Matthew Jankes

mattjenkesBiography: Matthew Jankes is a filmmaker born and raised in South Africa. He studied film through the University of Cape Town and the South African School of Motion Picture Medium (AFDA), training in writing, directing and cinematography. In between making short films he directs, shoots and edits music videos. In 2010 he was part of the Africa First program helmed by Focus Features. The resulting film, Umkhungo (The Gift), was released in 2011.

(Source: http://completionfilms.com/?page_id=149)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Umkhungo [The Gift] (2011).

Filmography:
Umkhungo [The Gift] (2011).

Imunga Ivanga

Imunga_IvangaBiography: A screenwriter, film critic and producer, Imunga Ivanga was born in 1967 in Libreville, Gabon. He holds a master’s degree in literature from the University of Libreville. After cinema studies in France at the Fémis, he specialized in script-writing for such directors as Bassek Ba Kobhio, Roland Duboze, and Idrissa Ouedraogo. Following several shorts and documentaries, in 2000 he made his first feature film Dôlè, which won the jury prize at Cannes Junior and the Golden Tanit in Carthage. His second feature L’Ombre de Liberty (2006) was well received and obtained many awards in several festivals. He directed Les Tirailleurs d’ailleurs in 2006. His other accomplishments include helping young Gabonese filmmakers and authors as a script-editor, in the development of their projects. In November 2009, he became head of the Gabonese National Center for Cinema (CNC).

Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
http://www.africultures.com/php/index.php?nav=personne&no=2955)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
At the End of the River [Go Zamb’Olowi] (2001);
Dôlè (2001, 2002, 2006).

Filmography:
La Grenouille qui veut se faire aussi grosse que le bœuf (1996);
At the End of the River [Go Zamb’Olowi] (1997);
Dôlè (1999);
Les Flots de Libreville (2000);
L’Ombre de Liberty (2006);
Les Tirailleurs d’ailleurs (2006).

Fanta Régina Nacro

FantaReginaNacroBiography: Fanta Régina Nacroborn 4 September 1962, is a film director from Burkina Faso. She is best known for directing the films La Nuit de la Verité'(Night of Truth) (2004) and Un Certain Matin (1991), both of which attracted international attention. Nacro is also known for being the first woman from Burkina Faso to direct a feature film and is a founding member of the Guilde Africaine des Realisateurs et Producteurs (The African Guild of Directors and Producers).

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs: 
A Certain Morning / Un Certain Matin (1993).

Filmography:
A Certain Morning / Un Certain Matin (1991).

 

Idrissa Ouedraogo

Biography: Idrissa Ouedraogo was born in Banfora, Burkina Faso, inIdrissa Ouedraogo 1952. He trained at the African Institute of Cinematography in Ouagadougou, continued his studies in Kiev and Paris, and graduated from the Institut Des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques (IDHEC) in 1985. His first feature film, Yam Daabo, was presented at the Cannes Film Festival. This success was followed by Tilaï (1990), the winner of a special jury prize at Cannes and the Grand Prize at FESPACO in 1991. Yaaba and Samba Traoré were screened at the first New York African Film Festival in 1993. In 1997 Kini and Adams, a South African co-production, competed in Cannes. Ouedraogo also worked on a television series called Kadi Jolie and his feature The Wrath of the Gods opened the 2003 edition of FESPACO. Shortly after the end of the making of The Wrath of the Gods, Ouedraogo opted for a kind of cinema more closely adapted to the needs of Africans, to compete with the invasion of satellite images that are not representative of Africa.

(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.48)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Yaaba (1993);
Tilaï (1994, 1997);
Samba Traoré (1993);
Kini and Adams (1997, 1998).

