Flora M’mbugu-Schelling

Biography: Flora M’mbugu-Schelling was born in Tanzania and attended the Tanzanian School of Journalism in Dar es Salaam. She studied and trained in Germany and France. Her documentary films include Kumekucha (From Sun Up – 1987), which won a gold metal at the New York International Film Festival, and Shida and Matatizo (1993); These Hands (1992), deriving its title from a poem she wrote, has received many awards, including the Joris Ivers Award and the Perugia Prize in Italy.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
These Hands (1994);
Shida and Matatizo (1994).

Filmography:
Kumekucha [From Sun Up] (1987);
These Hands (1992);
Shida and Matatizo (1993).

Papa Madièye Mbaye

Biography: Born in Senegal in 1958, Papa Madièye Mbaye studied Natural Sciences at the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar and Baskets and photography at the Centre Culturel Fracaise of Dakar. Between 1993 and 1999, he worked as a cameramon several documentary films and television adverts. He was also an assistant director on various films, including Hyenes (1991), La Petite vendeuse de soleil (1997), where he also acts, both by Djibril Diop Mambety, and S’en sortir (2000) by Racine Talla. Mambety was his first film in 2002.

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

Filmography:
Mambéty (2002);
La Kora, accords et désaccords (2013);
La Légende du cinéma négro-africain (2013).

Teddy Mattera

teddy_matteraBiography: Teddy Mattera is an award winning filmmaker who has been active in the industry for decades. Born in South Africa in 1963, he studied at the London International Film School and the Maurits Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam. His early experience ranged from work on documentaries for television in South Africa and the UK, among others, and on shorts, commercials and music videos. He began his film career as an intern for the Oscar-nominated documentary Hoop Dreams at Kartemquin Films in Chicago, Illinois. In 1990 Mattera worked at American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) as a features producer and later joined a video collective, Video News Services (VNS) making documentaries for trades unions and community organizations against apartheid in South Africa. They were screened on BBC, Channel Four, Global Vision and various other international broadcasters. He also wrote Dumisani Phakathi’s short Waiting for Valdez (2001), which was selected for the MNET New Directions series. Teddy Mattera went on to write his multi-award winning feature film Max and Mona in 2004. Since then he has written and directed many television programmes (including social documentaries and drama series) for both local and international distributors. In early 2006 Teddy Mattera was honoured with a Carnegie Fellowship as guest to Wits University in Johannesburg where he mentored in screenwriting and directing. His other works include Norman Comes to Jozi (2002), One Way (2006-2007) and Telegraph to the Sky (2009).

(Sources:
http://catalogue.globalfilm.org/films-by-language/zulu/max-and-mona.html
http://www.dqma.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59&Itemid=59)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Max and Mona (2007).

Filmography:
Norman Comes to Jozi (2002);
Max and Mona (2004);
One Way (2006-2007);
L’Afrique vue par… – Telegraph to the Sky (2009).

Cambria Matlow

Cambria MatlowBiography: Cambria Matlow is a filmmaker and photographer. Her work depicts the beauty of growth and decay, seeks meaning in moments of stillness and movement, and values the sensory experience of texture and atmosphere. Small interactions reveal personal and political truths, and simple images allow for clarity. As a film director and producer, she has won funding from the Experimental Television Center, Brooklyn Arts Council, the Puffin Foundation and LEF Foundation. In 2005, she cofounded Birdgirl Productions, whose projects include the award-winning feature documentary Burning in the Sun, about a young man who starts a local solar energy business in Mali, West Africa. The film, which Cambria co-directed and coproduced, was selected for IFP’s 2008 Documentary Rough Cut Lab as well as Independent Film Week’s ‘Spotlight on Docs’ section. After showing as an official selection in over 30 international film festivals, in 2012 the film premiered on PBS World’s AfroPop series and won the prestigious Cinema for Peace International Green Film Award in Berlin. As a film distributor, Cambria worked for two years with Film Movement, where in her role as manager of non-theatrical programming she led nationwide distribution and outreach efforts for international and American independent films, including notable award winners Munyurangabo, Lake Tahoe and Alamar. She also crossed over into film exhibition, serving as the Filmmaker Liaison at the 2011 Ashland Independent Film Festival in Ashland, Oregon, and running a monthly community film series at the Alma Education and Movement Space in Portland. Cambria holds a Certificate in Film Production from Burlington College in Vermont and a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Columbia University.

