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Emerging African Directors’ Films Compete in Scotland

By Katie Miller

Published October 7, 2009


Seven short films by up-and-coming young African filmmakers have been short-listed for the 2nd annual Africa in Motion (AiM) short film competition in Scotland. KATIE MILLER writes.


The films—spanning fiction and documentary—come from across the continent and include: a silent and visually stunning experimental short from South Africa; a Tunisian love story set in an unlikely place; a passionate tale of courage in a Mozambiqan fishing village; a haunting South African tale of three friends harbouring a dark secret; a beautifully shot story about outsiders in a Moroccan village; a superbly acted story of a Rwandan friendship tested to its true limits; and a Malian exploration of freedom and independence.


The films short-listed are:   

• A Rite of Passage, Paul Emmanuel, South Africa, 2008

 • The Young Lady and the Teacher, Mohamed Nadif, Morocco, 2007

• Hidden Places (Fithla), Jamie Beron, South Africa, 2008

• A History of Independence, Daouda Coulibaly, Mali, 2009

• Borderline, Sonia Chamkhi, Tunisia, 2007

• Waramuteseho!, Auguste Bernard Kouemo Yanghu, Cameroon, 2009

• The Storm (Tempestade), Orlando Mesquita, Mozambique, 2008


All these films will be screened on October 26 as part of the Africa in Motion Film Festival (October 22-November 1, 2009), the UK’s largest African Film Festival, which takes place at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh. The winner will be announced at a special awards ceremony directly after the screenings and awarded £1,000 to help them with their filmmaking career. There will also be an Audience’s Choice Award, announced at the end of the festival.

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October 8, 2009 - Posted by | africa, african, world cinema, film festival | , , , , , , , , ,

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