Gül Büyükbese Muyan

Biography: Gül Büyükbese Muyan was born in 1963 in Ankara, Turkey. She recieved the Television Award from TRT Ankara Television for the program The Loosers. Muyan served as Program Director of MUI, and is currently working as Director of Documentary Programs. She is a member of the Belgesel Sinemacılar Birliği (Association of Documentary Filmmakers) (BSB).

(Source: http://www.intersinema.com/gul-buyukbese-muyan-filmleri/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Baa Baa Black Girl (2008).

Baa Baa Black Girl (2007).

Kagendo Murungi

Biography: Kagendo Murungi is a Kenyan feminist who works in independent partnership with artists and activists around the world to develop and produce independent film projects, festivals and other sites for creative cultural agency. She helped institute the position of Africa program officer at the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC). A former international grants panel member of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Ms. Murungi continues to work in community with Pan-African immigrants on grassroots initiatives and in support of sexual and political dissidents. Kagendo received her BA in Women’s Studies from Rutgers University and her MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research. She was greatly honored to have her essay, Small Axe at the Crossroads: A Reflection on African Sexualities and Human Rights, published in Sing, Whisper, Shout, Pray!: Feminist Visions for a Just World, ed. M. Jacqui Alexander, Lisa Albrecht, Sharon Day, and Mab Segrest (EdgeWork Books, 2003), 489-501.

(Source: http://www.womenarts.org/network/profile_1096.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Via New York (2007).

Via New York (1995);
Sunshine Boutique (2006).

Tawanda Gunda Mupengo

Tawanda Gunda Mupengo is a product of the UNESCO Film and Television Training Project Harare. He has since directed a number of shorts and documentaries, including Tanyaradzwa (2005) and Spell My Name (Peretera Maneta – 2005). He is one of the most promising young directors from Zimbabwe.

(Source: http://www.africultures.com/php/index.php?nav=personne&no=10717)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Spell My Name [Peretera Maneta] (2007).

Tanyaradzwa (2005);
Spell My Name [Peretera Maneta] (2005).

Ron Mulvihill

Biography: Active as a filmmaker, producer/director and editor for a variety of feature and documentary subjects, Ron Mulvihill is a multi-talented film/video maker and has a knack for bringing together talented individuals from around the world on international award-winning productions. He is a partner at Gris-Gris Films. His feature film, Maangamizi, the Ancient One (2000) continues to receive accolades after being selected as Tanzania’s official selection at the 74th Academy Awards. At Zanzibar’s International Film Festival, the film won Best Feature and Best Actress and also won the 2004 Paul Robeson Award for Best Feature Film. Mulvihill graduated with an MFA from the esteemed film school at UCLA. His work, much of it based on cultures in Africa, reflects cultural and spiritual elements around indigenous cultures. His film, The Marriage of Mariamu (1985), the first Tanzanian-American co-production, was a prominent Festival winner at FESPACO in 1985 having received the Best Short Film Award, the Organization of African Unity Award and the Journalists and Critics Award; it went on to win several more awards at Film Festivals in Europe and the U.S. Additionally, Mulvihill has produced three documentaries, We Are Still Here, Sharing Is Unity and Prince Dixon’s Gospel Caravan.

(Source: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/anthro/news/ci.kellyaskewfeaturedinradiointerviewthissaturdayfebruary4ththu2feb2012_ci.detail)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Maangamizi, the Ancient One (2001).

Sharing Is Unity (1983);
The Marriage of Mariamu (1985);
Maangamizi, the Ancient One (2000);
Poetry in Motion: 100 Years of Zanzibar’s Nadi Ikhwan Safaa (2012).

Catherine Muller

Catherine Muller lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has worked in television since 1994. She has an M.A. with commendation in Film and Television from the University of Bristol, UK, and an undergraduate degree in photography from the Wits School of Arts.

In the field of factual filmmaking for museums, NGOs and television broadcast, Catherine’s work has included serving as series director on the youth current affairs show, Get Real, awarded the 1999 UNICEF NHK Japan Prize for excellence in depicting youth in difficult circumstances. Catherine also shot and directed Very Fast Guys, a one-hour documentary that chronicled the lives of four gangsters in Sebokeng over the course of a year. The film was made in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) to document some of the factors that lead to young men pursuing lives of violent crime in South Africa. She was producer for Sesame Workshop / Ochre Media on 92 live action films, directing 13 first-of-a-kind films for pre-school children about HIV and AIDS (they addressed coping with loss, healthy living, the universal safety precautions, and stigma). These films appeared on Takalani Sesame (along with animation and Muppet studio segments) and the show has won numerous international awards for promoting tolerance.

