Samba Gadjigo

Biography: Samba Gadjigo (writer/producer/director) is the world’s foremost expert on the career of Ousmane Sembène. He was the official biographer of the late filmmaker, and acted as Sembène’s agent in the United States. Born and raised in Senegal, Gadjigo was educated at the University of Dakar and the École Normale Supérieure, also in Dakar, and received his PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His dissertation, published in 1990, analyzed representations of the French system of schooling in West Africa. In addition to having written and edited several books, he frequently contributes articles about French and francophone African literature and film. In 1986, Samba Gadjigo joined the faculty of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., is former chair of the French Department and member of the African American and African Studies departments. Gadjigo has lectured widely on Sembène and on African cinema, literature and culture at institutions including Harvard and Brown universities. He is director of The Making of Moolaadé, a documentary that was shown at film festivals and is available on the DVD of Sembène‘s award-winning film Moolaadé.

– 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.10

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Making of Moolaadé (2005);
SEMBENE! (2016).

The Making of Moolaadé (2004);
SEMBENE! (2015).

Ian Gabriel

Biography: Ian Gabriel’s career began at Johannesburg’s famous multi-racial theatre venue, Dorkay House. It was in this intriguing setting that a fascination with performance drew Ian into film where he worked as a producer before launching himself as a commercials and music video director. Today Ian Gabriel is internationally recognised as a top performance director with exceptional visual flare across all genres of filmmaking. His approach to film making and story telling has earned him the reputation for creating distinctive compelling narratives, turning many of his commercials into beautifully crafted short films in their own right. As well as the multiple awards Ian has won for his commercial and music video work, Ian was the recipient of the Human Rights Award at the 57th Locarno International Film Festival in 2004 for his debut feature film Forgiveness, a Golden Leopard Nominee and winner of the Locarno Youth Jury Best Film Award. Forgiveness received prestigious international Festival and Audience Choice Awards and has featured in programs focusing on conflict, drama and reconciliation at festivals around the world and at programs at Cambridge and Princeton Universities.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Forgiveness (2005).

Forgiveness (2004);
Four Corners (2013).