Africa in Motion

Sports Stories from around the African Commonwealth

Africa in Motion
Date 23rd Jun 2014 7.30pm - 9.30pm Price Free - ticket required 16+ years Location Bellahouston Park Book tickets 01631 562905 or 08719 025752 01631 562905 or 08719 025752 Book your free tickets online or by calling 01631 562905 or 08719 025752. Tickets will also be available on the door.

Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival is delighted to announce their upcoming festival, ‘Sports Stories from around the African Commonwealth’ which is set to take place during the lead up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Festival Project Manager, Justine Atkinson states that ‘’Sports Stories from around the African Commonwealth will explore African sports and culture through film, we believe our programme will increase the diversity of content brought to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and will help to contribute to a progressive inter-cultural dialogue through African films on sports. The tour will involve a wide variety of people from across Scotland, the UK and the wider African diaspora and will strive to open up new audiences to the Games’’.

The programme will include over 20 films from across the African Commonwealth, allowing Scotland Commonwealth spectators to watch boxing in Ghana, cycling in Rwanda, long-distance running in Kenya, surfing in South Africa, football in Nigeria and much more. The festival will use sport to highlight some of the main aims of the Commonwealth including HIV/AIDS awareness, democracy, refugee and asylum seekers and the history of slavery. Viewers will be taken on a visual journey through the African Commonwealth highlighting triumphs and key challenges through sports.

The Athlete

Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefoot Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold in the marathon. Overnight, Abebe Bikila became an Olympic legend. A hero in his own country and on the continent, Bikila was the first African to win a gold medal and, four years later in Tokyo, the first person in history to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the marathon. This soldier and quiet son of a shepherd is considered by many to be the greatest long-distance runner in history.

But his life story only began with Olympic medals. One evening while returning to his home in Addis Ababa after training in the Ethiopian countryside, fate would present this remarkable champion with his greatest challenge; to dig deep within, not just to run the next mile but to find the will to live. The race of his life had a new beginning and would lead him to places he could never have imagined