Panel Discussion:

African Filmmaking in the Digital Era:

Bringing New Audiences to African Cinema.

Thursday, April 18 – 6:30PM-8:30PM

Columbia University’s Maison Française – Buell Hall – 2nd floor – 515 West 116th Street

A panel discussion with Oluchi Enuha (iROKOtv Plus business), Ngozi Odita (founder of Society HAE and Executive Director, Social Media Week Lagos), Nikyatu Jusu (filmmaker/teacher), Priscilla Djirackor (editor, Buni TV), Aminata Diop (editor-in-chief, Tamaji Magazine) and Frances Bodomo (filmmaker).

Moderated by Derica Shields, film critic for Okayafrica.

This panel examines how the next generation of African media makers are using new technological tools in exciting and evolving ways to amplify their voices and find new audiences. These media makers’ use of Skype, cell phones, and portable cameras is leading to an explosion of voices across the digital landscape, from blogs, to new forms of guerilla filmmaking, to new networks of distribution. These media makers are pooling their resources, creating new opportunities for filmmakers who in previous generations lacked the necessary tools to make films. The panel features filmmakers, new media distributors, critics, and academics. Film clips will also be shown.

Event organized by the African Film Festival and co-sponsored by the Columbia Maison Française, Institute of African Studies and School of the Arts Film Division.

Benoît Lamy

Biography: Benoît Lamy was born in Arlon, Belgium, in 1945 and graduated from I.A.D. in 1967. He was an intern on Pasolini’s Oedipus Rex in Italy in 1968. His first major film Home Sweet Home (La Fête à Jules – 1973) won a Diploma award at the 8th Moscow International Film Festival; it was also nominated for a Golden Prize award and received 14 international awards, from Montréal to Tehran. He founded his company Lamy Films in 1976. Some of the films his company produced include, Pierre Joassin’s Gros cœurs (1986), Mary Jimenez’s L’Air de rien (1989), Rosa Vergés’ Boom Boom (1990), and Férid Boughédir‘s Un été à la Goulette (1995). Serving as president of the Belgian producers association U.P.F.F. from 1988-91, Lamy has directed such films as Ham from the Ardennes (1977), Life Is Rosy (La vie est belle – 1987) and Wild Games (Combat de Fauves – 1997), which won a Golden Bayard award at the Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film. Benoît Lamy passed away in Braine-l’Alleud, Belgium in April 2008.

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
http://www.german-films.de/filmarchive/browse-archive/view/person/person/lamy/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beno%C3%AEt_Lamy)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Life Is Rosy [La vie est belle] (1994 – Benoît Lamy, Ngangura Mwezé).

Filmography:
Cartoon Circus (1972);
Home Sweet Home [La Fête à Jules] (1973);
Ham from the Ardennes (1977);
Capitali culturali d’Europa – Ceci n’est pas Bruxelles (1983);
Life Is Rosy [La vie est belle] (1987 – Benoît Lamy, Ngangura Mwezé);
Ouagadougou, portraits de dieux (1993);
Wild Games [Combat de fauves] (1997);
Cream and Punishment (2008).

Ngangura Mwezé

Biography: Ngangura Mwezé was born in Bukavu, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) on 7 October 1950. At the age of twenty he won a scholarship to go to Belgium and study at the Institut des arts de diffusion, graduating in 1975. While a student he made two short films, Tamtam électronique (1973) and Rhythm and Blood (1975). Returning to Zaire in 1976 he became a lecturer at three colleges in Kinshasa: the National Institute of Arts (INA), Institute of Science and Information Technologies (ISTI) and Studio-School of the Voice of Zaire (SEVOZA). For ten years Ngangura Mwezé made TV documentaries in Zaire. He made his first documentary, Chéri-Samba, in 1980, a portrait of a popular young painter from Kinshasa. His next work Kin Kiesse ou les Joies douces-amères de Kinshasa-la-Belle (1982) documents the sweet and sour pleasures of Kinshasa la Belle. Kin Kiesse won prizes in Ouagadougou (FESPACO ’83), Hammamet (CIRTEF ’83), and was selected for INPUT ’86 in Montreal. In 1985, returning to Europe, Ngangura Mwezé worked on the scenario of Life Is Rosy (La vie est belle, released in 1987) with funding from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mwez%C3%A9_Ngangura)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Life Is Rosy [La vie est belle] (1994 – Benoît Lamy, Ngangura Mwezé);
Identity Pieces [Pièces d’identités] (2000).