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Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Four Rent Boys and a Sangoma (2004).

Takalani Sesame (2000);
Positive (2001);
Very Fast Guys (2002);
Get Real (2002);
Four Rent Boys and a Sangoma (2003);
Drive, Pussycat, Drive! (2003);
Sweet Mercy (2004);
Paddy O’Zulu (2004);
Pitch Revolution Part 1 and 2 (2006);
Zone 14 (2007);
Total Soccer (2008);
Shuga (2009);
Harambee (2011).

Zanele Muholi

Biography: Zanele Muholi was born in Umlazi, Durban, in 1972. She completed an Advanced Photography course at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown and held her first solo exhibition at the Johannesburg Art Gallery in 2004. She has worked as a community relations officer for the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW), a black lesbian organisation based in Gauteng, and as a photographer and reporter for Behind the Mask, an online magazine on lesbian and gay issues in Africa. Her work represents the black female body in a frank yet intimate way that challenges the history of the portrayal of black women’s bodies in documentary photography. Her solo exhibition Only Half the Picture, which showed at Michael Stevenson in March 2006, travelled to the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg and the Afrovibes Festival in Amsterdam. In 2008 she had a solo show at Le Case d’Arte, Milan, and in 2009 she exhibited alongside Lucy Azubuike at the CCA Lagos, Nigeria. She was the recipient of the 2005 Tollman Award for the Visual Arts, the first BHP Billiton/Wits University Visual Arts Fellowship in 2006, and was the 2009 Ida Ely Rubin Artist-in-Residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

(Source: http://www.zanelemuholi.com/about%20me.htm)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Enraged by a Picture (2006).

Enraged by a Picture (2005);
Being Mum (2007);
Difficult Love (2010).

Ekwa Msangi

Biography: Ekwa Msangi (writer, director, producer) is a Tanzanian-American filmmaker who grew up in Kenya and is based in New York. Her initial career started in producing, and now focusses on writing and directing. Ekwa has directed several short films, including Taharuki (Suspense), a 12-minute short set against the backdrop of the start of Kenya’s post-election violence, about a man and a woman from opposing ethnic tribes who are working for an underground resistance movement to expose a child-trafficking cartel when something goes wrong, and they are forced to make tough choices in order to stay alive and complete their mission. Ekwa has also directed several drama series for mainstream broadcasters in Kenya and for MNET South Africa which includes The Agency, MNET’s first ever original hour-long Kenyan drama series. The Agency was televised continent-wide and her films have been official selections at festivals such as New York African, Pan African, Durban International, Imagem dos Povos, Roxbury International, and Zanzibar International Film Festivals. As well as her directing career, Ekwa has written for both television and film. Ekwa also taught a Spring Documentary Production course in Havana, Cuba. She has guest lectured on the topic of Contemporary African Cine-Media, and is Associate Director of the Independent Film School in New York. She is also an active Board Member of the Women in Film & Television – Kenya Chapter. One of Ekwa’s key goals as an artist is to transform our society’s images and relationships with African cultures, and to empower African filmmakers in telling their stories.

(Source: http://www.ekwapics.com/about)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Taharuki [Suspense] (2011);
Soko Sonko (2014, 2015).

The Baba Project (2003);
Dollar Van (2006);
KFW Mathare 4A School (2009);
Higher Learning (2009);
Behind the Scenes (2009);
The Agency (2009);
Block-D (2009);
Taharuki [Suspense] (2011);
Soko Sonko (2014).

Carolina Moraes-Liu

Biography: Carolina Moraes-Liu is an award-winning director and producer who has worked on numerous documentaries and television shows. Her 2010 film, Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê, won the Corazon Award for best short documentary at the San Diego Latino film festival and the Best Diaspora Film award at the San Diego Black Film Festival. Carolina also produced and directed the documentary film Festive Land: Carnaval in Bahia, winner of the Remi Award at the WorldFest International Film Festival, and part of the curriculum of Latin American Studies and Cultural Anthropology classes in many universities, including Stanford and U.C. Berkeley and Harvard. She is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, where she serves as a judge for the Emmy Awards. Carolina was born in Bahia, Brazil, and holds a Master’s degree in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University.

