Mansour Sora Wade

Biography: Mansour Sora Wade was born in Dakar, Senegal in 1952. After majoring in film studies at the University of Paris, he worked with various cultural agencies before beginning a career in 1976 directing television films. Among his films are Fary l’anesse and Aida Souka. His splendid Picc Mi won the 1993 Prix Afrique en Creation and Prix de la Paix at FESPACO. His film, The Price of Forgiveness, won seven awards at film festivals around the world.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Fary, l’anesse (1993, 1988);
Aida Souka (1994, 2001);
Picc Mi (1994, 2001);
The Price of Forgiveness [Ndeysaan] (2002).

Fary, l’anesse (1988);
Aida Souka (1992);
Picc Mi (1992);
The Price of Forgiveness [Ndeysaan] (2001);
Fire of Mansaré (2009).

Denzel Washington

kinopoisk.ruBiography: Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at Fordham University intent on a career in journalism. However, he caught the acting bug while appearing in student drama productions and, upon graduation, he moved to San Francisco and enrolled at the American Conservatory Theater. He left A.C.T. after only one year to seek work as an actor. His first paid acting role was in a summer stock theater stage production in St. Mary’s City, Maryland. He played the part of a real historical character, Mathias Da Sousa, although much of the dialogue was created. Afterwards he began to pursue screen roles in earnest. He made his first big screen appearance in Carbon Copy (1981) with George Segal. Through the 1980s, he worked in both movies and television and was chosen for the plum role of Dr. Philip Chandler in NBC’s hit medical series St. Elsewhere (1982), a role that he would play for six years. In 1989, his film career began to take precedence when he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Tripp, the runaway slave in Edward Zwick’s powerful historical masterpiece Glory (1989).

Through the 1990s, Denzel co-starred in such big budget productions as The Pelican Brief (1993), Philadelphia (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), The Preacher’s Wife (1996) and Courage Under Fire (1996). His work in critically-acclaimed films continued simultaneously, with roles in Malcolm X (1992) and The Hurricane (1999) garnering him Oscar nominations for Best Actor, before he finally won that statuette in 2002 for his lead role in Training Day (2001). He continued to define his onscreen persona as the tough, no-nonsense hero through the 2000s in films like Inside Man (2006), The Book of Eli (2010), The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) and Safe House (2012). Cerebral and meticulous in his film work, he made his debut as a director with Antwone Fisher (2002); he also directed The Great Debaters (2007).


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Great Debaters (2008).

Antwone Fisher (2002);
The Great Debaters (2007).

Joop van Wijk

joopvBiography: Joop van Wijk was born in 1950 in the Netherlands, studied medicine in Utrecht, became an MD in 1975, and worked as a doctor in Africa and the Netherlands. In 1978 he took up filmmaking with partner Hillie Molenaar in the independent production company Molenwiek Film, Amsterdam in 1978.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Crossroads (1998);
The Daily Nation (2000).

Alter Ego (1986);
Cannot Run Away (1988);
Crossroads (1997);
The Daily Nation (1999);
Echoes Of War (2005).

Marco Williams

Marco Williams coverBiography: Marco Williams was born in 1956. He is a producer and director, known for Two Towns of Jasper (2002), Banished: How Whites Drove Blacks Out of Town in America (2006) and In Search of Our Fathers (1992). Williams is a professor of film production at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His films have received several awards, including the Gotham Documentary Achievement Award for Two Towns of Jasper and he has been nominated three times for the Sundance Film Festival grand jury prize

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Banished: How Whites Drove Blacks Out of Town in America (2008).

Without a Pass (1991);
In Search of Our Fathers (1992);
Two Towns of Jasper (2002);
MLK Boulevard (2003);
Banished: How Whites Drove Blacks Out of Town in America (2006);
Ten Days That Unexpectedly Changed America: Freedom Summer (2006);
The Undocumented (2010).