Filmography:
Tamtam électronique (1973);
Rhythm and Blood (1975);
Chéri-Samba (1980);
Kin Kiesse ou les Joies douces-amères de Kinshasa-la-Belle (1982);
Life Is Rosy [La vie est belle] (1987 – Benoît Lamy, Ngangura Mwezé);
Changa-Changa, Rythmes en noirs et blancs (1992);
Le Roi, la Vache et le Bananier, chronique d’un retour au Royaume de Ngweshe (1994);
Lettre à Makura : les derniers Bruxellois (1995);
Le Général Tombeur (1997);
Identity Pieces [Pièces d’identités] (1998);
Au nom de mon père (2001);
The Governor’s New Clothes (2004);
Shégués, les enfants de la jungle urbaine (2008);
Tu n’as rien vu à Kinshasa (2010).

Benoît Lamy and Ngangura Mwezé

Biography: Benoît Lamy was born in Arlon, Belgium, in 1945 and graduated from I.A.D. in 1967. He was an intern on Pasolini’s Oedipus Rex in Italy in 1968. His first major film Home Sweet Home (La Fête à Jules – 1973) won a Diploma award at the 8th Moscow International Film Festival; it was also nominated for a Golden Prize award and received 14 international awards, from Montréal to Tehran. He founded his company Lamy Films in 1976. Some of the films his company produced include, Pierre Joassin’s Gros cœurs (1986), Mary Jimenez’s L’Air de rien (1989), Rosa Vergés’ Boom Boom (1990), and Férid Boughédir‘s Un été à la Goulette (1995). Serving as president of the Belgian producers association U.P.F.F. from 1988-91, Lamy has directed such films as Ham from the Ardennes (1977), Life Is Rosy (La vie est belle – 1987) and Wild Games (Combat de Fauves – 1997), which won a Golden Bayard award at the Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film. Benoît Lamy passed away in Braine-l’Alleud, Belgium in April 2008.

Biography: Ngangura Mwezé was born in Bukavu, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) on 7 October 1950. At the age of twenty he won a scholarship to go to Belgium and study at the Institut des arts de diffusion, graduating in 1975. While a student he made two short films, Tamtam électronique (1973) and Rhythm and Blood (1975). Returning to Zaire in 1976 he became a lecturer at three colleges in Kinshasa: the National Institute of Arts (INA), Institute of Science and Information Technologies (ISTI) and Studio-School of the Voice of Zaire (SEVOZA). For ten years Ngangura Mwezé made TV documentaries in Zaire. He made his first documentary, Chéri-Samba, in 1980, a portrait of a popular young painter from Kinshasa. His next work Kin Kiesse ou les Joies douces-amères de Kinshasa-la-Belle (1982) documents the sweet and sour pleasures of Kinshasa la Belle. Kin Kiesse won prizes in Ouagadougou (FESPACO ’83), Hammamet (CIRTEF ’83), and was selected for INPUT ’86 in Montreal. In 1985, returning to Europe, Ngangura Mwezé worked on the scenario of Life Is Rosy (La vie est belle, released in 1987) with funding from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
http://www.german-films.de/filmarchive/browse-archive/view/person/person/lamy/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beno%C3%AEt_Lamy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mwez%C3%A9_Ngangura)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Life Is Rosy [La vie est belle] (1994);
Identity Pieces [Pièces d’identités] (2000 – Ngangura Mwezé).

