One of the world's most prestigious African film festivals is gearing up to celebrate its 10th year in Scotland.
Marking a decade of film, music and creative highlights, Africa in Motion has introduced nearly 30,000 Scottish audience members to the brilliance of African cinema since its launch a decade ago.
In honour of its anniversary year, the festival will open in Edinburgh on October 23 with Senegalese maverick director Djibril Diop Mambety’s towering masterpiece Hyènes (Hyenas), an intimate story of love and revenge.
The screening will be followed by an opening party at Summerhall with African beats, circus acts, and African-style cocktails and snacks.
Festival Founder and Adviser Lizelle Bisschoff said: "When we took the first small steps towards organising an African film festival in Scotland ten years ago, we could not have imagined how much the festival would grow in scope, audiences and diversity over the course a decade.
"The growth of Africa in Motion mirrors the growth of filmmaking on the African continent. While we celebrate ten years of Africa in Motion, we also reflect on ten years of expanding and diversifying our views of the continent and strengthening our connections with Africa."
The festival will host a number of UK premières from esteemed African filmmakers, including Philippe Lacôte (director of RUN) Sara Blecher (It’s Me, Anna and Ayanda), Samba Gadjigo (Sembène!), Kivu Ruhorahoza (Things of the Aimless Wanderer), and Yaba Badoe (The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo).
The newly inaugurated Africa in Motion TV Lounge will also open in the Old Hairdressers, Glasgow, with a daily selection of popular African television shows including soaps, sports shows, mockumentaries and cooking programmes.
The Nomad Cinema series aims to screen films across a diverse range of venues with pop-ups at lecture theatres, community centres and cafes.
When the festival first began in 2006, opportunities to see African films in the UK were rare - only nine African films had been put on general release in the ten years leading up to the Africa in Motion launch.
Today, there are now five African film festivals operating in different parts of the UK and the festival has screened over 350 African films to over 30,000 people in Scotland alone.