(Source: http://burninginthesun.wordpress.com/directors-bios/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Burning in the Sun (2010 – Cambria Matlow, Morgan Robinson).

Filmography:
Chapstick (2003);
The Sacred Clown (2005);
Let’s Do Lunch (2006);
Burning in the Sun (2010 – Cambria Matlow, Morgan Robinson).

Morgan Robinson

Morgan RobinsonBiography: Morgan Robinson is a producer at Punched in the Head Productions, an Emmy-winning documentary film production company based in Brooklyn. Morgan has produced True Life: I’m Addicted to Marijuana and True Life: I’m Being Sent Away by my Parents. He was an associate producer on three other True Life episodes: I’m Homeschooled, I’m a Fanboy and I Can’t Sleep. Morgan has field-produced various ads and educational projects, as well as documentaries for filmmaker John Halpern in Mexico and Kashmir. Inspired by his work on Burning in the Sun, Morgan is fascinated by stories where global and environmental trends meet the deeply personal lives of individuals within their communities. He is passionate about telling stories of people pursuing the resources they need. Morgan Robinson began his filmmaking career in the production department for Spike Lee’s He Got Game and Summer of Sam. He attended the New York Film Academy and his narrative short Catabasis won first prize at the Dominique Dunne Memorial Film Festival and a Golden Apple at the National Educational Media Network Film Festival. Morgan assisted filmmaker John Halpern shooting and producing his documentary film Anger on location in Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. Subsequently Morgan took on the project of co-directing and photographing Burning in the Sun, and has been working on every aspect of this film since 2005. In addition he has produced the promotional video Ji Duma: Bring Them Water, as well as a narrative short, Hands and a documentary short, The Domino Project. Morgan produced and photographed John Halpern’s documentary Once Paradise on location in Kashmir, India. An associate producer at Punched in the Head Productions, he made the Emmy-winning show True Life for MTV. Morgan studied religion at Columbia University and speaks English, French, Spanish and Mandarin.

(Source: http://burninginthesun.wordpress.com/directors-bios/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Burning in the Sun (2010 – Cambria Matlow, Morgan Robinson).

Filmography:
Catabasis (Date unknown);
Burning in the Sun (2010 – Cambria Matlow, Morgan Robinson).

Cambria Matlow and Morgan Robinson

Cambria MatlowBiography: Cambria Matlow is a filmmaker and photographer. As a film director and producer, she has won funding from the Experimental Television Center, Brooklyn Arts Council, the Puffin Foundation and LEF Foundation. In 2005, she co-founded Birdgirl Productions, whose projects include the award-winning feature documentary Burning in the Sun, about a young man who starts a local solar energy business in Mali, West Africa. The film, which Cambria co-directed and coproduced, was selected for IFP’s 2008 Documentary Rough Cut Lab as well as Independent Film Week’s ‘Spotlight on Docs’ section. After showing as an official selection in over 30 international film festivals, in 2012 the film premiered on PBS World’s AfroPop series and won the prestigious Cinema for Peace International Green Film Award in Berlin. Cambria has also worked in development and production with social issue media organization Arts Engine on the documentary feature films Nicaragua Dreaming and Pushing The Elephant, which showed on PBS. As a film distributor, Cambria worked for two years with Film Movement, where in her role as manager of non-theatrical programming she led nationwide distribution and outreach efforts for international and American independent films, including notable award winners Munyurangabo, Lake Tahoe and Alamar. She also crossed over into film exhibition, serving as the Filmmaker Liaison at the 2011 Ashland Independent Film Festival in Ashland, Oregon, and running a monthly community film series at the Alma Education and Movement Space in Portland. Cambria holds a Certificate in Film Production from Burlington College in Vermont and a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Columbia University.

