We’re thrilled to be working with Africa in Motion (AiM), an annual African film festival taking place in Scotland, to bring you a selection of films telling stories from across the continent.

Africa in Motion film showcase

Africa in Motion logo image

Now in its twelfth year, AiM brings the best of African cinema to Scotland—making it possible for Scottish audiences to engage with African stories and industry professionals from the continent.

African cinema currently only makes up around 1% of films released in cinemas worldwide. AiM actively aims to overcome this marginalisation by aspiring to increase awareness of African cinema, its current talent and potential, giving rise to diverse stories and voices from the African continent.

See the full Africa in Motion film programme →

Short films from Palestine

Graffiti on the separation wall in Jerusalem

In 2016, Solas Festival sent young film-maker Iain Hendo, songwriter Declan Welsh, and rapper Louie to Palestine. The three of them toured the West Bank, meeting with artists and performing in Bethlehem and Ramallah. This session will include short films from the trip, performances of some work written about the project and a discussion about what they learnt from the experience of touring ocupied Palestine.


I, Daniel Blake

Still from the film I, Daniel Blake

Ken Loach, 2016 (cert. 15)

Gruff but goodhearted, Daniel Blake is a man out of time: a widowed woodworker who’s never owned a computer, he lives according to his own common sense moral code. But after a heart attack leaves him unable to work, and the state welfare system fails him, Daniel must stand up and fight for his dignity, leading a one-man crusade for compassion against a welfare state that is fast losing its humanity.


Captain Fantastic

Still from the film Captain Fantastic

Matt Ross, 2016 (cert. 15)

The strange and wonderful story of a family living In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, with a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education. Circumstances force them to leave their paradise and enter the real world, challenging ideas of what it means to be a parent and turning the family upside-down.