Africa in Motion film showcase

AiM’s selection of films deal with place and belonging: where do we call home?

AfriKids – a package of short films from the continent

Various | South Africa/Zambia/Sierra Leone/Kenya 2015 | 1h 24m | Animation | English | U

Jungle Beat animated elephant

Curious-minded little ones can become intrepid Afri-Kids by taking a cinematic adventure across the wild and wonderful African continent. The hilarious exploits of a menagerie of African animals, including rhinos, elephants and giraffes take centre stage in the delightful Jungle Beats cartoons. In Mwansa the Great, an eight-year-old Zambian boy embarks upon a journey to prove his greatness, with unexpected consequences. The Legend of Ngong Hills is based on Maasai folktale and tells the adventures of a traditional Maasai village including warriors, ogres and young maidens. Finally, in The Money Tree a boy in Sierra Leone learns important lessons while trying to grow an orchard of money. With films for both the young and young-at-heart, AfriKids promises to expand horizons in the most enchanting of ways.

Khumba

Anthony Silverston | South Africa 2013|1h 25m | Animation | English | U

A young zebra, born with only half his stripes, is rejected by his superstitious herd and blamed for a sudden drought affecting the land. Teaming up with a sassy wildebeest and a flamboyant ostrich, Khumba sets out on a daring mission across the desert to find the place where the first zebras got their stripes. Along way he meets a host of colourful characters, but before he can reunite with his herd, Khumba will have to face an epic battle!

Migration (mis) Translation

The life of a film often depends on its migration to other lands and its translation into other languages in order for it to be seen widely. This collection of short films considers concepts and feelings of geographical dislocation represented on the screen, by looking at the migrant͛s physical movement, the dystopian futures that lie ahead and the state of being lost in translation͛ when away from home.

Films included in this programme:

Listen | Hamy Ramezan, Rungano Nyoni | Zambia/Denmark/Finland 2014 | 13m | Arabic/Danish with English subtitles | 15

A police station in Copenhagen is trying to deal with a complaint case made by a woman, wearing a burqa and her young son. Yet, her statement seems to get warped through the mouth of another…

Paris Sur Mer (Paris by the Sea) | Munir Abbar | Morocco 2007 | 15m | French with English subtitles | 15

A letter home allows Wilson, a young African immigrant from Benin to re-translate his harsh journey and current reality into a dream reality of success living in bliss in a Paris by the sea. Munir Abbar creatively and charmingly explores the dystopia surrounding the idea of a better life in Europe. A touching short that transports the audience into a young man’s dream world.

Restless City | Andrew Dosunmu | USA 2011 | 1h20m | English, French, Wolof and Yoruba with English subtitles | 15

Restless City tells the story of an African immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City, where music is his passion, life is a hustle, and falling in love is his greatest risk.

Djibril (Alassane Sy) is a young African immigrant whose life can only go upward. Leaving a past of hardship behind, he arrives in New York. After living in the City for a while he begins to believe that he can achieve his dreams. Djibril wants to be a musician, a pop star, and one-day return to Africa where his mother and father still toil for a meagre living. By day he sells merchandise on Canal Street for the small income that keeps him going, and at the same time he seeks a way to succeed as a singer. During his search he meets the beautiful and fragile Trini; an encounter that changes his life forever.

Nigerian-born director Andrew Dosunmus feature-length debut is a remarkable, stylised cinematographic exercise – his background is in fashion and photography. With its alluring aesthetics and phenomenal soundtrack, Dosunmu is a new name to follow.

Mama Africa

Mika Kaurismäki | South Africa/Germany 2011 | 1h30min | English, French with English subtitles | Documentary | 15

Still image from Mama Africa film

Mika Kaurismäkis documentary about world-famous South African singer Miriam Makeba, who spent half a century traveling the world spreading her political message to fight racism, poverty and promote justice and peace, is a tribute to a woman who embodied the hopes and the voice of Africa as no other.

Miriam Makeba was an inspiration to musicians all over the world and a delight for international audiences. Making use of rare documentary footage and a plethora of interviews, this film portrays the life of this exceptional artiste and her music; a performer who, for more than fifty years, never failed to create a stir wherever she went.

The film includes testimonials from friends, relatives and colleagues – both young proponents of African music as well as those who have known and cherished Miriam Makeba since her earliest beginnings in the dance halls of Cape Town.