‘Africa in Motion’ Film Festival 2010

Global Concerns is again sponsoring Africa in Motion 2010, the 5th Africa in Motion Film Festival, held in Edinburgh.

We have supported AIM since its outset, believing it is important to bring the voices and views of African Film Directors to cinema viewers in Scotland.  All too often our views of Africa are shaped by the Western eye taking a brief look and even then not always understanding what they are seeing!

This year we are sponsoring the film Togetherness Supreme, showing on Thursday 28th Oct 2010 at 8.15 pm at The Filmhouse, Edinburgh.

Before the screening we will tell the story of Mkono, a boy from Kibera slum, Nairobi, where the film is set. Mkono came home one afternoon to find his family had disappeared and was forced to fend for himself from the age of five. He founded the Humble Generation project in Mombasa, Kenya, and now works tirelessly with children who are living on the street. The Global Concerns Trust supports Mkono in his quest to address the needs of the most marginalised of street children.

Through film excerpts featuring Mkono, live traditional East African music and a live storytelling performance by Kenyan storyteller Mara Menzies and Trustee of Global Concerns, Mkono’s story will be brought to life.

The screening will be followed by a live African music performance in the Filmhouse café bar: ‘Music for the Soul’, with Sylvain Ayité and D.J. Jaffar, from Senegal.

Do come along and support this event!

About the film: Togetherness Supreme is the story of Kamau, an artist, Otieno, a hustler and their shared love interest for Alice, a preacher’s daughter. All three live in Kibera, East Africa’s largest shantytown – home to over a million people in Nairobi, Kenya. The three protagonists are from different tribes but are searching for tribal unity in their own ways. The film follows these three characters in their quest for change in the community they live in, its fights, challenges and victories. As the Kenyan presidential elections threaten to tear Kibera apart by conflicting tribal loyalties, Kamau, Otieno and Alice fight for their own and each other’s identities.

The storyline of the film is entirely based on real events and the people of Kibera, especially the children, have been at the centre of the filmmaking process. During the shooting, participants as well as bystanders informally discussed how the violence affected them and how re-enacting it affects them. It is the filmmakers’ hope that Togetherness Supreme will enable people to reflect on what happened, help bring healing and prevent further tribalist violence.

Click here for video highlights from the 2010 Africa in Motion Film Festival by Adam Barnett.