Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • Alaskaland
  • Director: Chinonye Chukwu
    Countries: Nigeria / USA
    Year: 2012
    Running Time: 75 min.
    Language: English

    In this gorgeous, knowing debut film, Chukwuma, an Alaska-raised Nigerian struggles to balance his cultural heritage with the pressures of the world around him. After … read more»

  • Chinonye Chukwu
  • Biography: Chinonye Chukwu is a Nigerian-born, Alaskan-raised screenwriter, producer and director. A recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award, Chinonye’s short, The Dance Lesson, premiered at the Ritz Theater of Philadelphia and was later acquired by MindTV for regional … read more»

  • Stones in the Sun
  • Director: Patricia Benoit
    Countries: Haiti / USA
    Year: 2012
    Running Time: 95 min.
    Languages: Creole / English / French / Haitian

    In the midst of increasing political violence in their homeland, the lives of three pairs of Haitian refugees intersect … read more»

  • Patricia Benoit
  • Biography: Patricia Benoit was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and grew up in Queens, New York. Her family was forced into exile under the Duvalier dictatorship and moved to France before moving to the United States. Benoit’s documentary Courage and Painread more»

  • Death For Sale
  • Also Known As: Baya Al Maut / Mort à vendre
    Director: Faouzi Bensaïdi
    Countries: Belgium / France / Germany / Morocco / United Arab Emirates
    Year: 2011
    Running Time: 117 min.
    Language: Arabic

    Tetouan, a Moroccan port city permanently under … read more»

  • Faouzi Bensaïdi
  • Biography: After working in theater as a director and an actor, Faouzi Bensaïdi directed his first short film The Cliff (1997), which won 23 prizes in festivals in France and abroad. In 1999, he co-wrote the script for André Téchiné’s … read more»

  • Nairobi Half Life
  • Director: David ‘Tosh’ Gitonga
    Countries: Germany / Kenya
    Year: 2012
    Running Time: 96 min.
    Language: Swahili

    A young aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya dreams of becoming successful in the big city. In pursuit of this and to the chagrin of … read more»

  • Tosh Gitonga
  • Also Known As: David Tosh Gitonga / Tosh

    Biography: David Tosh Gitonga, popularly known as Tosh, was born in a small town named Nanyuki in the East of Kenya on September 20th, 1981. He studied at the Kenya Institute of … read more»

  • Lonesome Solo
  • Biography: Born in 1986 in Abidjan, Souleymane Bamba aka Lonesome Solo grew up in the poor suburbs of the Ivorian capital. He describes himself as a child from the “ghetto”. A real movie fan, he took correspondence courses and began … read more»

  • Moussa Touré
  • Biography: Moussa Touré was born in 1958 in Dakar, Senegal. He entered the film industry as an electrician, then became assistant director and finally directed his own short, Baram, in 1987. His first feature, Toubab Bi, made in … read more»

  • Toussaint Louverture
  • Director: Philippe Niang
    Country: France / Haiti
    Year: 2012
    Running Time: 180 min.
    Language: French

    At the age of eight, Toussaint Louverture is marked forever when he sees his father, an old slave, judged unproductive and thrown into the harbor. … read more»

  • Philippe Niang
  • Biography: After studying in Nice, France, and in Paris at the prestigious IDHEC (High Cinematographic Studies Institute), Philippe Niang became an assistant for television. Thereafter, he directed many documentaries, and then his first features, being also the screenwriter for TV … read more»

  • Abderrahmane Sissako
  • Biography: Abderrahmane Sissako was born in Kiffa, Mauritania, in 1961 and raised in Mali, his father’s homeland. When he returned to Mauritania in 1980, the emotional and financial difficulties of adjustment made him turn to literature and film. A study … read more»

  • Safi Faye
  • Biography: Safi Faye was born in Dakar, Senegal, in 1943. She was a school teacher for six years before beginning her career in film, as an actress in Jean Rouch’s Petit à petit in 1971. Subsequently, Faye studied both ethnology … read more»

  • Ismail Farouk
  • Biography: Ismail Farouk is an artist and urban researcher living and working in Cape Town. He holds the position of Researcher at the African Centre for Cities, where he convenes the Central Citylab project and is responsible for the urban … read more»

  • Lázaro Faria
  • Biography: Lázaro Faria started in 1990 at Bahia X Movies, where he produced commercials for all Brazil, political and institutional marketing programmes for television. In the following years, he produced and directed the 16 mm documentary Os Orixás da Bahiread more»

  • Nadia Farès Anliker
  • Biography: Nadia Farès Anliker is of Egyptian-Swiss origin. She graduated from Cairo University in 1986 and that same year, began to make short films. In 1989, she assisted filmmakers, Kieslowski and Zebrowsky. She received a Master’s degree in film studies … read more»

  • Kramo-Lanciné Fadika
  • Biography: Kramo-Lanciné Fadika was born in 1948 in Ivory Coast. He studied at the Nationale Photo-Cinéma de la rue Vaugirard à Paris, and now has credits in directing, scriptwriting, and editing. He directed his first short film, La Fin de read more»

  • Hawa Essuman
  • Biography: Hawa Essuman performed in and worked on several theatre plays and a couple of films before she made her way into the world of production and then, eventually behind the camera. Working on TV commercials and documentaries provided her … read more»