Shannon Walsh

shannonwalshBiography: Shannon Walsh is a filmmaker, and an Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University Hong Kong. Her first feature documentary, H2Oil, was recognized by the Montreal Mirror as one of the top ten independent documentaries of 2009 for its urgent and poignant telling of the human and environmental devastation caused by Canada’s tar sands. In 2011, her film St-Henri, the 26th of August, brought sixteen filmmakers to uncover the complexity and contradictions of everyday life in a Montreal neighbourhood. Jeppe on a Friday, her second neighbourhood documentary co-directed with Arya Lalloo traces the lives of 5 diverse people in Johannesburg’s inner city. Underlying all of her work is a focus on social justice and collaboration. Walsh received a PhD from McGill University in 2010, and a post-doc in the South African Research Chair in Social Change at the University of Johannesburg in 2013.

(Source: AFF, inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Jeppe on a Friday (2013 – Arya Lalloo, Shannon Walsh).

Filmography:
Revisit (2002);
Sayeh (2003 – Kaveh Nabatian, Nicolas Rutigliano, Shannon Walsh);
Fire & Hope (2004);
No One Is Illegal (2005);
Inkani (2006);
The Space in Between (2007);
Home-less (2008);
H2Oil (2009);
À St-Henri, le 26 août [St‑Henri, the 26th of August] (2011);
Jeppe on a Friday (2012 – Arya Lalloo, Shannon Walsh).

Jeppe on a Friday

Directors: Arya Lalloo and Shannon Walsh
Countries: Canada / South Africa
Year: 2012
Running Time: 85 min.
Language: English

The directors and a team of local filmmakers spent a single day following five distinct characters, creating a portrait of a community pulsing with life. The result is an astonishing work that stands as a fluid exploration of the complex and fascinating spectrum of South African society.

Arya Lalloo and Shannon Walsh

aryalBiography: Born in 1980 in South Africa, Arya Lalloo is an independent filmmaker of mixed heritage based in Johannesburg. She has written and directed documentaries for South African broadcast as well as the outreach documentary Citizen X, which explored the reactions of social movements to xenophobic violence in peri-urban townships. More recent work includes writing and directing on Alexandra! My Alexandra, a historical documentary series about the famous township of the same name, and the feature documentary Jeppe on a Friday (co-directed with Shannon Walsh) that paints an intimate and sensory portrait of life in a regenerating Johannesburg neighborhood. Arya is broadly interested in urban identities and social histories in post-apartheid South Africa and beyond. Much of her work is driven by a need to identify and provoke popular misperceptions and misrepresentations of contemporary urban African experience, by exploring, reimagining and celebrating these often-invisible identities and histories.

shannonwalshBiography: Shannon Walsh is a filmmaker, and an Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University Hong Kong. Her first feature documentary, H2Oil, was recognized by the Montreal Mirror as one of the top ten independent documentaries of 2009 for its urgent and poignant telling of the human and environmental devastation caused by Canada’s tar sands. In 2011, her film St-Henri, the 26th of August, brought sixteen filmmakers to uncover the complexity and contradictions of everyday life in a Montreal neighbourhood. Jeppe on a Friday, her second neighbourhood documentary co-directed with Arya Lalloo traces the lives of 5 diverse people in Johannesburg’s inner city. Underlying all of her work is a focus on social justice and collaboration. Walsh received a PhD from McGill University in 2010, and a post-doc in the South African Research Chair in Social Change at the University of Johannesburg in 2013.

(Source: AFF, inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Jeppe on a Friday (2013).

Filmography:
Revisit (2002 – Shannon Walsh);
Sayeh (2003 – Kaveh Nabatian, Nicolas Rutigliano, Shannon Walsh);
Fire & Hope (2004 – Shannon Walsh);
No One Is Illegal (2005 – Shannon Walsh);
Inkani (2006 – Shannon Walsh);
The Space in Between (2007 – Shannon Walsh);
Home-less (2008 – Shannon Walsh);
It Happened to Me (2008 – Rehad Desai, Darryl Els, Arya Lalloo, Michael Matsie);
The Father Inside (2009 – Rehad Desai, Arya Lalloo);
H2Oil (2009 – Shannon Walsh);
Citizen X (2010 – Arya Lalloo);
À St-Henri, le 26 août [St‑Henri, the 26th of August] (2011 – Shannon Walsh);
Alexandra! My Alexandra (2012 – Arya Lalloo);
Jeppe on a Friday (2012).

