Africa in Motion is Scotland’s major annual celebration of African cinema, and is delighted to return for the 12th year to bring audiences a wide variety of creative stories from across the African continent.


In support of Paisley 2021 this year the festival is moving outside of the city centre, packing its mobile cinema and heading to Paisley. Through partnerships with West of Scotland Regional Equality Council and Pachedu, AiM has been able to work with the local community to support them in curating their own mini-festival.

The pop-up festival will screen a diverse film programme for everyone to enjoy. The day will start with a selection of short films for children as curious-minded little ones can become intrepid AfriKids by taking a cinematic adventure across the wild and wonderful African continent. This will be followed by an afternoon screening of the Kenya feature film Watatu, a film focused on a young university graduate struggling with discrimination. Finally the day will draw to a close with a screening of new documentary, Fonko, merging urban club sounds with traditional African music, Fonko tells the stories of Africa as heard from some of the most innovative musicians on the continent. This screening will be followed by an open mic night.


Accompanying film screenings will also be craft making, an African fashion show and the chance to try a few African tasty treats throughout the day.


All of the events are free to attend and will take place at St Ninians Church, Paisley on Saturday 11th of November 2017. The full programme can be found here: