed out how much there is for us in the West to learn from African ways of life.

Alastair and I have been grateful and overwhelmed by the hospitality we’ve received from the Islanders, in particular Chris Young from Young Films, who runs the Skye Film Club, as well as people at the university and the high school.

We will be sad to leave tomorrow, but looking forward to the rest of our tour! Check this space for further updates to follow shortly.


Our rural tour has kicked off!

6th November, 2009

We have just about had enough time to catch up on sleep, throw a few things in a bag, get into a rented car and set off on our rural Scotland tour! We are currently in New Galloway, where we arrived yesterday and screened Sleepwalking Land and Tilai to a very appreciative audience at the very classy and modern Catstrand arts centre. We met lots of locals who came to the screenings and have some connection with Africa, one couple lived in Nigeria for 13 years, another spent some time working in Zambia. Today we spent sitting around in coffee shops, doing a bit of post-festival emailing, eating scones and banana bread and drinking tea. Alastair, who has only been in Scotland for about a year and who is originally from New Zealand, has embraced the British habit of tea drinking with impressive fervour, guzzling down about 5 huge pots of tea today. We also did a brewery tour at nearby Castle Douglas and sampled some of the local ales. We look forward to the rest of the tour which will take us to Skye, Drumnadrochit and the Shetlands. Check back soon for further updates!

Tour gets started tomorrow!

4th November, 2009

Hi everyone,

We keep going! Oh yes. Tomorrow Liz, Alastair and I are leaving Edinburgh with a selection of the AiM films to go on tour with the festival! Our first stop is New Galloway: Catstrand Centre (contact them on 01644 420374 or We’re really looking forward to this, as it is a new addition to the festival – sponsored by Rural Screen Scotland. We’re bringing underrepresented films to communities in rural Scotland that don’t usually have the opportunity to see African films. We’re screening Sleepwalking Land, Tilai and The Yellow House, a nice variety of fictional stories from Mozambique, Burkina faso and Algeria. So, anyone reading this blog who lives close to Catstrand Centre, visit us there…

Speak soon, Stef

Last Day

1st November, 2009

So today is our last day of the AiM fest in Edinburgh’s Filmhouse. I for one have had an amazing experience. It was at times a steep learning curve and I feel like I’ve changed quite bit – for the better obviously! I cannot express how satisfying it is to work so hard on something you absolutely love passionately and then see other people (known and unknown) feel the same way. The team we’ve been working with, as mentioned before, are all close friends now and we work so well together. That’s my opinion anyway. I can honestly say I love everyone :-)

But it is all about the films ultimately. Africa in Motion is an event that includes so many little or big events interwoven into the festival that it has grown and sprouted new branches ever since the beginning and this year we feel it’s at a point where we want to be. We will keep growing and keep developing everything along the same way.

And the films have been very very wonderful this year. The first weekend was rewarding in so many ways: highlights like the opening film, challenges such as the success of the reconciliation films, surprising shorts, powerful and colourful new films from all over the African continent have shown us that we have to learn from Africa. The diversity we are so adamant about is truly what needs to be expressed: so much variety, so many people and so many creative impulses that are never or not often enough brought to our attention in the UK. We hope everyone has enjoyed it as much as we did!

Now, for the last evening tonight, we are gearing up for two masterpieces of recent African cinema. First we are screening From a Whisper from Kenya at 4.45pm and then we are moving on to Jerusalema, a South African gangster film with a twist. These two films are truly messages about the future of African filmmaking – we should not only pay attention to the established masterpieces. However defining they have been in African cinematic history, I believe it is time for us to pay attention to and evaluate the impact contemporary movies make on international audiences. Even if the mothers and fathers of African cinema influence everyone from beyond the grave, digital media and new production schemes offer young filmmakers more chances to express themselves in innovative and unusual ways. They deserve to be supported and encouraged to move on and keep doing what they want to do. Creating opportunities for our audiences to explore unseen films goes hand in hand with offering young as well as established filmmakers opportunities to appreciate feedback from the audiences, networking platforms and simply amazing chats with whoever crosses their path in Edinburgh.

