Justine Atkinson

Justine Atkinson is reading a PhD entitled, ‘Representation Matters: On- and off-screen diversity within African cinema exhibition in the UK’ at the University of Glasgow. The thesis will explore how participatory programming techniques used by film festivals and cinemas, both local and international, can help to increase on and off-screen diversity within cinematic exhibition. Justine has been working as the Festival Producer of the Africa in Motion Film Festival from 2013 – present. She also founded Aya Distribution, an international sales and distribution company with a focus on African cinema, in 2011, and has been invited to represent Aya Distribution at international film markets in Europe and Africa.


Arguing for a participatory curatorial approach, the lead curators of Africa in Motion present the rationale behind their work to popularise, preserve and celebrate films made by African women.


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