Rigoberto López

Also Known As: Rigoberto López Pego

Biography: Rigoberto López, who is from Cuba, has directed many documentaries, short and feature films. His numerous works have been very successful both to the public and critically in Cuba as abroad and have garnered important national and international prizes. This prolific director has participated in numerous conferences, workshops and seminars all around the world on cinema in general and Cuban cinema in particular. Rigoberto López has been a member of the jury of many national and international festivals and has represented Cuban cinema at numerous events. He graduated in politics from Havana University, and has worked for the cinema section of the Cuban television. He joined the Cuban Institute for Art and the Film Industry (ICAIC) as assistant director in 1971. Rigoberto López is the President of Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase.

(Source: http://www.africultures.com/php/index.php?nav=personne&no=6434)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Puerto Príncipe mío [Potoprens se pa’m] (2000 – Rigoberto López, Frantz Voltaire).

Filmography:
De una vieja Habana (1968);
El Arroz (1969);
El Puerto: Toma I (1970);
Crímenes de guerra (1975);
Apuntes para la historia del movimiento obrero cubano [Notes for the History of the Cuban Workers’ Movement] (1975);
La Lanza de la nación [The Spear of the Nation] (1977);
La Primera Intervención [The First Intervention] (1977);
El Eslabón más fuerte (1980);
Junto al golfo (1980);
Este cine nuestro (1980);
Semillas de hombres (1982);
Las Visitaciones de José Luciano (1982);
Granada, El Despegue de un sueño [Granada, A Dream Takes Off] (1983);
Pero no olvides (1984);
Roja es la tierra (1985);
África: Círculo del infierno (1985);
Los Hijos de Namibia (1987);
Breve carta de Namibia (1987);
El Viaje más largo (1987);
Esta es mi alma (1988);
La Primavera prohibida (1988);
Mensajero de los Dioses (1989);
Del Caribe al Mediterráneo (1990);
La Soledad de la jefa de despacho (1990);
Pedacito de cielo (1993);
Yo soy del son a la salsa (1996);
Puerto Príncipe mío [Potoprens se pa’m] (2000 – Rigoberto López, Frantz Voltaire);
Roble de olor [Scent of Oak] (2003);
Danny Glover [Hacer Arte, Hacer Justicia] (2004 – Hoari Chiong Muñoz, Rigoberto López);
Figueroa (2007);
Forbidden Flights (2015).

Frantz Voltaire

Biography: Frantz Voltaire was born in Haiti in 1948. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History at Universidad de Chili, a Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science at Flacso in Chili, a Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations at Université du Québec (UQAM) in Québec, Canada, and Doctoral studies at the Université de Montréal. He has received various scholarships: United Nations, Japan, Université de Montréal, etc. He gave lectures and conferences in various universities in the United States, Latin America, Canada, Chili, Mexico, Argentina, Japan and all over the Caribbean. He has published numerous articles and written the books Black Power in Haiti and A Brief History of Blacks in Canada. He produced and co-directed Puerto Príncipe mío (Potoprens se pa’m) in 2000 (Brazil Cora Coralina Awards) and produced Del Cafetal a la Tumba Francesa. He directed documentaries such as: Les Chemins de la mémoire (2002 – Canada National Film Board Awards), Au nom du Père… Duvalier (2004 – Caribbean Awards), Maestro Issa (2008) and Manno Charlemagne – Konviksyon (2010). He was the founder of the Human Rights Film Festival in Montreal and was Chief of Staff for Haitian Prime Minister Robert Malval. Other accomplishments include being a member of the Montreal Art Council, the chairman and founder of CIDIHCA in 1983, a Haitian and Caribbean research center based in Montreal, and the publisher for Editions Cidihca.

(Source: http://www.creativecaribbeannetwork.com/person/28696/en)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Puerto Príncipe mío [Potoprens se pa’m] (2000 – Rigoberto López, Frantz Voltaire).

Filmography:
Puerto Príncipe mío [Potoprens se pa’m] (2000 – Rigoberto López, Frantz Voltaire);
Les Chemins de la mémoire (2002);
Le Pèlerinage de Thomassin (2003);
Au nom du Père… Duvalier (2004);
Maestro Issa (2008);
Manno Charlemagne – Konviksyon (2010).

