Africa in Motion (AiM), the UK’s largest African film festival, returns to Edinburgh’s Filmhouse for its fourth year from 22 October to 1 November.
Providing a platform to challenge, engage with and explore issues surrounding the African continent and its films, the festival includes a range of over 50 classic and contemporary films – long, short, fiction and documentary.
AiM 2009 will launches on Thursday 22 October with the UK premiere of My Secret Sky (Izulu Lami). Hailed as South Africa’s answer to Slumdog Millionaire and acclaimed for the brilliant acting of its main child characters, themselves from an impoverished background, My Secret Sky is a poignant tale of suffering and redemption.
The closing night film, Jerusalema, offers a realistic and unwavering look into the gritty underbelly of crime, corruption and transgression in the new South Africa.
In recognition that 2009 is the United Nation’s International Year of Reconciliation, the opening weekend will focus on filmic representations of conflict and reconciliation.
There’s also a complementary photography and painting exhibition in the Filmhouse café bar entitled A Truth in Black and White.