African Film Festival returns to Glasgow and Edinburgh
Founded in 2006, Africa in Motion is an audience-based festival, which aims to introduce Scottish audiences to African cinema and overcome the under-representation and marginalisation of African film in British film-going culture.
Africa in Motion is Scotland’s major annual celebration of African cinema, returning for a 12th year to showcase movies from all across Africa to audiences in Glasgow and Edinburgh. In the last decade it has introduced nearly 40,000 people to the brilliance and diversity of African cinema, screening over 480 films!
This year’s festival has a range of food events from 27 October – 5 November 2017, where visitors can sample unique and exciting flavours from across the African continent. Immerse yourself at a dine-and-view and be transported to a land far away. With four dine-and-views across Edinburgh and Glasgow, spanning a variety of cuisines, there is bound to be something to excite everyone’s taste buds.
The first event of the festival in Glasgow, Kinning Park Cabaret, is an evening of performance emanating from the Scottish African diaspora. Poetry performances from Zimbabwean poet Tiwana Sithole and music from Heir of the Cursed combine with a delicious feast from Eritrea. This is one of two events presented in collaboration with social enterprise Kuche.
Tasting Place, a night of experimental films from Africa accompanied by samples of food and drink to compliment the films being shown. With each film will be a taste of ethically-sourced produce from each country represented in the films.
A pop-up event at Egyptian restaurant Nur will see the UK Premiere of Egyptian film Ali, The Goat and Ibrahim, a touching film about friendship and a man who is in love with a goat. Accompanied by an Egyptian feast, comprising of a variety of tagines will be served with flatbread and a choice of tea will transport viewers to the bustling streets of Cairo and to the River Nile.
Explore the tastes of East Africa at Tule Chakula (Swahili for “Let’s eat food!”) where a three-course Kenyan meal prepared by Christine Longstaff of Knight’s Kitchen will be served as a selection of short films from Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia provide different snapshots of life in these countries. A seasonal pumpkin soup will be followed by a choice of vegetarian curry or Swahili prawns and followed by mandazi, East African inspired doughnuts flavoured with cinnamon and cardamom.
Other highlights include the AiM TV Lounge, running for the third year, presenting a daily selection of popular African television shows including soaps, sports shows, mockumentaries, and cooking programmes. Situated in Calabash: The African Restaurant, the TV lounge is a drop-in where authentic East African cuisine can be enjoyed whilst. The perfect place to enjoy a selection of African television whilst eating delicious food.
Visit the Africa in motion website for further details.