Rigoberto López and Frantz Voltaire

Also Known As: Rigoberto López Pego

Biography: Rigoberto López, who is from Cuba, has directed many documentaries, short and feature films. His numerous works have been very successful both to the public and critic, in Cuba as abroad and have garnered important national and international prizes. This prolific director participated in numerous conferences, workshops and seminars all around the world about cinema in general and the Cuban cinema in particular. Rigoberto López has been a member of the jury of many national and international festivals and has represented Cuban cinema in numerous events. He graduated in politics from Havana University, and has worked for the cinema section of the Cuban television. He joined the Cuban Institute for Art and the Film Industry (ICAIC) as assistant director in 1971. Rigoberto López is the President of Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase.


Biography:
 Frantz Voltaire was born in Haiti in 1948. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History at Universidad de Chili, a Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science at Flacso in Chili, a Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations at Université du Québec (UQAM) in Québec, Canada, and Doctoral studies at the Université de Montréal. He has received various scholarships: United Nations, Japan, Université de Montréal, etc. He gave lectures and conferences in various universities in the United States, Latin America, Canada, Chili, Mexico, Argentina, Japan and all over the Caribbean. He has published numerous articles and written the books Black Power in Haiti and A Brief History of Blacks in Canada. He produced and co-directed Puerto Príncipe mío (Potoprens se pa’m) in 2000 (Brazil Cora Coralina Awards) and produced Del Cafetal a la Tumba Francesa. He directed documentaries such as: Les Chemins de la mémoire (2002 – Canada National Film Board Awards), Au nom du Père… Duvalier (2004 – Caribbean Awards), Maestro Issa (2008) and Manno Charlemagne – Konviksyon (2010). He was the founder of the Human Rights Film Festival in Montreal and was Chief of Staff for Haitian Prime Minister Robert Malval. Other accomplishments include being a member of the Montreal Art Council, the chairman and founder of CIDIHCA in 1983, a Haitian and Caribbean research center based in Montreal, and the publisher for Editions Cidihca.

(Sources:
http://www.africultures.com/php/index.php?nav=personne&no=6434
http://www.creativecaribbeannetwork.com/person/28696/en)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Puerto Príncipe mío [Potoprens se pa’m] (2000).

Filmography:
De una vieja Habana (1968 – Rigoberto López);
El Arroz (1969 – Rigoberto López);
El Puerto: Toma I (1970 – Rigoberto López);
Crímenes de guerra (1975 – Rigoberto López);
Apuntes para la historia del movimiento obrero cubano [Notes for the History of the Cuban Workers’ Movement] (1975 – Rigoberto López);
La Lanza de la nación [The Spear of the Nation] (1977 – Rigoberto López);
La Primera Intervención [The First Intervention] (1977 – Rigoberto López);
El Eslabón más fuerte (1980 – Rigoberto López);
Junto al golfo (1980 – Rigoberto López);
Este cine nuestro (1980 – Rigoberto López);
Semillas de hombres (1982 – Rigoberto López);
Las Visitaciones de José Luciano (1982 – Rigoberto López);
Granada, El Despegue de un sueño [Granada, A Dream Takes Off] (1983 – Rigoberto López);
Pero no olvides (1984 – Rigoberto López);
Roja es la tierra (1985 – Rigoberto López);
África: Círculo del infierno (1985 – Rigoberto López);
Los Hijos de Namibia (1987 – Rigoberto López);
Breve carta de Namibia (1987 – Rigoberto López);
El Viaje más largo (1987 – Rigoberto López);
Esta es mi alma (1988 – Rigoberto López);
La Primavera prohibida (1988 – Rigoberto López);
Mensajero de los Dioses (1989 – Rigoberto López);
Del Caribe al Mediterráneo (1990 – Rigoberto López);
La Soledad de la jefa de despacho (1990 – Rigoberto López);
Pedacito de cielo (1993 – Rigoberto López);
Yo soy del son a la salsa (1996 – Rigoberto López);
Puerto Príncipe mío [Potoprens se pa’m] (2000);
Les Chemins de la mémoire (2002 – Frantz Voltaire);
Roble de olor [Scent of Oak] (2003 – Rigoberto López);
Le Pèlerinage de Thomassin (2003 – Frantz Voltaire);
Au nom du Père… Duvalier (2004 – Frantz Voltaire);
Danny Glover [Hacer Arte, Hacer Justicia] (2004 – Hoari Chiong Muñoz, Rigoberto López);
Figueroa (2007 – Rigoberto López);
Maestro Issa (2008 – Frantz Voltaire);
Manno Charlemagne – Konviksyon (2010 – Frantz Voltaire).

