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About the Director

Shelley Barry

Biography: Born and raised in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, Shelley Barry completed graduate studies in English and Drama at the University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape. She has worked extensively as a disability rights activist, following a shooting in the Cape taxi wars of 1996 that resulted in her being a […]

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Jules David Bartkowski

Biography: Jules David Bartkowski made his directorial and acting debut with Pastor Paul. The film is a co-production with Pidgen Films in Ghana. Bartkowski is a life-long actor and performer, whose recent work includes writing and directing the web series, Alouette, 2012, in New Orleans, and lending voice talent to the short film Seriously Delinquent, 2013. […]

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Mariano Bartolomeu

Biography: Originally from Angola’s capital city, Luanda, Mariano Bartolomeu has lived in a handful of different countries, including Italy, Cuba, and the United States. In 1991, he graduated with a BA in Film and Television as director at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión in San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba, an institution sponsored […]

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Qasim Basir

Biography: Qasim “Q” Basir is an award-winning filmmaker. He directed his first feature film in 2010, MOOZ-lum, starring Nia Long, Evan Ross and Danny Glover. The coming-of-age tale about a Muslim boy going to college around the September 11 attacks has received much critical acclaim, with nominations from the NAACP Image Awards and the Black Reel […]

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Jenna Bass

Also Known As: Jenna Cato Bass Biography: Jenna Bass is a director, writer, and photographer born in 1987 and living in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a graduate (2007) of AFDA film school, Cape Town. She has worked as a director, writer, cinematographer, photographer and magician. She has directed over ten short films, and […]

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Jean-François Bastin and Isabelle Christiaens

Biography: Jean-François Bastin was born in 1948, and has a degree in Roman Philosophy and History of Art. He worked in the Belgian Radio and Television of the French Community (RTBF) for 28 years as a jounralist and documentary filmmaker. Biography: Isabelle Christiaens worked as a director for 25 years at Belgian channel RTBF. She graduated […]

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Jean-François Bastin

Biography: Jean-François Bastin was born in 1948, and has a degree in Roman Philosophy and History of Art. He worked in the Belgian Radio and Television of the French Community (RTBF) for 28 years as a jounralist and documentary filmmaker. Jean-François Bastin and Isabelle Christiens founded the report magazine story L’Hebdo in 1993. Films Shown in […]

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Moussa Yoro Bathily

Also Known As: Moussa Bathily Biography: Moussa Yoro Bathily was born in 1946 in Bakel, Senegal. He made several provocative documentaries, including award-winning films Tiyabu Biru (Circumcision) in 1978, and Le Certificat d’indigence (1981). He also worked as an assistant to Ousmane Sembène. (Source: AFF, Inc.) Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs: Tiyabu Biru [Circumcision] […]

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Axel Baumann

Biography: Axel Baumann is an Emmy Award-winning cinematographer and director who lives in New York City. In 2005, Axel received his first Emmy nomination for Liberia: An Uncivil War, directed by Jonathan Stack and broadcast on Discovery/Times. In 2008, Axel was awarded an Emmy for Carrier, a 10-part series for PBS on the aircraft carrier […]

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Fritz Baumann

Biography: Fritz Baumann was born in 1950 in Brannenburg, Germany. From 1973-1977, he studied at the Academy of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich. Since 1976, he has been working as an independent producer, director, recording supervisor and film editor. His films include: Mord (1974), Die Pensionierung (1975), Die Begegnungen (1976), co-direction on Let’s Not […]

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Jan-Hendrik Beetge

Biography: Jan-Hendrik Beetge is a passionate and dedicated commercials and narrative filmmaker, writer and photographer. After the international success of his first film, Triomfeer, Beetge became esteemed in the industry as a director truly dedicated to his craft and vision. In 2009 he wrote, directed and co-produced his second film, The Abyss Boys, a story […]

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Jean-Pierre Bekolo

Biography: Jean-Pierre Bekolo was born in Yaounde, Cameroon in 1966 and is now known to subvert the conventions and didacticism of African film and literature with an aesthetic that “tosses it all merrily together”. He has taught film at Virginia Tech, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and at Duke University. In the late […]

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Fernando Belens

Biography: Fernando Belens, a Bahian director and screenwriter, has made ​​19 films in super-8, 16, and 35mm starting from the early 70s. Among these stand out the experimental Anil (1989), a cine-poem about the work of Salvadorian washerwomen, which received the “Revolución y Cultura” prize at the XII Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano in […]

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Aidan Belizaire

Biography: Aidan Belizaire is a musically trained film director/writer from Manchester, England. He has been working in the UK film and TV industry for 6 years, directing music videos, commercials, short films, TV pilots, and tasters. His debut feature film, The Zombie King has been distributed worldwide. The Road We Travel is his first African […]

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Neïl Beloufa

Biography: Algerian and French, Neïl Beloufa was born in 1985 in Paris, France. He studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA) and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris, and was a member of the 2010 promotion of Le Fresnoy – National Studio for Contemporary Arts. He received several awards, […]

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Kaouther Ben Hania

Biography: Kaouther Ben Hania was born in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. She is a director and a scriptwriter and is based in Paris. She studied cinema in Tunisia (EDAC) then in Paris (Fémis and the Sorbonne). She directed several short films including Me, My Sister and the Thing (2006) and Wooden Hand (2013). Both films had a […]

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Khaled Benaïssa

Biography: Khaled Benaïssa was born in 1978 in Annaba, Algeria. He spent much of his childhood in a theater alongside his father, an actor. He became passionate about set design while studying architecture, and during his studies he devoted much of his time to acting. While acting in short films, he discovered a passion for […]

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Ali Benkirane

Biography: Benkirane was born in 1975. Deeply influenced by his multi-cultural heritage (Moroccan and Spanish), Ali Benkirane was inspired to study cinema at the ESRA in Paris, where he received his graduate degree in 1998. Thereafter, he began his career working as an assistant editor and assistant director on several movies in Morocco. In 2004, […]

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Patricia Benoit

Biography: Patricia Benoit was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and grew up in Queens, New York. Her family was forced into exile under the Duvalier dictatorship and moved to France before moving to the United States. Benoit’s documentary Courage and Pain (produced by Jonathan Demme), about victims of political torture in Haiti, was shown at the Walter Reade […]

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Faouzi Bensaïdi

Biography: After working in theater as a director and an actor, Faouzi Bensaïdi directed his first short film The Cliff (1997), which won 23 prizes in festivals in France and abroad. In 1999, he co-wrote the script for André Téchiné’s Far. In 2000, he directed two short films: The Wall, which won a prize at […]

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