Andrew Dosunmu

Biography: Raised and educated in Nigeria, Andrew Dosunmu began his career as a design assistant at the fashion house of Yves Saint-Laurent. He has subsequently worked as a Creative Director and fashion photographer, whose images have appeared in a variety of international magazines. Besides a flourishing career in photography, Dosunmu is also active in film and television. His award-winning documentary Hot Irons (1998) won best documentary at FESPACO and Reel Award at Toronto. In South Africa, Dosunmu has directed episodes of the widely acclaimed television series Yizo Yizo which dramatizes the policy debates around education in post-apartheid South Africa through a frank presentation of the social crises and conflicts at a Johannesburg high school. Dosunmu has also served as creative director for album covers (for such artists as Erykah Badu and Public Enemy), and directed music videos, including his first for Isaac Hayes, Angie Stone, Common, Wyclef Jean, Kelis, Aaron Neville, Maxwell, Tracy Chapman and Talib Kweli. Dosunmu was selected to participate in the photography exhibition Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary Photography at the International Center of Photography. In 2007, Dosunmu was honored with the request to speak at the TED Global conference. Restless City (2010) was Dosunmu’s first feature film endeavor. It was followed in 2013 by Mother of George.

(Source: http://restlesscityfilm.com/#cast)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Hot Irons (1999, 2000);
La Momie (1999);
Yizo Yizo (2004);
Restless City (2011, 2012).

Filmography:
Hot Irons (1998);
La Momie (1999);
Yizo Yizo (2004);
Restless City (2010);
Mother of George (2013).

Nguxi Dos Santos

Biography: Born January 22, 1960, in Nzeto, northern Zaire province, Nguxi dos Santos was a war reporter in TPA between 1979 and 1989, having belonged to the Department of Cinema Political Directorate FAPLA. Between 1981 and 1982 he filmed the battle of Cahama – a conflict between the Angolan and South African army – and, in 1992, was one of the reporters who documented the post-election conflict that occurred in Luanda. In the field of audiovisual documentaries, Nguxi Dos Santos produced and directed such films as Pelo Silêncio das Armas, Mamã Muxima, O Grande Desafio, and Um Homem Enterrado Vivo. With the exhibition People and Places, Nguxi dos Santos internationalized his career, by presenting the exhibition in Maputo in May, and in November in Macau. In 2005, the photographer exhibited Marks of War in Venezuela. Recently, in Luanda he presented the exhibition Tombs of the Kingdoms of Congo. As a producer for the Professional Public Television of Angola (TPA), which produces documentaries and entertainment programs, Nguxi dos Santos is one of the most respected artists in the field of visual arts.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
A Man Was Buried Alive [O Homem que Foi Enterrado Vivo] (1997).

Filmography:
Exército Kuanza (Date unknown);
Os Trilhos (Date unknown);
As FAPLA e os seus veteranos (Date unknown);
Resgate – Toni do Fumo (Date unknown);
Blending Emotions (Date unknown);
A Rota de Vasco da Gama (Date unknown);
A Man Was Buried Alive [O Homem que Foi Enterrado Vivo] (1997);
O Grande Desafio (2001);
Pelo Silêncio das Armas (2004);
Mamã Muxima (2005).

Blair Doroshwalther

Biography: Blair Doroshwalther is a documentary filmmaker and a community activist. With her debut film Metsi (2003), her ultimate goal was to create international awareness and consistent funding for Orange Farm, a South Africa community facing a water crisis. In 2004 she was nominated for the Directors Guild of America’s East Coast Female Student Award and won New York University’s Adam Balsono Award for Social Significance at the First-Run Film Festival for her documentary Metsi. Blair’s passion is to create media that incites action dedicated to achieving social justice.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Metsi (2004).

Filmography:
Metsi (2003);
Cry Don’t Cry (2005);
The Fire this Time (2012).

Mark Dornford-May

Biography: Mark Dornford-May (born 29 May 1955) is a British-born South African theatre and film director. He worked in theater in England for 25 years and founded Broomhill Opera. Mesmerized by the talent he had witnessed in South Africa, he returned in 2000 with Charles Hazlewood to create a new theatre company in Cape Town. That troupe would become Dimpho Di Kompane. U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, Dornford-May’s first film, won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2005. Son of Man (2006) is Dornford-May’s second film.

