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About Us

Africa in Motion is a largely volunteer-run festival, founded in 2006 by good friends Lizelle Bisschoff and Melissa Trachtenberg. At the time, Lizelle had just commenced with a PhD in African cinema, and quickly came to realise how difficult it is to access African films. Not wanting to keep her research to the academic realm only, she founded the Africa in Motion film festival alongside Melissa in order to create more opportunities for Scottish audiences to see African films and to provide a platform to African filmmakers to exhibit their work in Scotland.

Isabel Moura Mendes, Stefanie Van de Peer, and Lizelle Bisschoff

The main aims of the festival have been, since its inception, to introduce Scottish audiences to the brilliance of African cinema and to overcome the under-representation and marginalisation of African film in British film-going culture. We believe that the best way to learn about Africa is to listen to African voices and to view representations created by African themselves, as these often counter the stereotypical representations we see from Africa in mainstream media in the West. But our main reason for screening the films is because we believe they are great films which should be seen the world over. Our audiences agree with us – we are proud that our audiences have grown from around 1,300 people in 2006 to over 3,000 people in 2010!

Management Team

Lizelle BisschoffE-mail

Isabel Moura Mendes - E-mail

Kari Ann Shiff E-mail

Stefanie Van de Peer

Staff, volunteers and collaborators

Adam Barnett: Filming and Editing

Zora King:  Volunteer School Tour Coordinator E-mail

Natalia Palombo: Marketing & Sponsorship Assistant E-mail

Natalia Rodríguez Domínguez: Website Development and Marketing E-mail

Jamie Young: Graphic Designer E-mail

Darling Forsyth: Website Design & Hosting

Thank you also to all the volunteers who come on board just before and during the festival!

AiM Board of Advisors

Mark Cousins – Film critic, writer and producer

Andrew Lawrence – Honorary Fellow at the University of Vienna

Noe Mendelle – Head of Film and TV at the Edinburgh College of Art and Director of the Scottish Documentary Institute

David Murphy – Senior lecturer at the University of Stirling and a leading scholar on African Film

Paul Nugent – Professor of Comparative African History and Director of the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh

Past Festivals

Browse our archives for previous festival programmes:

Africa in Motion 2010

Africa in Motion 2009

Africa in Motion 2008

Africa in Motion 2007

Africa in Motion 2006

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