Filmography:
Why Not [Pourquoi pas] (1981);
Poko (1981);
Les Écuelles (1983);
Les Funérailles de Larlé Naba (1984);
Ouagadougou, Ouaga deux roues (1985);
Issa le tisserand (1985);
Yam Daabo [The Choice] (1986);
Yaaba (1989);
Tilaï (1990);
Obi (1991);
Karim and Sala (1991);
Samba Traoré (1992);
Gorki (1994);
Le Cri du cœur (1994);
Afrique, mon Afrique (1994);
Lumière et compagnie (1995);
Les Parias du cinéma (1997);
Kini and Adams (1997);
Entre l’arbre et l’écorce (1999);
Le Monde à l’endroit (2000);
Kadi Jolie (2001);
Scenarios from the Sahel (2001 – Fanta Régina Nacro, Idrissa Ouedraogo, Cheick Oumar Sissoko);
11’09”01 – September 11 – Burkina Faso (2002);
The Wrath of the Gods [La Colère des Dieux] (2003);
Kato Kato (2006);
Stories on Human Rights – La Mangue (2008).
Rien ne se jette (2010).

Bassek Ba Kobhio

BA-KOBHIO_BassekBiography: Bassek Ba Kobhio was born in 1957 in Nindje, Cameroon. Originally he wanted to become an author, and in 1976 he won a prize for a short story he had written. He earned degrees in both sociology and philosophy. While he was pursuing his studies, he started to work as an assistant film director and literary critic for the film department of the Ministry of Information and Culture. He was also the assistant to Claire Denis on Chocolat (1987). He made his first documentary in 1988 (FESTAC 88) and his first feature film, Sango Malo, in 1991. The same year, he founded Films Terre Africaine, a Cameroon-based production company. In 1995 he launched Ecrans Noirs (Black Screens), an itinerant film festival that circulates in Cameroon, Gabon, and the Central African Republic. He is also the author of several novels.

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
http://mubi.com/cast_members/157243)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Sango Malo (1995);
Le Grand blanc de Lambaréné [The Great White of Lambarene] (1996).

Filmography:
FESTAC 88 (1988);
Sango Malo (1991);
Birth of Democracy (1991);
Le Grand blanc de Lambaréné [The Great White of Lambarene] (1994);
La Poule aux œufs d’or (1995);
Les Femmes et le Secret (1995);
La Reine blanche (1996);
Music Goes War (1997);
Les Voyeurs professionnels (1999);
Le Silence de la forêt (2003);
Le Meilleur et le Pire (2004).

Mohamed Ismaïl

Mohamed IsmailBiography: Born in 1951 in Tétouan, Morocco, Mohamed Ismaïl is a director, scriptwriter and producer. He started Law study in Rabat in 1970. In 1974, he entered the television of Morocco and made a lot of film and theater works. His films include Aouchtan (1996), Et après ? (2002), Ici et là (2005), and Pourquoi pas (2005).

(Source: http://www.africultures.com/php/index.php?nav=personne&no=4765)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Goodbye Mothers (2008).

Filmography:
Aouchtam (1996);
The Shore Waves (2001);
Et après ? (2002);
Ici et là (2005);
Pourquoi pas (2005);
Goodbye Mothers (2007);
Awlad Lablad (2010).

Amaka Igwe

Amaka_Igwe_YNaijaBiography: Amaka Igwe is a Nigerian writer, director and producer and owner of Amaka Igwe Studios. She is a visionary and pioneer of modern Nigerian TV and movie production. She has stamped her authority, thanks to numerous roles she had played in the Nigerian home video industry, known as “Nollywood”. Some of her popular productions include Rattle Snake, Violated, Checkmate and Fuji’s House of Commotion. She also organises a TV market annually: Best of the Best TV (BOB TV), the regular fora she holds for filmmakers to share ideas and critically assess their productions. Amaka Igwe graduated from the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife with a B.Sc. in Education/Religion. Sometime in the 1980s, after watching some episodes of the Lola Fani Kayode production Mirror in the Sun, she conceived the idea for a script about an all-conquering heroine like the legendary Queen Amina in a stage format. That idea blossomed to become Checkmate, a soap dwelling on issues such as male chauvinism, polygamy, secret cultism and the Osu caste system. It is regarded by most as the best soap opera of the 90’s era and still evokes feelings of nostalgia among viewers.