Morgan RobinsonBiography: Morgan Robinson is a producer at Punched in the Head Productions, an Emmy-winning documentary film production company based in Brooklyn. Morgan has produced True Life: I’m Addicted to Marijuana and True Life: I’m Being Sent Away by my Parents. He was an associate producer on three other True Life episodes: I’m Homeschooled, I’m a Fanboy and I Can’t Sleep. Morgan has field-produced various ads and educational projects, as well as documentaries for filmmaker John Halpern in Mexico and Kashmir. Inspired by his work on Burning in the Sun, Morgan is fascinated by stories where global and environmental trends meet the deeply personal lives of individuals within their communities. Morgan Robinson began his filmmaking career in the production department for Spike Lee’s He Got Game and Summer of Sam. He attended the New York Film Academy and his narrative short Catabasis won first prize at the Dominique Dunne Memorial Film Festival and a Golden Apple at the National Educational Media Network Film Festival. Morgan assisted filmmaker John Halpern shooting and producing his documentary film Anger on location in Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. Subsequently Morgan took on the project of co-directing and photographing Burning in the Sun, and has been working on every aspect of this film since 2005. In addition he has produced the promotional video Ji Duma: Bring Them Water, as well as a narrative short, Hands and a documentary short, The Domino Project. Morgan produced and photographed John Halpern’s documentary Once Paradise on location in Kashmir, India. An associate producer at Punched in the Head Productions, he made the Emmy-winning show True Life for MTV. Morgan studied religion at Columbia University and speaks English, French, Spanish and Mandarin.

(Source: http://burninginthesun.wordpress.com/directors-bios/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Burning in the Sun (2010).

Filmography:
Catabasis (Date unknown – Morgan Robinson);
Chapstick (2003 – Cambria Matlow);
The Sacred Clown (2005 – Cambria Matlow);
Let’s Do Lunch (2006 – Cambria Matlow);
Burning in the Sun (2010).

20th NYAFF @ BAMcinématek – May 24-27

The New York African Film Festival returns to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The festival closes over Memorial Day Weekend May 24 to 27 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music BAMcinématek—part of the dance and music festival DanceAfrica.

Under the banner “Looking Back, Looking Forward: 20 Years of the New York African Film Festival”, our 2013 edition is dedicated to commemorating half a century of African cinema and two decades of work introducing American audiences to the best of this cinema and its protagonists.

Screening Venue:
BAMcinématek @ BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn.

SCHEDULE:

Friday, May 24
2:00PM, 7:00PM Africa Shafted: Under One Roof (55 min.) + Farewell Exile (15 min.)
4:30PM, 9:30PM Our Beloved Sudan (92 min.)

Saturday, May 25
2:00PM, 7:00PM Black Africa, White Marble (77 min.)
4:30PM, 9:30PM How to Steal 2 Million (90 min.)

Sunday, May 26
2:00PM, 4:30PM Zarafa (78 min.)
7:00PM, 9:30PM Tey/Aujourd’hui (86 min.)

Monday, May 27
2:00PM, 7:00PM Monica Wangu Wamwere: The Unbroken Spirit (71 min.)
4:30PM, 9:30PM Microphone (120 min.)

Roger Gnoan M’Bala

Roger Gnoan M’BalaBiography: Roger Gnoan M’Bala was born in Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast, in 1943. He studied in Sweden and at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma in Paris. In 1970 he directed Koundoum, his first black and white documentary on traditional dance, and two years later his film Amanié won several prizes, including the FIFEF. Since then, he has produced and directed feature films, notably the award-winning Ablakon.

(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.64)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Au nom du Christ [In the Name of Christ] (1994);
Adanggaman (2000).

Filmography:
Koundoum (1970);
La Biche (1971);
Amanié (1972);
Valisy (1973);
Le Bardo de San Pédro (1974);
Gboundo (1974);
The Hat (1975);
Élevage moderne (1980);
France – Côte d’Ivoire (1982);
Ablakon (1986);
Bouka (1988);
Au nom du Christ [In the Name of Christ] (1993);
Adanggaman (2000);
Le Peuple Niambwa (2009);
Le Dipri (2009).

Godwin Mawuru

Biography: Mawuru was born in 1961 in Zimbabwe. After being involved in theater for several years, Mawuru began working as an actor and scriptwriter for film and television. His directorial debut, Neria (1992), earned him the OAU award for Best Director at the Carthage Film Festival. I Am the Future (1994), his second feature film, was produced by Kubi Indi, a local businesswoman who made history in being a female producer, heralding a new era of film production in Zimbabwe.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Neria (1993);
I Am the Future (1996).

Filmography:
Neria (1992);
I Am the Future (1994).

Khalo Matabane

KhaloMatabaneBiography: Khalo Matabane is an award-winning director, writer, and producer whose filmography has brought him both national and international acclaim. His films about South Africa include Poetic Conversations (1996), a half-hour profile on the black consciousness poet Ingoapele Madingoane, Two Decades Still (1996), a look at the 1976 uprising in Soweto; The Waiters (1997), stories of hope about people waiting for lost family members to return; and Young Lions (1999), about three former youth activists. He has been invited to workshops and festivals around the world, and in 2004 he gave creative writing courses at the National Electronic and Media Institute of South Africa.