Sifuna Okwethu

Also Known As: We Want What’s Ours
Director: Bernadette Atuahene
Countries: South Africa / USA
Year: 2011
Running Time: 19 min.
Language: English

Documentary short filmed in South Africa and is about loss, resistance, identity and the elusiveness of justice as experienced by the Ndolila family in their quest to get back their family land stolen by the apartheid government in 1973. Standing in their way are working class black homeowners who purchased portions of the Ndolila’s land in the 1990s. For the homeowners, the land and houses they have legally purchased are a reward for their hard work. For the Ndolilas, the land is part of their family legacy and hence deeply intertwined with their identity. Both sides have a legitimate right to the land, but whose rights will prevail?

Bernadette Atuahene

bernadetteBiography: Bernadette Atuahene is Associate Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law and American Bar Foundation Faculty Fellow. She earned her J.D. at Yale Law School in 2002, her M.P.A. at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2002, and earned her B.A. in 1997 (magna cum laude) from the University of California, Los Angeles. After law school, Professor Atuahene was in South Africa as a Fulbright Scholar. She served as a judicial clerk at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, working for Justices Madala and Ngcobo. In 2008 she won the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship and worked with the South African Director General of Land Affairs and his staff.

(Source: http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/faculty/profile/25/bio.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Sifuna Okwethu [We Want What’s Ours] (2013).

Filmography:
Sifuna Okwethu [We Want What’s Ours] (2011).

Christopher Nizza

chrisnizzaBiography: Christopher Nizza is a New York City born, bred and based filmmaker and editor. His Emmy Award-winning work includes documentaries and television shows (Hollywood DC, Ironman Triathlon, Dakar Rally, Iditarod) as well as video game commercials and music videos. He edited Figure Skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, NBC’s highest-rated venue at the Games. Nizza is a founding member of the University of the Poor, a project dedicated to using video and new technologies as part of a broad movement to end poverty. As part of this work he collaborated with other filmmakers and community groups to make Crisis, U.S.A., Copy This Tape and Learning as we Lead. These short documentaries have been used in educational programs at hundreds of grassroots meetings across the United States. He also played on one of the most fun, undersized, outgunned basketball teams in New York City high school history, once hitting 5 three-pointers in a game.

Christopher Nizza and Dara Kell are recipients of Participant Media’s Outstanding Filmmaker Award, representing Africa. Dear Mandela is their first feature-length documentary.

(Source: http://www.dearmandela.com/?q=node/7)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Dear Mandela (2013 – Dara Kell, Christopher Nizza).

Filmography:
Copy This Tape (Date unknown);
Crisis, U.S.A. (Date unknown);
Learning as we Lead (Date unknown);
Dear Mandela (2012 – Dara Kell, Christopher Nizza).

Dara Kell

darakellBiography: Dara Kell is an award-winning South African filmmaker and editor. She was co-editor of The Reckoning (Sundance Film Festival, 2009) and was an additional editor on the Academy Award-nominated Jesus Camp. She has since edited documentaries about prison reform, LGBT rights, Head Start and domestic violence. As part of a coalition of grassroots community organizations, she spent many years working with youth across the United States developing collaborative films to strengthen their work on healthcare and housing rights issues. She has trained young people who are now leaders in dozens of groups across the country, including the Media Mobilizing Project in Philadelphia and United Workers in Baltimore. In South Africa, she edited Courting Justice, which profiles five indomitable female judges charged with the task of advancing human rights and enacting transitional justice. Dara studied Journalism and Political Science at Rhodes University, and won the top prize for her student film about motherhood and AIDS.

Christopher Nizza and Dara Kell are recipients of Participant Media’s Outstanding Filmmaker Award, representing Africa. Dear Mandela is their first feature-length documentary.

(Source: http://www.dearmandela.com/?q=node/7)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Dear Mandela (2013 – Dara Kell, Christopher Nizza).

Filmography:
Indlini Yam [In My House] (2003);
Dear Mandela (2012 – Dara Kell, Christopher Nizza).

