Dan Fallshaw

Biography: Dan was born in Sydney, Australia. His family moved to London when he was six, disappointed he vowed to live in a non-English speaking country when he was old enough. He comes from a heritage of photographers, but pursuing a career as a veterinarian Dan studied Science at Sydney University. His seminal artistic work titled The Day My Left Hand Taught My Right Hand to Draw. Dan returned to university to study Visual Communications at the University of Technology in Sydney and St Martins College in London. Dan is an award-winning filmmaker and one of the producers/directors of the controversial Stolen, which he also shot and edited. He made Between the Oil and the Blue Sea with Violeta Ayala in 2006. Dan is a Tribeca Film Institute Fellow and an alumnus of the Film Independent Documentary Lab.

(Source: http://www.unitednotionsfilm.com/d.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Stolen (2011 – Violeta Ayala, Dan Fallshaw).

Between the Oil and the Deep Blue Sea (2006 – Violeta Ayala, Dan Fallshaw);
A Vegan in the Meat Aisle (2007 – Violeta Ayala, Dan Fallshaw);
Stolen (2009 – Violeta Ayala, Dan Fallshaw).

Violeta Ayala

Biography: Violeta Ayala is an artist, writer, actress and film director born in Bolivia. She studied Theatre and Journalism at Charles Sturt University in Australia, where her curiosity in filmmaking began and she made Proyecto Vila Vila, a short film about the effects of cervical cancer on indigenous women in Bolivia, shown at the Sydney Latin Film Festival and the Al Jazeera Film Festival in Doha. In 2006 Violeta began her collaboration with Dan Fallshaw in North Africa on Between the Oil and the Deep Blue Sea, an investigative documentary about corruption in the oil industry, and Violeta wrote Slick Operator, an article on the same subject published on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald. In 2009 her first feature documentary Stolen premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won many awards. Violeta is a Tribeca Film Institute Fellow and an alumnus of the Film Independent Documentary Lab. She is regularly invited to give master-classes at the NFTS in London and at the Edinburgh College of Art. Violeta has participated on panels and discussion ranging from IDFA, Toronto, Art Exit, Stranger than Fiction in New York and many others.

(Source: http://www.unitednotionsfilm.com/v.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Stolen (2011 – Violeta Ayala, Dan Fallshaw).

Proyecto Vila Vila (2005);
Between the Oil and the Deep Blue Sea (2006 – Violeta Ayala, Dan Fallshaw);
A Vegan in the Meat Aisle (2007 – Violeta Ayala, Dan Fallshaw);
Stolen (2009 – Violeta Ayala, Dan Fallshaw);
Cocaine Prison (2013);
The Bolivian Case (2013).

Jaheed Ashley

Biography: Jaheed Ashley comes out of the political struggles of the last century. He helped establish the first degree granting Black Studies at San Francisco State University in California, as well as directing the Third World Department at Pacifica Radio Station KPKA in Berkeley California. He later moved to NYC, where he opened a cultural center named Sahara South and started his own video documentary business in the mid 80’s.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Fela! Fresh from Africa (2006).

Fela! Fresh from Africa (2006).

Joel Zito Araújo

Biography: Joel Zito Araújo is a filmmaker, researcher, writer, and screenwriter, born in the city of Nanuque, Brazil in 1954. He graduated from the School of Communications and Arts at USP with a degree in Communication Sciences. He then did his postdoctoral studies in the radio, TV, and film in the anthropology department at the University of Texas at Austin. He began his film career by directing both short and medium-length documentaries that focused on the problems of Brazilian society. In 1999, he finished his first feature film, O efêmero estado, União de Jeová, sobre Udelino de Matos, about a man, in the 1950s, that tried to form a peasant state with the majority of the black population in the north of Holy Spirit. In 2001, Joel Araújo released, A negacão do Brasil, about the history of black characters in Brazilian soap operas, which eventually was also released as a book. Joel Araújo’s film, É Tudo Verdade, on Best Brazilian film in 2011, and it was also selected for various international festivals. In 2004, he finished his first feature-length film, Filhas do vento, which won eight awards at the festival lawn, among which were best picture according to reviews, best director, best actor, and best actress. His film shows, Tiradentes, was named best film by the audience and was selected to participate in festivals in India, France, South Africa, and Cameroon.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
A Negação do Brasil [Denying Brazil] (2000).

