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About the Director

Denzel Washington

Biography: Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at Fordham University intent on a career in journalism. However, he caught the acting bug while appearing in student drama productions and, upon graduation, he moved to San Francisco and enrolled at […]

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Electra Weston

Biography: Electra Weston has been traveling as an entertainer throughout Europe, Africa, and the United States for an important part of her life. Electra’s career continues to exploit her artistic training in music, theater, and dance. Her professional dance career has taken her classical formation into a variety of rhythmic styles and throughout the African […]

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Marco Williams

Biography: Marco Williams was born in 1956. He is a producer and director, known for Two Towns of Jasper (2002), Banished: How Whites Drove Blacks Out of Town in America (2006) and In Search of Our Fathers (1992). Williams is a professor of film production at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His […]

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Marquette Williams

Biography: Marquette Jerome Williams, born October 15, 1972, is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Williams was born in Detroit, Michigan and later on moved to Cleveland, Ohio. He attended school at Twinsburg High School. He excelled at football, basketball, and track, eventually earning a football scholarship to the University of Minnesota. It was […]

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Kevin Willmott

Biography: Kevin Willmott is a professor of film at the University of Kansas and a film writer and director. He is known for work focusing on black issues including writing and directing Ninth Street, C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, and Bunker Hill. The Only Good Indian (2009) was a feature film about Native American children […]

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Sandye Wilson

Biography: Sandye Wilson is an actor and director, known for So Many Things to Consider (1996), Sidewalk Stories (1989) and Law & Order (1990). Wilson, raised on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, studied at Bennington College in Vermont and at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. Wilson also works with the 52nd Street […]

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Claus Wischmann

Biography: Claus Wischmann is an author, director, and executive director at Sounding Images. After studying the piano, he wrote and directed over 40 documentaries and television features; he has also recorded concerts and made documentary portraits. His films have been shown at prestigious international festivals and have won awards such as the American Golden Eagle […]

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Ermias Woldeamlak

Biography: Ermias Woldeamlak is a graduate of Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa University and the National Film and Television Institute in Ghana. Woldeamlak, a New Directions selected director, has always had a passion for film. As a scriptwriter for the Ethiopian Film Corporation and currently a director for the Ethiopian Television Agency, he has successfully utilized his […]

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Zelalem Woldemariam

Biography: Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Zelalem Woldemariam started his career as a Marketing Professional gathering over 10 years experience in different organizations. In 2006 he wrote, directed and produced a full-length feature film entitled The 11th Hour. In Ethiopia, the film stood out from other Ethiopian films for its high production value. […]

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Claudia Woloshin

Biography: Claudia Woloshin is a producer, director and cinematographer based in New York. She has produced and directed a number of documentary and fiction television shows and films. Her directorial work includes Eden Eats, The Layover, Mind of a Chef for PBS and The Gateway. Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs: Mind of a Chef: […]

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Jean-Michel Kibushi Ndjate Wooto

Also Known As: Kibushi Ndjate Wooto / Jean-Michel Kibushi Biography: Jean-Michel Kibushi Ndjate Wooto was born in 1957 in Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo). He began his studies in drama and cinematography at Kinshasa’s National Institute of the Arts, and in 1988 he was introduced to animation during a workshop by the Belgian production […]

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Daniel Taye Workou

Biography: Daniel Taye Workou, born 1969, in Berlin. He graduated in International Relations and worked for several NGO’s before entering the Graduate Film Program at Columbia University. He went on to shoot music documentaries, videos and concert films. He is the cofounder of BiraBiro Films, Ethiopia. Menged, his first fiction short, was shot in and […]

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François Woukoache

Biography: François Woukoache was born in 1966 in Yaounde, Cameroon. He studied mathematics, science, and cinema at the University of Paris VII. In 1989, Woukoache continued his film studies at INSAS in Brussels. While there, he made several short films: Une Nuit et des Jours dans la Ville, Feuilles Morte, and Melina, which won awards […]

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Demetrius Wren

Biography: Demetrius Wren is a Los Angeles based filmmaker and freelance producer. Born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Augusta, Georgia, Demetrius received a BFA in film at the Florida State University Film School. He spent 6 years working in New York City. Highlights include the short film Of My God (Boston International Film Festival, Santa […]

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Jason Xenopoulos

Biography: Jason Xenopoulos’s first film was Promised Land, for which he also wrote the screenplay. Critical Assignment followed in 2003. Since then, he has been the second unit director or assistant director on several films. Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs: Critical Assignment (2004) Filmography: Promised Land (2002); Critical Assignment (2003). […]

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Guy Désiré Yameogo

Biography: Guy Désiré Yameogo is a filmmaker from Burkina Faso. He studied at La Fémis in Paris. Films include: Sol en dif (1999), Les Héritiers (1998), Faire face (1996), Si longue que soit la nuit, which won the prize of the French Cooperation at the Cannes Festival and the Special Jury Prize at FESPACO in […]

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Saint Pierre Yaméogo

Biography: Saint Pierre Yaméogo was born in 1955 in Koudougou, Burkina Faso. His first feature film, Laafi, was selected in 1991 for the Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes Film Festival. Wendemi, his second feature film, was awarded a prize at the FESPACO 1993 and selected for the Cannes Un Certain Regard section. Yaméogo […]

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Yuri Yegorov

Biography: Russian director Yuri Yegorov graduated from Moscow’s V.G.I.K. in 1944 after studying film direction under Sergei Gerasimov. While in school, Yegorov worked as both an assistant director and actor for Gerasimov on Molodaya Gvardiya (The Young Guard). Several years after graduating, Yegorov began working with the Central Studio of Films for Children and Youth […]

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Ben Young

Biography: Ben Young has edited and directed numerous films about people in the remotest regions of the world. He is a freelance West Australian director experienced in television drama, short film, commercials, and music videos. He lived with the Wodaabe in Niger and spent two months in the Amazon. (Source: http://www.shootingwithmursi.com/#/about-ben-young/4533176416) Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs: […]

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Ernesto Pérez Zambrano

Biography: Ernesto Pérez Zambrano was born in Havana, Cuba in 1981. He is a director and a scriptwriter of documentaries such as Major Leagues? (2008), Mother, the Earth (2010), Miniature-Universe. Las Caobas (2011) and Las Terrazas, sketch of a Paradise (2012), which have been shown on different editions of the International Festival of the New Latin […]

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