Filmography:
Cartoon Circus (1972 – Benoît Lamy);
Home Sweet Home [La Fête à Jules] (1973 – Benoît Lamy);
Tamtam électronique (1973 – Ngangura Mwezé);
Rhythm and Blood (1975 – Ngangura Mwezé);
Ham from the Ardennes (1977 – Benoît Lamy);
Chéri-Samba (1980 – Ngangura Mwezé);
Kin Kiesse ou les Joies douces-amères de Kinshasa-la-Belle (1982 – Ngangura Mwezé);
Capitali culturali d’Europa – Ceci n’est pas Bruxelles (1983 – Benoît Lamy);
Life Is Rosy [La vie est belle] (1987);
Changa-Changa, Rythmes en noirs et blancs (1992 – Ngangura Mwezé);
Ouagadougou, portraits de dieux (1993 – Benoît Lamy);
Le Roi, la Vache et le Bananier, chronique d’un retour au Royaume de Ngweshe (1994 – Ngangura Mwezé);
Lettre à Makura : les derniers Bruxellois (1995 – Ngangura Mwezé);
Le Général Tombeur (1997 – Ngangura Mwezé);
Wild Games [Combat de fauves] (1997 – Benoît Lamy);
Identity Pieces [Pièces d’identités] (1998 – Ngangura Mwezé);
Au nom de mon père (2001 – Ngangura Mwezé);
The Governor’s New Clothes (2004 – Ngangura Mwezé);
Shégués, les enfants de la jungle urbaine (2008 – Ngangura Mwezé);
Cream and Punishment (2008 – Benoît Lamy);
Tu n’as rien vu à Kinshasa (2010 – Ngangura Mwezé).

Dave LaMattina

Biography: Director/producer Dave LaMattina graduated from Boston College with a degree in Communications; there he received a grant from the Jacques Salmanowitz Program for Moral Courage in Documentary Film to direct and produce a documentary about child AIDS activist Nkosi Johnson. He then earned his MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television, and headed back east to put his skills into practice. He has experience directing all over the world on a variety of different shoots and projects. He also spent time writing for commercial clients and working in development with Hollywood studios. He co-founded Copper Pot Pictures in 2007 with Chad N. Walker and Clay Frost. The three set out to establish a company that could produce meaningful documentaries and other content.

(Sources:
http://copperpotpictures.com/about-us/
http://www.africultures.com/php/index.php?nav=personne&no=28920)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Brownstones to Red Dirt (2011 – Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker).

Filmography:
Brownstones to Red Dirt (2010 – Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker);
Kei (2012 – Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker);
We Must Go (2014);
I am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2014).

Chad N. Walker

Biography: Chad N. Walker’s skills as a director were born out of ten years of editing everything from big budget Hollywood features to small, indie passion projects. He moves behind the camera on Copper Pot Picture’s docs and commercial shoots, pulling double-duty as director and editor. Chad honed his skills in the world of animation, helping edit such blockbusters for Blue Sky Studios like, Rio, Horton Hears a Who, and films from the Ice Age franchise. He has an uncanny ability to turn any footage into compelling content.

(Source: http://copperpotpictures.com/about-us/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Brownstones to Red Dirt (2010 – Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker).

Filmography:
Brownstones to Red Dirt (2010 – Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker);
Kei (2012 – Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker).

Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker

Biography: Director/producer Dave LaMattina graduated from Boston College with a degree in Communications; there he received a grant from the Jacques Salmanowitz Program for Moral Courage in Documentary Film to direct and produce a documentary about child AIDS activist Nkosi Johnson. He then earned his MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television, and headed back east to put his skills into practice. He has experience directing all over the world on a variety of different shoots and projects. He also spent time writing for commercial clients and working in development with Hollywood studios. He co-founded Copper Pot Pictures in 2007 with Chad N. Walker and Clay Frost. The three set out to establish a company that could produce meaningful documentaries and other content.

Biography: Chad N. Walker’s skills as a director were born out of ten years of editing everything from big budget Hollywood features to small, indie passion projects. He moves behind the camera on Copper Pot Picture’s docs and commercial shoots, pulling double-duty as director and editor. Chad honed his skills in the world of animation, helping edit such blockbusters for Blue Sky Studios like, Rio, Horton Hears a Who, and films from the Ice Age franchise. He has an uncanny ability to turn any footage into compelling content.

(Sources:
http://copperpotpictures.com/about-us/
http://www.africultures.com/php/index.php?nav=personne&no=28920)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Brownstones to Red Dirt (2010).

