Africa in Motion film showcase: refugees and migration

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Corps Etranger (Foreign Body)   

Raja Amari | Tunisia/France 2016 | 1h32m | Arabic and French with English subtitles | 15 

After three highly-acclaimed feature films (Red Satin, Buried Secrets andTunisian Spring), this is Raja Amari’s fourth film about women caught between conservative and modern Tunisian morals.

Seeking refuge from her radical Islamist brother, Samia arrives in France illegally, following the so-called Jasmine Revolution. She discovers another world of hope and danger. She finds refuge with Imed, an acquaintance from her village, and then in a middle-class Parisian household, with Christine, the woman she starts to work for. With Christine and the new world surrounding her, a blend of desire and fear heightens the tension and trips her up on her path to freedom.

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Vanishing Sail  

Alexis Andrews | Antigua/Grenada 2015 | 1h28m | 15 

On the tiny island of Carriacou, West Indies, the last wooden sailboat builder dreams of saving a great tradition passed down the generations from Scottish settlers that sailed there centuries ago.

The film follows Alywn Enoe’s journey of determination and resilience over three years, from hauling trees with his sons, to a final traditional launching ceremony. Stories of the old Caribbean - trading by sail and smuggling contraband - interweave to form a tribute to the independent spirit of a small island country and bring to light a unique historical connection with Scotland.

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Shashamane   

Giulia Amati | Italy 2016 | 1h20m | 15

After their ancestors were torn away from Africa centuries ago during the slave trade, this film tells the story of a group of Rastafarians who were repatriated in Shashamane, Ethiopia.

This land was bestowed to them by Haille Selassie, Ethiopia’s last Emperor and the God of Rastafarianism. Selassie donated 500 acres of his land to those who wanted to return to the land of their forefathers, and this developed into a community of people of African heritage from the Caribbean, the US and the UK. The film chronicles the reality of life in Shashamane, and the challenges and benefits of those who returned to reclaim their African identity.