Marquette Williams

Biography: Marquette Jerome Williams, born October 15, 1972, is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Williams was born in Detroit, Michigan and later on moved to Cleveland, Ohio. He attended school at Twinsburg High School. He excelled at football, basketball, and track, eventually earning a football scholarship to the University of Minnesota. It was there he took his first film class and became interested in filmmaking. After dropping out of college to pursue a career in the NFL, he ultimately decided to move out to Hollywood and seek work as a screenwriter. Williams’ first company project was working on the film Bella Rose with Marcus Franklin. Through this he gained access to the film world and festival circuit.

Williams is currently a partner and CEO for Greenhouse Studios. As managing director of studio business and creative affairs, he is responsible for promoting the growth of studio-based business to Greenhouse Studios. Williams met the co-founders of Greenhouse Studios, Desi Green and Moni Boyce, at the Cleveland International Film Festival one year. Now in its sixth year of business, Greenhouse serves as the platform for Williams and others to pursue their filmmaking interests.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Buckle Brothers (2006).

Buckle Brothers (2005);
Unspeakable (2007);
Bat $#*! Crazy (2011);
Malachi IX (2012);
Fatherhood (2013).

Sandye Wilson

sandyeBiography: Sandye Wilson is an actor and director, known for So Many Things to Consider (1996), Sidewalk Stories (1989) and Law & Order (1990). Wilson, raised on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, studied at Bennington College in Vermont and at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. Wilson also works with the 52nd Street Project, where professional actors, directors and writers team up with children to create original plays. Her short play, Who Slapped Alfredo Falls, is published in the 52nd Street Project’s The Butler Did It, series. Wilson co-founded Urban Griots, a performance group of writers, directors and actors and co-founded a poetry performance group, Gap-Tooth Girlfriends: The Third Act, who published an anthology by the same name.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
So Many Things to Consider (1997).

Sidewalk Stories (1989);
Law & Order (1990);
So Many Things to Consider (1996);
Notsoprivate (2004).

Ermias Woldeamlak

Biography: Ermias Woldeamlak is a graduate of Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa University and the National Film and Television Institute in Ghana. Woldeamlak, a New Directions selected director, has always had a passion for film. As a scriptwriter for the Ethiopian Film Corporation and currently a director for the Ethiopian Television Agency, he has successfully utilized his insight into the visual medium to develop his fledgling film career. He has worked as a commentary writer, production manager, and director on a variety of short films and documentaries.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Father (2007).

The Father (2001).

Daniel Taye Workou

Biography: Daniel Taye Workou, born 1969, in Berlin. He graduated in International Relations and worked for several NGO’s before entering the Graduate Film Program at Columbia University. He went on to shoot music documentaries, videos and concert films. He is the cofounder of BiraBiro Films, Ethiopia. Menged, his first fiction short, was shot in and around his grandfather’s village in Ethiopia.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Menged (2007).

Menged (2006).

François Woukoache

Biography: François Woukoache was born in 1966 in Yaounde, Cameroon. He studied mathematics, science, and cinema at the University of Paris VII. In 1989, Woukoache continued his film studies at INSAS in Brussels. While there, he made several short films: Une Nuit et des Jours dans la Ville, Feuilles Morte, and Melina, which won awards at festivals in Amiens, Milan, and Paris in 1992.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Asientos (2000);
Smoke in the Eyes (2000);
Fragments de vie (2000).

Asientos (1996);
Smoke in the Eyes (1997);
Fragments de vie (1999);
Nous ne sommes plus morts (2000).

Demetrius Wren

Biography: Demetrius Wren is a Los Angeles based filmmaker and freelance producer. Born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Augusta, Georgia, Demetrius received a BFA in film at the Florida State University Film School. He spent 6 years working in New York City. Highlights include the short film Of My God (Boston International Film Festival, Santa Barbara Film Festival, Young Cuts Toronto Film Festival), the feature length documentary Streetball (Hollywood Film Festival, Cape Winelands Film festival, BET Urban World Film Festival), the children’s television show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (director, live action segments) and is currently in post production on the independent feature film, Moon and Sun.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Streetball (2010).

Of My God (2005);
The Season (2006);
Streetball (2010);
Bandit (2011);
Saudade? (2012);
Allo (2013);
The Pudding Club (2013);
America: A Love Song (2014- 3 episodes);
Moon and Sun (2014).

