Africa in Motion films: UBongo!

Ubongo is a Swahili word that means brain, and through this selection of short animation films we will ignite the imagination of curious little ones as we bring an array of stories from across Africa. Films in this programming are suitable for kids age 3 upwards, and include: 


Orisha’s Journey  

Abdul Ndadi | Ghana 2014 | 6m 

Based on African folklore, Orisha’s Journey is a fantasy tale of a girl’s journey through the spirit world, and the importance of learning to remember one’s roots.


Mosquito: The Bite of Passage  

Brian Vincent Rhodes | US 2017 | 7m 

A mosquito on her first hunting trip with her mother tries to confess that she doesn’t like blood.


Happy Travels, Sim! (Bon Voyage Sim!)  

Moustapha Alassane | Niger 1966 | 5m 

This is the earliest short animation from West Africa. Sim, the President of a Republic of Toads, goes on a journey. When he returns, things have changed beyond recognition.


Akili and Me  

Tanzania 2017 | 24m 

Learn about colours in this fun webisode from Akili and Me, a positive African educational cartoon that teaches letters, numbers, art, vocabulary and more!


Toad Visits His In-Laws (Le Crapaud Chez Ses Beaux-Parents) 

Jean-Michel Kibushi | DRC 1991 | 10m 

Rooted in an oral tale, this story explains how it came to be that some animals don’t get along. 


Kids' feature film: Liyana

Aaron & Amanda Kopp | Swaziland 2017 | 1h12m | 12 | DCP

A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. This animated African tale is born in the imaginations of five orphaned children in Swaziland who collaborated to tell a story of perseverance drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character’s journey is interwoven with poetic animation and observational documentary scenes to create a genre-defying celebration of collective storytelling.