Anyway, enough of my crazy philosophising – I have a tendency to talk a lot (something I have discovered in these last few days as well) once I get into something. Keep coming to us with suggestions and feedback. It is what keeps us going.

Tonight, after the screenings there will be another celebration of the festival, and we hope to see all of you there for some dancing, some laughs and a few pints!

Lots of love,



1st November, 2009

Hi everyone,

After a few hectic days, we’re back with another sad announcement: Wanuri Kahiu, of From a Whisper fame, cannot make it to the festival due to visa problems. We are all very disappointed about this of course, but From a Whisper is an amazing film. It deals with the aftermath of the bombings of the US embassy in Nairobi and the difficulties of a teenage girl growing up in that time. It seems to be a dreary Sunday, so there is absolutely no excuse for anyone to not come to the Filmhouse to enjoy a very touching and powerful film! See you there.


30th October, 2009

An update is slightly overdue, apologies! So, where were we…Oh yes, our North African evening on Tuesday, expertly programmed by Stef, was a massive success! We started off with the wonderful Moroccan film “Francaise”, which features Hafsia Herzi, the star of the highly successful “Couscous” (2007) followed by “La Maison Jaune”, by French/Algerian director Amor Hakkar. Both films make full use of depicting beautiful North African landscapes and tell individual stories with passion and intimacy.

Wednesday was our documentary day, which kicked off Prof Alessandro Triulzi’s seminar at the Centre of African Studies, focusing on the research context around the film “Like a Man on Earth”. This was followed by a screening of the film, which depicts the plight of Ethiopian refugees trying to get to Italy. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Alessandro, who is a passionate activist and master storyteller. Next came one of the highlights of AiM09 – Tanzanian filmmaker Furaha’s documentary “Mwalimu: The Legacy of Julius Kambarage Nyerere”. The screening was sold out and a few people unfortunately had to be turned away. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Furaha, who was brilliant and informative and interesting, despite having his appendix taken out on Monday and only being discharged from hospital the afternoon of the screening!

On Thursday we screened two films which were a bit different – the Ghanaian comedy “No Time to Die” provided some light entertainment and was greatly appreciated by audiences. The screening of Ethiopian film “Atletu” was another highlight – almost 300 people attended and Cinema 1 was properly packed out! Sponsored by Global Concerns Trust and Tools for Self Reliance, the film is a biopic of the inspirational Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila, who won the Olympic marathon in Rome in 1960.

I have to repeat the wonderful endnote to the film: “It took 500,000 Italian soldiers to occupy Ethiopia, but only one Ethiopian soldier to conquer Rome.”

Maybe, in the context of the festival, it could be reworked to something along the lines of: “It takes 15 enthusiastic volunteers to put on the Africa in Motion film festival, but hundreds of passionate film lovers to make it a success”.

Thanks to all!


Masterclass tomorrow at ECA – FURAHA

29th October, 2009

Hi everyone,

This is just to let you all know that Furaha will be leading the masterclass tomorrow rather than Wanuri Kahiu. The screening of his film yesterday was completely sold out and we were so sorry to have to turn away people at the box office. That’s why we decided to give the inimitable Furaha another chance to screen it and talk a LOT more about it. We have planned this Masterclass in the TV studio of the ECA between 2.00pm and 5.00pm, so everyone should come along to celebrate this wonderful man and his amazing film!!

Furaha himself is very excited about this: he would love to talk about the making of the documentary, his relationship with the interviewees, his inspirations, and the film industry in Tanzania and in the East African region. This region is desperately underrepresented in film studies. It is a chance for all of us to find out more about it from an insider’s point of view.

Hope to see lots of you there!


Africa in Motion short film competition

28th October, 2009

The films selected for our second short film competition were screened on Monday 26th Oct, and we’re very proud that the quality of the submissions was of such a standard that it was difficult to whittle it down to seven contenders. Like last year, the prize money awarded to the winning film is £1,000 – partially sponsored by African Movie Channel and Scorpion TV. The jury consisted of Noe Mendelle, Mark Cousins and Zina Saro-Wiwa, filmmakers and film critics themselves, who were also pleasantly surprised by the amazing quality of all the films and commented on how it gets more and more difficult each year to choose the winner.