Filmography:
Brownstones to Red Dirt (2010);
Kei (2012).

Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina

Biography: Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina is one of the most prominent figures in contemporary Arabic cinema. Born on 26 February 1934 in M’Sila, Algeria, he began his studies in his native country. He first became interested in the world of cinema at the Lycée Carnot in Cannes, France. After beginning studies of agriculture and law at French universities, he deserted the French army in 1958 and joined the anti-French Algerian resistance in Tunisia, where he worked for the provisional Algerian government in exile. His film career began as he joined the Algerian Maquis (guerrillas). In 1959, the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) sent him to Prague, where he pursued his cinematography studies at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. However, he quit his studies in order to work for the Barrandov Studios. In 1960 he joined the Service Cinéma, created by the Algerian government in exile. In 1959, the Algerian ministry of information in exile commissioned Lakhdar-Hamina, together with Djamel Chanderli and Pierre Chaulet, to produce a movie about Algeria’s predicament under French colonialism. The documentary film, titled Djazzaïrouna (Our Algeria), aimed at portraying the goals pursued by the Algerian nationalist guerrilla movement, the Maquis. In 1961, Lakhdar-Hamina collaborated with Chanderli for the movie Yasmina, which tells the story of a refugee girl who must flee her village following its destruction. Lakhdar-Hamina collaborated again with Chanderli in 1962 for The People’s Voice and in 1961 for The Guns of Freedom. Upon Algerian independence in 1962, he returned to his homeland where, together with his colleagues from Tunisian exile, he founded the Office des Actualités Algériennes, of which he was director from 1963 until its dissolution in 1974. From 1981 until 1984 he acted as director of the Office National pour le Commerce et l’Industrie Cinématographique.

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Lakhdar-Hamina)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Chronicle of the Smoldering Years [Chronicle of the Burning Years / Chronicle of the Years of Embers / Chronicle of the Years of Fire / Chronique des années de braise] (1975).

Filmography:
Mais un jour de novembre (1964);
Le Vent des Aurès [The Winds of the Aures] (1966);
Hassen Terro (1968);
December (1972);
Chronicle of the Smoldering Years [Chronicle of the Burning Years / Chronicle of the Years of Embers / Chronicle of the Years of Fire / Chronique des années de braise] (1975);
Sand Storm [Vent de Sable] (1982);
The Last Image [La Dernière Image] (1986);
Twilight of Shadows (2014).

Manu Kurewa

Biography: Born in Zimbabwe in 1965, Manu Kurewa is a filmmaker based in the UK. His background is in community touring theatre, where he worked extensively with youth groups to create plays that voiced community concerns. Kurewa attended a directing course at the National Film and Television School in England where he made three short films including One Sunday Morning (1997) and Mangwana (1998, Cannes Film Festival). He has since been commissioned to adapt a successful Harare stage play, Waiters, into a ZBC television series back in 2000, and completed a half-hour drama entitled Small Love, for Scottish television. The film is about two youths suffering from mental health problems.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
One Sunday Morning (1997,2002);
Mangwana (1998, 2002).

Filmography:
Lloyds Bank Channel 4 Film Challenge – Cold Season (1996);
One Sunday Morning (1997);
Mangwana (1998);
Waiters (2000);
Small Love (2001).

Joseph Kumbela

Also Known As: Josef Kumbela

Biography: Joseph Kumbela was born in 1958 in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). At the age of thirteen, he moved to Paris, where he studied design and worked in the design field, for ten years. When his company went bankrupt, he decided to go to New York to study dance and theatre. He started out in a theater in New York, and then moved to Los Angeles where he studied at the Play House of the Sunset School of Acting. He also had supporting roles in French TV movies. In 1991, he was given a part in Leonce Ngabo’s Gito, l’ingrat (Gito the Ungrateful) and also took part in directing. He was awarded a prize for best male lead role at FESPACO in 1993. He then went to Switzerland and began to write films. His screenwriting credits include Génisse, princesse au pays des mille collines and Bagamoyo: ici meurt mon coeur.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Colis postal [Post Parcel] (2000);
L’Étranger venu d’Afrique (1998).