(Source: http://www.documentario.com/about.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê (2011).

Festive Land: Carnaval in Bahia (2001);
Bloco Afro and Afoxé: Afro-Brazilian Carnival as a Political and Religious Stage (2003);
Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê (2010);
The Victor Frost Ordinance (2012).

Mariette Monpierre

Biography: From the beaches of Guadeloupe to the heart of Paris to the bright lights of the Big Apple, Mariette Monpierre always saw her life through lenses. Growing up in the belly of Paris, films fascinated her. She completed her Masters Degree in media & languages at the Sorbonne University and Smith College in Massachusetts and moved to Manhattan to follow her dream of becoming a filmmaker. She began her career as a producer at BBDO NY, one of the world’s leading advertising agencies where she produced commercials for Pepsi Cola, Visa, Campbell’s, Pizza Hut, Gillette and FedEx. Directing opened up a new dimension to her work. She shapes the message, controls the content & masters the look. Knowledge is Power (1997) was commissioned by the New York City Health Department to raise HIV/AIDS awareness. In 2002, Sweet Mickey for President? won best documentary at the Reel Sister Film Festival in NY. Her short film Rendez-Vous (2002) was nominated for the Djibril Diop Mambéty Award in partnership with the Directors Fortnight in Cannes. The film experienced a successful run in several major international film festivals and she travelled the world with it. Mariette Monpierre signed her first feature length film in 2011, Elza (Le Bonheur d’Elza).

(Source: http://www.elzathemovie.com/Elzathemovie/Mariette_Bio_New.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Elza [Le Bonheur d’Elza] (2012).

Malavoi, Cocktail Caraïbe (1996);
Knowledge is Power (1997);
Malavoi Marronnage (1999);
Sweet Micky for President? (1999);
Did You F…? (2001);
Racines Caraïbes (2001);
Rendez-vous (2002);
Leny Escudero, faim de mots (2002);
Hot Dog & Stairs (2003);
(Paris la métisse) Chez moi (2005);
Le Vent, le Sable et le Bambou (2006);
Gerty Archimède, la candidate du peuple (2006);
Blame It on the Tango (2008);
Elza [Le Bonheur d’Elza] (2011).

Hillie Molenaar

Biography: Hillie Molenaar (born 1945) is a documentary filmmaker. She left school at 15 and worked as a cleaner, waitress, and bookkeeper before finding her niche as a documentary filmmaker in 1974 when, at the age of 29, she made her first film Protest Garden. She was the assistant to the legendary Joris Ivens before she formed Molenwiek Film in Amsterdam with Joop van Wijk in 1978. Jointly they have produced and directed many award winning documentaries and short films. Molenaar has since formed her own production company HM Films in 1995, and has taught with the Zelig School for Documentary, Television and New Media.

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Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Crossroads (1997);
The Daily Nation (2000).

Protest Garden (1974);
Abortus doe je niet zomaar (1975);
Abortus, van breinaald tot politiek steekspel (1978);
The Factory (1979);
Dochters van de Nijl (1982);
Alter Ego, Brieven van een dokter in Africa (1986);
Cannot Run Away (1988);
Journey on the Bamako-Dakar (1989);
Change (1990);
Isingiro Hospital (1993);
Enigma, gedachten van een grootmeester (1993);
Crossroads (1997);
The Daily Nation (2000).

Steve Kwena Mokwena

Biography: Steve Kwena Mokwena is a historian, filmmaker and cultural activist. He is the founder of Xivumbeko Media and the Afrikan Freedom Station, an afrocentric multi-media gallery. Steve Kwena Mokwena was born in Soweto, South Africa and studied history, African politics and sociology at WITS University. He also holds an MA degree from Leeds University. He is particularly interested in history and memory and has produced and directed numerous films, including A Blues for Tiro (2007), Our Father Who Art in Memory (2008), Biko’s Trail (2008) and Driving with Fanon (2009).


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
A Blues for Tiro (2011);
Driving with Fanon (2011).

A Blues for Tiro (2007);
Our Father Who Art in Memory (2008);
Biko’s Trail (2008);
Going Home (2009);
Black-Dog-Fire (2009);
Every Birth (2009);
Migrant Dreams (2009);
Driving with Fanon (2009);
Rebirth: What Was Billy Holliday Doing in Brixton? (2012).

