Jurgen Schadeberg

Biography: Jürgen Schadeberg was born in Berlin in 1931. In 1950, he moved to South Africa to rejoin his family and joined Drum magazine as official photographer and layout artist.
Schadeberg became a teacher and mentor to some of the most creative South African photographers of his time. As one of the few white photographers who photographed daily life among the black community, he became knowledgeable about black life and culture. As a result, he captured on film the beginnings of the freedom movement, the effects of apartheid and the vibrancy of township life.
Schadeberg photographed many historic and pivotal events in the 1950s. In 1959, Schadeberg left Drum to become a freelancer. He was forced to leave South Africa in 1964 and went to London. Here he taught and curated photographic exhibitions, notably for the Whitechapel Art Gallery. He then moved to Spain where he concentrated on a career as an artist. In 1972, he returned to Africa where he accepted a position as photographer for Christian Aid in Botswana and Tanzania. In 1973 he traveled from Senegal and Mali to Kenya and Zaire to take photographs. In 1984, Schadeberg returned to South Africa. He continues to work as a photo-journalist as well as making documentaries about the black community.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Have You Seen Drum Recently? (1995).

Filmography:
Have You Seen Drum Recently? (1988);
Sophiatown (2003).

Micah Schaffer

micah_schafferBiography: After studying history and anthropology at Stanford University, Micah worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, West Africa. While attending the Pan-African Film Festival (FESPACO), he was inspired to become a filmmaker. Upon returning to the United States, he attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Micah directed several short documentaries, including Yahya, the story of a white American who converts to Islam while living in Brooklyn. Micah was the cinematographer on Shadows of a Leader: Gadaffi’s Female Bodyguards, an official selection at the Montreal World Film Festival. He is currently working on a documentary about Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, Africa’s first female president.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Death of Two Sons (2007).

Filmography: 
Yahya;
Death of Two Sons (2006);
Rev (2009).

Marco Schiavon

Biography: Marco Schiavon is a Brazillian director and writer. His directorial work includes O Xadrez das Cores (2004) and O Farol de Santo Agostinho (2005). He also wrote the film Aparecida – O Milagre (2010).

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Chess of Colors (2007).

Filmography:
The Chess of Colors (2004);
O Farol de Santo Agostinho (2005).

Diane Seligsohn

dianesBiography: Ms. Seligsohn is an educator at the Centre de Formation des Journalistes (CFJ), Sciences-Po, Paris, the Institut des Relations Internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS) and the University of Paris-Ouest-Nanterre, where she is completing  a doctoral dissertation on American media coverage of sub-Saharan Africa from 1989-2009. Ms. Seligsohn is the Vice President of the French non-profit association Mémoire des Traites des Esclaves, which produces materials and organizes activities to inform students and the general public on the lesser-known aspects of the various slave trades. Ms Seligsohn  worked for many years as a journalist, contributing reports to Radio France International, National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and other international media outlets. She has traveled to seventeen African countries to do reporting and journalism training of African journalists. Ms Seligsohn was Head of Media Relations for two years at the French doctors organization Médecins du Monde and Head of Information at the International Federation of Newspaper Publishers, currently known as WAN (World Association of Newspapers). She holds a BA degree in English Literature from McGill University, Canada, and a MA in Comparative Literature from New York University.

(Source: https://celsalangues.wordpress.com/teachers/diane-seligsohn/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The African Slave Trades: Across the Indian Ocean (2008)

Filmography:
The African Slave Trades: Across the Indian Ocean (2007-08)

Farai Sevenzo

Biography:  Farai Sevenzo was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1964. After attending a drama course at the University of Zimbabwe, he went on to earn a degree in Film Studies at Stirling University, graduating in 1988. Returning home, Farai worked as a journalist, a film reviewer, and writer of training videos and of social issue videos for community education. He was also assistant director on Jit, in which he also acted. After completing the feature script Precious, he won a British Council scholarship to attend the NFTS directing course for a year. Rwendo is the fruit of that training. Farai then worked on a screen adaptation of his own short story, Murima / In the Dark, about post-independence Zimbabwe.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Rwendo (1997);
The Last Picture (1997; 1998);
Zimbabwe 2002 (2003);

Filmography:
Jit (1992);
Rwendo (1993);
The Last Picture (1997);
Zimbabwe 2002 (2002);
Zimbabwe 2003 (2003);
The Food Fix (2005).

