The Commonwealth Film & Theatre Festival, in collaboration with Africa in Motion Film Festival, will host a preview screening on the 10th July, one week prior to the official opening of the festival.
The screening will take place at the Andrew Stewart Cinema (Gilmorehill Centre, University of Glasgow) at 6.30 pm and is admission free. The films Beach Boy by Emil Langballe (UK, Kenya) and Rain by Maria Govan (The Bahamas) were selected for the preview screening.
The two films are significant examples of the Festival’s spirit and contribute to the culturally rich and colourful programme of Africa in Motion Film Festival that will be touring around Scotland in June and July. Both Rain and Beach Boy are films from aspiring new filmmakers that aim to show unexplored views of the world and deal with delicate social issues, keeping at the same time a stylistic and entertaining note.
Emil Langballe is a Danish filmmaker, alumni of the Berlinale Talent Campus and Beach Boy is his third short film made for the National Film and Television School in London. The film received the audience award at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in March and Best Short Documentary Award at last years’ Karlovy Vary International Film Festival among other.
Maria Govan has Greek, Scottish and Bahamian roots and her feature debut Rain is Maria’s way to express her deepest feelings and affection for her home. The film won the Audience Award at the Bahamas International Film Festival, the Special Mention (New Visions Competition) at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and numerous awards in festivals around the world.
Beach Boy by Emil Langballe, 2013, 27 min, UK / Kenya
Like the majority of young Kenyans, Juma dreams of a better life abroad. His girlfriend has left to work in Qatar, allowing the young man to fully thrust himself into his work as a “companion” to elderly European women who spend their vacations at local resort hotels. Emil Langballe records in detail what appears to be a budding love affair between Juma and a British woman named Lynn. The documentary turns out to be a real-life version of Ulrich Seidl’s feature Paradise: Love, investigating local female sex tourism based on a false sense of romance.
Rain by Maria Govan, 2008, 93 min, Bahamas
A teenager named Rain has lived her entire life with her grandmother on a rural island in the Bahamas. When her grandmother dies, Rain goes to Nassau to find her mother, Glory, whom she has never met. When she arrives, Rain is devastated to discover that Glory lives in a desperately poor, AIDS-ravaged neighbourhood called “The Graveyard” and that she turns tricks to support her drug habit. With no strong maternal role model in her life, Rain must look within for strength and discovers she has a gift for running. She receives guidance from her school’s track coach, Ms. Adams, but Rain’s living situation threatens to spoil her dream. Rain displays a striking visual sense that reflects the contrast between the idyllic setting and the harsh realities of Bahamian life.