(Sources:
http://www.afi.com/silverdocs/2005/confbio3.aspx
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.81)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Story of a Beautiful Country (2005);
Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon (2005).

Filmography:
Poetic Conversations (1996);
Two Decades Still (1996);
The Waiters (1997);
Young Lions (1999);
Love in a Time of Sickness (2001);
Story of a Beautiful Country (2004);
Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon (2005);
When We Were Black (2006);
Imagine Afrika (2007);
State of Violence (2010);
Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me (2013).

Constance Marks

Constance MarksBiography: Constance Marks is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker. She is the founder and president of Constance Marks Productions, Inc., a documentary production company based in New York City. Marks began her filmmaking career in the 1980s as an assistant editor for the renowned Cinéma Vérité pioneers, David and Albert Maysles. Marks’ critically acclaimed films have been shown theatrically, broadcast widely, and garnered numerous awards. Her productions include Return to Appalachia (1983) which aired on PBS, Let’s Fall in Love: A Singles’ Weekend at the Concord Hotel (1994) which was selected by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as one of the outstanding documentaries of the year, Green Chimneys (1997), a full-length documentary feature film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO, and Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey (2011). Marks has produced numerous films focusing on important social issues including homelessness, the elderly, experimental charter schools and substance abuse recovery residences.

(Source: http://beingelmo.com/about.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey (2011).

Filmography:
Return to Appalachia (1983);
Let’s Fall in Love: A Singles’ Weekend At the Concord Hotel (1994);
Green Chimneys (1997 – Bob Eisenhardt, Constance Marks);
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey (2011);
Independent Lens (2012).

Francisco Manso

franciscoMansoBiography: Francisco Manso has a long career in the movie and television industries. Born in 1949 in Lisbon, Portugal, he has produced and directed various documentaries for television, such as Portugal passado e presente (1984), Alentejo cantado (1991), Uma Saga Europeia (1996) and O Testamento do Senhor Napumoceno (1997). He is best known for his documentaries Terra Nova, Mar Velho (1983) and Filhos da estrada e do vento (1988).

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
http://mubi.com/cast_members/198426)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
O Testamento do Senhor Napumoceno (2001).

Filmography:
História Do Automobilismo De Competição Em Portugal (1980);
Manta De Retalhos (1980);
Vamos Jogar No Totobola (1981);
Terra Nova, Mar Velho (1983);
A Epopeia dos Bacalhaos (1983);
Portugal passado e presente (1984);
Portugal, Passado E Presente (1984-1989);
A Aposta (1986);
O Ballet Gulbenkian (1986);
Filhos Da Estrada E Do Vento (1987);
Onde A Terra Acaba E O Mar Começa (1987);
As Ilhas Desconhecidas (1987-1989);
Mobil Nos Caminhos De Portugal (1989-1990);
A Era Do Atlântico (1990);
Alentejo Cantado (1991);
Tesouros Reais Portugueses (1991);
O Espírito Da Cor (1992);
Quase – Mário De Sá Carneiro (1992);
Saudade – Soares Dos Reis (1992);
Na Mão De Deus – Antero De Quental (1993);
Nostalgia – Florbela Espanca (1993);
A Arte Em Portugal No Período Joanino – Arquitectura, Pintura E Escultura Em Portugal De 1706 A 1750 (1994);
Uma Saga Europeia (1996);
O Testamento do Senhor Napumoceno (1997);
Dez Grãozinhos De Terra (1999);
Garrett (1999-2000);
Clandestinos (2000);
Évora (2001);
Lisboa [Lisbon And Its Districts] (2001);
Morabeza, As Ilhas De Cabo Verde (2001);
Porto (2001);
Ambiente Em Imagem: Paisagens (2003);
O Cinema Português (2003);
Portugal – Um Retrato Ambiental (2004);
Gil Eannes (2005);
Assalto Ao Santa Maria (2006);
A Ilha Dos Escravos (2006);
Meu Pai, Humberto Delgado (2006);
O Último Condenado À Morte (2007);
Assalto ao Santa Maria (2010);
O Cônsul de Bordéus (2011).

