Africa-in-Motion 2010 I

Africa-in-Motion is one of the biggest festivals celebrating African film outside Africa, and it is now in its fifth year, with over two weeks of films and events taking place in Edinburgh.  After that, it also goes on tour round the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, giving rural communities the opportunity to watch films they might not otherwise get the chance to see.  This is all organised by Stefanie Van de Peer and Lizelle Bisschoff (Stefanie is writing a PhD, and Lizelle has recently completed a PhD, both on aspects of African film, in my university department).  This year, I was asked to be one of the official photographers, along with Mabel Forsyth.  Here are some of my photographs from the opening night of the festival on 21. October 2010, which consisted of a screening of Mahamat-Salah Haroun’s wonderful film Sexe, gombo et beurre salé (Sex, Okra and Salted Butter), followed by a reception in the Filmhouse bar.  For more photos, see the festival’s Facebook pages, and for images from the closing party and fashion shows, click here.