Leão Lopes

Biography: Born in 1948, in Cape Verde, Leão Lopes has created numerous documentaries about the arts of his home. He studied Visual Arts and Design at the Lisbon University of Art (Portugal) and later served as a Professor of Visual Education. He was a member of UNESCO’s INSULA 2000, an organization for the development of the Island States. He was also Cape Verde’s Minister for Culture and Communication. Lopes directed Isle of Contempt (llhéu de Contenda – 1995), the first Cape Verdian fictional feature film.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Isle of Contempt [llhéu de Contenda] (1999).

Filmography:
Isle of Contempt [llhéu de Contenda] (1995).

Nemo Librizzi

Biography: Nemo Librizzi is a New York City filmmaker whose training came from working alongside such directors as Jim Jarmusch and Julian Schnabel. Librizzi’s feature-length documentary, Lay Down Old Man (2005), explores two of America’s most notorious gangs: the Crips and the Bloods. Nemo has also made several short art films that have been influential among the experimental film scene. In his project for Scion, he has created a street movie with family appeal, Notes on a Paper Plane (2006).

(Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD9be4BaXzM)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Notes on a Paper Plane (2006).

Filmography:
Lay Down Old Man (2005);
Notes on a Paper Plane (2006).

Goddy Leye

Biography: Born in 1965 in Cameroon, Goddy Leye lived and worked in Douala, district of Bonendal, where in 2003 he founded the development center for contemporary experimental creation, ArtBakery. Goddy was also a founding member of the Prim’Art and Dreamers collectives. From 1987 to 1992, after obtaining his Master of Arts at the University of Yaounde, he undertook private artistic training from artist and art historian Pascal Kenfack. He became an independent artist in 1992. Strongly influenced by history and memory, his work was based primarily on stories, myths and mythologies. Similarly, because they contain ideas, emotions and sensibilities, signs and symbols occupied an important place for Leye. He envisioned memory as a base on which you can express subjectivity. In this sense, he never saw it as a unique and absolute truth, since in his view “…History in its entirety is written from a particular viewpoint, which cannot be universal”. Goddy Leye passed away on February 19, 2011 at the age of 46 at the District Hospital in Douala Bonassama, following a short illness.

(Source: http://www.biennaledakar.org/2012/spip.php?article112)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Voice on the Moon (2010).

Filmography:
Postcard (Date unknown);
Honey Moon (Date unknown);
Visa (Date unknown);
G Point (Date unknown);
Meine Strasse (Date unknown);
Family Album (Date unknown);
One and Three Chairs (Date unknown);
The Red Jew (1999);
Visa-je (2000);
911 (2001);
The Walking Mirror (2001);
L’Aveu (2001);
The Owner (2002);
Reel Location (2002);
Dancing with the Moon (2003);
The Voice on the Moon (2005);
We Are the World (2006);
Avis sur visage (2007);
Na Lingi Yo (2007);
No Art on Two Dollars a Day (2007 – Goddy Leye, Collectif Auto Da Fe);
The Beautiful Beast (2009);
Chocolate Banana (2010 – Goddy Leye, Bill Kouélany).

