(15/10/07) – The late Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene will be paid homage at the upcoming Africa in Motion (AiM) festival in Edinburgh between 25 October and 04 November. The event will include more than 30 films from all over the continent, including features, documentaries and shorts and spanning over half a century of filmmaking in Africa.
Ousmane Sembene is often dubbed "the father of African cinema", having passed away in June this year at the age of 84. A highly political artist, his films were often fired by anger at injustice but were also comic, moving and beautifully crafted. The festival will screen two of his most revered films, Xala (1975, the opening film of the festival) and Black Girl(1966).
Other highlights of the event include a celebration of the bicentenary of the Abolition of the British Slave Trade and screenings of works by female directors. Several directors will be in attendance. A host of parallel events and attractions round up the programme.