Ingrid Sinclair

Biography: Ingrid Sinclair is a director and screenwriter who moved from England to Zimbabwe and become involved in the liberation struggle. Her pivotal first feature Flame, received prizes and standing ovations world-wide. Flame was selected for Director’s Fortnight at Cannes. Sinclair is widely seen as part of the African Renaissance. In Flame and her previous prize winning documentary Bird From Another World, she deals with the day-to-day drama of politics, history, geography, culture and the way they affect people, turning them into both villains and heroes.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Flame (1997);
Tides of Gold (1998);
Mama Africa (2002) (segment “Riches“).

Filmography:
Limpopo Line (1989);
Wake Up (1989);
The Sanctions Debate (1990);
Bird From Another World (1991);
Better Trees From Better Seed (1994);
Sounds of the South (1996);
Flame (1996);
Tides of Gold (1998);
Mama Africa (2001) (segment “Riches“).

Xoliswa Sithole

Biography: Xoliswa Sithole has acted in such films as Cry Freedom, Mandela, Fools, and Chikin Biznis. She has produced and researched several documentaries such as South Africa from Triumph to Transition and Nelson Mandela for CNN Prime Time, and the hit 13-part South African television series Real Lives. She has also produced and starred in Shouting Silent (2002), a documentary about female AIDS orphans. Currently she is producing a feature film written by renowned South African playwright Fatima Dike entitled The First South African.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Shouting Silent (2002, 2011);
Martine and Thandeka (2009);
Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children (2011);
Child of the Revolution (2016).

Filmography:
Shouting Silent (2002);
Martine and Thandeka (2008);
Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children (2010);
Child of the Revolution (2005 – 2015).

Heartlines

Director: Angus Gibson
Countries: South Africa
Year: 2006
Running Time: 95 min.
Language: English, Southern Sotho and Zulu

Heartlines

After serving a jail sentence for theft, Manyisa, a young man with a cruel past and an uncertain future, is released. He is offered a new chance at life by a well-meaning pastor, Jacob Musi. Manyisa, firm in the belief that no-one ever gives without expecting something in return, is suspicious of Jacob’s generosity. Life has taught Manyisa not to trust anyone. Despite his best efforts, Manyisa is seduced by the friendship offered by Jacob’s young son, S’bu. But his attempt at a new life is threatened by the reappearance of two old acquaintances, who have traced him to the pastor’s house. They bring him the message that his old guardian, Bra Stone, a crime-lord in the township of Alexandra, demands that he returns to him. Meanwhile, Jacob must grapple with the revelation that Bra Stone was responsible for the death of his younger brother, Elias, a few years previously. The burden of this knowledge is deepened by his growing suspicion that Manyisa was involved in the murder. Jacob and Manyisa must learn that the journey to redemption is not without pain.
(Source:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1404685/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl)

Olisarali Olibui and Ben Young

Biography: Olisarali Olibui grew up in remote Mursiland where, after seeing westerners with cameras, he realised that film making was a way of showing the world Mursi culture. He was sent to Australia by the local mission to learn English and this skill gave him the means to pursue his interest. He was given a video camera and started documenting his tribe activities. He then met a journalist, Peter Moszynski, who introduced him to film maker Ben Young and they made the film, Shooting with Mursi, together.

Biography: Ben Young has edited and directed numerous films about people in the remotest regions of the world. He is a freelance West Australian director experienced in television drama, short film, commercials, and music videos. He lived with the Wodaabe in Niger and spent two months in the Amazon.

(Sources:
http://www.shootingwithmursi.com/#/about-olisarali-olibui/4533178052
http://www.shootingwithmursi.com/#/about-ben-young/4533176416)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Shooting with Mursi (20011).

Filmography:
Shooting with Mursi (2009).

Olisarali Olibui

Biography: Olisarali Olibui grew up in remote Mursiland where, after seeing westerners with cameras, he realised that film making was a way of showing the world Mursi culture. He was sent to Australia by the local mission to learn English and this skill gave him the means to pursue his interest. He was given a video camera and started documenting his tribe activities. He then met a journalist, Peter Moszynski, who introduced him to film maker Ben Young and they made the film, Shooting with Mursi, together.