Filmography:
Entre-deux (1992);
Perle noire (1994);
Colis postal [Post Parcel] (1996);
Taxcarte (1996);
L’Étranger venu d’Afrique (1998).

Amo Kubeyinje

Biography: Amo Kubeyinje was born in 1970 in Nigeria, where he worked as a production assistant for several television commercials before moving to the United States in 1992. There, he majored in Film and Video at the City College of New York and during this time, produced two documentaries. He also worked as a production assistant on several films and music videos including Personals featuring Malik Yoba. Amo Kubeyinje’s undergraduate thesis was L’Amore Fatale (2001), a short film he wrote and directed that deals with the repercussions of an abusive relationship. His film Kemi (2002) is the first part of a trilogy dealing with experiences of three immigrants in America and their relationships to their homeland.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

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

Filmography:
L’Amore Fatale (2001);
Kemi (2002).

Idrissou Mora Kpai

Biography: Born in Benin in 1967, Idrissou Mora Kpai studied in Germany at the University of Film and TV at Potsdam-Babelsberg where he graduated with an MFA in film directing. Since then, Idrissou has founded the production company MKJ Films in Paris and produced and directed several documentaries, including The Queen Mother (Si-Gueriki – 2002), Arlit, deuxième Paris (2005) and Indochina, Traces of a Mother (2011), all of which have been presented at international festivals and garnered numerous accolades and prizes. His other accomplishments include being an artist in residence at Cornell University, USA, and being a visiting assistant professor at Duke University, USA where he taught at the Arts of the Moving Image department and African & African American Studies department.

(Source: http://idrimora.com/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Queen Mother [Si-Gueriki] (2004).

Filmography:
VIDEO Model (1994);
Ausländer (1994);
Transient (1996);
Fake Soldier (1999);
The Queen Mother [Si-Gueriki] (2002);
Arlit, deuxième Paris (2005);
Indochina, Traces of a Mother (2011).

Dani Kouyaté

Biography: Born to a Griot family on June 4th, 1961, in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, Dani Kouyaté was early on involved with performance theatre. He entered the Ouagadougou African Institute of Cinematic Studies where he graduated in Cinematic Creation. Then he pursued his studies in Paris where he obtained a Master of Cultural and Social Coordination at Sorbonne University. He also graduated at the International Anthropology School of Paris. Finally he received a Diploma of Extended Studies in Cinema. Dani Kouyaté lives in Paris and often works in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Burkina Faso in theatre as a theatrical director as well as an actor. He has directed several short films: Bilakoro in 1989, Tobbère kosam (Poussière de lait) in 1991 and Les Larmes sacrées du crocodile in 1993. Dani Kouyaté is most comfortable with legends. This was true of his first full-length film, Keïta ! L’héritage du griot (Keïta! The Heritage of the Griot) in 1995. It was the opportunity to retrace the legend of Soundjata Keïta, founder of the Mandinka Empire. In 1999 he worked for Burkina Faso Television, directing several episodes of a series, À nous la vie. In 2001, he decided to bring to the screen the legend of Wagadu (a 7th century Soninké myth): Sia, le rêve du python was inspired by the play by Mauritanian writer Moussa Diagana. Dani Kouyaté’s other films include Ouaga Saga (2004), Joseph Ki-Zerbo – Identités/Identité pour l’Afrique (2005), Souvenirs encombrants d’une femme de ménage (2008) and Soleils (2012).

(Source: http://www.sialefilm.com/en/director.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Keïta ! L’héritage du griot [Keïta! The Heritage of the Griot] (2005).

Filmography:
Bilakoro (1989);
Tobbère kosam [Poussière de lait] (1991);
Les Larmes sacrées du crocodile (1993);
Keïta ! L’héritage du griot [Keïta! The Heritage of the Griot] (1995);
À nous la vie (1999);
Sia, le rêve du python (2001);
Histoires de griots (2001);
Ouaga Saga (2004);
Joseph Ki-Zerbo – Identités/Identité pour l’Afrique (2005);
Souvenirs encombrants d’une femme de ménage (2008);
Soleils (2012);
Femmes, Entierement Femmes (2014).