Guy Désiré Yameogo

Biography: Guy Désiré Yameogo is a filmmaker from Burkina Faso. He studied at La Fémis in Paris. Films include: Sol en dif (1999), Les Héritiers (1998), Faire face (1996), Si longue que soit la nuit, which won the prize of the French Cooperation at the Cannes Festival and the Special Jury Prize at FESPACO in 1997.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Le Pacte (2004)

Faire face (1996);
Si longue que soit la nuit (1997);
Les Héritiers (1998);
Sol en dif (1999);
Le Pacte (2002);
Quand les éléphants se battent (2006);
Danse sacrée à Yaka (2008).

Jason Xenopoulos

Biography: Jason Xenopoulos’s first film was Promised Land, for which he also wrote the screenplay. Critical Assignment followed in 2003. Since then, he has been the second unit director or assistant director on several films.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Critical Assignment (2004)

Promised Land (2002);
Critical Assignment (2003).

Saint Pierre Yaméogo

Biography: Saint Pierre Yaméogo was born in 1955 in Koudougou, Burkina Faso. His first feature film, Laafi, was selected in 1991 for the Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes Film Festival. Wendemi, his second feature film, was awarded a prize at the FESPACO 1993 and selected for the Cannes Un Certain Regard section. Yaméogo divides his time between Ouagadougou and Paris, where he has created his own production company, Dunia Production. Dunia has produced films by various African filmmakers including Dani Kouyate, Guy Désiré Yaméogo, and Missa Hebie.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Laafi – Tout va bien (1993, 2005);
Wendemi (2005);
Silmande – Tourbillon (2005);
Moi et mon blanc (2003);
Delwende (2006).

Dunia (1987);
Laafi – Tout va bien (1991);
Wendemi, l’enfant du bon Dieu (1993);
Silmande – Tourbillon (1998);
Moi et mon blanc (2003);
Delwende (2005);
Bayiri, La Patrie (2011).

Ralph Ziman

Biography: Ralph Ziman was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1963. After completing school, he worked as a news and documentary cameraman for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. He has since directed numerous music video and feature films, including The Zookeeper and Hearts and Minds.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema (2009).

Hearts and Minds (1995);
The Zookeeper (2001);
Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema (2008);
Kite (2014).

Alexander Markov

Biography: Alexander Markov was born in Leningrad on January 28, 1973. He graduated from the St. Petersburg University of Culture and Arts (Cinema and video directing department) and the Russian Institute of Art History’s Cinema History department. He also studied at Konrad Wolf University of Film & Television Art in Potsdam Babelsberg. In 2003 he translated three books of Wim Wenders’ articles, essays and interviews, from German to Russian, which were published in St.Petersburg under the title The Logic of Images. From 2003 to 2008 he wrote articles on cinema for scientific almanacs, Russian and German magazines, and various internet resources. Since 2005 he has been teaching directing and film history at the St.Petersburg University of Cinema and Television.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
OUR AFRICA: Thousands of Kilometers of Soviet Film (2012).

Pastoral (2008);
Delusion (2009);
OUR AFRICA: Thousands of Kilometers of Soviet Film (2012).

Michel Ocelot

Biography: Michel Ocelot is a French writer, character designer, storyboard artist, and director of animated films and television programs (formerly also animator, background artist, narrator, and other roles in earlier works) and a former president of the International Animated Film Association. Though best known for his 1998 début feature Kirikou and the Sorceress, his earlier films and television work had already won Césars and British Academy Film Awards among others and he was made a chevalier of the Légion d’honneur on 23 October 2009, presented to him by Agnès Varda who had been promoted to commandeur earlier the same year.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Kirikou and the Sorceress [Kirikou et la sorcière] (1998, 2015);
Kirikou and the Wild Beasts [Kirikou et les bêtes sauvages] (Michel Ocelot & Benedicte Galup – 2005, 2016);
Azur and Asmar [Azur et Asmar] (2006);
Tales of the Night (2011).