Djibril Diop Mambéty

Djibril Diop MambetyBiography: The son of a Muslim cleric and member of the Lebou tribe, Djibril Diop Mambéty was born near Senegal’s capital city of Dakar in Colobane, a town featured prominently in some of his films. Mambéty’s interest in cinema began with theater. Having graduated from acting school in Senegal, Mambéty worked as a stage actor at the Daniel Sorano National Theater in Dakar until he was expelled for disciplinary reasons. In 1969, at age 24, without any formal training in filmmaking, Mambéty directed and produced the short film, Contras’ City. The following year Mambéty made Badou Boy, which won the Silver Tanit award at the 1970 Carthage Film Festival in Tunisia. Mambéty’s technically sophisticated and richly symbolic first feature-length film, Touki Bouki (1973), received the International Critics Award at Cannes Film Festival and won the Special Jury Award at the Moscow Film Festival, bringing the Senegalese director international attention and acclaim. Despite the film’s success, twenty years passed before Mambéty made another feature film. During this hiatus he made one short film in 1989, Parlons grand-mère. Hyenas (1992), Mambéty’s second and final feature film, was an adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s play The Visit and was conceptualized as a continuation of Touki Bouki. At the time of his death, the film director had been working on a trilogy of short films called Contes des Petites Gens (Tales of the Little People). The first of the three films was Le Franc (1994). Mambéty had also been editing the second film of that series, The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun, which premiered posthumously in 1999. His early death to lung cancer, at age 53, occurred in a Paris hospital.

(Source: http://mubi.com/cast_members/17787)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Badou Boy (1993);
Touki Bouki (1997,  2000);
Hyenas (2000, 2006, 2010);
Le Franc (2000, 2004);
The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (1999, 2000, 2004, 2008).

Filmography:
Contras’ City (1969);
Badou Boy (1970);
Pour ceux qui savent (1971);
Touki Bouki (1973);
Parlons grand-mère (1989);
Hyenas (1992);
Le Franc (1994);
The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (1999).

Sarah Maldoror

Sarah-MaldororBiography: Sarah Maldoror was born in 1939 in Candou, France. A Guadeloupean of African descent, she is respectfully regarded as the matriarch of African cinema (she was the first woman of color to make a feature film). For her, filmmaking was a weapon for struggle and liberation from the very beginning of her experiences in cinema. Though before embarking on a career in filmmaking she co-founded the theatre group Compagnie d’Art Dramatique des Griots in Paris in 1956. She left the company in the early 1960s to study cinema in the Soviet Union at VGIK in Moscow on a scholarship—there she met Ousmane Sembène who was also studying at the time. Maldoror worked both as an assistant director and a director in Paris, Martinique, and Portuguese-speaking African countries. After residing briefly in Morocco in 1963, she went to Algeria to work as Gillo Pontecorvo’s assistant on the 1966 classic film, The Battle of Algiers, the prototype for all mainstream political cinema of the 1970s. Her 1968 debut film Monagambée, which examines torture techniques used by the French in the Algerian war, was selected for the Quinzaine des réalisateurs/Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 1971. The following year she made her emblematic œuvre, Sambizanga, which relates a woman’s experience during the Angola liberation struggle. The film shared the prestigious Tanit d’Or prize at the Carthage Film Festival that same year. Pioneer, trailblazer, mentor, Sarah Maldoror had this to say in an interview with Jadot Sezirahiga: “African women must be everywhere. They must be in the images, behind the camera, in the editing room and involved in every stage of the making of a film. They must be the ones to talk about their problems”.

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
http://mubi.com/cast_members/195041)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Sambizanga (1999).

Filmography:
Monagambée (1968);
Des fusils pour Banta (1970);
Sambizanga (1972);
Saint-Denis sur Avenir (1972);
Et les chiens se taisaient (1974);
Aimé Césaire, un homme une terre (1976);
Fogo, île de feu (1979);
Un carnaval dans le Sahel (1979);
Carnaval à San Vicente (1979);
Carnaval en Guinée-Bissau (1980);
Miró, peintre (1980);
Le Cimetière du Père-Lachaise (1980);
La Basilique de Saint-Denis (1980);
Un dessert pour Constance (1981);
L’Hôpital de Leningrad (1983);
Un Sénégalais en Normandie (1983);
La Littérature tunisienne de la Bibliothèque Nationale (1983);
René Depestre, poète (1984);
Toto Bissainthe, chanteuse (1984);
Robert Lapoujade, peintre (1984);
Alberto Carliski, sculpteur (1984);
Le Racisme au quotidien (1984);
Robert Doisneau, photographe (1984);
Le Passager du Tassili (1987);
Aimé Césaire, le masque des mots (1987);
Louis Aragon, un masque à Paris (1987);
Emanuel Ungaro, couturier (1987);
Vlady, Peintre (1989);
Léon G. Damas (1995);
L’Enfant cinéma (1997);
Alain Séraphine – La Tribu du bois de l’É (1998);
Scala Milan AC (2001);
La Route de l’esclave (2003);
Les Oiseaux mains (2005);
Eia pour Césaire (2009).