(Source: http://cemea.economistconferences.com/content/amaka-igwe)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
A Barber’s Wisdom (2001).

Filmography:
Violated (1995);
Rattle Snake (1995);
Rattle Snake 2 (1995);
Violated 2 (1996);
Rattle Snake 3 (1999);
A Barber’s Wisdom (2000).

Robert Hutter

robhutterBiography: Robert Hutter was born in 1964 in Ludwigshafen, Germany. He lives and works in Ludwigshafen, Germany with his partner Ingrid Mwangi. Both studied sculpture and painting at the Alanus Hochschule für Künst und Gesellschaft, Alfter/Bonn Germany, 1988-90, and new artistic media at Hochschule der Bildenden Künst Saar, Saarbrücken, Germany (Mwangi, 1996-2002; Hutter 1990-2006). Working across video, installation, photography and performance, Mwangi and Hutter have collaborated on numerous works, including Next Flag I: Ingrid Mwangi and Robert Hutter, Godfried Donkor at Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art Contemporain, Luxembourg, 2003, and Video Works-Ingrid Mwangi and Robert Hutter at the Nairobi Arts Trust/Center of Contemporary Art of East Africa and GoDown Arts Center in Nairobi, Kenya (2003). Robert Hutter’s work centers around the body as an interface between self and society, using computer and performance techniques to investigate such themes as the virtual body.

(Sources:
http://www.acmi.net.au/2006/artists/acmi/mawangiandhutter.html
http://www.eai.org/user_files/supporting_documents/1103DigitalAfrica_pr_2.pdf)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Digital Africa – Within a Shadow Lies What Will Fall (2003 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi).

Filmography:
Appearance and Reality (1991 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
First to Throw a Stone (1992 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Through the Wind (1993 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
The Spirit Moves Where It Chooses (1993 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Summit of Creation (1994 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
The Power of the Wound (1994 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
The Inviolability of the Individual Freezes (1995 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Conversing Monitors (1996 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
How Far Away Do You Have to Be (1996 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
There Is Always No Reason (1996 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Messengers of Violence (1996 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Conversing II (1997 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
How Deep Can You Sink (1997 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
The Wild Audience (1997 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
To Be Like Her (1997 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
More Room (1998 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Breathe Out (1999 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Neger (1999 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Wild Life (1999 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Do Not Disturb (1999 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Masked (2000 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Virtual Body (2000 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Cross Over (2000 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Neger Don’t Call Me (2000 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Twelve Thoughts (2000 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Desperate for Change (2001 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
My Heart of Darkness (2001 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Down by the River (2001 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Coloured (2001 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
See in the Light (2002 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
To Be in the World (2002 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
See Violence (2002 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Travels of the Veiled (2002 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Dressed Like Queens (2003 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Cutting the Mask (2003 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Censored Rooms (2003 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Chameleon (2003 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Digital Africa – Within a Shadow Lies What Will Fall (2003 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Splayed (2004 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Fast Play (2005 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi, Pascale Marthine Tayou);
Headskin (2005 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
My Possession (2005 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Blood Poem (2006 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
In My House (2006 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Man of War (2006 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
For Children (2006 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Mzungu (2006 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Forward to Somewhere in Africa (2006 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Sleepers (2006 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Homesick (2006 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Being Bamako (2007 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Retrocession (2007 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Cryptic, a Traveler’s Diary (2007 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Retracing Johannesburg (2007 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Performance of Doubt (2007 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Window in the Desert (2007 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
7 Sacred Moments (2008 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Beauty, in the Eye of the Beholder (2008 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Homeland (2008 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Human Walk (2008 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Triumph of her Death (2008 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Creepcreature (2009 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Eastleigh Crossing (2009 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Es’Gangeni (2009 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
One Kenyans (2009 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
The Cage (2009 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
The Hum (2009 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Paradise: The Hidden Land (2011 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Power for Japan (2011 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Fairy Tale of the Black Mountain (2011 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Reviving the Fittest (2011 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Generationzzz (2012 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
The View (2012 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Black Tree (2012 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Dandora Pool (2012 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi).