Le Tabac (1974);
Gédéon (1976);
Les 3 Inventeurs (1980);
La Légende du pauvre bossu (1982);
La Princesse insensible (1983);
Les Quatre voeux (1987);
Ciné si (1988 – TV series);
Les Contes de la nuit (1992 – TV series);
Kirikou et la sorcière (1998);
Princes et princesses (2000);
Kirikou et les bêtes sauvages (Michel Ocelot & Benedicte Galup – 2005);
Azur et Asmar (2006);
Tales of the Night (2011).


Andy Amadi Okoroafor

Biography: Andy Amadi Okoroafor was born in Bauchi, Northern Nigeria. He is an acclaimed Art Director in advertising, fashion and music videos based in Paris. His clients have included Xuly-Bët, Jean Paul Gaultier, Kookaï, Virgin, Galeries La Fayette, to name a few. Andy is also the founder of Clam Magazine, a quarterly magazine focusing on African creativity – distributed in France, Africa, US, UK, Japan, South Africa and Germany.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Relentless (2012).

Relentless (2011).


Rumbi Katedza

Biography: Rumbi Katedza is an award-winning writer and filmmaker who has lived in the USA, Japan, Italy, Canada, the UK and Zimbabwe. She has also worked as a radio presenter/producer on the popular former Zimbabwean station, Radio 3. Her articles have been featured in numerous magazines including Vertigo, AV Specialist and Hype!, and her fiction writing has been published in Women Writing Zimbabwe, the BTA/Anglo-Platinum Winners Collection and Illuminations. Over the years, she has worked in production management on several film and video productions with companies from around the world. She was Distribution Manager at Media for Development Trust, responsible for a catalogue of over two hundred films and, later, she became Director of the Zimbabwe International Film Festival, before going out on her own as a producer and director of narrative and documentary content through her company, Mai Jai Films. In addition to co-producing and line producing projects, Mai Jai Films also runs Postcards from Zimbabwe, a children’s audio-visual and life-skills training project, and, a comprehensive Zimbabwean film promotion website. Rumbi Katedza has directed a number of music videos for some of Zimbabwe’s top artists. Her film credits include Danai (2002) for which she was nominated for Best Director at the National Arts Merit Awards, and the award-winning films Asylum (2007), Tariro (2008) and Big House, Small House (2009). Her full length feature film Playing Warriors was released in 2011.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Playing Warriors (2012).

Danai (2002);
Postcards from Zimbabwe (2006);
Trapped (2006 – Rumbi Katedza, Marcus Korhonen);
Asylum (2007);
Insecurity Guard (2007);
Tariro (2008);
Big House, Small House (2009);
The Axe and the Tree (2011);
The Team (2011);
Playing Warriors (2011).

Playing Warriors

Director: Rumbi Katedza
Country: Zimbabwe
Year: 2011
Running Time: 78 min.
Language: English and Shona


When twenty-something advertising executive Nyarai finds out that her best friend Nonto is getting married, she and her lawyer friend Maxi are sent into a frenzy thinking that their time to find “Mr. Right” may be running out. Determined to marry for love–despite the insistence of her meddlesome mother that she hurry up and settle down–Nyarai sets out to find a modern man as strong and dependable as the mythical traditional warrior. Reminiscent of a Zimbabwean Sex and the City, director Rumbi Katedza’s delightful debut feature is a smart and insightful comedy about the struggle of young African women to balance modern lifestyles with the pressures of family and tradition.


Director: Andy Amadi Okoroafor
Country: France, Germany and Nigeria
Year: 2011
Running Time: 91 min.
Language: English


Obi is a peace-keeping soldier in worn torn Sierra Leone, where he meets Blessing a Sierra Leonean woman. His life is devastated when he finds Blessing mutilated by rebels. His only option is to end her misery. On his return to Lagos, Obi is a man battling with the scars of war. By day he runs a small security company with Ola, his best friend and fellow war veteran; at night he walks the lonely streets of Lagos. A haunting story about loneliness, love and self-discovery set in Africa’s throbbing megacity Lagos, Relentless delicately explores the effects of war and loss.