Dear Mandela

Directors: Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza
Countries: South Africa / USA
Year: 2012
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English / Zulu

When the South African government promises to “eradicate the slums” and begins to evict shack dwellers, three friends who live in Durban’s vast shantytowns refuse to be moved.

Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza

darakellBiography: Dara Kell is an award-winning South African filmmaker and editor. She was co-editor of The Reckoning (Sundance Film Festival, 2009) and was an additional editor on the Academy Award-nominated Jesus Camp. She has since edited documentaries about prison reform, LGBT rights, Head Start and domestic violence. As part of a coalition of grassroots community organizations, she spent many years working with youth across the United States developing collaborative films to strengthen their work on healthcare and housing rights issues. She has trained young people who are now leaders in dozens of groups across the country, including the Media Mobilizing Project in Philadelphia and United Workers in Baltimore. In South Africa, she edited Courting Justice, which profiles five indomitable female judges charged with the task of advancing human rights and enacting transitional justice. Dara studied Journalism and Political Science at Rhodes University, and won the top prize for her student film about motherhood and AIDS.

chrisnizzaBiography: Christopher Nizza is a New York City born, bred and based filmmaker and editor. His Emmy Award-winning work includes documentaries and television shows (Hollywood DC, Ironman Triathlon, Dakar Rally, Iditarod) as well as video game commercials and music videos. He edited Figure Skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, NBC’s highest-rated venue at the Games. Nizza is a founding member of the University of the Poor, a project dedicated to using video and new technologies as part of a broad movement to end poverty. As part of this work he collaborated with other filmmakers and community groups to make Crisis, U.S.A., Copy This Tape and Learning as we Lead. These short documentaries have been used in educational programs at hundreds of grassroots meetings across the United States. He also played on one of the most fun, undersized, outgunned basketball teams in New York City high school history, once hitting 5 three-pointers in a game.

Christopher Nizza and Dara Kell are recipients of Participant Media’s Outstanding Filmmaker Award, representing Africa. Dear Mandela is their first feature-length documentary.

(Source: http://www.dearmandela.com/?q=node/7)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Dear Mandela (2013).

Filmography:
Copy This Tape (Date unknown – Christopher Nizza);
Crisis, U.S.A. (Date unknown – Christopher Nizza);
Learning as we Lead (Date unknown – Christopher Nizza);
Indlini Yam [In My House] (2003 – Dara Kell);
Dear Mandela (2012).

Creation in Exile

Also Known As: Imaginaires en exil – Cinq cinéastes d’Afrique se racontent
Director: Daniela Ricci
Country: France
Year: 2013
Running Time: 53 min.
Languages: English / French

This documentary follows the personal and artistic paths of five major African filmmakers in exile from Paris to Washington, from Ouagadougou to London, via Uppsala.

Daniela Ricci

danielarBiography: After working for the United Nations for several years in various African countries, Italian scholar and filmmaker Daniela Ricci went on to complete a PhD. in African Cinema at the Lyon 3 University in France and at Howard University in the US. Daniela is currently a lecturer in cinema at La Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris and President of the inter-cultural organization, Uno sguardo all’Africa Festival in Savona, Italy.

(Source: http://www.africa-in-motion.org.uk/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Creation in Exile [Imaginaires en exil – Cinq cinéastes d’Afrique se racontent] (2013).

Filmography:
Creation in Exile [Imaginaires en exil – Cinq cinéastes d’Afrique se racontent] (2013).

RasTa: A Soul’s Journey

Director: Stuart Samuels
Country: Canada
Year: 2011
Running Time: 93 min.
Language: English

Granddaughter of legendary artist Bob Marley, Donisha Prendergast, travels around the world to explore the roots and evolution of Rastafari.

Stuart Samuels

stusamBiography: Stuart Samuels is an award-winning Canadian film director, television producer and writer in the documentary and music fields. His works explore the relationship of popular culture to the broader historical context of their times. He founded Stuart Samuels Productions in 2000, a Toronto film and television production company.

In 1993, Stuart produced and co-directed the award-winning Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography, about the history of cinematography in motion pictures. The New York Film Critics Circle, The National Society of Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics named Visions the year’s best documentary while The New York Times, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times and The San Francisco Chronicle awarded it four-star reviews. Visions of Light was the first High Definition (HDTV) feature to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival (1993), and was selected for the Edinburgh, London, Telluride, Chicago, Toronto, New York, Munich, Tokyo and Sundance Film Festivals. A survey of 40 major film critics named it “the most critically acclaimed film of 1993.”

