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About the Director

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 […]

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Lesley Lawson

Biography: Lesley Lawson (born in Durban in 1952) is a London-based writer, photographer and filmmaker, specialising in health and HIV. Her work includes media work for South African non-governmental organizations during the apartheid era; publications on women, HIV and general development topics; reportage; educational and broadcast documentaries; and communications for the UK government’s program on […]

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Raynald Leconte

Biography: Raynald Leconte has over twenty years of experience in media and technology. Besides corporate work he launched three new media start-ups Screeny Media, Syndicated Radio Shows, and Krysp Imaging Solutions. His recent venture, the Haitian Cultural Foundation HCF, has served as a venue for exposing Haitian creators to the international art community and has garnered […]

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Spike Lee

Biography: Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended school in Morehouse College in Atlanta […]

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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 […]

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Elodie Lefebvre

Biography: Elodie Lefebvre is an artist and filmmaker born in Toulouse in 1974. She discovered an experimental video while studying at the Toulouse Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Her documentary films open up a space to share and exchange with other artists. Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs: Cassa Cassa! Danced Encounters Between Africa and its Diaspora (2014). […]

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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, […]

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Osvalde Lewat

Biography: Osvalde Lewat is an award-winning filmmaker who began making documentaries after several years as a journalist. She produced her first documentary, Upsa Yimoowin (The Pipe of Hope) in Toronto in 2000. That film denounces the sidelining of Native Americans. With Au-delà de la peine, Lewat tells the story of a prisoner who, after being […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Jean-Christophe Lie

Biography: Jean-Christophe Lie was born in France in 1970. He studied at the art school École des Beaux-arts in Toulouse and at the film school CFT des Gobelins in Paris and subsequently worked as an animator at Walt Disney Studios in Montreuil. In 2008 he made his first short animation film, L’Homme à la Gordini, […]

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Jeff L. Lieberman

Biography: Jeff L. Lieberman is an award-winning journalist, producer and documentary filmmaker. His TV specials, news stories and documentaries have appeared on CBS, HBO, CNN, Fox and on the websites of Yahoo!, The New York Post, CBS Moneywatch and The Huffington Post. Jeff’s recent Academy Award-qualifying documentary film, RE-EMERGING: The Jews of Nigeria opened theatrically […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Taieb Louhichi

Biography: Taieb Louhichi is Tunisian sociologist, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He studied sociology and film directing in Paris. His first feature, L’ombre de la terre, was screened at Cannes in La Semaine de la Critique.  In 2006 he was in a car crash which led him to lose feeling in his limbs. That never stopped him. Louhichi continues […]

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Sidney Lumet

Biography: 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 […]

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Divita Wa Lusala

Also Known As: Dividi Divita Wa Lusala Biography: Divita Wa Lusula was born in Kinshasa, DRC on September 3, 1973. He worked for the Congolese state television station RTNC from 1996 to 1999 and for the private broadcaster AA1 from 1999 to 2009. Since 2009 he has been an editor and cameraman for Suka! Productions […]

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Shola Lynch

Biography: 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 […]

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