(Source: http://www.shootingwithmursi.com/#/about-olisarali-olibui/4533178052)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Shooting with Mursi (20011 – Ben Young).

Filmography:
Shooting with Mursi (2009 – Ben Young).

 

Ben Young

Biography: Ben Young has edited and directed numerous films about people in the remotest regions of the world. He is a freelance West Australian director experienced in television drama, short film, commercials, and music videos. He lived with the Wodaabe in Niger and spent two months in the Amazon.

(Source: http://www.shootingwithmursi.com/#/about-ben-young/4533176416)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Shooting with Mursi (20011 – Olisarali Olibui).

Filmography:
Shooting with Mursi (2009 – Olisarali Olibui).

 

Kenneth Gyang

Biography: Kenneth Gyang is a young filmmaker in Nigeria and was born in Barkin Ladi of Plateau State, Nigeria. He studied Film Production at the National Film Institute in Jos and screenwriting at Gaston Kaboré’s IMAGINE in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Two of his short films as well as a script titled “Game of Life” were selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus 2006 and Mummy Lagos was well received as an official competition entry. Mummy Lagos was also selected for the Sithengi Talent Campus as part of the Cape Town World Cinema Festival in South Africa. His film Omule won Best Documentary Film at the 1st Nigerian Students International Film Festival in 2006 and Mummy Lagos also won Best Film at the Nigerian Field Society Awards organized by the German Cultural Centre, Goethe-Institut, in Lagos as well as the Jury Special Mention at the ANIWA festival in Ghana. In 2006 he was profiled by the influential UK-based BFM magazine as the youngest film director in Nigeria. Kenneth has worked with the BBC World Service Trust directing their highly quality TV drama Wetin Dey which was presented at the International Emmy World Television Festival in New York City. He has also worked with Communicating For Change as an Associate Producer on Bayelsian Silhouettes- a series of seven short films on HIV/AIDS. His most recent work is Finding Aisha, a TV series he co-wrote, produced and directed for the Nigerian production company Televista. In 2013, his debut feature film Confusion Na Wa produced by Tom Rowland Rees won the top gong – Best Film – at the Africa Motion Awards in Bayelsa. Kenneth also won The Future Awards 2013 Prize In Arts & Culture.

(Source: http://en2.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Gyang)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Confusion Na Wa (2014).

Filmography:
Henna (2012);
Confusion Na Wa (2013).

Biyi Bandele

Biography: Biyi Bandele is a Nigerian novelist and playwright. Bandele is one of the most versatile and prolific of the UK-based Nigerian writers, having turned his hand to theatre, journalism, television, film, and radio, as well as the fiction with which he made his name. Acclaimed as both a prolific playwright and a versatile novelist, his 1997 adaptation of fellow Nigerian Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart for the British stage confirmed his place as an important voice on the post-colonial stage. He currently resides in London.

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biyi_Bandele)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Half of a Yellow Sun (2014)

Filmography:
Shuga (2013);
Half of a Yellow Sun (2014).

God’s Land

Director: Ismail Farouk
Countries: South Africa
Year: 2009
Running Time: 3 min.
Language: English

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Highlands Hill in Yeoville is an important public space where African Indigenous religious practices dominate. This spiritual hill provides open space for hundreds of worshippers to gather in prayer on a daily basis.

Much of the religious activity occurs in contravention of the regulations set out by the city parks utility company who manage the space. City Parks have signposted the hill as a ‘no prayer’ zone. It seems the city does not recognize the inherent spiritual value of the space and often enforce the ‘no prayer’ regulation by threatening to arrest worshippers for loitering. Much of the hill is earmarked to be redeveloped as housing for inner city residents.

God’s Land attempts to bring much needed attention to the spatial justice issues being experienced on Highland’s Hill. By altering existing exclusionary signposts on the hill, the work attempts to point to the conflict between the spiritual needs of the local community vs. the needs of mainstream development.

Lightning Strikes

Director: Theo Eshetu
Countries: Ethiopia and Italy
Year: 2010
Running Time: 8 min.
Language: English

Lightening_Strikes

In 1935, the Italian army stole a historical monument from the city of Axum: a 24‐meter high granite obelisk dating from the 4th Century AD. In 1947, as part of a peace treaty, the Italian government agreed to return the obelisk. For decades, it reneged on its promise. Only in 2005, and after countless delays, was the monument returned. Theo Eshetu’s experimental documentary recounts this repatriation.