(Sources:
http://www.africultures.com/php/index.php?nav=personne&no=6489
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Dornford-May)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
U-Carmen eKhayelitsha (2006).

Filmography:
U-Carmen eKhayelitsha (2005);
Son of Man (2006);
Noye’s Fludde – Unogumbe (2013).

Zola Maseko

Biography: Swazi film director and screenwriter Zola Maseko was born in exile in 1967. Educated in Swaziland and Tanzania, he joined Umkhonto We Sizwe, the armed sector of the African National Congress, in 1987. After moving to the United Kingdom, he graduated from the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield in 1994. Maseko’s first film was the documentary Dear Sunshine, released in 1992. He fought apartheid in several countries. He moved to South Africa in 1994 and wrote The Foreigner, a short fiction film about xenophobia in this country. In 1998 Zola Maseko directed The Life and Times of Sara Baartman. Other short films by Maseko include The Return of Sara Baartman (2003), Children of the Revolution (2002), and A Drink in the Passage (2002). The latter won the Special Jury Award at FESPACO. His first feature film was Drum, released in 2004. Set in 1950s Johannesburg, it tells of the magazine of the same name and specifically focuses on Henry Nxumalo, a journalist fighting apartheid. The film received the top prize at FESPACO, the Golden Stallion of Yennenga.

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zola_Maseko)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Foreigner (1998);
A Drink in the Passage (2004);
Drum (2006).

Filmography:
Dear Sunshine (1992);
Scenes from Exile (1993);
Africa Dreaming (1997);
The Foreigner (1997);
The Life and Times of Sara Baartman (1998);
Children of the Revolution (2002);
A Drink in the Passage (2002);
The Return of Sara Baartman (2003);
The Goat (2004);
Drum (2004);
The Manuscripts of Timbuktu (2009).

Phybia Dlamini

Biography: A graduate of the Newtown Film and Television School, Phybia Dlamini is a South African director, documentary filmmaker, film editor, photographer and activist who worked in television, film and NGOs that addressed many social issues. Her films (including Outlaw Culture, Cape Town, Mosadi Wa Rasta, Africa Rising, Morning After, A Kind of Language) have been shown both at local and international festivals. She has also worked on films made by her South African colleagues, Zola Maseko (Drum) and Dumisani Phakathi (Waiting for Valdez). In addition, she has worked on a wide variety of television programmes. As a founding member of Movement 76, she also facilitated “skills exchange workshops” where young people who were interested in film and video came together to share with the less fortunate.

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
http://home.wozaonline.co.za/_item?item_id=040002)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Outlaw Culture (2006).

Filmography:
Mosadi Wa Rasta (Date unknown);
Outlaw Culture (2005);
Africa Rising (2006);
Morning After (2008);
Cape Town (2008);
A Kind of Language (2010).

Ahmed Diop

Biography: Ahmed Diop was born in Senegal. His professional life is not that of a “normal” director, as he has been an engineer and a pilot. La Pirogue de ma mémoire (The Voyage of Memory – 1993) was his first film as a director. He won the TV5 Best Documentary Award at the Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film and the Youth Jury Award at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 1996 for the film Abraham et les Petits Métiers (1996).

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Voyage of Memory [La Pirogue de ma mémoire] (1996).

Filmography:
The Voyage of Memory [La Pirogue de ma mémoire] (1993);
Abraham et les Petits Métiers (1996).

Jean-Pierre Dikongué-Pipa

Biography: Born in 1940 in Douala, Cameroon, Jean-Pierre Dikongué-Pipa is a film director and writer. He produced Cameroon’s first full-length feature film, Muna Moto, in 1974. Dikongué-Pipa’s films deal with the relationships between elements of traditional Cameroonian culture and the wider world. He became a filmmaker through theater, studied at the Cinema Conservatory in Paris. After three short films (1965-1966), he directed feature films, thus bringing Cameroon cinema to international audiences. An author, playwriter and theater producer, Jean-Pierre Dikongué-Pipa directed and acted in about thirty plays during his life-long career.

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
http://www.marfilmes.com/en/africafilms/funny+stories+and+funny+people.htm)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Muna Moto (2008).

Filmography:
Un simple (1965);
Les Cornes (1966);
Rendez-moi mon père (1966);
Muna Moto (1974);
Le Prix de la liberté (1978);
Kpa Kum (1980);
Music and Music: Super Concert (1981);
Histoires drôles, drôles de gens (1983);
Badyaga (1987).