In 1998, Stuart co-directed and co-wrote Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream. Based on the acclaimed book by Neal Gabler, Hollywoodism chronicles how Jewish immigrants founded and built Hollywood in the early twentieth century. The film garnered Stuart best director honours at Toronto’s Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival and best documentary at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

(Source: http://www.stuartsamuelsproductions.com/site/aboutus.php)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
RasTa: A Soul’s Journey (2013).

Filmography:
Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography (1993 – Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, Stuart Samuels);
Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998 – Simcha Jacobovici, Stuart Samuels);
Cartier: Jewelers to the Kings (1999);
Urban/Wild (2000);
Paparazzi (2002);
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005);
27: A Theatrical Documentary (2008);
RasTa: A Soul’s Journey (2011).

Fredrik Stanton

fredrikstantonBiography: Author of Great Negotiations: Agreements that Changed the Modern World, Fredrik Stanton is a John C. Whitehead Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association. He has appeared on C-Span’s Washington Journal and Voice of America, and his writing has been published in the Washington Post.com, Forbes.com, Politico, the Boston Herald and the United Nations Association’s A Global Agenda. In 2012, he completed filming Uprising, a documentary about the Egyptian revolution. Mr. Stanton is the former president and publisher of the Columbia Daily Spectator. He has served as an election monitor in Armenia, the Republic of Georgia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Azerbaijan. Great Negotiations: Agreements that Changed the Modern World won the Grand Prize at the London Book Festival, Best Non-Fiction book at the Los Angeles Book Festival, and the International Book Award in three categories including World History. Drawing on primary sources, transcripts, and interviews, it tells the stories of eight key episodes in modern diplomacy, from Benjamin Franklin securing crucial French support for the American Revolution to Reagan and Gorbachev’s historic summit in Iceland.

(Source: http://www.fredrikstanton.com/bio.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Uprising (2013).

Filmography:
Uprising (2012).

Uprising

Director: Fredrik Stanton
Countries: Egypt / US
Year: 2012
Running Time: 85 min.
Languages: Arabic / English

Produced by an Academy Award-winning team, Uprising tells the inside story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of its principal leaders and organizers. Communicating via Facebook and Twitter, protesters braved tear gas, beatings, and live bullets. Uprising is a story of profound hope and of courage rewarded.

Jane Murago-Munene

janemurangoBiography: Veteran filmmaker and producer Jane Murago-Munene was trained at Voice of Kenya (the name of which was later reverted back to Kenya Broadcasting Corporation). Her first production, The Tender One, was made during the first United Nation’s International Year of the Child in 1979. It was this UN project that made her realize her interest in documentaries. Founder of CineArts Afrika in 1990, she is also chairperson of the Kenya National Film Association and Eastern Africa regional secretary of FEPACI (the Pan-African Federation of Filmmakers). Other works to her credit include: The Chosen One co-directed in 1991 with Dommie Yambo-Odotte, the 14-minute documentary Women, Water, and Workload (1994), Enkishon: the Maasai Child in Kenya (1995), a 28-minute documentary, and Out of Silence, a 23-minute documentary produced in 2000. The fiction films The Price of a Daughter and Behind Closed Doors were released in 2003 and 2004 respectively. Her work Turning Tide: Women Entrepreneurs in Africa is a 13-part series made in 2008 in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to showcase successful businesswomen from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Jane Murago-Munene directed Monica Wangu Wamwere: The Unbroken Spirit in 2010.

(Source: http://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.fr/2010/10/jane-murago-munene-entrepreneur-of.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Monica Wangu Wamwere: The Unbroken Spirit (2012).

Filmography:
The Tender One (1979);
The Chosen One (1991 – Jane Murago-Munene, Dommie Yambo-Odotte);
Women, Water, and Workload (1994);
Enkishon: the Maasai Child in Kenya (1995);
Out of Silence (2000);
The Price of a Daughter (2003);
Behind Closed Doors (2004);
Turning Tide: Women Entrepreneurs in Africa (2008);
Monica Wangu Wamwere: The Unbroken Spirit (2010).