Ingrid Mwangi

ingridmwBiography: Ingrid Mwangi was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1975 to Kenyan and German parents. After moving to Germany in 1990, she attended the University of Fine Arts Saar, in Saarbrücken, Germany. There, she first studied Graphic Design and then changed her major to New Artistic Media. From 2001, she was an instructor at the Academy of Fine Arts in the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. Ingrid Mwangi works in a range of media, including video, installation, photography and performance art. Her works confront issues of race, identity and gender. Often using her body as subject, Mwangi explores her physicality, as well as issues of blackness and heritage, in relation to sociopolitical systems. She investigates identity in the context of personal experience and cultural positions on the foreign and exotic. From 1998 to 2002, she received a stipend from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.  Mwangi often collaborates creatively with her husband and fellow artist, Robert Hutter.

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
http://www.acmi.net.au/2006/artists/acmi/mawangiandhutter.html
http://www.eai.org/user_files/supporting_documents/1103DigitalAfrica_pr_2.pdf)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Digital Africa – Within a Shadow Lies What Will Fall (2003 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi).

Filmography:
Appearance and Reality (1991 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
First to Throw a Stone (1992 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Through the Wind (1993 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
The Spirit Moves Where It Chooses (1993 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Summit of Creation (1994 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
The Power of the Wound (1994 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
The Inviolability of the Individual Freezes (1995 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Conversing Monitors (1996 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
How Far Away Do You Have to Be (1996 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
There Is Always No Reason (1996 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Messengers of Violence (1996 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Conversing II (1997 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
How Deep Can You Sink (1997 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
The Wild Audience (1997 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
To Be Like Her (1997 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
More Room (1998 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Breathe Out (1999 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Neger (1999 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Wild Life (1999 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Do Not Disturb (1999 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Masked (2000 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Virtual Body (2000 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Cross Over (2000 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Neger Don’t Call Me (2000 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Twelve Thoughts (2000 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Desperate for Change (2001 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
My Heart of Darkness (2001 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Down by the River (2001 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Coloured (2001 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
See in the Light (2002 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
To Be in the World (2002 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
See Violence (2002 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Travels of the Veiled (2002 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Dressed Like Queens (2003 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Cutting the Mask (2003 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Censored Rooms (2003 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Chameleon (2003 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Digital Africa – Within a Shadow Lies What Will Fall (2003 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Splayed (2004 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Fast Play (2005 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi, Pascale Marthine Tayou);
Headskin (2005 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
My Possession (2005 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Blood Poem (2006 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
In My House (2006 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Man of War (2006 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
For Children (2006 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Mzungu (2006 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Forward to Somewhere in Africa (2006 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Sleepers (2006 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Homesick (2006 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Being Bamako (2007 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Retrocession (2007 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Cryptic, a Traveler’s Diary (2007 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Retracing Johannesburg (2007 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Performance of Doubt (2007 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Window in the Desert (2007 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
7 Sacred Moments (2008 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Beauty, in the Eye of the Beholder (2008 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Homeland (2008 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Human Walk (2008 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Triumph of her Death (2008 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Creepcreature (2009 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Eastleigh Crossing (2009 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Es’Gangeni (2009 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
One Kenyans (2009 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
The Cage (2009 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
The Hum (2009 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Paradise: The Hidden Land (2011 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Power for Japan (2011 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Fairy Tale of the Black Mountain (2011 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Reviving the Fittest (2011 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Generationzzz (2012 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
The View (2012 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Black Tree (2012 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi);
Dandora Pool (2012 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi).

