Haile Gerima

Biography: Haile Gerima is an award-winning and critically acclaimed independent filmmaker. Born in Ethipia, he is perhaps best known as the writer, producer, and director of the 1993 film Sankofa. What inspires the filmmaker is a tireless devotion to the art of independent cinema and the vision of a uniquely innovative cinematic movement that stresses a symbiotic relationship between African Diasporan artists and the larger community.

(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.28)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Harvest: 3,000 Years [Mirt Sost Shi Amit] (1976).

Hour Glass (1971);
Child of Resistance (1973);
Harvest: 3,000 Years [Mirt Sost Shi Amit] (1976);
Wilmington 10 – U.S.A. 10,000 (1979);
Bush Mama (1979);
Ashes and Embers (1982);
After Winter: Sterling Brown (1985);
Sankofa (1993);
Imperfect Journey (1994);
Adwa: An African Victory (1999);
Teza (2008).

Dyana Gaye

Biography: Dyana Gaye was born in Paris in 1975. After majoring in film studies at the University of Paris VIII in France, she won the Louis Lumière – Villa Médicis grant in 1999 for her script Une femme pour Souleymane, which she directed the following year. She was a finalist of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative in 2004, and in 2005 she directed a musical one-shot sequence film, J’ai deux amours (My Two Loves), for the project Paris la métisse. In 2006, her film Ousmane (Deweneti) received numerous international distinctions, and was nominated for Best Short Film at the César Awards in 2008.

(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.133)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Une femme pour Souleymane (2000);
Ousmane [Deweneti] (2007);
Un transport en commun [Saint Louis Blues] (2010);
Under the Starry Sky (2016).

Une femme pour Souleymane (2000);
(Paris la métisse) J’ai deux amours [My Two Loves] (2005);
Ousmane [Deweneti] (2006);
Un transport en commun [Saint Louis Blues] (2009);
Under the Starry Sky (2013).

Leon Gast

Biography: Leon Gast is known for making such seminal documentaries as Hell’s Angels Forever and the Oscar-winning chronicle of the 1974 landmark fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, When We Were Kings. He is especially noted for presenting his subjects with rare compassion and insight. A native of Jersey City, NJ, Gast studied dramatic arts at Columbia University, but dropped out shortly before graduation to work on the television series High Adventure with Lowell Thomas. A documentary show centered on expeditions to seldom-seen places over the world, it provided Gast the opportunity to travel extensively. While attending these away shoots, he observed carefully and began learning how to make non-fiction films. During the 1960s and 1970s, Gast became famous for his still photography and his work appeared in such magazines as Vogue, Esquire, and Harper’s Bazaar. Gast won an Oscar in 1997 for his 1996 film When We Were Kings. He was also nominated for a Grand Jury Prize and won the Special Recognition Award and the Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 1996 and 2010 for Smash His Camera. He also won the Truer than Fiction, LAFCA for his work on When We Were Kings.

– AFF, Inc.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
When We Were Kings (1997).

Our Latin Thing (1972);
B.B. King: Live in Africa (1974);
Salsa (1976);
The Grateful Dead (1977);
Hells Angels Forever (1983);
Celia Cruz: Guantanamera (1989);
When We Were Kings (1996);
1 Love (2003);
Jumpshot (2004);
Smash His Camera (2010).

Debs Paterson

Also Known As: Debs Gardner-Paterson

Biography: Debs Paterson was born in Yorkshire and educated in Africa and India before studying for a degree, and gaining a reputation as a theatre director, at Cambridge University. Her first job after graduation was anchoring Total Football – about the English Premiership – on Singapore TV. On returning to England, Paterson began to forge ahead with her film career, working for the UK Film Council and assisting casting director Jeremy Zimmermann. Her career and her life were threatened by a serious car accident in 2003. During her recovery, she was told she may never be able to walk or speak in the same way again. In 2008 she directed the award-winning We Are All Rwandans, a short film shot in location and based on true events surrounding the Rwandan genocide. It brought her to the attention of the African producers of Africa United, an empowering, joyous film about the ability of children to overcome all obstacles, however threatening they may appear.

(Source: http://mubi.com/cast_members/151597)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Africa United (2011).

We Are All Rwandans (2008);
Aimé (2008);
Home (2008);
Supraman and the School of Necessity (2008);
Africa United (2010).

Rasò Ganemtore

Biography: Rasò Ganemtore was born in 1971 in Burkina Faso, where he started working as a DP assistant and a cameraman, before becoming an actor. He went to Italy where he participated as an actor in many films including L’Albero delle pere. He shot his first film Bambini d’Africa in 1994 (co-directed with Alessandro Soetje) and won the FEDIC prize (San Giovanni Valdamo Festival) and the Montecatini Terme Festival prize. His other films include Daouda and the Goldmine (2001) and Safi, la petite mère (Safi, the Little Mother – 2004), which both received numerous awards in many festivals. Ganemtore was short-listed for the Djibril Diop Mambéty Prize in 2002.

– AFF, Inc.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Safi, la petite mère [Safi, the Little Mother] (2006).

Bambini d’Africa (1994 – Rasò Ganemtore, Alessandro Soetje);
Daouda and the Goldmine (2001);
Safi, la petite mère [Safi, the Little Mother] (2004).

Zézé Gamboa

Biography: Zézé Gamboa was born in Luanda, Angola, in 1955. Between 1974 and 1980 he directed television programs, and in 1984 he graduated from Néciphone in Paris with a degree in sound engineering. He has directed numerous films and has been a member of the jury at several international film festivals. His 1991 documentary, Mopiopio, Sopro de Angola (Mopiopio, Breath of Angola), received several awards at the FESPACO and at the Milan African Film Festivals. His 1998 documentary, Dissidence, presents a modern history of Angola through a look at dissidents from two belligerent parties. His first full-length fictional film, O Herói [The Hero], opened the 2005 New York New Directors New Films Festival. Zézé Gamboa considers himself in the camp of African filmmakers who see their work as contributing directly to the task of national reconstruction.

– 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.45)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Mopiopio, Sopro de Angola [Mopiopio, Breath of Angola] (1993);
O Herói [The Hero] (2005).

Mopiopio, Sopro de Angola [Mopiopio, Breath of Angola] (1991);
Dissidence (1998);
Burned by Blue (1998);
O Desassossego de Pessoa (1999);
O Herói [The Hero] (2004);
5 Films about AIDS (2007);
L’Afrique vue par… [Africa Seen by…] – Bom dia Africa (2009);
O Grande Kilapy (2010).

USA Galadima

Also Known As: U.S.A. Galadima / Usa Galadima

Biography: USA Galadima was born in 1953. He started his broadcast career with Nigerian Television Kaduna in 1973, and then travelled to the United States to study and work in the television industry. He then returned to Nigeria, where he worked for Nigerian Film Corporation until his retirement in 2000. In 2001, he drew his final breath. His film Soyayya Kunar Zuci (Pains of Love), won an award at the Pyongyang Video Festival in 1999. Alhaki (Nemesis) also won an award at the second Nigerian National Film Festival in 2002.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Alhaki [Nemesis] (2005).

Soyayya Kunar Zuci [Pains of Love] (1995);
Alhaki [Nemesis] (1998).

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.

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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.

(Source: http://giantfilms.tv/about-ian-gabriel-director/)

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

Forgiveness (2004);
Four Corners (2013).