Benny Malapa

bennymalapaBiography: Benny Malapa is a scriptwriter and a director. Having a specific interest in rap music, he is also the creator of the “Hip-Hop Label” and “Label Sensitive Music”. Benny Malapa was one of the first rap producers in France. After 10 years in the music industry, he decided to stop in 1998 and make his dream come true: be the director of a rap and soul musical movie. His films include Rapbizz (2002), Ouaga Hip Hop (2004) and La Solution (2005).

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Rapbizz (2004);
Ouaga Hip Hop (2004).

Filmography:
Rapbizz (2002);
Ouaga Hip Hop (2004);
(Paris la métisse) La Solution (2005).

Teboho Mahlatsi

tebohoBiography: Born in 1974, Teboho Mahlatsi graduated from the Africa Cultural Centre Film & Television Course and then spent five years working as a screenwriter. He has written, produced and directed many projects, including the documentary Ghetto Diaries for the South African educational channel SABC Education TV, and the highly controversial television series Yizo Yizo, winning Best Director and Best Drama series at the Avanti awards (South Africa’s equivalent to the Emmys). His short film Portrait of a Young Man Drowning won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1999. The following year he completed a short television series, Ungshaya Ding Dong. Mahlatsi’s other works include A-Z – A Commentary on Post-Apartheid South Africa (2001) and Meokgo and the Stick Fighter (Sekalli le Meokgo – 2006). In addition, he has directed numerous music videos.

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
http://www.culturebase.net/artist.php?27)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Portrait of a Young Man Drowning (2000);
A-Z – A Commentary on Post-Apartheid South Africa (2002);
Meokgo and the Stick Fighter [Sekalli le Meokgo] (2007).

Filmography:
Portrait of a Young Man Drowning (1999);
Ungshaya Ding Dong (2000);
A-Z – A Commentary on Post-Apartheid South Africa (2001);
Yizo Yizo (2004);
Meokgo and the Stick Fighter [Sekalli le Meokgo] (2006);
Shuga (2009-2012).

Isaac Mabhikwa

Biography: The Zimbabwean director Isaac Mabhikwa was born in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, in 1962. After completing courses in business administration in 1984, he studied film technique and direction in Harare and Canada. For a time, he even supported himself as a stunt-actor in foreign films shot in Zimbabwe. Since 1987, he has worked as an assistant director and editor on numerous films, inluding Chris Menges’ A World Apart. His first feature film, More Time, won the Feature Film Prize at the South African Film Festival in 1993.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
More Time (1994).

Filmography:
More Time (1993).

Shola Lynch

shola_lynchBiography: Born in 1969 in Austin, Texas, and a child actress on Sesame Street, Shola Lynch studied Liberal Arts at the University of Texas. She has a master’s degree in American History from the University of California, Riverside, and was for 15 years a track athlete. She became a protégée of documentarist Ken Burns on Frank Lloyd Wright and the TV series Jazz, then worked with HBO Sports on Do You Believe in Miracles? The Story of the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team, and with Roja Productions on the Matters of Race series. She directed her feature documentary debut Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed in 2004.

(Source: https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=0B2AE84A-AC3B-420F-B9C0-AC35D5CC900C)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004).

Filmography:
Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004);
Free Angela & All Political Prisoners (2012);
Imagine a Future (2013);
Nine for IX (2013);
We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss (2014).

