Special Events

Opening Night

Thu 25 Oct | 8.00pm until late | Lava Ignite Nightclub, 3 West Tollcross (map) | Tickets £5 from Filmhouse box office in advance or on the door

Award-winning Scottish/Ghanaian musician Benny Tetteh-Lartey and his band will dazzle the audience with their unique brand of Afro-Scot music. Authentic African food will be for sale.

African Cinema Symposium: Art and/or Industry?

Sat 27 Oct 9.00am – 2.00pm | University of Edinburgh, David Hume Tower, Faculty Room South (map) | Registration (including lunch) £5.00, free for students | Please register by emailing [email protected]

As part of Africa in Motion the Centre of African Studies (CAS) at the University of Edinburgh is hosting a symposium examining the evolution of African filmmaking, both as an art and an industry. African cinema, which largely emerged in the era of decolonisation, has long been seen as a radical, oppositional cinema that rejects the commercial imperatives of Hollywood. However, has this vision of African cinema now become outdated? In a year marked by the sad demise of Ousmane Sembene, commonly described as ‘the father of African cinema’, and an outspoken proponent of a militant form of film practice, what is the current state of African filmmaking? The aim of this symposium is to bring together a number of leading international scholars to address this question by analysing both the state of the film industry in various parts of Africa and the ways in which the work of a new generation of filmmakers (in particular, women directors and those working in ‘exile’ in Europe) might be seen to engage with and challenge the assumptions of their predecessors.

The symposium will be of particular interest to students and to the general public interested and involved in Film, African and Cultural Studies.

Director's Master Class

Fri 2 Nov | 2.00pm – 5.00pm | Edinburgh College of Art, Main Lecture Theatre (E22) (map) | Free and non-ticketed

Critically acclaimed and award-winning South African filmmaker Vincent Moloi will screen his documentary Men of Gold and host an extended discussion on the film and his career. His latest film A Pair of Boots and a Bicycle will be screened at Filmhouse on Sat 3 Nov.

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  AiM is funded by

Scottish ScreenThe Carnegie Trust for the Universities of ScotlandAwards For AllUniversity of EdinburghCentre Of African Studies
South African High Commission - United KingdomJubilee ScotlandGlobal Concerns TrustChallenges WorldwideUniversity of Stirling
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