Musa Dieng Kala

Biography: Musa Dieng Kala was born and raised in Senegal. He managed Youssou N’Dour’s recording studio in Dakar from 1991 to 1993. During this period, Musa produced many video clips. In 1993 he emigrated to Montreal in Canada where he was educated in filmmaking and where he discovered his talent as a singer. In addition, he has directed several films including Borom Touba (2001), Le Serviteur privilégié du prophète (2007), and Dieu a-t-il quitté l’Afrique ? [Has God Forsaken Africa?] (2007).

(Source: http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/persons/musa-dieng-kala/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Dieu a-t-il quitté l’Afrique ? [Has God Forsaken Africa?] (2010).

Filmography:
Borom Touba (2001);
Le Serviteur privilégié du prophète (2007);
Dieu a-t-il quitté l’Afrique ? [Has God Forsaken Africa?] (2007).

Marc Picavez

Biography: Marc Picavez wrote his first screenplay in high school and won the competition Scénarios sur la drogue with the short film C’est presque terrible (2000). While studying anthropology, he started in cinema with the creation of Makiz’Art in 2000 and the realization of a first film, Bul déconné!, completed in 2005. This film premiered in Dakar, Montreal and Ouidah, and is the fruit of a collaboration with Massaër Dieng.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Bul déconné! (2007 – Massaër Dieng, Marc Picavez).

Filmography:
Bul déconné! (2005 – Massaër Dieng, Marc Picavez);
Una sola linea (2007);
France-Brésil et autres histoires… (2007);
Installation(s) (2008 – Gaëtan Chataigner, Valérie Cibot, Julien Devaux, Marie-Pierre Duquoc, Andy Guérif, Judith Josso, Julia Kowalski, Amélie Labourdette, Charlie Mars, Gwenn Pacotte, Marc Picavez, Jean Rouaud, Carolina Suarez-Caceres, Eric Watt, David Zard);
Agosto (2009);
Le Monde est derrière nous (2012).

Massaër Dieng

Biography: Massaër Dieng was a Senegalese director. A Dess (Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées) in Audiovisual and Cinema, it was in 2000, in a hallway at the University of Nantes that Massaër Dieng, met a young French student named Marc Picavez. Three years later, Bul Déconné! took shape. In 2005, Massaër Dieng experienced his first job as chief operator of the short film Neither Seen Nor Known, directed by Julie Rembauville. He died in January 12, 2012. He is buried in the city of Touba in Senegal.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Bul déconné! (2007 – Massaër Dieng, Marc Picavez).

Filmography:
Bul déconné! (2005 – Massaër Dieng, Marc Picavez);
DK 17 39 (2008).

Massaër Dieng and Marc Picavez

Biography: Massaër Dieng was a Senegalese director. A Dess (Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées) in Audiovisual and Cinema, it was in 2000, in a hallway at the University of Nantes that Massaër Dieng, met a young French student named Marc Picavez. Three years later, Bul Déconné! took shape. In 2005, Massaër Dieng experienced his first job as chief operator of the short film Neither Seen Nor Known, directed by Julie Rembauville. He died in January 12, 2012. He is buried in the city of Touba in Senegal.

Biography: Marc Picavez wrote his first screenplay in high school and won the competition Scénarios sur la drogue with the short film C’est presque terrible (2000). While studying anthropology, he started in cinema with the creation of Makiz’Art in 2000 and the realization of a first film, Bul déconné!, completed in 2005. This film premiered in Dakar, Montreal and Ouidah, and is the fruit of a collaboration with Massaër Dieng.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Bul déconné! (2007).

Filmography:
Bul déconné! (2005);
Una sola linea (2007 – Marc Picavez);
France-Brésil et autres histoires… (2007 – Marc Picavez);
DK 17 39 (2008 – Massaër Dieng);
Installation(s) (2008 – Gaëtan Chataigner, Valérie Cibot, Julien Devaux, Marie-Pierre Duquoc, Andy Guérif, Judith Josso, Julia Kowalski, Amélie Labourdette, Charlie Mars, Gwenn Pacotte, Marc Picavez, Jean Rouaud, Carolina Suarez-Caceres, Eric Watt, David Zard);
Agosto (2009 – Marc Picavez);
Le Monde est derrière nous (2012 – Marc Picavez).