Jack Lewis

Biography: Jack Lewis is a Cape Town-based producer and director. His documentaries, made by his production company Idol Pictures, have been broadcast locally and shown at numerous international film festivals. He has made several films on HIV/AIDS, including Beat It! Your Guide to Better Living with HIV/AIDS (produced and directed, 22 parts x 25 mins each, 1999/2000 for eTV). Die Duiwel Maak My Hart So Seer: Children Speak (1993, 55 min. for SABC 3. Dir. Zackie Achmat, Prod. Jack Lewis) won first prize at the International Forum for Child Welfare in the Programmes for Public Screening category and an award for direction at the NTVA awards. Jack Lewis’ work has covered sexuality and gender issues, youth education, housing, programmes on land grants for the Department of Land Affairs, and language programmes for The National Language Project. He completed his first feature film, Proteus, with John Grayson in 2002. His other works include Sando to Samantha, AKA the Art of Dikvel (1998), A Luta Continua (The Struggle Continues – 2001), Brothers in Arms (2007) and TAC, Taking HAART (2011).

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
http://www.stepsforthefuture.co.za/films_more.php?id=275)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
A Normal Daughter: The Life and Times of Kewpie of District Six (2004);
Brothers in Arms (2008).

Filmography:
A Normal Daughter: The Life and Times of Kewpie of District Six (1997);
Sando to Samantha, AKA the Art of Dikvel (1998);
Beat It! Your Guide to Better Living with HIV/AIDS (1999-2000);
A Luta Continua [The Struggle Continues] (2001);
Proteus (2002 – John Grayson, Jack Lewis);
Brothers in Arms (2007);
TAC, Taking HAART (2011).

Palesa Ka Letlaka

Also Known As: Palesa Letlaka-Nkosi / Palesa Ka Letlaka Nkosi

Biography: Palesa Ka Letlaka is a documentary filmmaker, historian, and television commercials director working in South Africa. She trained under Spike Lee while in New York in the mid-eighties. The recipient of an artist’s development grant from the Beneton World School of Arts in Venice, her films include Short Hair, Flat Nose (1994) and Mamlambo (1997).

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Mamlambo (1998).

Filmography:
Short Hair, Flat Nose (1994);
Mamlambo (1997).

Stephen Leeds

Biography: Stephen Leeds has been honored by the prestigious New York Film Society’s New Films / New Directors at the Museum of Modern Art. He founded SLC (Stephen Leeds Creative) in 2009 and has produced and directed numerous 50 television commercials. In addition to running his commercial company, Stephen works as a feature motion-picture screenwriter for various Hollywood studios and production companies (past works include scripts for The Walt Disney Company, New Regency Pictures and Phoenix Pictures, as well as others). Stephen has a B.A. in Literature and Writing from U.C.L.A. and an M.F.A. in film from Columbia University in New York City, where he graduated with honors. His short film Get that Number (1997) won Best Picture at the The Columbia University / Polo Ralph Lauren – New Line Cinema Festival of New Works. After several years working on projects in the studio system, Stephen wrote, directed and produced the indy comedy, The Magnificent Cooly-T (2009). Stephen founded SLC as a one-stop shop for advertising, strategic marketing and commercial production. For his first assignment, he created and directed a national television commercial campaign for the Dictionary.com iPhone app. Since then, Stephen has produced and directed numerous television spots and several popular shorts for the web. He has also joined with Asylum Entertainment to form Asylum Innovative for high-end commercial and television content.

(Source: http://vimeo.com/stephenleeds)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Get that Number (1997).

Filmography:
Get that Number (1997);
The Magnificent Cooly-T (2009);
Meodecha (2009).

Obafemi Bandele Lasode

Biography: Obafemi Bandele Lasode, an audiovisual specialist and filmmaker, is the Chief Executive Officer of Even-Ezra Nigeria Limited, and the Executive Producer of Afrika’n Vogue, the audio-visual production arm. Born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, on December 4, 1955, Mr. Lasode hails from Ilawo, Abeokuta, Ogun State. Lasode holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration (International Marketing) from the prestigious Kogod Business School, American University, in Washington, D.C. and an M.A. in Communications Arts (Radio and Television) from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He attended St. Gregory’s College, Obalende, Lagos. A former President of the Performing Musicians’ Employers Association of Nigeria, (PMAN) from 2002-2003, Mr. Lasode’s professional career started in mid-1981 when he moved to New York and worked as Television Producer, Assistant Television Director, and Editor, with WNYE-TV, Channel 25 on Jay Street in Brooklyn. As Promotions Co-ordinator, Mr. Lasode was WLIB Radio’s chief image-maker. While in New York, Mr. Lasode produced a number of African-oriented radio magazine programmes, including Africa in Vogue, on WNYE 91.5FM – METRO COMMUNITY BROADCAST – NEW YORK. These programmes were geared towards educating, enlightening, informing, and entertaining New York listeners, with the cross-cultural richness, and diversity of the African culture. Amongst his many guests were Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Sonny Okosuns, Chief Oliver De Coque, and Chief Twin Seven-Seven from Nigeria, Toure Kunda from Senegal, Hugh Masekela from South Africa, and Mbilia Bel from Zaire.