Robert Hutter and Ingrid Mwangi

ingrobBiography: Ingrid Mwangi was born in 1975 in Nairobi, Kenya. Robert Hutter was born in 1964 in Ludwigshafen, Germany. They both received New Artistic Media degrees from the University of Fine Arts Saar, Saarbrücken, and have received scholarships from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, and residency scholarships of the Rhineland-Palatinate studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Mwangi’s work has been shown at the Museum for African Art, NY and the Bienal de Sao Paulo, amongst others. They have collaborated on works for several exhibitions including: Next Flag 1, The Casino Luxembourg Forum of Contemporary Art; Exhibition of Video Works Ingrid Mwangi and Robert Hutter, Center of Contempory Art of East Africa, GoDown Arts Center, Nairobi; and A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. Mwangi and Hutter live in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Ingrid Mwangi works in a range of media, including video, installation, photography and performance art. Her works confront issues of race, identity and gender. Often using her body as subject, Mwangi explores her physicality, as well as issues of blackness and heritage, in relation to sociopolitical systems. She investigates identity in the context of personal experience and cultural positions on the foreign and exotic. Robert Hutter’s work centers on the body as an interface between self and society, using computer and performance techniques to investigate such themes as the virtual body.

(Sources:
http://www.eai.org/user_files/supporting_documents/1103DigitalAfrica_pr_2.pdf)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Digital Africa – Within a Shadow Lies What Will Fall (2003).

Filmography:
Appearance and Reality (1991);
First to Throw a Stone (1992);
Through the Wind (1993);
The Spirit Moves Where It Chooses (1993);
Summit of Creation (1994);
The Power of the Wound (1994);
The Inviolability of the Individual Freezes (1995);
Conversing Monitors (1996);
How Far Away Do You Have to Be (1996);
There Is Always No Reason (1996);
Messengers of Violence (1996);
Conversing II (1997);
How Deep Can You Sink (1997);
The Wild Audience (1997);
To Be Like Her (1997);
More Room (1998);
Breathe Out (1999);
Neger (1999);
Wild Life (1999);
Do Not Disturb (1999);
Masked (2000);
Virtual Body (2000);
Cross Over (2000);
Neger Don’t Call Me (2000);
Twelve Thoughts (2000);
Desperate for Change (2001);
My Heart of Darkness (2001);
Down by the River (2001);
Coloured (2001);
See in the Light (2002);
To Be in the World (2002);
See Violence (2002);
Travels of the Veiled (2002);
Dressed Like Queens (2003);
Cutting the Mask (2003);
Censored Rooms (2003);
Chameleon (2003);
Digital Africa – Within a Shadow Lies What Will Fall (2003);
Splayed (2004);
Fast Play (2005 – Robert Hutter, Ingrid Mwangi, Pascale Marthine Tayou);
Headskin (2005);
My Possession (2005);
Blood Poem (2006);
In My House (2006);
Man of War (2006);
For Children (2006);
Mzungu (2006);
Forward to Somewhere in Africa (2006);
Sleepers (2006);
Homesick (2006);
Being Bamako (2007);
Retrocession (2007);
Cryptic, a Traveler’s Diary (2007);
Retracing Johannesburg (2007);
Performance of Doubt (2007);
Window in the Desert (2007);
7 Sacred Moments (2008);
Beauty, in the Eye of the Beholder (2008);
Homeland (2008);
Human Walk (2008);
Triumph of her Death (2008);
Creepcreature (2009);
Eastleigh Crossing (2009);
Es’Gangeni (2009);
One Kenyans (2009);
The Cage (2009);
The Hum (2009);
Paradise: The Hidden Land (2011);
Power for Japan (2011);
Fairy Tale of the Black Mountain (2011);
Reviving the Fittest (2011);
Generationzzz (2012);
The View (2012);
Black Tree (2012);
Dandora Pool (2012).

Ian Inaba

ianinabaBiography: Ian Inaba is an award-winning filmmaker, organizer, and new media expert. Ian helped launch Forecast the Facts, a campaign focused on persuading TV meteorologists to accurately report climate change. Ian’s many accomplishments include: being Executive Director of Citizen Engagement Lab, where he guided various social change-oriented projects, including Presente.org, the leading online advocacy organization for Latino communities, and ColorOfChange.org, the largest online constituency representing Black America; directing American Blackout, a Sundance award-winning documentary on voter suppression; co-founding VideoTheVote.org, a citizen journalism network that monitors election irregularities; directing award-winning music videos, and co-authoring True Lies, a muckraking critique of traditional news media. A former investment banker and Silicon Valley executive, Ian is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

(Sources:
http://www.bioneers.org/presenters/ian-inaba/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
American Blackout (2007).

