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About the Director

Bassek Ba Kobhio

Biography: Bassek Ba Kobhio was born in 1957 in Nindje, Cameroon. Originally he wanted to become an author, and in 1976 he won a prize for a short story he had written. He earned degrees in both sociology and philosophy. While he was pursuing his studies, he started to work as an assistant film director […]

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Issiaka Konaté

Biography: Issiaka Konaté was born in 1959 in Burkina Faso. He directed his first fiction film Souko, Le Cinématographe en carton in 1998. The film won the Cannes Junior Jury award and the French Cooperation for Film award. It was also given a Special Jury Mention at FESPACO. (Source: http://mubi.com/cast_members/213709) Films Shown in AFF, Inc. […]

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Kadiatou Konaté

Biography: Born in Bamako, Mali, Kadiatou Konaté is best known as the director of L’Enfant terrible (The Terrible Child – 1994). She studied at the University of Dakar before starting her careerasa production assistant on Souleymane Cissé’s film, Yeelen (Brightness – 1987). After several productions between 1988-1989, she directed two animated films in1993: L’Enfant et […]

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Yohann Kouam

Biography: Born in Lille (France) from Cameroonian parents, Yohann Kouam studied editing at Institut des arts de diffusion (IAD) in Brussels, then Translation Studies in France. After his shorts Fragments de vie (2007) and Les dimanches de Léa (2010), he directed the short The Return (2013), which became internationally acclaimed. Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs: The […]

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Dani Kouyaté

Biography: Born to a Griot family on June 4th, 1961, in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, Dani Kouyaté was early on involved with performance theatre. He entered the Ouagadougou African Institute of Cinematic Studies where he graduated in Cinematic Creation. Then he pursued his studies in Paris where he obtained a Master of Cultural and Social Coordination […]

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Alla Kovgan

Biography: Born in Moscow in 1973, Alla Kovgan has been sharing her time between Russia and the US since 1996 making films, installations, and stage intermedia performances in collaboration with artists from different disciplines as well as teaching and curating dance film and avant-garde cinema around the world. Her breakthrough film Nora (36′, 2008), co-directed […]

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Idrissou Mora Kpai

Biography: Born in Benin in 1967, Idrissou Mora Kpai studied in Germany at the University of Film and TV at Potsdam-Babelsberg where he graduated with an MFA in film directing. Since then, Idrissou has founded the production company MKJ Films in Paris and produced and directed several documentaries, including The Queen Mother (Si-Gueriki – 2002), […]

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Sandra Krampelhuber

Biography: Sandra Krampelhuber is an Austrian Cultural Anthropologist. She graduated from the University of Vienna in 2002. In 2006, she directed the music documentary Queens of Sound about women in the Jamaican music industry. The film was shown at film festivals worldwide. In 2006 she also travelled to Dakar, Senegal for her first time and after many […]

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Amo Kubeyinje

Biography: Amo Kubeyinje was born in 1970 in Nigeria, where he worked as a production assistant for several television commercials before moving to the United States in 1992. There, he majored in Film and Video at the City College of New York and during this time, produced two documentaries. He also worked as a production […]

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Joseph Kumbela

Also Known As: Josef Kumbela Biography: Joseph Kumbela was born in 1958 in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). At the age of thirteen, he moved to Paris, where he studied design and worked in the design field, for ten years. When his company went bankrupt, he decided to go to New York to […]

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Manu Kurewa

Biography: Born in Zimbabwe in 1965, Manu Kurewa is a filmmaker based in the UK. His background is in community touring theatre, where he worked extensively with youth groups to create plays that voiced community concerns. Kurewa attended a directing course at the National Film and Television School in England where he made three short […]

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Philippe Lacôte

Biography: Born in 1971 in Abidjan, Philippe Lacôte grew up next to a movie theater. As he began to study linguistics, he became a radio enthusiast, before he turned to film and started making short films and documentaries. In 2010, he produced Lonesome Solo’s Burn it up Djassa. His first feature is Run, presented in […]

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Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina

Biography: Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina is one of the most prominent figures in contemporary Arabic cinema. Born on 26 February 1934 in M’Sila, Algeria, he began his studies in his native country. He first became interested in the world of cinema at the Lycée Carnot in Cannes, France. After beginning studies of agriculture and law at French […]

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Arya Lalloo

Biography: Born in 1980 in South Africa, Arya Lalloo is an independent filmmaker of mixed heritage based in Johannesburg. She has written and directed documentaries for South African broadcast as well as the outreach documentary Citizen X, which explored the reactions of social movements to xenophobic violence in peri-urban townships. More recent work includes writing […]

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Arya Lalloo and Shannon Walsh

Biography: Born in 1980 in South Africa, Arya Lalloo is an independent filmmaker of mixed heritage based in Johannesburg. She has written and directed documentaries for South African broadcast as well as the outreach documentary Citizen X, which explored the reactions of social movements to xenophobic violence in peri-urban townships. More recent work includes writing […]

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Dave LaMattina

Biography: Director/producer Dave LaMattina graduated from Boston College with a degree in Communications; there he received a grant from the Jacques Salmanowitz Program for Moral Courage in Documentary Film to direct and produce a documentary about child AIDS activist Nkosi Johnson. He then earned his MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television, […]

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Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker

Biography: Director/producer Dave LaMattina graduated from Boston College with a degree in Communications; there he received a grant from the Jacques Salmanowitz Program for Moral Courage in Documentary Film to direct and produce a documentary about child AIDS activist Nkosi Johnson. He then earned his MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television, […]

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Benoît Lamy

Biography: Benoît Lamy was born in Arlon, Belgium, in 1945 and graduated from I.A.D. in 1967. He was an intern on Pasolini’s Oedipus Rex in Italy in 1968. His first major film Home Sweet Home (La Fête à Jules – 1973) won a Diploma award at the 8th Moscow International Film Festival; it was also […]

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Benoît Lamy and Ngangura Mwezé

Biography: Benoît Lamy was born in Arlon, Belgium, in 1945 and graduated from I.A.D. in 1967. He was an intern on Pasolini’s Oedipus Rex in Italy in 1968. His first major film Home Sweet Home (La Fête à Jules – 1973) won a Diploma award at the 8th Moscow International Film Festival; it was also […]

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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, […]

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