Kadiatou Konaté

Biography: Born in Bamako, Mali, Kadiatou Konaté is best known as the director of L’Enfant terrible (The Terrible Child – 1994). She studied at the University of Dakar before starting her careerasa production assistant on Souleymane Cissé’s film, Yeelen (Brightness – 1987). After several productions between 1988-1989, she directed two animated films in1993: L’Enfant et l’Hygiène corporelle and Circulation routière, followed in 1994 by L’Enfant terrible (The Terrible Child) in co-production with the Atelier Graphoui, Belgium. Konaté also directed documentary films, such as Femmes et Développement (1995) and Un mineur en milieu carcéral (1997).

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
http://www.crossculturalcommunication.org/konate.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
L’Enfant terrible [The Terrible Child] (1996).

Filmography:
L’Enfant et l’Hygiène corporelle (1993);
Circulation routière (1993);
L’Enfant terrible [The Terrible Child] (1994);
Femmes et Développement (1995);
Musow Bemi [Dreams of Women] (1995);
Un mineur en milieu carcéral (1997);
Petit à petit (2001);
Daman da, the Yellow Mirage (2008).

Issiaka Konaté

Biography: Issiaka Konaté was born in 1959 in Burkina Faso. He directed his first fiction film Souko, Le Cinématographe en carton in 1998. The film won the Cannes Junior Jury award and the French Cooperation for Film award. It was also given a Special Jury Mention at FESPACO.

(Source: http://mubi.com/cast_members/213709)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Yiri Kan [The Voice in the Wood] (1993).

Filmography:
Yiri Kan [The Voice in the Wood] (1989);
Wèrè Wèrè Liking, L’Utopie mise en scène (1995);
Souko, Le Cinématographe en carton (1998).

Nicolas Klotz

 

Biography: Born in 1954 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, filmmaker, director and producer Nicolas Klotz has made several feature films, including The Bengali Night (1988), La Nuit sacrée (1993), Paria (2000) which received the Special Jury Award at the San Sebastian Festival, and The Wound (La Blessure), presented at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Cannes 2004. In addition, he produced several music documentaries, including Chants of Sand and Stars (Italia Special Award 1996), James Carter (1998), and Brad Mehldau (1999). In 1995, together with his scriptwriter Elisabeth Perceval, he created the production company Petits et Grands Oiseaux through which they co-produced plays and films, including Paria (2000), The Wound (La Blessure – 2004) and Hearbeat Detector (La Question humaine – 2007).

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
http://mubi.com/cast_members/98975)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Wound [La Blessure] (2005).

Filmography:
Rendez-vous avec Marguerite (1983);
Pandit Ravi Shankar (1986);
The Bengali Night (1988);
La Nuit sacrée (1993);
Chants of Sand and Stars (1996);
Paria (2000);
The Wound [La Blessure] (2004);
Dans la peau de… Paulo Branco (2005);
Heartbeat Detector [La Question humaine] (2007);
La Consolation (2007);
Jeunesse d’Hamlet, Clichy-sous-Bois, 15 novembre 2005 (2007);
Mademoiselle Julie (2011);
Low Life (2011);
Le Vent Souffle Dans La Cour D’honneur – Les Utopies Contemporaines Du Festival d’Avignon (2013).

Wanjiru Kinyanjui

Biography: Wanjiru Kinyanjui was born in Kenya in 1958. Before becoming a filmmaker, she was a writer, poet, and radio journalist. She obtained her master’s degree in English Literature and German in Berlin before enrolling in the German Film and Television School in Berlin. During her studies, she directed A Lover and Killer of Colour (1988), The Bird with the Broken Wing (1990), Black in the Western World (1992), and Clara Has Two Countries (1992). Since then, she has directed numerous fiction and documentary films.

(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.94)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Battle of the Sacred Tree (1996).