Filmography:
Guerrilla News Network: When the Smoke Clearz (2002 – Ian Inaba, Stephen Marshall);
50 Cent: The New Breed – Heat (2003);
American Blackout (2006).

Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen

Also Known As: D’Guvnor

Lancelot-Oduwa-ImasuenBiography: Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, AKA “D’Guvnor”, is a prolific filmmaker born on July 27th, 1971, in Benin City, Nigeria. He graduated with a degree in Theater Arts from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He kickstarted his career with the Nigerian Television Authority before venturing into full-time moviemaking. He directed his first film at the age of twenty-four. He has a special interest in promoting the Edo language through his films, such as Ikuemiting, Olidara, and Ebuwa, which premiered in Benin city with over twenty-five Nollywood stars in attendance. He has won numerous local and international awards.

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
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.74)

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

Filmography:
Scarlet Woman (Date unknown);
Issa Kabba (Date unknown);
Sinners in the House (Date unknown – Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, Charles Inojie);
Yesterday (1997);
The Soul That Sinneth (1999);
Harbinger (2000);
Emotional Crack (2003);
Love & Politics (2003);
Private Sin 1-2 (2003);
What I Want (2003);
Critical Decision 1-2 (2004);
In Totality (2004);
Enslaved 1-2 (2004);
Masterstroke 1-2 (2004);
A Million Madness (2004);
Official Romance (2004);
Promise Me Forever 1-2 (2004);
Wanted at all Cost (2004);
Family Battle 1-2 (2005);
Games Women Play 1-2 (2005);
Men Do Cry 1-2 (2005);
Moment of Truth 1-2 (2005);
Saving the Crown (2005);
Without Shame 1-2 (2005);
Django 1-2 (2005);
Colours of Emotion 1-2 (2005);
Circle of Lives (2005);
Behind Closed Doors 1-2 (2005);
Traumatised 1-2 (2006);
A Prize to Pay 1-2 (2006);
Games Men Play 1-3 (2006);
Dying for Tomorrow 1-3 (2006);
Yahoo Millionaire 1-2 (2007);
Unfinished Business 1-2 (2007);
Wrong Desire 1-2 (2008);
Sister’s Love 1-4 (2008);
Can’t Let Go 1-2 (2008);
Entanglement 1-4 (2009);
A Private Storm 1-3 (2010);
Bent Arrows (2010);
Home in Exile (2010);
Last Celebrity 1-2 (2011).

Byron Hurt

byron-hurtBiography: Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, a published writer, and an anti-sexist activist. His documentary, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. It was later broadcast nationally on the Emmy award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, drawing an audience of more than 1.3 million viewers. To date, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (BBR) has been selected to appear in more than 50 film festivals worldwide and The Chicago Tribune named it “one of the best documentary films in 2007”. In addition to being a filmmaker, Hurt is a nationally respected activist. Hurt has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Boston Globe, The LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer; O, The Oprah Magazine; The Source Magazine, Vibe Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Mother Jones, Entertainment Weekly, Variety Magazine, allhiphop.com, and vibe.com. Comments and reviews of his film can be found all over the internet and blogosphere. He has also appeared or been heard on CNN, Access Hollywood, MTV, BET, ABC News World Tonight, The Montel Williams Show, The Michael Baisden Show, and The Michael Eric Dyson Show.

(Source: http://www.bhurt.com/about.php)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (2006).

Filmography:
Moving Memories: The Black Senior Video Yearbook (1993);
I Am a Man: Black Masculinity in America (2002);
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (2006);
Barack and Curtis: Manhood, Power and Respect (2008);
Soul Food Junkies (2012).

