Mama Africa : October in Edinburgh Filmhouse Cinema
This October the Edinburgh Filmhouse Cinema is screening a season of African films. These films, by mostly women directors, challenge stereotypical representations of African women on screen


and will be accompanied by a free
seminar on Sat 15 Oct at 1.00pm taking place at the Edinburgh Filmhouse.

This touring programme is part of the bfi’s Black World project
(www.bfi.org.uk/blackworld), in partnership with African Film Tour
(www.africanfilmtour.co.uk). For more information about screenings please
see: www.filmhousecinema.com/MamaAfrica.html

Ticket deal:
See any three programmes in the Mama Africa season for £12/£7.50
concessions, or all seven for £21/£14 concessions. Tickets must all be
bought at the same time. Box office tel no: 0131 228 2688.


Sat 15 Oct at 1.00pm – Filmhouse Cinema
FREE EVENT (approx 90 min)

To complement the Mama Africa season a seminar of talks has been organised
by the Filmhouse in collaboration with Stop and Stir Arts Ltd

Dr David Murphy, Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Stirling,
will give an overview of recent trends in African cinema. Professor Paul
Nugent, Director of the Centre of African Studies and Professor of
Comparative African History at the University of Edinburgh, will deliver a
talk entitled Gender, Generation and Ideas about National Liberation in
Africa. Tamara Mhura, member of Samaritan Esther Community Care, will
discuss the impact of HIV/AIDS on mother/daughter relationships in African
communities. Mukami McCrum, CEO of the Central Scotland Racial Equality
Council, will talk about the links between Africa and its diaspora with
emphasis on the impact of remittances and challenges faced by African women
of the diaspora.

The talks will be followed by an open floor discussion. All those interested
in film and African issues are invited to attend.


Madame Brouette
Fri 7 at 6.30pm & Sat 8 Oct at 4.15pm
Moussa Sene Absa | Senegal-Canada-France 2002 | 1h44m | 35mm | French and
Wolof with English subtitles | 15
Proud, independent and divorced, Mati survives by pushing her cart through
the pathways of a Senegalese shantytown. She dreams of opening a small
restaurant and earning a living with dignity.

Maangamizi: The Ancient One
Sun 9 at 4.15pm & Mon 10 Oct at 6.00pm
Martin Mhando | Tanzania-USA 2000 | 1h52 | 35mm | English and Swahili with
English subtitles | 15
An African-American psychiatrist secures a position at a Tanzanian
institution where she delves into the past of a withdrawn patient.

The Man Who Stole My Mother’s Face
Fri 14 at 6.30pm & Sat 15 Oct at 3.30pm
Cathy Henkel | South Africa 2003 | 1h14m | BETA SP | 15 | Documentary
South African filmmaker Cathy Henkel documents her mother’s recovery from a
brutal rape in her home in Johannesburg.

Satin Rouge
Wed 26 at 3.00pm & Thu 27 Oct at 6.15pm
Raja Amari | Tunisia 2002 | 1h40m | 35mm | Arabic and French with English
subtitles | 15
Lilia, a widow, rediscovers her sexuality by chance through part-time work
as a seamstress for a group of nightclub dancers.

Mon 17 Oct at 6.30pm
South Africa | 1h18m | BETA SP | 12

Two documentaries from South Africa.

Body Beautiful
Omelga Mthiyane | South Africa 2003 | 52 min
Women of all shapes and sizes talk about their relationship with their
bodies in this exploration of the centrality of food in African culture.

A Red Ribbon Around My House
Portia Rankoane | South Africa 2001 | 26 min| English with some subtitles
A mother/daughter relationship is challenged as a result of their different
responses to HIV/AIDS.

Mon 24 at 6.00pm & Tue 25 Oct at 3.30pm
Various | 1h26m | 35mm | 12

A programme of four short films.

Histoire de tresses (About Braids)
Jacqueline Kalimunda | Rwanda/France 2002 | 23 min | French with English
Siham is looking for someone to braid her hair in a completely
unconventional style and when she meets Dorylia, a magical encounter takes

Sky In Her Eyes
Ouida Smit | South Africa 2001 | 11 min
Set in rural KwaZulu Natal, Ouida Smit’s film depicts the touching
relationship between a young girl and boy.

Apolline Traoré | Burkina Faso 2004 | 49 min | Djoula with English subtitles
An adult fairy tale about love and its sacrifices.

Bon Voyage
Kapwani Kiwanga | Britain 2004 | 3 min | French with English subtitles
Contrasting the arrivals and departures of Paris’ Montparnasse rail station
and one woman’s workplace.

Mon 31 Oct at 6.00pm
Various | 1h18m | 35mm | 12

A programme of three short films.

Ngozi Onwurah | Nigeria 2001 | 26 min
Kwame, a teenage basketball player, hopes to secure a better future by
gaining a scholarship to study in the USA.

Ingrid Sinclair | Zimbabwe 2001 | 26 min
It is 1986 and Mollie and her young son flee a city ravaged by apartheid,
looking for a quieter life without prejudice.

Close Up On Bintou
Fanta Regina Nacro | Burkina Faso 2001 | 26 min | French with English
Against her husband’s wishes, Bintou tries to earn money to pay her
duaghter’s school fees.

La Nuit de la vérité
Coming to the Filmhouse in Nov
Fanta Regina Nacro | Burkina Faso/France 2004 | 1h40m | 35mm | French, Moore
and Djoula with English subtitles | 15
Set in a fictional African country racked by a decade-long genocidal
conflict, the film deals with the attempts at reconciliation between two
military groups during one night of truth.
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