(Source: http://www.africultures.com/php/index.php?nav=personne&no=24509)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Sango (1998).

Filmography:
Sango (1997);
Mask of Mulumba (1999);
Suzanne Wenger and the Oshun-Oshogbo Grove (2007);
Stolen Treasures (2014).

Zeka Laplaine

Also Known As: José Zeka Laplaine / José Laplaine

Biography: Zeka Laplaine was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). While studying business in Rome, he started to perform as an actor. He then studied acting in Brussels and Paris while performing mainly for European productions and writing screenplays. Later on, he became an independent filmmaker and producer, and founded Les Histoires Weba, based in France, and Bakia Films, based in DRC. Macadam Tribu, his first movie as a director, was shot in Mali and had its debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1996.

(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.57)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Macadam Tribu (2000);
Le Clandestin (1999, 2009);
Kinshasa Palace (2009).

Filmography:
Macadam Tribu (1996);
Le Clandestin (1996);
(Paris: XY) (2001);
The Garden [Le Jardin de Papa] (2004);
Kinshasa Palace (2006);
Out of Barumbu (2009);
Après la gare (2009).

Leonid Maksimov and Yuri Yegorov

Biography: Leonid Maksimov was a writer and playwright. He was called by some a Dostoevsky of the 20th century and was also called “the hero of Soviet work“, winning much recognition. He came from a family of merchants. Maksimov wrote several realistic novels in the Dostoevskian tradition, with intricate plots and characters which he continually revised, that explored life and twilight zones of human nature and social issues such as conflict between villages and towns. Among his most important novels are Badgers (1924), Thief (1927) and Pyramid (1994). He also wrote dramas of vibrant tension, showing the heroism of the ordinary man.

Biography: Russian director Yuri Yegorov graduated from Moscow’s V.G.I.K. in 1944 after studying film direction under Sergei Gerasimov. While in school, Yegorov worked as both an assistant director and actor for Gerasimov on Molodaya Gvardiya (The Young Guard). Several years after graduating, Yegorov began working with the Central Studio of Films for Children and Youth (now the Gorky Film Studio) in Moscow; after five years, he was made head of the First Group. From 1954 through the end of his career, Yegorov lectured at V.G.I.K.

(Source:
http://www.moviefone.com/celebrity/yuri-yegorov/1982519/biography
http://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonid_Leonov)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Viva Frelimo! (2013).

Filmography:
Sluchay v tayge (1953 – Yuri Yegorov);
More Studyonoye (1955 – Yuri Yegorov);
Oni byli pervymi (1956 – Yuri Yegorov);
Dobrovoltsy (1958 – Yuri Yegorov);
Vragi (1960 – Yuri Yegorov);
Prostaya istoriya (1960 – Yuri Yegorov);
Komandirovka (1961 – Yuri Yegorov);
Esli ty prav… (1963 – Yuri Yegorov);
Ne samyy udachnyy den (1968 – Yuri Yegorov);
Viva Frelimo! (1971);
Chelovek s drugoy storony (1972 – Yuri Yegorov);
Za oblakami – nebo (1973 – Yuri Yegorov);
Tam, za gorizontom (1975 – Yuri Yegorov);
Veter stranstviy (1978 – Yuri Yegorov);
Odnazhdy dvadtsat let spustya (1982 – Yuri Yegorov);
Ottsy i dedy (1984 – Yuri Yegorov).