Filmography:
…If Joined by a Stranger […Wen nein Fremder dazu kommt] (1987);
The Reunion (1988);
A Lover and Killer of Colour (1988);
Karfunkel – Der Vogel mit dem gebrochenen Flügel (1990);
Clara Has Two Countries (1992);
Black in the Western World (1992);
Vitico, a Living Legend (1993);
The Battle of the Sacred Tree (1994);
Die Rechte der Kinder – Der aufgespürte Vater (1997);
Koi and Her Rights [Koi na Haki Zake] (1997);
Daudi’s Gift [Zawaki ya Daudi] (1997);
Die Rechte der Kinder – Anruf aus Afrika (1998);
African Children (1999);
And This Is Progress (2000);
Say No to Poverty (2001);
Member of the Jury (2001);
Manga in America (2007);
Bahati (2008);
Africa Is a Woman’s Name – Amai Rose: A Portrait of a Zimbabwean Woman (2009).

Jean-Michel Kibushi Ndjate Wooto

Also Known As: Kibushi Ndjate Wooto / Jean-Michel Kibushi

Biography: Jean-Michel Kibushi Ndjate Wooto was born in 1957 in Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo). He began his studies in drama and cinematography at Kinshasa’s National Institute of the Arts, and in 1988 he was introduced to animation during a workshop by the Belgian production company Atelier Graphaoui. In the same year, in collaboration with Atelier Graphaoui, he created the first local mobile studio for animation, Studio Malembe Maa, which means “slowly but surely” in Lingala. In 1990, he completed the first Congolese animated film: The Toad Who Visits His In-laws (Le Crapaud chez ses beaux-parents), a local Tetela oral tale from his own childhood. This was followed by his documentary animation Black September in Kinshasa (Kinshasa, septembre noir – 1991), a collaboration with school children from Kinshasa. This film acts as a testament to the children’s memories and experiences of the 1991 military coup, framed by Kibushi’s political voice.

(Source: 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.61)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Toad Who Visits His In-laws [Le Crapaud chez ses beaux-parents] (2010);
Black September in Kinshasa [Kinshasa, septembre noir] (2010);
L’Héritier [Prince Loseno] (2010).

Filmography:
The Toad Who Visits His In-laws [Le Crapaud chez ses beaux-parents] (1990);
Black September in Kinshasa [Kinshasa, septembre noir] (1991);
L’Orange blanche (1993);
L’Éléphant qui pète de la neige (1993);
Muana Mboka (1996);
RICA – Wissembourg, les Chemins croisés de la coopération (2000);
L’Ane et le Chat (2001);
Première traversée (2002);
L’Héritier [Prince Loseno] (2004);
Caravane pour le Sankuru (2007);
Ngando (2008).

Wairimu Kiambuthi

Biography: Dr. Wairimu Kiambuthi is a native of Kenya. She is a former media consultant at Columbia University, USA. Her first film, the documentary Africans and African-Americans in the United States (2006) was inspired by the need to create a visual medium developing beneficial partnerships through promoting understanding between Africans living in the United States.

(Source: http://endeleaproductions.com/Home.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Africans and African-Americans in the United States (2007).

Filmography:
Africans and African-Americans in the United States (2006).

Tunde Kelani

Biography: Tunde Kelani holds a diploma in the Art and Technique of Filmmaking from the London International Film School. After working many years in the Nigerian film industry as a cinematographer, he founded Mainframe Film & Television Productions, a company formed to document Nigeria’s rich culture.

(Source: 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.106)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
White Handkerchief (2004);
Saworoide [Brass Bells] (2004);
Thunderbolt: Magun (2001, 2004);
Agogo èèwò (2004, 2005);
The Campus Queen (2004);
The Narrow Path (2007);
Maami (2012).

Filmography:
Fopomoyo (1991 – Jimoh Aliu, Tunde Kelani);
Ti oluwa ni ile 1-3 (1993);
Ayo ni mo fe 1-2 (1994);
Kòseégbé (1995);
Ò le kù (1997);
White Handkerchief (1998);
Saworoide [Brass Bells] (1999);
Thunderbolt: Magun (2001);
Agogo èèwò (2002);
The Campus Queen (2003);
Agbako (2006);
The Narrow Path (2006);
Abeni 1-2 (2006);
Life in Slow Motion (2008);
Arugba (2010);
Maami (2010);
Dazzling Mirage (2015).