Ntshaveni Wa Luruli

Ntshaveni Wa LuruliBiography: Ntshaveni Wa Luruli was born in 1955 in Johannesburg, South Africa. After completing a BA in Dramatic Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, Ntshaveni went on to study a Masters of Fine Arts in Screenwriting and Directing at Columbia University, USA under the tutorship of Milos Forman. Winning the Paramount Pictures Writing Award in 1989 with Rambani, Ntshaveni Wa Luruli then worked as Assistant Director to Spike Lee on features including Malcolm X and Jungle Fever. He wrote The Rainbow Calabash, a feature-length film for SABC in 1994 and was Head Writer for a 26 episode drama series, Success (Kgatelopele) for SABC/CCV in 1995. The films he directed include Chikin Biznis: The Whole Story! in 1998 for M-Net South Africa, The Wooden Camera (2003) which won the Crystal Bear at the Berlinale for Best Youth film, and Elelwani (2012). Ntshaveni Wa Luruli also lectured in Screenwriting at the Film and Television School of Dramatic Arts at the University of Witwatersrand.

(Sources:
https://www.festivalscope.com/director/wa-luruli-ntshaveni
http://www.africultures.com/php/index.php?nav=personne&no=4308
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0905081/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Chikin Biznis: The Whole Story! (2001).

Filmography:
Soul City (1994);
Chikin Biznis: The Whole Story! (1998);
The Wooden Camera (2003);
Elelwani (2012).

Sidney Lumet

Sidney LumetBiography: Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors — and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York — he made over 40 movies, often emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Born on June 25, 1924, in Philadelphia, the son of actor Baruch Lumet and dancer Eugenia Wermus Lumet. He played many roles on Broadway in the 1930s (such as Dead End), and his acting debut in films came in Dans une pauvre petite rue (1939). In 1947 he started an off-Broadway acting troupe that included such future stars as Yul Brynner and Eli Wallach, and other former members of Lee Strasberg’s Actors Studio who had become unsatisfied with Strasberg’s concepts. Lumet made his stage directing debut in 1955. However, he had been directing television shows since 1950, beginning at CBS, and soon became regarded as an important TV director. He made his feature film directing debut with the critical and financial hit 12 Angry Men (1957), which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay, and is justly regarded as one of the most auspicious directorial debuts in film history.

He is known for directing such classic films as Serpico (1973), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976), and The Wiz (1978), among others. In 1993 Lumet received the D.W. Griffith Award from the Directors Guild of America. He passed away on April 9, 2011 in New York City.

(Source: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001486/bio)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Wiz (2003 – Present).

Filmography:
CBS Television Workshop (1952);
Crime Photographer (1952);
Danger (1951-1953);
You Are There (1953-1955);
The Best of Broadway (1954-1955);
The Elgin Hour (1955);
Frontier (1955);
The United States Steel Hour (1955);
The Alcoa Hour (1956);
Goodyear Television Playhouse (1956);
12 Angry Men (1957);
Producers’ Showcase (1957);
Mr. Broadway (1957);
Studio One (1957);
The Seven Lively Arts (1957);
Omnibus (1957);
Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates (1958 – Sidney Lumet, George Schaefer);
Stage Struck (1958);
All the King’s Men (1958);
Kraft Television Theatre (1958);
The Dupont Show of the Month (1957-1958);
That Kind of Woman (1959);
The Fugitive Kind (1959);
Playhouse 90 (1960);
Sunday Showcase (1960);
John Brown’s Raid (1960);
The Iceman Cometh (1960);
Rashomon (1960);
Play of the Week (1960);
A View from the Bridge (1962);
Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962);
The Pawnbroker (1964);
Fail-Safe (1964);
The Hill (1965);
The Group (1966);
The Deadly Affair (1966);
Bye Bye Braverman (1968);
The Sea Gull (1968);
The Appointment (1969);
Last of the Mobile Hot Shots (1970);
King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis (1970 – Sidney Lumet, Joseph L. Mankiewicz);
The Anderson Tapes (1971);
The Offence (1972);
Child’s Play (1972);
Serpico (1973);
Lovin’ Molly (1974);
Murder on the Orient Express (1974);
Dog Day Afternoon (1975);
Network (1976);
Equus (1977);
The Wiz (1978);
Just Tell Me What You Want (1980);
Prince of the City (1981);
Deathtrap (1982);
The Verdict (1982);
Daniel (1983);
Garbo Talks (1984);
Power (1986);
The Morning After (1986);
Running on Empty (1988);
Family Business (1989);
Q & A (1990);
A Stranger Among Us (1992);
Guilty as Sin (1993);
Night Falls on Manhattan (1996);
Critical Care (1997);
Gloria (1999);
100 Centre Street (2001-2002);
Strip Search (2004);
Rachel, quand du seigneur (2004);
Find Me Guilty (2006);
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007).