Nick Hughes

nickhughesBiography: Nick Hughes was born in 1961. He worked for 14 years as a cameraman for BBC news documentaries, witnessing first-hand the political and social events that unfolded in Rwanda, Somalia, and Sudan. It is from his experience and the testimony of survivors, that his feature film debut 100 Days (2000) was conceived.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
100 Days (2002).

Filmography:
100 Days (2000);
Frontline/World – The Road to Kirkuk/Looking for Home/Play It Again, Maurice (2003 – Gerry Gregg, Nick Hughes).

Med Hondo

Biography: Med Hondo was born in 1936 in Ain Oul Beri Mathar in Med Hondothe Atar region of Mauritania. His mother was Mauritanian and his father Senegalese. In 1954 he went to live in Rabat, Morocco to train to become a chef at the International Hotel School there. He emigrated to France in 1959 and found work first in Marseille and then in Paris, variously as a cook, farm labourer, waiter, dockworker and delivery man. In the late 1960s, Hondo started taking small roles in television and films. At the same time, he began to learn the craft of film making by careful observation of the work of others, and began to get work behind the camera. He began his first film, Soleil Ô in 1965. Made with a budget of $30,000, Soleil Ô was financed by Hondo’s work dubbing American films into French. It played at during International Critics’ Week at the 1970 Cannes Film Festival where it received critical acclaim. It received a Golden Leopard Award at the 1970 Locarno International Film Festival. In 1981 he was a member of the jury at the 12th Moscow International Film Festival. Some of Hondo’s acting work has been as a voice actor, in films and television series like Funky Cops and Asterix and the Vikings. He has worked on the dubbing of many English language films into French, voicing characters of Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover (on the rare occasions when he was not dubbed by white actor Richard Darbois), Sidney Poitier, Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley. He has dubbed several of Eddie Murphy’s films including The Nutty Professor and the part of Donkey in 2001’s Shrek.

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

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Sarraounia (1993, 2014).

Filmography:
Soleil Ô (1967);
Balade aux sources (1967);
Roi de Cordes (1969);
Partout ailleurs peut-être nulle part (1969);
Mes voisins (1973);
Arabs and Niggers, Your Neighbours [Les ‘Bicots-Nègres’ vos voisins] (1974);
Sahel la faim pourquoi (1975);
Nous aurons toute la mort pour dormir (1977);
Polisario, un peuple en arme (1979);
West Indies… Les Nègres marron de la liberté (1979);
Sarraounia (1986);
Lumière noire (1994);
Watani: un monde sans mal (1998);
Fatima, l’Algérienne de Dakar (2004);
Toussaint Louverture: The First Among Blacks (2008).

Lee Hirsch

leehirschBiography: Lee Hirsch is the founder, director and producer of the Local Voices for Obama project, a series of ads featuring Obama supporters in small towns in swing states speaking candidly about their support of this candidate. Winner of Best Presidential Ad and Best Independent Expenditure at the 2009 Reed Awards, judged by political luminaries including George Stephanopolous, Joe Trippi and Christine Todd Whitman. A documentary filmmaker, Lee Hirsch’s debut feature film, Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony, chronicles the history of the South African anti-apartheid struggle through a celebration of its musical heroes. This film was released to acclaim, winning the Audience and Freedom of Expression Awards at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as one of the five Emmy awards it was nominated for, among many other honors. Hirsch is also an established director of music videos, including a narrative shot on location in Zanzibar for John Legend’s song Show Me, which was nominated for a 2008 NAACP Image award. He is also the recipient of the Best Video of the Year award from the National Television and Video Association of South Africa for his work with Bongo Maffin. Lee Hirsch was born and raised on Long Island, New York, and attended the Putney School in Vermont, Hampshire College and the New York Film Academy.

(Source: http://www.leehirsch.net/1./Biography.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony (2003, 2014).

Filmography:
The Last and Only Survivor of Flora (1993);
Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony (2002);
Laidback Knowledge (2004);
Act of Honor (2007);
Next World (2008-2009);
Bully (2011).