Memórias de Classe (1989);
Alma Negra da Cidade (1990);
Almerinda, Uma Mulher de Trinta (1991);
São Paulo abraça Mandela (1991);
Retrato em Preto e Branco (1993);
Eu, Mulher Negra (1994);
Ondas Brancas nas Pupilas Negras (1995);
A Exceção e a Regra (1997);
O Efêmero Estado União de Jeová (1999);
A Negação do Brasil [Denying Brazil] (2000);
Vista A Minha Pele (2003);
Filhas do Vento (2004);
Um Show De Diversidade (2008);
Cinderelas, Lobos e um Príncipe Encantado (2009);
Raça (2013 – Joel Zito Araújo, Megan Mylan).

Sherif Arafa

Biography: Sherif Arafa, born in 1960, graduated from the Higher Institute of Cinema. His passion for cinema began in his early years as he came from a well-known artistic family. He is the son of director Saad Arafa and the older brother of film director Amr Arafa. Arafa directed movies that became iconic milestones in the history of Arab cinema, including Allaeb ma’a alkebar (Playing with the Giants), Al-irhab wal kabab (Terrorism & Bar.b.que), El Mansy (The Forgotten), Toyour elzalam (Birds of Darkness), El Noom fi el Asal (Sleeping in Honey), Edhak el soura tetlaa helwa (Smile, the Picture Gets Better), El Nazer (The Headmaster), Halim (The Cousins), El gezira (The Island)… Sherif Arafa has won many awards during his artistic career. He won the Silver Award for his film, Al-irhab wal kabab (Terrorism & Bar.b.que), at the Milan African Film Festival in 1992. Arafa won the Bronze Award for his film Toyour elzalam (Birds of Darkness) at the Venice Film Festival in 1995. He also was named best director for his film Halim at The National Film Festival of Egypt in 2007. Sherif Arafa supplemented his successful career as a director by also producing successful works like the sitcom Tamer & Shawkeya and films like Ibn Ezz and Halim. In addition, Sherif Arafa set the dramatic tone of the series Lahzat Harega and directed some of the most important and memorable episodes in seasons I, II and III.

(Source: http://lahazat-harega.com/directors.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Toyour elzalam [Birds of Darkness] (1995).

The Dwarves are Coming (1982);
Alaqzam Kademon (1986);
Allaeb ma’a alkebar [Playing with the Giants] (1991 – Sherif Arafa, Said Hamed);
Al-irhab wal kabab [Terrorism & Bar.b.que/Terrorism and the Kebab] (1993);
El Mansy [The Forgotten] (1993);
Toyour elzalam [Birds of Darkness] (1995);
El Noom fi el Asal [Sleeping in Honey] (1996 – Sherif Arafa, Ali Idrees);
Edhak el soura tetlaa helwa [Smile, the Picture Gets Better] (1998);
Aboud ala el hedoud (1999);
El Nazer [The Headmaster] (2000);
Ibn ezz [Son of Wealth] (2001);
Mafia (2002);
Fool el seen el azeem (2004);
Halim [The Cousins] (2006);
El gezira [The Island] (2007);
Lahzat harega (2007 – Sherif Arafa, Marwan Hamed);
Welad el am [Escaping Tel Aviv/The Cousins] (2009);
Iks Larj (2011);
18 Days [Tamantashar yom] (2011 – Ahmad Abdalla, Mariam Abou Ouf, Kamla Abu Zekry, Ahmad Alaa, Mohamed Aly, Sherif Arafa, Sherif El Bendary, Marwan Hamed, Khaled Marei, Yousry Nasrallah).

Jorge António

Also Known As: Jorge António

Biography: Jorge António was born on June 8th, 1966 in Lisbon, Portugal. He directed his first feature film at the age of 24, and was the youngest director in Portugal at that time. O Miradouro da Lua (1993) was the first co-production between Portugal and Angola, and was made during the Angolan civil war. At the Luanda International Film Festival 2010, Jorge António refused the best documentary award for O Lendário Tio Liceu e os Ngola Ritmos. He offered the prize money to an Angolan welfare children institution. Since 1995, Jorge has also been the Executive Producer of the Contemporary Dance Company of Angola.

