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About the Director

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 Jim) (1994). Filmography: Jim Comes to Jo’burg (African Jim) (1949); The Magic Garden (1951); Those Naughty […]

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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, New York. A Son’s Sacrifice won Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival and broadcast […]

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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 of Le jeu de la mer, in collaboration with Jean Rouche. She taught German at […]

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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 football, Canadian Olympic Committee, Grolsch Block Party, Pilsner Urquell, Peroni, Santa Maria, Marcus Samuelson, UR […]

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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 du Reel, Visions du Reel, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Liepzig, San Francisco, London. Teno has been a guest of […]

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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 has done three short films: Noctambules in 2003, with the Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass, L’Été […]

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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 began as a writer. After graduating from Vassar College, with a year at the Sorbonne […]

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Raymond Tiendré

Biography: Raymond Tiendré, director of Interferences, was born in Burkina Faso in 1957. He studied cinematography in Ouagadougou before completing his Masters degree in cultural films in Paris. Since 1983, he has directed almost twenty films. Ielsolma won the Prix Special du Jury, Musée le L’homme. 12 milliards dans le caniveau and Les tamacheks de […]

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João Daniel Tikhomiroff

Biography: Filmmaker João Daniel Tikhomiroff is the founder and Mixer’s current Executive Chairman. His presence has been a constant in the international advertising industry. As an advertising film director he won 41 Lions at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, becoming the second most awarded director of the festival. He is the only Latin American […]

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Brian Tilley

Biography: Brian Tilley came to film from theatre in 1981 to work on independent documentaries. In 1985 he was a founding member of the Video Collective VNS/Afravision, which made documentaries about social and political issues. He directed episode 2 of Hold up the Sun. Other notable films include A Test of Strength, Bitter Roots, and […]

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Samuel Tilman

Biography: Samuel Tilman has a doctorate in history from the ULB in Belgium. For the past few years, he has devoted himself to direction and production. He is the founder of Eklektik Productions with Nicolas de Borman, Fabrizio Rongione and Stephane Heymans. During his academic training (ULB, Oxford), his research focused on the nineteenth century […]

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Moufida Tlatli

Biography: Moufida Tlatli was born and raised in Tunisia in a tradition-oriented family. It was in high school, thanks to her philosophy teacher, who ran a film club, that she developed a taste for the cinema. After graduating from the IDHEC film school in 1968, in the editing department, she went back to live in Tunisia […]

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Leslie Tô

Biography: A Burkinabé-American filmmaker based in New York, Leslie Tô’s first short film, Redefinition, was shot in Harlem and addresses the universal issue of cultural hybridity with a particular focus on the experience of the African Diaspora. She has since made two other short films which are being used with Redefinition to form a compilation […]

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Allan Tong

Biography: Allan is a Toronto filmmaker who wrote and directed the shorts Little Mao and I Want To Be a Desi, which Bravo aired after enjoying award-winning festival runs. His short drama, Grange Avenue (2008) also played festivals and was broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Previously, Allan apprenticed as a documentary director and producer at […]

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Drissa Touré

Biography: Drissa Touré was born in Banfora, Burkina Faso, in 1952. Although Touré studied film technique at ATRIA in Paris, he is largely a self-taught filmmaker. He directed several short films, including Nasabule, which powerfully depicts the disruption of rural life by “modern improvements.” Laada, his first feature film, premiered at the 1991 Cannes Film […]

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Moussa Touré

Biography: Moussa Touré was born in 1958 in Dakar, Senegal. He entered the film industry as an electrician, then became assistant director and finally directed his own short, Baram, in 1987. His first feature, Toubab Bi, made in 1991, was honored with awards at numerous film festivals. In 1997 he directs TGV which is the […]

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Issa Traoré de Brahima

Biography: Issa Traoré de Brahima was born in 1962 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He enrolled at the African Institute of Cinematic Studies in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where he obtained a cinematographic creation degree in 1985, and thereafter he went to Paris to obtain his university diploma. Between 1986 and 1991 he was an assistant on […]

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Apolline Traoré

Biography: Apolline Traoré was born in 1976 in Burkina Faso. She studied film at Emerson College in Boston. Her first short film, The Price of Ignorance won the Prix du Jury at the Pan African Film Festival in Ouagadougou. She also wrote and directed a television series of 20 episodes called Monia et Rama in […]

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Mahama Johnson Traoré

Biography: Traoré was born in 1942 at Dakar. The son of a businessman, Traoré studied in Senegal, Mali and France to be an electrical engineer. In Paris he quit his studies to follow a passion for film. There he enrolled in the Conservatoire libre du cinéma français, an avant-garde school inspired by current German and Italian […]

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Nissi Joanny Traoré

Biography: Nissi Joanny Traoré was born in Takaledougou, Burkina Faso in 1952 and is a graduate of the INCA in Paris. He has taught cinematographic techniques in Burkina Faso and is presently National Director of Cinematographic production in Burkina Faso. His first two feature films, The Other School (1985) and Sababu (1992), both won prizes […]

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