Carlos Diegues

Biography: Carlos Diegues (born May 19, 1940 in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil) studied law in Rio de Janeiro, whilst also running film clubs. He became a film critic and directed short films imbued with social realism. A pioneer of Cinéma Novo, in particular with Glauber Rocha, he sought to imprint Brazilian filmmaking on the national consciousness. His first feature films Ganga Zumba (1963) and A Grande Cidade (The Big City – 1966), spoke of his dream of a fairer world. He then went on to direct Os Herdeiros (1969), Joanna Francesa (1975) with Jeanne Moreau and Xica da Silva (1976) which ushered in a period of great popularity for Brazilian cinema, reinforced by the success of Summer Showers (1978) an Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival, as were Bye Bye Brazil (1979), Quilombo (1982) and Um Trem para as estrelas (Subway to the Stars – 1988). His exploration of popular culture continued with Veja esta Canção (1994) and Orfeu (2000). In 2006, he won the Best Film Award at the Montreal Festival, with The Greatest Love in the World.

(Source: http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/archives/artist/id/11258051.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Xica da Silva (1997);
Bye Bye Brazil (1979);
Quilombo (1997).

Filmography:
Fuga (1960);
Domingo (1961);
Cinco Vezes Favela (1962);
Ganga Zumba (1963);
A Grande Cidade [The Big City] (1966);
Os Filhos do Medo (1967);
Oito Universitarios (1967);
Os Herdeiros (1969);
When Carnival Comes (1972);
Joanna Francesca (1975);
Xica da Silva (1976);
Summer Showers (1978);
Bye Bye Brazil (1979);
Quilombo (1982);
Um Trem para as Estrelas [Subway to the Stars] (1988);
Better Days Ahead (1990);
Veja esta Canção (1994);
Tieta do Agreste (1996);
Orfeu (2000);
God is Brazillian (2003);
The Greatest Love in the World (2006);
No Reason Explains the War (2006)
Rio de fé (2013).

Manthia Diawara

Biography: Manthia Diawara has been published widely on the topic of film and literature of the Black Diaspora. He is the author of Black-American Cinema: Aesthetics and Spectatorship (1993), African Cinema: Politics and Culture (1992), and In Search of Africa (1998). Manthia Diawara has collaborated with celebrated author Ngûgî wa Thiong’o in making the documentary Sembène: The Making of African Cinema (1994), and directed the German-produced documentary Rouch In Reverse (1995). Diawara’s filmography also includes Bamako Sigi-Kan (2003), an intimate look at his hometown. Dr. Diawara is also Director of NYU’s Institute of Afro-American Affairs and Director of the Africana Studies Program. A native of Mali, he received his education in France and later traveled to the United States for his university studies. He has taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Pennsylvania.

(Source: http://www.africultures.com/php/index.php?nav=personne&no=3360)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Rouch in Reverse (1998);
In Search of Africa (1997);
Negritude: A Dialogue Between Wole Soyinka and Senghor (2016).

Filmography:
Sembène: The Making of African Cinema (1994);
Rouch in Reverse (1995);
In Search of Africa (1997);
Diaspora Conversations: from Gorée to Dogon (2000);
Bamako Sigi-Kan (2003);
Conakry Kas (2003);
Who’s Afraid of Ngugi? (2006);
Negritude: A Dialogue Between Wole Soyinka and Senghor (2015).

Adama Drabo

Biography: Adama Drabo was born in Bamako, Mali in 1948. While teaching primary school, he began writing for the theater. In 1979, he entered Mali’s Centre National de Production Cinématographique (CNPC) and later served as Cheick Oumar Sissoko’s assistant director on two films, Nyamanton and Finzan. In 1988, Drabo directed his own short film, Nieba, la journée d’une paysanne (Nieba, A Day in the Life of a Peasant Woman). Ta Dona (1991) was his first feature as a director. Adama Drabo passed away in 2009.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Ta Dona (1993, 1994);
Taafé Fanga [Skirt Power] (1998);
Fantan Fanga (2010 – Ladji Diakité, Adama Drabo).

Filmography:
Nieba, la journée d’une paysanne (1988);
Ta Dona (1991);
Taafé Fanga [Skirt Power] (1997);
Kokadjè (2003);
Fantan Fanga (2009 – Ladji Diakité, Adama Drabo).

Ladji Diakité

Biography: Ladji Diakité was born in Bamako, Mali and holds a master’s degree in literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure. He also studied at the National Centre for Film Production. Diakité’s films include La Rencontre des chasseurs (2001), Duel à Dafa (2007) and Fantan Fanga (2009).