Under Examination

Director: Ahmed El Shaer
Countries: Egypt
Year: 2009
Running Time: 3 min.
Language: Arabic w/ English subtitles

Ahmed_Elshaer_Under_Examination

A citizen of Digitaland is seeking a visa to enter Planet Earth. A bureaucrat from the host planet, in charge of controlling movement at the border, is compiling information about him. In the background, disembodied voices speak of “criteria”, “indicators” and “standards”. The traveller has no readily recognizable features: he is no different from any other being created (as he was) with Machimana software. On his forehead is an American flag bandana. Why he is wearing it is unclear; possibly he means to convince the bureaucrat that he is a good candidate for immigration. Obtaining a visa these days is complicated, especially if you’re trying to negotiate passage from and alien-nation into the “real” world.

Twinkl [Zétwal]

Director: Gilles Elie-Dit-Cosaque
Countries: Martinique
Year: 2008
Running Time: 52 min.
Language: French

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Zétwal, a documentary film, tells the story of local Martinican legend Robert Saint-Rose’s attempt to propel himself to outer space through the poetry of writer Aimé Césaire (1913 – 2008). In a contraption built from metal scraps, abandoned cars, and corrugated iron, Saint-Rose’s assent to space would be enabled not through fossil fuel or nuclear energy but by employing the artistic writings of the “superman” of black intellectualism, Césaire, to transcend the melancholia which beset Martinique. Saint-Rose was motived by the economic hardships resulting from departmentalization, which instigated riots on the island in the early 1970s.

Roberta Durrant

robertadurrantBiography: Roberta Durrant is a creative director/producer of television and film. She has created and directed/produced several long running, award winning drama series and sitcoms for South African broadcasters. She also has a reputation in the industry for training and mentoring many aspiring writers, directors, editors and producers. Roberta is probably best known to South African audiences for the popular sitcoms ‘Sgudi ‘Snaysi (It’s Good It’s Nice); Going Up, About Us; Madam & Eve,; S.O.S; Fishy Feshuns; Going Up Again; Mazinyo dot Q and Stokvel. These productions have had several seasons (many still airing) and many have won local and international awards for best comedy. Internationally Madam & Eve achieved a Rose in the prestigious 2002 Golden Rose awards in Switzerland for best sitcom. About Us, a four part comedy sketch show produced for SABC 2 received an honorable mention at the international Golden Rose Festival in the comedy category in 2005. In 2004, Stokvel was the runner-up in the sitcom category at in the International Emmy Awards in New York. This marked the first time in the history of South African television that a local program made the finals at the International Emmys.

Films Shown in AFF Inc. Programs:
Felix (2014).

Filmography:
Future Imperfect (1995);
The Round Table (2005);
Montana (2009);
Forced Love (2012);
Felix (2013).

Yizo Yizo

Director: Andrew Dosunmu
Country: South Africa
Year: 2004
Running Time: 25 min.
Language: English and Zulu

Yizo Yizo

Yizo-Yizo is a gritty, uncompromising television drama series set in a township school about rape, murder, prostitution, abuse, HIV/AIDS. It follows the story of students in a township school trying to make the most of a difficult situation. Surrounded by drugs, a struggling government administered school and the difficulties of teenage life, Yizo-Yizo captures the complex and volatile energy of a new South Africa.

Hot Irons

Director: Andrew Dosunmu
Country: USA
Year: 1998
Running Time: 50 min.
Language: English

hot irons

In Detroit, hair styling isn’t just a matter of personal grooming, it’s a way of life, and Andrew Dosunmu’s documentary Hot Irons offers an inside glimpse at Motor City hair salons that turn the tresses of their African-American clientele into remarkable works of art. Dosunmu takes his cameras to Detroit’s annual “Hair Wars” competition, in which stylists compete to see who can create the wildest and most outrageous hairdo. Offering a stark contrast between the unique aesthetic of the stylists and the grinding poverty of inner city Detroit, which never fully recovered from the 1968 riots, Hot Irons shows how events like “Hair Wars” brings a sense of art and purpose to a community where both are often lacking.