Soraya Miré

Biography: Soraya Miré is an award-winning director, in addition to being a writer and activist. Her credits include a featured segment of The Vagina Monologues on female genital mutilation (FGM) and the award-winning documentary Fire Eyes (1993), which highlights the barbaric practice of FGM. Fire Eyes was featured at the International Women’s Conference in Beijing, the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, and The United Nations in Geneva, as well as several film festivals. Miré’s activism has been recognized with many prestigious awards such as the Humanitarian Award at the United Nations Sub-Commission Sessions, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Winnie Mandela Award, Best Documentary at the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, the Human Rights Award at the Third International Symposia on Circumcision at the University of Maryland, and Intact America’s Personal Courage Award 2009. Born in Somalia, Miré immigrated to Europe in 1978 at age seventeen. She lived in France where she studied literature and political science at the University of Grenoble. Miré left her studies in order to expand her mission to end violence toward women and children. In 1984, Miré moved to Los Angeles where she began her career in film by working in several production studios. At the UCLA Extension, while attending film school, she assisted professor and documentary filmmaker Douchin Gersi. Miré has demonstrated her persistence as she brings awareness, education and changes in policies and laws regarding the practice of FGM. She has appeared on Oprah, CNN and Nightline with Ted Koppel. Miré has lectured at Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, Morehouse College, UCLA, Vanderbilt University, Stanford University, Spelman College, Emory University, San Francisco State, Howard University, USC, Moorpark College, Mount Saint Mary’s College and Lesley University. Miré has stood before committees at the United Nations, the U.S. Senate Human Resources and Health Assembly and the World Health Organization. She has worked with medical professionals, government officials, and with women and families who have been affected by FGM, all in her tireless pursuit of protection of human rights for women and girls. Miré’s book The Girl with Three Legs: A Memoir is a dramatic chronicle of the personal challenges she overcame as a survivor of FGM, a firsthand account of the violent global oppression of women and girls, and a testament to the empowerment of women.

(Source: http://sorayamire.org/bio.asp)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Fire Eyes (1994).

Fire Eyes (1993).

Patrick Meunier

Biography: Patrick Meunier has been in the film industry since 1976, having acted as first assistant director and production manager on more than 30 major French features and TV movies. He has worked with such distinguished African directors as Idrissa Ouedraogo on Afrique, mon Afrique and Kini & Adams, and Raoul Peck on Lumumba. Blue Sky: The Cool Crooners of Bulawayo (2000) was his first documentary. It was made in collaboration with Jackie Cahi for their Zimbabwe-based company, Pangolin Films.

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Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Blue Sky: The Cool Crooners of Bulawayo (2002).

Blue Sky: The Cool Crooners of Bulawayo (2000).

Namir Abdel Messeeh

Biography: Born in Egypt in 1974, Namir Abdel Messeeh grew up in France. He studied film directing at the French national film school La Fémis in Paris, and he obtained a MA in cinema studies from the University of Paris VII. His films include You, Waguih (2005), Quelque chose de mal (Something Evil – 2005) and La Vierge, les Coptes et moi (2011).

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Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
You, Waguih (2006, 2007);
Quelque chose de mal [Something Evil] (2005).

You, Waguih (2005);
Quelque chose de mal [Something Evil] (2005);
La Vierge, les Coptes et moi (2011).

Orlando Mesquita

Also Known As: Orlando Mesquita Lima / Orlando Tello Mesquita Pereira de Lima

Biography: Orlando Mesquita has worked in various areas of film production such as directing, editing sound, producing, musical composing, graphics, and animation. As an editor, he worked with a variety of national and foreign directors on about three hundred films. He has directed several of his own films, such as Rodas da Rua (Street Wheels – 1996) and A Bola (2001). His work includes features, educational programs, and many documentaries. He has been involved in projects which have documented just about every aspect of contemporary Mozambican life. In 1999, he won a Kuxa-Kanema best video Award for Histórias Comunitárias.

Orlando Mesquita was born in 1962 in Nampula, Mozambique. From 1983-1991, he worked as an editor, producer and sound mixer at Kanem in Maputo, a company that offered courses in film studies. In these years he attended photography and film production classes, which he completed in 1991 at the San Antonio de los Baños School in Cuba. Upon his return to Mozambique, he worked as an editor for the company Ébano Multimedia. In addition, Mesquita co-founded IRIS Imaginações, a company dedicated to the development of communication materials, and Coopimagem, a graphics and film production joint venture company.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Rodas da Rua [Street Wheels] (1996).