The selected films were:

The Young Lady and the Teacher by Mohamed Nadif from Morocco
3SAI A Rite of Passage
by Paul Emmanuel from South Africa
Hidden Places (Fithla)
by Jamie Beron from South Africa
by Sonia Chamkhi from Tunisia
! by Auguste Bernard Kouemo Yanghu from Cameroon
A History of Independence
by Daouda Coulibaly from Mali
The Storm (A Tempestade)
by Orlando Mesquita from Mozambique

All the jury members were excited about the competition and Noe Mendelle announced the winner to the audience after the screenings of the seven shortlisted films. The audience also received their own (green!) voting cards to select an audience winner, who will be announced on Sunday.

Noe announced the overall winner to be Paul Emmanuel’s 3SAI A Rite of Passage to cheery applause from the audience, and Lizelle and I agree that his film is an experimental gem: it combines the beauty of the Karoo with a deep and reflective sense of loneliness and comradeship between the recruits. Paul was in raptures when Lizelle phoned him to announce the news. After we sent him another email to congratulate him he said he was so ecstatic that he couldn’t sleep.

I wrote to him:

Dear Paul,

As Lizelle phoned you last night to tell you the wonderful news that you had won the jury prize of £1,000, you already know the good news! We just wanted to let you know again that we really loved your meditative film. The imagery and the silence, combined with the beautiful photography and the symbolic lyricism truly elevate the mundane action of shaving the head of recruits.

Once again: congratulations, we hope you’re celebrating!
Kind regards,

His reply put a big grin on our faces:

Dear Stefanie,

I am still completely delirious! I was so surprised I couldn’t sleep! The emails and texts and phone calls have been astronomical! I rocked up at my agent’s office with a bottle of champagne and everyone stopped working for an hour just to celebrate with me! I wish I could have been there but my finances are not so fantastic at the moment and the British Council had spent their budget for the year when I asked them, but anyway…

I jumped up and down on my bed at least twenty times last night and again this morning and have made it an absolute resolution not to do anything sensible today!

Kisses to you and Lizelle,


Paul further said:
“I am absolutely thrilled to have my film selected for such a prestigious festival, and winning this competition is a wonderfully affirming experience for me! It is so exciting that an interpretive and experimental film is being shown beyond the art gallery or museum-going-audience too! I hope that others from my country will be inspired to take this leap of faith and realise their dream!”

Paul’s excitement was contagious. Kari Ann even said she was going to jump up and down on her bed at least twenty times as well. Not sure if she did or not! J But these things make the whole experience of organising the short film competition even more rewarding and exciting than it already was! I for one already look forward to next year’s submissions and competition.

Kisses to everyone!

Stef & Lizelle

To find out more about Paul and his work check his website:

Amor Hakkar

27th October, 2009

Dearest audience members and fans of Amor Hakkar,

It is with great regret that we have to announce that Mr. Hakkar is unable to attend the festival this year, and the screening of his film The Yellow House tonight at 20.30. He told us that he is in the process of editing his new film. He has encountered extreme difficulties in the editing suite and it is vitally important for him to be personally present to finish his new film.

Myself and Lizelle are disappointed and personally, I am very sad that this wonderful filmmaker cannot be with us. As the one who really wants to boost North African films being shown at our wonderful fest, I feel somber that Mr. Hakkar cannot be here himself for the Q&A and for interviews with us and the local press.

Again, we apologise for this but I am sure that the quality of the film will absolutely speak for itself!


AiM09 – Opening weekend

26th October, 2009

The first weekend of AiM was devoted to our theme of conflict, trauma and reconciliation in a pan-African context.

On Friday evening we screened two Rwandan documentaries – Keepers of Memory and A Love Letter to my Country – both homegrown productions dealing with the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. Tough films dealing with a tough subject, followed by an insightful discussion led by three experts working on Rwanda and Rwandan films.