Perry Henzell

Perry-HenzellBiography: Perry Henzell was a film director and writer. Born in Port Maria, Jamaica on March 7th, 1936, he was married with three children, and died in Treasure Beach, Jamaica on November 30th, 2006. Henzell was a man who exuded an almost supernatural calm; he was always effortlessly congenial company, with a permanent twinkle of humour in his enquiring eyes. Both his parents were of old Caribbean stock, his father managing a sugar estate on the Jamaican north coast, where his only son and two daughters were born. After attending Shrewsbury School and McGill University in Montreal, Perry Henzell became a floor manager for BBC television in London. In 1959, learning that television was about to start up in Jamaica, he returned to the island. There he set up Vista Productions, which over the next decade made hundreds of commercials, honing his directing skills. English commercials directors like Ridley Scott would use Vista’s facilities. By 1969 Henzell was ready to begin filming his first feature. Funded by relatives, as well as by Chris Blackwell, The Harder They Come was not finally completed until 1972, shot at weekends or in one or two-week bursts.

(Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/perry-henzell-426679.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Harder They Come (1997, 2012).

Filmography:
The Harder They Come (1972);
No Place like Home (2006).

Donne Rundle

Biography: Donne Rundle is a South African director and cinematographer. He has been a cinematographer on the documentaries La commission de la vérité (1999) and Zwelidumile (2010). He also was a cinematographer on and co-directed My Vote Is My Secret with Thulani Mokoena and Julie Henderson.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
My Vote Is My Secret – Chroniques Sud-Africaines (1996 – Julie Henderson, Thulani Mokoena, Donne Rundle).

Filmography:
Mesdemoiselles (1986 – Julie Henderson, Donne Rundle);
Mabeta Street (1987);
My Vote Is My Secret – Chroniques Sud-Africaines (1995 – Julie Henderson, Thulani Mokoena, Donne Rundle).

Thulani Mokoena

Biography: Mokoena received training in various disciplines of program-making such as production, directing, research, script-writing, editing, sound, lighting design and editing both in South Africa and abroad over the years. He also worked on feature films, produced documentaries, shot inserts for television features and news and has been independently involved in the industry for over 20 years. In 1995 Thulani Mokena, together with two fellow South African film-makers Julie Henderson and Donne’ Rundle, directed a feature length documentary entitled My Vote Is My Secret for Arte, a French-German television station. In 1997 Thulani Mokoena directed one of the South Africa: New Visions documentary series entitled Taxi Wars for Discovery Channel Europe and Discovery USA. Thulani Mokoena in collaboration with the French Institute together with Dr. Antoine Bouillon a French Sociologist and Former Anti-Apartheid Movement President in France have also produced a 52 minute documentary entitled Aliens or Broers?, a programme on French- speaking African immigrants in Johannesburg. This program was screened on SABC 2 and also at the following film festivals: Image d’ Ailleurs Film Festival in Paris, The European Documentary Network in Denmark, Encounters Film Festival in Cape Town, Soweto Film Festival, the Zanzibar International Film Festival and the Zimbabwe International Film Festival.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
My Vote Is My Secret – Chroniques Sud-Africaines (1996 – Julie Henderson, Thulani Mokoena, Donne Rundle).

Filmography:
Aliens and Brothers (1973);
Changing Times (1992);
My Vote Is My Secret – Chroniques Sud-Africaines (1995 – Julie Henderson, Thulani Mokoena, Donne Rundle).

Julie Henderson

Biography: Julie Henderson is a South African director and is a member of the Direct Cinema Workshop, a group trained by the French association Varan. She co-directed My Vote is My Secret with Donne Rundle and Thulani Mokoena.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
My Vote Is My Secret – Chroniques Sud-Africaines (1996 – Julie Henderson, Thulani Mokoena, Donne Rundle).

Filmography:
Mesdemoiselles (1986 – Julie Henderson, Donne Rundle);
My Vote Is My Secret – Chroniques Sud-Africaines (1995 – Julie Henderson, Thulani Mokoena, Donne Rundle).