Africa In Motion



The Cinema Space at the old Leith Theatre


Thur 1 June 19:30

Thursday 1 June, 7:30pm

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Reimagining African Cityscapes

African cities are some of the fastest growing in the world; hubs of urban innovation, cultural expressions and vast engines of change. From the bustling streets of Lagos, to the ancient city walls in Mali, to new and reimagined notions of African cities, this short film programme for Hidden Door will offer new perspectives of African cityscapes.
Included in the programme:


Terry Westby-Nunn | South Africa 2009 | 1m54s

The circle is a prevalent symbol within the city – hardwired for signage, transport and mechanical efficiency. Our lives are ordered by the circle, both externally and internally. This video poem asks viewers whether they too are running rings around their city lives.


Muchiri Njenga | Kenya 2011 | 7m

Kichwateli is a story set in a city and slum of Nairobi about a child who comes back from a post-apocalyptic Africa to the present time. In a dream sequence, he transforms into a robot-like character whose head is replaced by a “live” TV set. The film takes the audience through a spiritual and metaphoric journey depicting that we are currently all plugged into the same images of global anxiety while ourselves being subjects of media scrutiny.

Makoko Future Afloat

Femi Odugbemi | Nigeria 2015 | 28m

In the heart of Nigeria’s fastest growing city, Lagos, two worlds constantly live out the irony of economic realities. Divided by the popular third mainland bridge, the bustling economic part of the city stands adjacent to Makoko – a sprawling fishing community, floating on the waste of the city. Neglected by the government, Makoko strives for a place in the fortune and future of the city.

Masons of Djenné

Trevor Marchand | US 2013 | 10m

The Masons of Djenné is a film exploring the historical significance of the monumental mud-brick architecture in the city of Djenné, Mali. The Djenné masons speak about the structures that have been molded and reinforced by generations of mud masons before them, and the challenges they face today.

Shanty Megastructures

Nigeria 2015 | 2m

This is an experimental animation that involves montaging improvised “shanty megastructures” into a series of cutaways from an Eko Atlantic promo video.

Robot of Brixton

Kibwe Tavares | UK 2011 | 6m

Brixton has degenerated and is inhabited by London’s new robot workforce – robots built and designed to carry out all of the tasks humans no longer want to do. The mechanical population of Brixton has rocketed, resulting in cheap and unplanned housing. When the police invade the space, the strained and antagonistic relationship between the two sides explodes into an outbreak of violence echoing that of 1981.

South African City Futures 2106

South Africa 2016 | 28m

This film was an outcome from a project that aimed to encourage South African cities and their constituent neighbourhoods to start thinking differently about their future. The intention was to implement an innovative project to reflect upon the future of urban neighbourhoods to 2030.

About Africa in Motion

Now in its twelfth year, Africa in Motion (AiM) brings the best of African cinema to Scotland—making it possible for Scottish audiences to engage with African stories and industry professionals from the continent. AiM has established itself as a major annual event within the Scottish cultural calendar, whilst also maintaining an international profile as one of the leading African film platforms.

AiM 2017 takes place between 27 October – 5 November 2017.