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About the Director

Eric Miyeni

Biography: Eric Miyeni was born in Soweto, South Africa. He holds a BA Law degree. He is an actor, writer and filmmaker. He is best known for his TV role as Darryl Malgas in the TV series Molo Fish and as Absalom Khumalo in the movie Cry, the Beloved Country. Miyeni’s work as an author […]

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Mandilakhe Mjekula and Jahmil X.T. Qubeka

Biography: Mandilakhe Mjekula and Jahmil X.T. Qubeka are Johannesburg-based filmmakers exploding with youthful ambitions to revolutionize the local industry. Their collaborations have yielded an interesting body of work, from documentaries to TV dramas, commercials and corporate videos. They directed the 57 min. film Qula Kwedini – A Rite of Passage in 2003. (Source: AFF, Inc.) […]

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Mandilakhe Mjekula

Biography: Mandilakhe Mjekula is a Johannesburg-based filmmaker exploding with youthful ambitions to revolutionize the local industry. Mjekula’s collaborations with Jahmil X.T. Qubeka have yielded an interesting body of work, from documentaries to TV dramas, commercials and corporate videos. They directed the 57 min. film Qula Kwedini – A Rite of Passage in 2003. (Source: AFF, […]

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Thulani Mokoena

Biography: Mokoena received training in various disciplines of program-making such as production, directing, research, script-writing, editing, sound, lighting design and editing both in South Africa and abroad over the years. He also worked on feature films, produced documentaries, shot inserts for television features and news and has been independently involved in the industry for over 20 […]

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Steve Kwena Mokwena

Biography: Steve Kwena Mokwena is a historian, filmmaker and cultural activist. He is the founder of Xivumbeko Media and the Afrikan Freedom Station, an afrocentric multi-media gallery. Steve Kwena Mokwena was born in Soweto, South Africa and studied history, African politics and sociology at WITS University. He also holds an MA degree from Leeds University. […]

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Hillie Molenaar

Biography: Hillie Molenaar (born 1945) is a documentary filmmaker. She left school at 15 and worked as a cleaner, waitress, and bookkeeper before finding her niche as a documentary filmmaker in 1974 when, at the age of 29, she made her first film Protest Garden. She was the assistant to the legendary Joris Ivens before […]

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Mokonenyana Molete

Biography: Molete became involved in films in the early eighties. He first worked in the grips department on the feature film My Country, My Hat in 1980. Molete joined Afravision in 1986 and worked in various capacities on Afravision videos such as A Test of Strength, Compelling Freedom and Once a Pirate. He directed Episode […]

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Jean-Charles Mbotti Mololo

Biography: Born in Vaulx-en-Velin, France, Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo is a dancer, of Cameroonian descent. He studied animation at the Emile Cohl School of Lyon. After his first short success, The Heart is a Metronome and a collaboration with the Karambolage program on ARTE TV, JC Mbotti Malolo directed The Sense of Touch, which wad internationally […]

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Mariette Monpierre

Biography: From the beaches of Guadeloupe to the heart of Paris to the bright lights of the Big Apple, Mariette Monpierre always saw her life through lenses. Growing up in the belly of Paris, films fascinated her. She completed her Masters Degree in media & languages at the Sorbonne University and Smith College in Massachusetts […]

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Carolina Moraes-Liu

Biography: Carolina Moraes-Liu is an award-winning director and producer who has worked on numerous documentaries and television shows. Her 2010 film, Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê, won the Corazon Award for best short documentary at the San Diego Latino film festival and the Best Diaspora Film award at the San Diego Black Film Festival. […]

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Ekwa Msangi

Biography: Ekwa Msangi (writer, director, producer) is a Tanzanian-American filmmaker who grew up in Kenya and is based in New York. Her initial career started in producing, and now focusses on writing and directing. Ekwa has directed several short films, including Taharuki (Suspense), a 12-minute short set against the backdrop of the start of Kenya’s […]

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Omelga Mthiyane

Biography: Omelga Mthiyane was born on May 19, 1977, in Inanda, just outside Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. She studied video technology at the Durban University of Technology, and graduated in 2000. In 2001 she was selected for the Encounters Documentary Laboratory where she was trained in making documentaries. Omelga was also a member of the Filmmakers against […]

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Zanele Muholi

Biography: Zanele Muholi was born in Umlazi, Durban, in 1972. She completed an Advanced Photography course at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown and held her first solo exhibition at the Johannesburg Art Gallery in 2004. She has worked as a community relations officer for the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW), a black […]

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Catherine Muller

Biography: Catherine Muller lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has worked in television since 1994. She has an M.A. with commendation in Film and Television from the University of Bristol, UK, and an undergraduate degree in photography from the Wits School of Arts. In the field of factual filmmaking for museums, NGOs and […]

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Ron Mulvihill

Biography: Active as a filmmaker, producer/director and editor for a variety of feature and documentary subjects, Ron Mulvihill is a multi-talented film/video maker and has a knack for bringing together talented individuals from around the world on international award-winning productions. He is a partner at Gris-Gris Films. His feature film, Maangamizi, the Ancient One (2000) […]

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Djo Tunda Wa Munga

Biography: Djo Tunda Wa Munga was born in 1972 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the the Congo. He went to the National Film School of Belgium, INSAS in his early twenties. After living in Europe, he returned to the DRC and established a film production company dedicated to training young filmmakers. He has directed several […]

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Tawanda Gunda Mupengo

Biography: Tawanda Gunda Mupengo is a product of the UNESCO Film and Television Training Project Harare. He has since directed a number of shorts and documentaries, including Tanyaradzwa (2005) and Spell My Name (Peretera Maneta – 2005). He is one of the most promising young directors from Zimbabwe. (Source: http://www.africultures.com/php/index.php?nav=personne&no=10717) Films Shown in AFF, Inc. […]

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Jane Murago-Munene

Biography: Veteran filmmaker and producer Jane Murago-Munene was trained at Voice of Kenya (the name of which was later reverted back to Kenya Broadcasting Corporation). Her first production, The Tender One, was made during the first United Nation’s International Year of the Child in 1979. It was this UN project that made her realize her […]

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Kagendo Murungi

Biography: Kagendo Murungi is a Kenyan feminist who works in independent partnership with artists and activists around the world to develop and produce independent film projects, festivals and other sites for creative cultural agency. She helped institute the position of Africa program officer at the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC). A former […]

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Guy Kabeya Muya

Biography: Guy Kabeya Muya (born in 1970 in Kinshasa) is a filmmaker from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 1988 he entered the National Institute of Performance Arts (INAS) in Kinshasa, graduating with a degree in drama in 1996. He also took courses in Mbalmayo, Cameroon on audiovisual techniques and in Douala, Cameroon on animation […]

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