The Saturday began very early, when we started hanging up posters and installing all the AV equipment in the University of Edinburgh’s Chrystal Macmillan Building for our symposium dealing with art and trauma. It was a race against the clock, trying to get everything sorted before the speakers arrived. The presentations started with Piotr’s paper on Rwandan films dealing with these traumatic issues. Right from the start he posed the questions we really wanted to see addressed: can film represent trauma, is it effective, does it reach the right people, is it maybe too early to start using artistic ways to overcome the atrocities in Rwanda? John continued the focus with his presentation on Rwandan literature. Cara and Sarah both research South African films like Homecoming and Ubuntu’s Wounds, and cultural institutions such as the Number Four Prison museum as ways of documenting, remembering and dealing with the past. In the afternoon we went on to look at Nigerian hiphop as an artform promoting peace in the Niger Delta region, Ghanaian literature, and Mozambican art made from recycled and destroyed weapons. The whole Saturday was amazingly informative and fascinating. The combination of the festival and symposium, the artistic and the theoretical, excited me more than I already have the tendency to be. I talked to so many people from all over the world interested in the same thing – bliss! Jacqueline’s keynote address rounded up the day perfectly, with her multi-media presentation, lots of clips, and a very entertaining way of keeping our attention. She was amazing as always and we felt sorry to say goodbye this morning.

The screening of Between Joyce and Remembrance later that evening continued the theme, and informed all the symposium speakers and attendees very directly of the consequences of the apartheid regime and the effects of the TRC on a family severely traumatised by the murder of their son by the secret police. It was  a very harrowing film, so we followed it with a discussion between Jacqueline Maingard, a film theorist who knows the director Mark Kaplan very well, and Gill Moreton, a trauma therapist. The discussion created a space for reflection and combined these two experts’ opinions to also “counsel”  the audience to a certain extent. It was tough but rewarding. To finish the night with Sea Point Days and Notice to Quit! was truly uplifting. The recent developments of Cape Town were reflected in the area of Sea Point where all walks of life come together, the different perspectives and the innumerable characters didn’t shy away from problematic issues, but ultimately provided us with a glow of positivity in spite of the traumatic past of South Africa. Esdon Frost’s film from 1960 did the same:  it showed us how effective filmmaking within the context of fifty years ago can express anger in a rational and measured way at a dictatorial government and a racist situation. Esdon himself turned out to be a true storyteller, enjoying the feedback from the audience and loving the fact that his film was shown on the big screen. He had never seen it that big and he brought his whole family along to join in the exhibition of this previously “lost” film which has now been found!

Sunday was a chance for us to catch up on some sleep as the clock changed, and we never needed an extra hour more! After a lovely lunch at the Indian restaurant Gandhi’s (get it? Even the restaurant was linked with our reconciliation theme) with Esdon and family and our other invited guests, we all gathered at Filmhouse for the screening of the documentary The Reckoning, about the International Criminal Court. We could see in this documentary some steps being take towards bringing the perpetrators and instigators of conflict and atrocity to justice – with justice certainly being a hugely important part of reaching forgiveness and reconciliation.  The screening was followed by a discussion led by Jenna Sapiano, who is researching the ICC at the Centre of African Studies.

The next screening was the beautiful poetic documentary Our Forbidden Places, about Morroco’s Truth and Equity Commission, again followed by a discussion with Mohamed, a Morrocan radio presented, and Jolyon Mitchell, from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Divinity.  Our opening weekend ended on an absolute high point with the screening of the award-winning Zimbabwean feature film Flame, about two women joining the guerilla war for the country’s liberation. We were proud and delighted to have director Ingrid Sinclair, producer Simon Bright, and Ulla Mahako, the beautiful Zimbabwean actress who plays the second female lead in the film, in attendance to talk to the audience after the screening. We were excited to film the discussion which will be used as an extra on a new dvd release planned for the film.

Then it was time to say goodbye, as Simon, Ingrid, Ulla, Jacqueline and Emma were all leaving on Monday. What a weekend! And lots more still to come…

Stef & Lizelle xx

Phenomenal Opening Night!!!