(Source: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0031639/bio)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
O Miradouro da Lua (2000).

O Gato preto (1986);
O Funeral (1992);
O Miradouro da Lua (1993);
Outras Frases (2003);
A Utopia do Padre Himalaya (2004);
Angola, Histórias da Música Popular (2005);
Kuduro – Fogo no Museke (2007);
Histórias da Vida na Terra (2008 – Jorge António, Rui Braz, Luis Correia, José Filipe Costa);
O Lendário Tio Liceu e os Ngola Ritmos (2010);
Outros Rituais Mais ou Menos (2011);
Dias de Chuva (2013).

Kwaw Ansah

Biography: Kwaw Ansah was born in 1941 in Agona Swedru, Ghana. He studied Theater Design at the London Polytechnic, before studying Performing Arts at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts of New York from 1963 to 1965. He founded the Abibirma Players in 1964, and his play The Adoption was produced off-Broadway in 1964. In 1965 he moved to Los Angeles to study at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and worked at RKO Studios. Soon after his return to Ghana in 1965 he became an executive member of the Ghana Drama Association and the Ghana Association of Writers, and an officer of the Film Guild of Ghana. His play Mother’s Tears was performed in Accra in 1967, and was instantly successful. In 1977, Ansah founded his film production company, Film Africa Limited.

Ansah is a crusader for African filmmaking and dramatic art, working ceaselessly for improved funding and distribution of African films within Africa. He has been chairman of FEPACI and a leader in the direction of FESPACO. In 1998, Kwaw Ansah was awarded the Acrag Prize, the Living Legend Award for Contribution to the Arts of Ghana.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Love Brewed in the African Pot ( 1998, 2004, 2007);
Heritage Africa (2007).

Love Brewed in the African Pot (1980);
Heritage Africa (1989);
Crossroads of People, Crossroads of Trade (1994).

Chika Anadu

Biography: Chika Anadu was born in Lagos, Nigeria in November 1980. She attended school there before going to the UK in 1997 where she did her ‘A’ Levels, got her first degree in BA (Hons) Law and Criminology, and an MA in African Studies: Human and Sustainable Development. Having always been an avid film buff from childhood, and having fallen in love with foreign Language/Arthouse films during her Masters degree, it wasn’t until 2006 that Chika realized that she wanted to be a filmmaker. She moved back to Nigeria for good in 2008 to work in TV/Film production. Chika Anadu is a 2010 graduate of New York Film Academy’s Four Week and a Berlinale Talent Campus Alumn (attendance: Berlin 2011). Her company: No Blondes Productions (Nigeria).


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
B For Boy (2014).

Epilogue (2009);
Ava (2010);
The Marriage Factor (2013)
B For Boy (2013).

Twilight Revelations: Episodes in the Life and Times of Emperor Haile Selassie


Director: Yemane I. Demissie
Countries: Ethiopia / South Africa / USA
Year: 2009
Running Time: 58 min.
Language: English

Twilight Revelations: Episodes in the Life & Times of Emperor Haile Selassie explores and analyzes watershed events during the reign of the Ethiopian emperor. Using a wealth of archival footage and photographs, the film reexamines the imperial administration through the eyes of numerous individuals who played important roles in the monarchy. The featured witnesses include attorneys, ministers of education, information and planning, a general, a Supreme Court justice, members of the royal family, the Emperor’s favorite pilot, parliamentarians, high-ranking civil servants, and members of the imperial household. The observations and narratives of these individuals shed new light on the personality, leadership style and humanity of the last and final Ethiopian emperor.

Yemane I. Demissie

Biography: Yemane I. Demissie is an award winning independent filmmaker who has received numerous awards for his work including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Walter Mosley award for Best Documentary, the Locarno Film Festival Production Grant, the American Film Institute’s Filmmaker’s Grant, the Paulin Vieyra Merit Award for Outstanding Work in the Cinema, the California Arts Council Artists Fellowship, and the Fonds Sud Writing Grant.

His films include two narrative features, Gir-gir (Tumult) and Dead Weight and a documentary, Twilight Revelations: Episodes in the Life and Times of Emperor Haile Selassie.

