Films

NO TIME TO DIE

£7.50 (£5.50)

 

Fri 10 August 5.45pm

Filmhouse, Lothian Road

 

King Ampaw • Ghana/Germany 2006 • 1h35m • English • 12

 

Pioneering Ghanaian filmmaker King Ampaw’s film is a charming comedy about the romantic travails of a lovestruck hearse driver. Asante, the hearse driver, meets and falls in love with a young, beautiful dancer who is planning an elaborate home-going celebration for her mother. The film follows Asante as he does everything to win the affections of the woman of his dreams. Death and funeral traditions play a significant role in African culture; No Time to Die is Ampaw’s contribution to passing the tradition onto the next generation.

 

Ampaw, in only his third feature in a quartercentury, fully explores the colour, absurdity and acceptance of social ritual in this farcical film.

 

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 GUELWAAR

£7.50 (£5.50)

 

Sat 11 August 8.30pm at Filmhouse, Lothian Road

 

Ousmane Sembene • Senegal/France 1992 • 1h55m • 35mm • French and Wolof • with English subtitles • 12

 

Celebrated Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene once again demonstrates the power of his creative imagination and his ability to utilise cinema effectively as a means of exploring the complexities of social, political and cultural relationships within the African context. In Guelwaar, which is based on a true story, the body of a Christian activist is mistakenly delivered to Muslims who bury him in a Muslim cemetery according to the teachings of Islam. When the error is discovered, however, the Christians seek to recover ‘their’ body.

 

Sembene constructs what some critics have seen as a fascinating detective thriller, though many of the political questions addressed in his other films - such as the credibility of African independence, and the role of women in African society - are present here as well.

 

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TWENTY TAKES ON DEATH AND DYING & FUNERAL SEASON

£7.50 (£5.50)

Sun 12 August 5.45pm

Filmhouse, Lothian Road

TWENTY TAKES ON DEATH & DYING

Chris Rawlence • Scotland 2010 • 10m • English

 

FUNERAL SEASON

Matthew Lancit • Canada/Cameroon • 2010 •

1h24m • English & French with English Subtitles

 

 

 

Commissioned by the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care and Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief, this film presents the reflections and views of ordinary members of the Scottish public on the streets of Paisley, Elgin and Inverness on death, dying and loss.

 

Matthew Lancit, a Canadian traveler, discovers Cameroon’s uniquely festive funeral celebrations.  Village by village, local people guide Matthew on his journey to gain understanding of an extraordinary culture, where the dead are always living, and the increasing presence of the modern world threatens the survival of its tradition.

 

Followed by a panel discussion moderated by Lizelle Bisschoff, Director of the Africa in Motion Film Festival, with specialists on the theme of death, dying and funeral rituals in different cultural contexts.

The Films on Our Friend Death - An AfricanPerspective screenings were curated by Africain Motion Film Festival in collaboration with FoSP and the Edinburgh University Global HealthAcademy.

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