Maputo Mulher (1984);
Karingana Wa Karingana (1985);
Fronteiras de Sangue (1986-1987);
Governadores do Orvalho (1986-1987);
Kassav (1986-1987);
Ser Mulher (1988);
Génises do Azul (1989);
O Pastor (1990);
Quando as Flores começarem a Florir (1991);
Poluição – A Outra Face do Progresso (1991);
Marracuene (1991-1992);
Adeus RDA (1991-1992);
Jogos de Moçambique (1991-1992);
Coração da Paz (1991-1992);
A Procura do Tempo Imaginado (1992);
A Árvore dos Antepassados (1993);
Dança para ti (1994);
Quo Vadiz Angola (1995);
Não é Preciso Empurrar (1995);
Correntes (1995);
A Guerra da Água (1996);
Rodas da Rua [Street Wheels] (1996);
Saltando à Corda (1997);
Tchuma Tchato (1997);
Muhipiti Alima (1997);
A Caminho da Reintegração (1997);
Massassani Afela Kwatine (1998);
Batalhas da Vida (1998);
Orlando Chale (1998);
Seguro Vila Autárquica (1998);
As Pitas (1999);
Histórias Comunitárias (1999);
Sambassoca (2000);
Mariana e a Lua (2000);
A Última Prostituta (2000);
Nossa Terra (2000);
Desbediência (2001);
A Ponte (2001);
Eclipse (2001);
A Bola (2001);
Paragem Nocturna (2001);
Malta da Lagoa (2001);
Ondas Comunitárias (2002);
Palavras às Mulheres (2002);
Preto e Branco (2002);
Mãos de Barro (2003);
UAU (2003);
Beat It (2003);
O Acampamento (2004);
Sonhos Guardados (2004);
Marrabentando (2004);
Destorcido (2005);
O Grande Bazar (2005);
Pregos na Cabeça (2005);
Musculinho (2005);
Junod (2006);
Ferro em Brasa (2006);
Hóspedes da Noite (2007);
Triologia das Novas Famílias (2007);
Mãe dos Netos (2008);
A Tempestade (2008);
O Craque (2009);
O Último Voo do Flamingo (2010);
Unindo as Margens do Zambeze (2010);
Salani (2010);
As Vizinhas (2010);
Meninos de Parte Nenhuma (2011);
Dom João (2011).

Jamie Meltzer

Biography: Jamie Meltzer began his filmmaking career as a news stringer, shooting natural disasters, police chases and fires for San Francisco Bay Area TV News. His ten-minute documentary, Pegasus (1998), chronicled the adventures of a gay motorcycle club on a joy ride in Marin County. Jamie Meltzer’s feature documentary films have been broadcast nationally on PBS and have screened at numerous film festivals worldwide. They include Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story (Independent Lens, 2003) about the shadowy world of song-poems, Welcome to Nollywood, an investigation into the wildly successful Nigerian movie industry (PBS broadcast, 2008), La Caminata (2009), a short film about a small town in Mexico that runs a simulated border crossing as a tourist attraction, and Informant (2012), which examines Brandon Darby, a radical activist turned FBI informant who has been both vilified and deified, but never entirely understood. Informant won the Grand Jury Prize at DOC NYC, and the Best Documentary Feature Award at the Austin Film Festival. Among other accomplishments, Jamie Meltzer has also taught in the Documentary Film and Video M.F.A. Program at Stanford University.

(Source: http://www.jamiemeltzer.com/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Welcome to Nollywood (2008).

Pegasus (1998);
Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story (2003);
Welcome to Nollywood (2007);
La Caminata (2009);
Informant (2012).

Salem Mekuria

Biography: Salem Mekuria, originally from Ethiopia, is an independent writer, producer, director, videographer, and a video installation artist. Her award winning documentary films and video installations feature Ethiopian subjects and have been shown internationally. She has worked for PBS’s NOVA series and with numerous international production houses, focusing on issues of African women and development. Her film Ye Wonz Maibel (Deluge – 1996) is a personal account of the Ethiopian student revolts and their brutal aftermath. Other works include Our Place in the Sun (1988), As I Remember It – A Portrait of Dorothy West (1991), Sidet: Forced Exile (1991), Ruptures: A Many-Sided Story (2003), Imagining Tobia (2006-7) and Square Stories (2010). Among the numerous honors she has received are: a Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 2005-06; Fulbright Scholar award, 2003-04; The New England Media Fellowship, 2001; the Rockefeller Foundation’s Intercultural Media Fellowship, 1995; Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest International Artists Residency Fellowship in 1993; a fellowship at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, Harvard University, 1990-92; the Massachusetts Artists Foundation Award in 1991. Salem Mekuria has also been the Luella LaMer Professor of Women’s Studies in the Art Department at Wellesley College.