23rd October, 2009

The AiM jamboree has kicked off with a bang! After we were incredibly surprised when we found out that the screening of Izulu Lami was sold out, we were even more amazed by the amount of people the Filmhouse can actually fit. It was such a fulfilling night! The event was attended by influential people in the field: filmmakers, academics, critics, members of the press, but also and most importantly by people who love African films. Just like us, everybody seemed to enjoy themselves, especially when the dizzying drummers and dancers announced Lizelle to the stage to make her welcoming speech. As always, Lizelle enchanted the audiences with her beautiful Burkina dress and with a few words of wisdom about African cinema. I must have turned incredibly red when she pointed me out as her co-director (or was it PA or speech carrier? :-) )… but I also felt proud that the festival had started with a sell-out screening and that we are such a wonderful team. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know Liz better and better and learning from her how to have this much fun while working. Kari Ann, Jen, Kirsty, Gillian, Katie, Louise, Laura, Victoria and Alastair are – put together – the best team EVER! Having put our heart and soul into this, we hope you guys keep coming to the films and talk to us, give us feedback, let us know your thoughts.

The film, we found out after the screening, invited lots of positive thoughts despite the harsh circumstances in which the children-protagonists have to live in Jo’berg. We hope that this UK Premiere will encourage distributers in the UK to put it on general release… The Filmhouse cafe Bar was truly buzzing after the screening, with people enjoying the after-effect of the film, the African canapes and the South African MEERKAT wine! The cafe Bar looked stunning, the music was cool and upbeat and the snacks and drinks were that little extra that makes an evening unforgettable!! Meeting all these people personally, mingling and chatting to every one was impressive. It was very late last night when I got to bed, and although I was tired, I could not sleep because I felt so energetic. Hope to keep that up in the next ten days! So happy it has started…


Africa in Motion 2009 Opening Night

22nd October, 2009

Africa in Motion 2009 is opening tonight! Our opening screening is completely sold out but if you’ve missed out on the opening there are still ample opportunities to see any of the almost 60 films we’ll be screening over the next 11 days!

Check this space for regular updates during the festival!

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Africa in Motion TV – our very own video streaming website with interviews, trailers, documentaries, shorts and animations from festivals past and present.  It has been created for us by our media partners Hand Up Media and is part of their Ethical.TV initiative; a global online TV website that contains films and news about ethical lifestyle issues that affect people across the world.  We will be adding more content to the site over the next few months, including interviews with guest filmmakers, post film discussions and events.

AiM on Tour in rural Scotland

Africa in Motion on Tour is an exciting new initiative aimed at bringing African cinema to the highlands and islands of Scotland. We are proud to present the first edition of AiM on Tour from 5th-15th November, which has been made possible by the collaborative efforts of the four venues involved and through the generous financial support of Regional Screen Scotland. Regional Screen Scotland is the development agency for access to the cinema experience for remote, arural, costal and under-provided communities throughout Scotland.

Following shortly after the central Africa in Motion film festival in Edinburgh, AiM on Tour is in effect four mini festivals at New Galloway, Isle of Skye, Drumnadrochit and Lerwick. By working alongside established rural film venues to create unique individual programmes of some of the best feature films, documentaries, shorts and animation from the main festival we hope to establish a broader platform to expose issues as well as challenge conceptions of the African continent and African cinema. While the programmes are limited in length, we feel the films on offer create an accurate sample of the power of African cinema today, as well as emphasising the theme of AiM 2009: conflict and reconciliation.

Please visit for full details.

Africa in Motion Symposium – Sat 24 October

We still have a limited number of places available at our symopsium entitled “Realities and Representations of Reconciliation in Africa” on Sat 24 Oct. Please see for ful details as well as how to register.

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One day to go…

22nd October, 2009

One day to go till the AiM 2009 opening event, and we’re already sold out for it! This is an amazing and wonderful surprise to all of us at AiM! We’re very proud to be opening with My Secret Sky, a South African film about two orphaned young kids discovering their own identity in the big city. All the staff and volunteers are getting ready to celebrate not only our weeks and months of hard work, but mostly the diversity and beauty of the African continent. Some of us will be recognisable by our outfits: the unrivalled Safiatou Ali Kparahfrom Burkina Faso has made Lizelle, Jen, Kari Ann and myself dresses fit for true African celebrations! She will also be selling her jewellery and dresses at the festival. After the screening of the film, Jen has organised an evening with African snacks and South African wine, at which Alastair will be DJing, virtually bringing Soweto music to the Filmhouse. We hope all our guests will be dancing the evening away tomorrow! We certainly will… See you there!


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