(Source: http://www.biff.kr/eng/html/archive/arc_search_view.asp?idx=14190&target=search&c_idx=15&m_entry_year=2009)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Fantan Fanga (2010 – Ladji Diakité, Adama Drabo).

Filmography:
La Rencontre des chasseurs (2001);
Duel à Dafa (2007);
Fantan Fanga (2009 – Ladji Diakité, Adama Drabo).

Cheick Oumar Sissoko

Biography: Cheick Oumar Sissoko was born in 1945 in San, Mali. Having graduated from Paris University in African History and Sociology, he studied film at the Ecole Nationale Louis Lumière. He then returned to Mali and worked as a filmmaker at the Centre National de Productions Cinématogaphiques (CNPC), for which he directed Sécheresse and Exode Rural. His film Guimba was awarded the Special Jury Prize at Locarno in 1996.  La Genèse (1999) won the Etalon de Yennenga at FESPACO 1999 and was selected in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes that same year.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Finzan (1996; 1997);
Guimba (1997);
Bàttu (2001).

Filmography:
L’École Malienne (1982)
Les Audiotheques Rurales (1983)
Sécheresse (1984)
Exode Rural (1984
Nyamanton (1986)
Finzan (1989)
Guimba (1995)
La Genèse (1999)
Bàttu (2000)

Ladji Diakité and Adama Drabo

Biography: Ladji Diakité was born in Bamako, Mali and holds a master’s degree in literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure. He also studied at the National Centre for Film Production. Diakité’s films include La Rencontre des chasseurs (2001), Duel à Dafa (2007) and Fantan Fanga (2009).

Biography: Adama Drabo was born in Bamako, Mali in 1948. While teaching primary school, he began writing for the theater. In 1979, he entered Mali’s Centre National de Production Cinématographique (CNPC) and later served as Cheick Oumar Sissoko’s assistant director on two films, Nyamanton and Finzan. In 1988, Drabo directed his own short film, Nieba, la journée d’une paysanne (Nieba, A Day in the Life of a Peasant Woman). Ta Dona (1991) was his first feature as a director. Adama Drabo passed away in 2009.

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
http://www.biff.kr/eng/html/archive/arc_search_view.asp?idx=14190&target=search&c_idx=15&m_entry_year=2009)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Ta Dona (1994 – Adama Drabo);
Taafé Fanga (1998 – Adama Drabo);
Fantan Fanga (2010).

Filmography:
Nieba, la journée d’une paysanne (1988 – Adama Drabo);
Ta Dona (1991 – Adama Drabo);
Taafé Fanga (1997 – Adama Drabo);
La Rencontre des chasseurs (2001 – Ladji Diakité);
Kokadjè (2003 – Adama Drabo);
Duel à Dafa (2007 – Ladji Diakité);
Fantan Fanga (2009).

Angèle Diabang Brener

Biography: Angèle Diabang Brener was born in 1979 in Dakar, Senegal. She started as a camera operator and editor before making her first short documentary, My Beautiful Smile, in 2005. She then went on to found the production company Karoninka.

(Source: http://www.africultures.com/php/index.php?nav=personne&no=7014)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Yandé Codou, the Griot of Senghor (2009).

Filmography:
My Beautiful Smile (2005);
L’homme est le remède de l’homme (2006);
Le Revers de l’exil (2007);
Senegalese Women and Islam (2007);
Yandé Codou, the Griot of Senghor (2008).

Jacques de Villiers and Laura Gamse

Biography: Cape Town born de Villiers is a film editor, music-maker, occasional film lecturer/teacher and very occasional director. He is very active as a musician, having released the album sleepsongs and the More Wind For Lonely Suburbs EP. He is currently at work on a new album and the completion of a long-term video installation project, In Memoriam: Eulogies to Lost Time.

Biography: American born Gamse received a Fulbright Fellowship in 2009. Gamse is currently working on the invisible sessions, a series of musical meditations intended to increase international awareness of phenomenal African artists; and the Abahlali Bikes Initiative, a project dedicated to stimulating alternative transportation in South Africa.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Creators (2012).

Filmography:
Invisible Sessions (2009 – Laura Gamse, Bernard Myburgh);
The Creators (2011);
Brigidy Bram (2013 – Laura Gamse, Toby Lunn).