Yemane teaches directing, writing, production, film history and criticism in the Undergraduate Department of Film & Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Twilight Revelations: Episodes in the Life and Times of Emperor Haile Selassie (2013).

Gir-gir [Tumult] (1996);
Dead Weight (2009);
Twilight Revelations: Episodes in the Life and Times of Emperor Haile Selassie (2009).

Cosima Spender

Biography: Cosima Spender was born in Italy in an artists’ family, and moved to England at fourteen. A university degree in Anthropology and Art History at the School of Oriental and African Studies cultivated her interest in local identity and ethnic traditions, whether in Africa, Asia or Europe. Still photography and travelling sparked off a passion that led to the post-graduate documentary directing course at the National Film and Television School in England. Since leaving film school she has travelled around the world as a director, often filming her own projects. She lives in London.

(Source: http://www.peacockpicturesltd.com/www.peacockpicturesltd.com/BIOGRAPHY_COSIMA.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Importance of Being Elegant (2009 – George Amponsah, Cosima Spender);
Dolce Vita Africana (2013).

Marble Mountain (2000);
Life and Death on Exmoor (2001);
Orchestra Baobab, Specialist in All Styles (2002);
Ibrahim Ferrer, Buenos Hermanos (2003);
Omara Portuondo, Flor de Amor (2004);
The Importance of Being Elegant (2004 – George Amponsah, Cosima Spender);
Boulevard de l’indépendance (2006);
Dolce Vita Africana (2007);
Without Gorky (2011).

George Amponsah

Biography: George Amponsah is a critically-acclaimed director who has made numerous documentaries, including features such as The Fighting Spirit (2007), about boxers from Ghana in pursuit of the American dream, and The Importance of Being Elegant (2004), about a bizarre cult of fashion led by the flamboyant Congolese singer Papa Wemba. His work has been featured at numerous international film festivals. Amponsah became an obsessive maker of super 8 movies while at Art College in the early nineties. It was clear to him that he could explore questions about identity through filmmaking. This culminated in a post-graduate film that won him a scholarship to attend the documentary course at Britain’s National Film and Television School. Since then, George has won prestigious awards for his film work from the Post Office, the BBC, Kodak and The Royal Television Society, and he has worked with some of Britain’s most prolific television production companies. While making short films for the web and developing new feature films, George continued to work as a tutor with young people, using digital video as a tool with which to express views from outside the mainstream.

Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.98.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Importance of Being Elegant (2009 – George Amponsah, Cosima Spender);
The Fighting Spirit (2009).

First Steps (1998);
The Importance of Being Elegant (2004 – George Amponsah, Cosima Spender);
The Fighting Spirit (2007);
Bruised to Be Used (2008);
One plus One (2008);
Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men 2: Mo Teague (2009);
MacIntyre: World’s Toughest Towns: Paris (2011);
MacIntyre: World’s Toughest Towns: Mexico City (2011);
Diaspora Calling (2011).

King Ampaw

Biography: King Ampaw was born on the 25th of July 1940 in Kukurantumi in the Eastern Region of Ghana. He is married with two sons. He has produced, directed and acted in a number of films including Nana Akoto (Juju) in 1985, Kukurantumi (Road to Accra) in 1983, No Time to Die (2006) and Cobra Verde (1987) among others. His works are recognized internationally and have won awards including the Film Critics Award for Kukurantumi at Fespaco in Ouagadougou, the Input Film Award for Juju in Czech Republic, the Talifa Film Festival Award in Spain for No Time to Die. He was the first filmmaker to win an Honorary Award at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in Nigeria and other awards in Germany.

(Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201202161068.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
No Time to Die (2010).

They Call It Love (1972 – King Ampaw, Masanao Sakao);
Kukurantumi [Road to Accra] (1983);
Nana Akoto [Juju] (1985 – King Ampaw, Ingrid Mertner);
No Time to Die (2006).

Sylvestre Amoussou

Biography: Born in Benin, in 1964, Amoussou is an actor turned director. Due to the lack of interesting roles being offered to him, as a black actor living in France and wanting to express his ideas, Amoussou decided to begin making films.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Africa Paradis (2008).

Les Scorpionnes (1997);
Achille (1999);
Africa Paradis (2007);
Un pas en avant – Les Dessous de la corruption (2011).