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Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Ye Wonz Maibel [Deluge] (2000).

Our Place in the Sun (1988);
As I Remember It – A Portrait of Dorothy West (1991);
Sidet: Forced Exile (1991);
Ye Wonz Maibel [Deluge] (1996);
Ruptures: A Many-Sided Story (2003);
Imagining Tobia (2006-7);
Square Stories (2010).

Michelle Medina

Biography: Michelle Medina is a filmmaker and writer in Casablanca, Morocco. Medina graduated with honors from Smith College in 2005; she wrote her thesis and lectured on Moroccan women in cinema and identity. Michelle Medina received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2005 and returned to Morocco to create a visual project to her academic work. Portrait of Khmissa is a four part collection of portraits that includes: Little Creations, Bread, Water, and Sucre & Melha. Medina was born in the US and raised in Japan under unconventional circumstances that have influenced her vision of home, religion, and identity. Medina is also a writer and blogs about her return to Judaism, life as a single mother, Morocco, dating and living between languages and countries.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
All I Wanna Do (2011).

Portrait of Khmissa: Little Creations, Sucar & Melha, Water, Bread (2007);
Style Booa (2009);
All I Wanna Do (2010).

Filmon Mebrahtu

Biography: Born in 1968, Filmon Mebrahtu gave up his career in managing wireless Internet network to make films that tell the stories of African immigrants’ lives in Philadelphia, and their experiences dealing with American culture. From 2002 to 2004 he participated in the Independent Television Service (ITVS) Mentorship Program, working with award winning filmmaker Louis Massiah. Mebrahtu’s films include Stop Killing Taxi Drivers (2001), Rencontrer (To Meet – 2004) and Dinka Diaries (2005); they have been screened at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Northwest Folklife Film Festival and Northwest Festival of African Cinema, both in Seattle, Philadelphia Film Festival, Festival of Independents, Prince Music Theatre, University of Pennsylvania’s African Study Center, Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, the Eritrean Film Festival in Washington D.C., and the New York African Film Festival. His work has also been broadcast on WHYY and WYBE television. Dinka Diaries, produced in association with ITVS, NBPC and co-produced with WYBE, was funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Filmon was a recipient of the prestigious Pew Fellowship Award in 2005 for the research and development of his work Emigre that chronicles the experiences of two Senegalese Muslim immigrant families over a year period – one in Paris, France, the other in Philadelphia, USA. Filmon Mebrahtu received his B.S. from South Dakota State University and his M.S. from Texas A&M University.


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

Stop Killing Taxi Drivers (2001);
Rencontrer [To Meet] (2004);
Dinka Diaries (2005).

Sieh Mchawala

Biography: Sieh Mchawala was born in Adelaide, Australia. At 18 months old he moved to Tanzania returning when he was nine to complete his schooling. His father is from the Makua tribe from South Tanzania and his mother is part McKenzie (Scottish tribe) and he is not sure of the other part. He completed his secondary education at Glenunga International High School. As per family tradition, after finishing high school he was dispatched back to Tanzania (so he did not forget the other half) and then ended up in London. It was supposed to be an 8 month round trip; back to Adelaide to begin a nursing degree. Things changed when he discovered he had itchy feet, and his return ticket was cancelled. He spent the next five years traveling internationally and around Australia; all the while, racking his brain: What to do? What to do? Finally an introductory course in filmmaking (MAPS) grabbed his attention. The course coordinator, Peter Thurmer was incredibly inspirational, as were the rest of the staff and fellow students. This year-long course has set him on the path of filmmaking — directing four student films, lots of editing and a stack of wedding videos.

(Source: http://www.vidafilms.com.au/vida_team.php)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Ayen’s Cooking School for African Men (2012).

Halal Barbeque (2004);
Ayen’s Cooking School for African Men (2007);
Big Stories, Small Town: Murray Bridge – Raukkan (2008-2010 – Jeni Lee, Sieh Mchawala);
Barefoot in Ethiopia (2011).