Alain Gomis

Alain_GomisBiography: Alain Gomis, born in France, is of Senegalese origin and studied cinematography at the Sorbonne. After graduating he organized and facilitated video production workshops for immigrant youth in Nanterre. By the age of twenty-six, he had already made three short films: Tourbillons, Tout le monde peut se tromper, and the documentary Caramels et chocolats. In 2001, Gomis directed his first feature film, L’Afrance. Gomis’ latest film, Tey, was awarded the Etalon de Yenenga at FESPACO in 2012. His films often fall under the subject of young immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa.

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
Through African Eyes – Dialogues with the Directors, BONETTI Mahen and REDDY Prerana (Editors), 2003, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.102)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Tourbillons [Whirlwinds] (2001);
L’Afrance (2002);
Petite lumière (2004);
Tey [Aujourd’hui] (2013).

Filmography:
Caramels et chocolats (1996);
Tout le monde peut se tromper (1998);
Tourbillons [Whirlwinds] (1999);
L’Afrance (2001);
Petite lumière (2003);
Ahmed (2006);
Andalucia (2007);
Tey [Aujourd’hui] (2012);
Les Délices du Monde (2012).

Rémi Bezançon

remi-bezanconBiography: Rémi Bezançon was born in France in 1971. He studied at the film school École Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle (ESRA) in Paris and the École du Louvre. He made his first short film Little Italie in 1997. Made in 2008, his second feature film Le Premier Jour du reste de ta vie, was a huge success and was nominated for two César Awards (the French Oscars). Zarafa (2012) marked his first animated project.

(Source: https://www.festivalscope.com/director/bezan-on-r-mi)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Zarafa (2013 – Rémi Bezançon, Jean-Christophe Lie).

Filmography:
Little Italie (1997);
Vikings (2001);
Paraboles (2003);
Ma vie en l’air (2005);
Le Premier Jour du reste de ta vie (2008);
Un heureux événement (2011);
Zarafa (2012 – Rémi Bezançon, Jean-Christophe Lie).

Jean-Christophe Lie

jean-christophe-lieBiography: Jean-Christophe Lie was born in France in 1970. He studied at the art school École des Beaux-arts in Toulouse and at the film school CFT des Gobelins in Paris and subsequently worked as an animator at Walt Disney Studios in Montreuil. In 2008 he made his first short animation film, L’Homme à la Gordini, which was screened in Cannes, was nominated for a César (the French Oscars) and won two awards at the Annecy animation film festival.

(Source: https://www.festivalscope.com/director/lie-jean-christophe)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Zarafa (2013 – Rémi Bezançon, Jean-Christophe Lie).

Filmography:
L’Homme à la Gordini (2009 – Jean-Christophe Lie);
Zarafa (2012 – Rémi Bezançon, Jean-Christophe Lie).

Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie

remi-bezanconBiography: Rémi Bezançon was born in France in 1971. He studied at the film school École Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle (ESRA) in Paris and the École du Louvre. He made his first short film Little Italie in 1997. Made in 2008, his second feature film Le Premier Jour du reste de ta vie, was a huge success and was nominated for two César Awards (the French Oscars). Zarafa (2012) marked his first animated project.

jean-christophe-lieBiography: Jean-Christophe Lie was born in France in 1970. He studied at the art school École des Beaux-arts in Toulouse and at the film school CFT des Gobelins in Paris and subsequently worked as an animator at Walt Disney Studios in Montreuil. In 2008 he made his first short animation film, L’Homme à la Gordini, which was screened in Cannes, was nominated for a César (the French Oscars) and won two awards at the Annecy animation film festival.

(Sources:
https://www.festivalscope.com/director/bezan-on-r-mi
https://www.festivalscope.com/director/lie-jean-christophe)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Zarafa (2013).

Filmography:
Little Italie (1997 – Rémi Bezançon);
Vikings (2001 – Rémi Bezançon);
Paraboles (2003 – Rémi Bezançon);
Ma vie en l’air (2005 – Rémi Bezançon);
Le Premier Jour du reste de ta vie (2008 – Rémi Bezançon);
L’Homme à la Gordini (2009 – Jean-Christophe Lie);
Un heureux événement (2011 – Rémi Bezançon);
Zarafa (2012).