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About the Director

Roger Gnoan M’Bala

Biography: Roger Gnoan M’Bala was born in Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast, in 1943. He studied in Sweden and at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma in Paris. In 1970 he directed Koundoum, his first black and white documentary on traditional dance, and two years later his film Amanié won several prizes, including the FIFEF. Since then, he […]

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Flora M’mbugu-Schelling

Biography: Flora M’mbugu-Schelling was born in Tanzania and attended the Tanzanian School of Journalism in Dar es Salaam. She studied and trained in Germany and France. Her documentary films include Kumekucha (From Sun Up – 1987), which won a gold metal at the New York International Film Festival, and Shida and Matatizo (1993); These Hands […]

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Norman Maake

Biography: Born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1979, Norman Maake is a graduate of AFDA (the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) where he made the short film Home Sweet Home (1999), and the feature film Soldiers of the Rock (2003), winner of Best Screenplay at PAFF 2003 and the Mario […]

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Isaac Mabhikwa

Biography: The Zimbabwean director Isaac Mabhikwa was born in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, in 1962. After completing courses in business administration in 1984, he studied film technique and direction in Harare and Canada. For a time, he even supported himself as a stunt-actor in foreign films shot in Zimbabwe. Since 1987, he has worked as an assistant […]

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Sani Elhadj Magori

Biography: Sani Elhadj Magori was born in Niger in 1971. After graduating from high school in Agronomy Engineering in Algeria, he worked as a journalist for various French magazines and newspapers in Niger. In 2008 he completed a Master’s in Creative Documentary at the University Gaston Berger of Saint Louis (Senegal), before actively starting film […]

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Teboho Mahlatsi

Biography: Born in 1974, Teboho Mahlatsi graduated from the Africa Cultural Centre Film & Television Course and then spent five years working as a screenwriter. He has written, produced and directed many projects, including the documentary Ghetto Diaries for the South African educational channel SABC Education TV, and the highly controversial television series Yizo Yizo, […]

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Adetoro Makinde

Biography: A consummate artist on stage, film and television, Adetoro Makinde is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. She began her career as an actress, but later expanded her efforts in 2000 and created the production company Backdoor Films. In its debut production, she wrote, starred in […]

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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 […]

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Leonid Maksimov

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 […]

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Benny Malapa

Biography: Benny Malapa is a scriptwriter and a director. Having a specific interest in rap music, he is also the creator of the “Hip-Hop Label” and “Label Sensitive Music”. Benny Malapa was one of the first rap producers in France. After 10 years in the music industry, he decided to stop in 1998 and make […]

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Sarah Maldoror

Biography: Sarah Maldoror was born in 1939 in Candou, France. A Guadeloupean of African descent, she is respectfully regarded as the matriarch of African cinema (she was the first woman of color to make a feature film). For her, filmmaking was a weapon for struggle and liberation from the very beginning of her experiences in […]

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Djibril Diop Mambéty

Biography: The son of a Muslim cleric and member of the Lebou tribe, Djibril Diop Mambéty was born near Senegal’s capital city of Dakar in Colobane, a town featured prominently in some of his films. Mambéty’s interest in cinema began with theater. Having graduated from acting school in Senegal, Mambéty worked as a stage actor […]

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Francisco Manso

Biography: Francisco Manso has a long career in the movie and television industries. Born in 1949 in Lisbon, Portugal, he has produced and directed various documentaries for television, such as Portugal passado e presente (1984), Alentejo cantado (1991), Uma Saga Europeia (1996) and O Testamento do Senhor Napumoceno (1997). He is best known for his […]

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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 […]

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Constance Marks

Biography: Constance Marks is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker. She is the founder and president of Constance Marks Productions, Inc., a documentary production company based in New York City. Marks began her filmmaking career in the 1980s as an assistant editor for the renowned Cinéma Vérité pioneers, David and Albert Maysles. Marks’ critically acclaimed films […]

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Luis Marquès

Biography: Luis Marquès is a Spanish actor and film maker born in France in 1966. He grew up in South America and has been living in West Africa since the beginning of the 1990s. He studied literature, art and communication at the Sorbonne as well as film, theatre and anthropology at the “Institut d’Etudes Théatrales” in […]

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Ingrid Martens

Biography: While attaining her Masters Degree in Culture and Media Studies, Ingrid Martens documented the beginning of Regional Television in South Africa. During the process she trained with various journalists and found her passion for telling stories in a powerful medium that can impact positively on people’s lives. She was chosen for the International Professional […]

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Tora Mkandawire Mårtens

Biography: Tora Mkandawire Mårtens was born in Stockholm, but is now based in South Africa working as a director and a producer. Tora directed and produced the short film Tommy in Cuba, which was competing for a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2008. Her first feature documentary Colombianos has been awarded and […]

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Gabriel Mascaro

Biography: Gabriel Mascaro (1983) lives and works in Recife (Brazil). He graduated in Social Comunication from the Federal University of Pernambuco. His work explores the negotiation of power relationships in their most diverse forms. Spanning cinema and the visual arts, his work has been shown at the Contemporary Art Museums of Barcelona, MOMA Documentary Fortnight […]

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Zola Maseko

Biography: Swazi film director and screenwriter Zola Maseko was born in exile in 1967. Educated in Swaziland and Tanzania, he joined Umkhonto We Sizwe, the armed sector of the African National Congress, in 1987. After moving to the United Kingdom, he graduated from the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield in 1994. Maseko’s first […]

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