About the Director

Lonesome Solo

Biography: Born in 1986 in Abidjan, Souleymane Bamba aka Lonesome Solo grew up in the poor suburbs of the Ivorian capital. He describes himself as a child from the “ghetto”. A real movie fan, he took correspondence courses and began … read more»

Seke Somolu

Biography: Seke Somolu is an established director, writer, producer and editor in the film industry. He has worked with a range of formats and genres. Seke was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. He was educated there and in the … read more»

Clio Sozzani

Biography: Clio Sozzani is an anthropologist and a filmmaker. She worked in Ethiopia and Senegal for International Development Cooperation Projects. For the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs she managed a program of Behavioural Change Communication, directing spots and awareness-raising videos. … read more»

George Amponsah and Cosima Spender

Biography: George Amponsah is a critically-acclaimed director who has made numerous documentaries, including features such as The Fighting Spirit (2007), about boxers from Ghana in pursuit of the American dream, and The Importance of Being Elegant (2004), about a bizarre … read more»

Cosima Spender

Biography: Cosima Spender was born in Italy in an artists’ family, and moved to England at fourteen. A university degree in Anthropology and Art History at the School of Oriental and African Studies cultivated her interest in local identity and … read more»

Pam Sporn

Biography: Pam Sporn is a film maker and teacher. Her documentaries have won several film festival awards. Her work has covered such topics as Cuban cigar rollers, an annual dance, and the story of a family that emigrated from Cuba … read more»

Bert Stern

Biography: Bert Stern was born October 2, 1929. He was the son of Jewish immigrants and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. His father worked as a children’s portrait photographer. After dropping out of high school at the age of … read more»

Catherine Stewart

Biography: Catherine Stewart attended Columbia University’s MFA Film Program and worked for Tristar/Columbia’s Feature Film Development Office in New York before returning to South Africa in 1993. In Johannesburg, she lectured at Wits University in screenwriting and directing documentaries for … read more»

Nantie Steyn

Biography: Nantie Steyn studied journalism and politics at Rhodes University and graduated in 1989. Over the following year she worked in print media, writing movies and theater reviews. She started her film career in 1991 while doing research for documentaries … read more»

Toni Strasburg

Biography: An internationally recognized documentary director, producer, and writer, Toni Strasburg grew up in South Africa and went to Britain as an exile in 1965 where she earned a degree in Sociology at London University. Her best-known films are the … read more»

Mel Stuart

Biography: Mel Stuart, born Stuart Solomon , was an American film director and producer. He directed the fantasy-musical Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), as well as other features, including If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969), One read more»

Dan Sturman

Biography: Dan began his career working under legendary filmmaker Charles Guggenheim, and since then he has gone on to film rock stars, war criminals, Nobel Prize winners, Olympic gold medalists, presidents, and many thousands of ordinary people with interesting stories … read more»

Ramadan Suleman

Biography: Ramadan Suleman was born in 1955 in South Africa. He studied at the School for Research in African Theater and continued his career in theater as an actor and director. He also studied film in Paris and London and … read more»

Donald Swanson

Donald Swanson was a writer and director, known for The Magic Garden (1951), African Jim (also known as Jim Comes to Jo’burg) (1949) and Those Naughty Angels (1974).

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Jim Comes to Jo’burg (African read more»

Musa Syeed

Biography: Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed met at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts while studying with Professor and director Marco Williams. Their first documentary film, A Sonʼs Sacrifice, followed a father-son relationship at a halal slaughterhouse in Queens, … read more»

Khady Sylla

Biography: Khady Sylla was born in 1963 in Senegal and studied philosophy in Paris from 1986 to 1992. She taught basic education to migrant workers and wrote several novels. She has worked and participated in different projects, including an adaptation … read more»

Benjamin Taft

Biography: Born in Sweden in 1982, Benjamin Taft is a filmmaker, photographer, editor and motion designer based in Vancouver, Canada. Having joined forces with Teddy Goitom while at MTV, Benjamin travelled across the globe for clients such as H&M, Puma … read more»

Jean-Marie Teno

Biography: Jean-Marie Teno, Africa’s preeminent documentary filmmaker, has been producing and directing films on the colonial and post-colonial history of Africa for over twenty years. Films by Jean-Marie Teno have been honored at festivals worldwide: Berlin, Toronto, Yamagata, Cinema … read more»

Pascal Tessaud

Biography: Pascal Tessaud is born in Paris and grew up in working class projects around Paris. After studying Literature, Cinema and Philosophy at Nanterre University, he worked 3 years at Saint Denis in an association before starting directing films.

He … read more»

Karen Thorsen

Biography: Award-winning writer/filmmaker Karen Thorsen finds inspiration at the intersection of art and social justice. Her heroes are game-changers, the artist/activists who shape history – and her films tell their stories without narration, weaving first-person narratives with archival treasures. Thorsen … read more»