Abu’s Genie / Le genie d’ Abou

Director: Isabelle Boni-Claverie
Country: Ivory Coast
Year: 1998
Running Time: 10 min.
Language: English

Le Genie d’Abou is a film about Abou, a sculptor who is accompanied by a woman who he wonders is an evil spirit or his muse. Another woman with an extroadinary figure arrives on the scene offering to be his model. Through this scenario the film explores the issues between black and white bodies.

About the Director

Isabelle Boni-Claverie

Biography: Isabelle Boni-Claverie was born in 1972 in Ivory Coast in a mixed French/Ivorian family. Isabelle’s writing talent was first noticed when she was only 18. Her novel La Grande Dévoreuse (The Great Devourer) received an award at “Le Prix du Jeune Ecrivain Francophone” and was published by Les Editions de La Découverte. Ten years later it was published again, in Ivory Coast this time, by NEI. From 1993 to 2005, Isabelle wrote for several news magazines and publications like the very prestigious Revue Noire, dedicated to African Contemporary Art. In 2000 she graduated from La Fémis, one of the best film schools in France. She specialized in screenwriting and assisted young French and International filmakers with their scripts. Meanwhile she directed her own short films and documentaries, all of them widely screened in international film festivals and/or multi-awarded. Since 2007, Isabelle has worked on very popular TV programs and more “art house” cinema projects. Isabelle Boni-Claverie lives and works in Paris.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Le Génie d’Abou [Abu’s Genie] (2000);
Pour la nuit [For the Night] (2005);
Too Black to be French? (2016).

Le Génie d’Abou [Abu’s Genie] (1998);
La Coiffeuse de la rue Pétion (1999);
L’Image, le Vent et Gary Cooper (2001);
Documenta Opening Night (2002);
Pour la nuit [For the Night] (2004);
Heart of Blackness (2011);
Too Black to be French? (2016).