AFRICA IN MOTION (AiM) FILM FESTIVAL 2012

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Thursday 25 October – Friday 2 November, Filmhouse, Edinburgh & Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT), Glasgow

Nollywood mover and shaker becomes latest addition to AiM guest roster

In an exciting eleventh hour addition to Africa in Motion’s guest list of filmmakers attending the festival, Nigeria’s Tunde Kelani is coming to Scotland for the Glasgow and Edinburgh screenings of his film MAAMi on Tue 30 Oct and Wed 31 Oct, and will be taking part in and Q&A session after the screening in Edinburgh.

Kelani is a highly acclaimed filmmaker and a driving force behind the hugely popular and prolific Nollywood industry. Working in a variety of roles – director, producer, cinematographer, editor, writer and actor – Kelani has been making films in Nigeria for over twenty years.

His latest film, MAAMi, is the story of a poor, devoted single parent’s struggles to raise her only child, Kashimawo, who goes on to become an international star in an English football club, and consequently, a national hero. Set over a two-day period in the southern Nigerian town of Abeokuta leading up to the 2010 World Cup, the film retrospectively accounts Kashimawo’s childhood through his own thoughts, addressing his turbulent childhood and unresolved issues with his absent father.

Nigerian film academic and Nollywood expert Onookome Okome will introduce the screening. To learn more about Nollywood and the African video-film industries, don’t miss Prof Okome’s seminar on Nollywood on Wed 31 Oct and the Africa in Motion symposium on Sat 27 Oct, both at the University of Edinburgh.

The full programme is available at:

Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival – www.africa-in-motion.org.uk

Filmhouse Cinema – www.filmhousecinema.com

Glasgow Film Theatre – www.gft.org.uk

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