Joel Almeida

Biography: Brazillian historian and filmmaker, Joel Almeida is one of the leading documentarians today. He began his career in cinema in the 1980s and has worked on many documentary films.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Coffee (2000).

Coffee (2000).

Mahmood Ali-Balogun

Biography: Mahmood Ali-Balogun is an actor, producer and director. He has established himself in the fields of TV commercial and documentary production, mostly in home video and stage production. Ali-Balogun was born in 1959. In the 80’s, he studied Dramatic Arts with specialization in film and television production at the University of Life, now the Obafemi Awolowo University. He is a member of the Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria (ITPAN), was Vice President of the Association Black Theatre Network (BTN), USA, and was the founder and former President of the National Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP).

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:

A Place Called Home (1999);
Tango With Me (2010).

Moisés Augusto

Also Known As: Moisés Augusto Coelho

Biography: Moisés Augusto Coelho is a producer who has worked on movies such as Eu Me Lembro, released in 2005, and Esses Mocos which was released in 2007. Moisés Augusto Coelho’s first movie was a short called Mr. Abrakadabra! in 1996, and then he continued in 1998 with A Mãe.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Oriki (2000 – Jorge Alfredo, Moisés Augusto).

Mr. Abrakadabra! (1996);
A Mãe (1998);
Oriki (2000 – Jorge Alfredo, Moisés Augusto);
Eu Me Lembro (2005);
Esses Mocos (2007).

Jorge Alfredo

Biography: Jorge Alfredo, born October 1950, is a musician and filmmaker from Bahia Ubaitaba, Portugal. He quickly excelled in his music career in the late 70s, with 2 Lps and a compact with recorded songs by Diana Small, Gum with Banan, Paulinho Boca de Cantor, and many others. Currently, he is the president of the Association of Producers and Filmmakers North and Northeast (APCNN). In 2006, he organized the book Introduction to Copyright Law. At the 34th Festival de Brasilia do Cinema Brasileiro, Jorge Alfredo won best film by the official jury, and best editing for his long documentary, Samba Riachão. Jorge Alfredo continues to be recognized as a director of video, TV, film, advertising, writer, director, editor, and musician.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:

Oriki (2000 – Jorge Alfredo, Moisés Augusto).


Oriki (2000 – Jorge Alfredo, Moisés Augusto);

Samba Riachão (2004).

Moustapha Alassane

Biography: Born in N’Dougou, Niger, Alassane first took a degree in Mechanics. In Niamey, he learned cinematographic techniques with Jean Rouch, who helped him to go study animation with Norman McLaren in Canada. He is one of the first filmmakers in Africa and made Niger a milestone in African Cinema. The first animated films in Sub-Saharan Africa are his. The frog is the main character in his animations and highlights his satiric eye on the social habits of his country. He directed approximately thirty animations, documentaries and fiction films. Retrospectives of his filmography have been presented in the most important festivals around the world. He led the Department of Cinema of the University of Niamey, for fifteen years, and was awarded the French Legion of Honour during the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.

(Source: http://www.africultures.com/php/index.php?nav=personne&no=3565)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Le Retour d’un aventurier [Return of an Adventurer] (2010);
Bon voyage, Sim (2010);
Adieu, Sim (2010).

La Bague du roi Koda (1962);
Aouré (1962);
La Pileuse de mil (1962);
Le Piroguier (1962);
L’Arachide de Sanchira (1964);
La Mort du Gandji (1965);
Le Retour d’un aventurier [Return of an Adventurer] (1966);
Bon voyage, Sim (1966);
Malbaza (1967);
Les Contrebandiers (1969);
Deela ou El Barka le conteur (1970);
Jamyya (1971);
F.V.V.A.: Femmes, Villas, Voitures, Argent (1972);
Abimbola ou Shaki (1972);
Siberi (1973);
Soubane (1974);
Toula ou Le Génie des eaux (1974);
Zaboa (1975);
Samba le grand (1977);
Agwane, mon village (1982);
Kankamba ou Le Semeur de discorde (1982);
Gourimou (1982);
Kokoa (1985);
Soolo (2000);
Adieu, Sim (2001);
Les Magiciens de l’Ader (2001);
Agaissa (2001);
Tagimba (2003).