Thursday, 9 August 2012

The films on our friend death - an African perspective

THREE films. One continent. Three different takes on death, dying and loss. 

The Africa in Motion Film Festival, in collaboration with FoSP and the Edinburgh University Global Health Academy, presents three films from Ghana, Senegal and Cameroon - plus one native Scottish short - linked by the theme of our friend death.

The first will be No Time to Die, a comedy by pioneering Ghanaian film-maker King Ampaw about 'the romantic travails of a lovestuck hearse driver'.

In only his third film in a quartercentury, Ampaw does his bit to pass on death and funeral traditions to the next generation and explores the colour and acceptance of social ritual - all with a touch of absurdity and farce.

Friday August 10, 5:45pm, at the Filmhouse. Tickets and more information available here.

This will be followed by Guelwaar, a film by celebrated Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene.

Sembene uses creative imagination and the power of cinema to bring to life a story of mistaken identity and religious tension, a detective thriller with deeply rooted political themes.

Saturday 11 August, 8:30pm, at the Filmhouse. Tickets and more information are available here.

Finally, a double feature. Chris Rawlence's short film Twenty Takes on Death and Dying takes to the streets of Paisley, Elgin and Inverness to get to the heart of the views of the Scottish public on death and loss.

Commissioned by the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care and Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief.

The main feature will be Funeral Season, a film by Canadian traveller Matthew Lancit about Cameroon's unique and festive funeral celebrations.

Journey with Lancit as he gains understanding of an extraordinary and threatened culture where the dead are always living and the increasing presence of the modern world looms large.

Followed by a panel discussion moderated by Lizelle Bisschoff, Director of the Africa in Motion Film Festival.

Sunday August 12, 5:45pm, at the Filmhouse. Tickets and more information are available here.

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