Iquo B. Essien

Biography: Iquo B. Essien is a Nigerian-American writer, director and photographer. Her short film, Aissa’s Story, was a regional semifinalist in the 2013 Student Academy Awards. She is currently adapting the short into a feature film while writing a … read more»

Patricia Van Heerden and Catherine Stewart

Biography: Patricia Van Heerden grew up on a cattle farm in the Northern Cape of South Africa. She completed her Bachelors’ degrees in social science and teaching at the University of Cape Town, and she completed her Masters in history … read more»

Lisa Merton

Biography: Lisa Merton started out her career as a weaver. She studied textile design and weaving in Scandinavia and, after returning to the U.S., worked professionally as a weaver for ten years. While studying in Norway she was inspired by … read more»

Stevan Riley

Biography: Born in Northern Ireland to a Yugoslav mother and English father, Stevan Riley has lived, worked and travelled in over 50 countries. He set off to Bosnia in 2003 to direct his first documentary, Rave Against the Machine, … read more»

Adama Roamba

Biography: After working on national television in Burkina Faso, Roamba perfected his skills as an assistant to filmmakers such as Raymond Tiendrebeogo, Issa Traore, Dany Kouyate, Gaston and Cabora Issiaka Konate. He made his first documentary in 1994 and his … read more»

Lionel Rogosin

Biography: Lionel Rogosin was born in New York City in 1924, graduated from Yale with a degree in chemical engineering, and spent four years in the Navy during World War II. After a decade in business, he decided to become … read more»

Nicolas Rossier

Biography: Nicolas Rossier was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland. He pursued a career in the financial sector in Europe before relocating to New York City in 1998 to transition into a career in film and journalism. He has studied … read more»

Jean Rouch

Biography: Jean Rouch was a French filmmaker and anthropologist. He is considered to be one of the founders of cinéma-vérité in France. Rouch’s practice as a filmmaker for over sixty years in Africa, was characterized by the idea of shared … read more»

Paulin Soumanou Vieyra

Biography: Paulin Soumanou Vieyra was born in Porto-Novo, Benin in January of 1925, but grew up in Senegal. He was both a director and historian of African cinema. His film Afrique sur Seine is credited as being one of the … read more»

Bill Guttentag

Biography: Bill Guttentag is a two-time Oscar-winning documentary and feature film writer-producer-director. His films include LIVE!, a dramatic feature he wrote and directed starring Eva Mendes and Andre Braugher (Mosaic Media Group/The Weinstein Company), and Nanking, a documentary … 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»

Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman

Biography: Bill Guttentag is a two-time Oscar-winning documentary and feature film writer-producer-director. His films include LIVE!, a dramatic feature he wrote and directed starring Eva Mendes and Andre Braugher (Mosaic Media Group/The Weinstein Company), and Nanking, a documentary … read more»

Farouk Salomão

Biography: Farouk Salomão was a Brazilian director and producer in film and TV, with national recognition. Solomão belonged to the functional framework of Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and integrated culture television teams at UFSC. Originally from Belo Horizonte, and … read more»

Oumarou Ganda

Biography: Ganda was born in Niamey, the capital of Niger, in 1935 and was of Djerma ethnicity. He completed his primary studies in Niamey and at the age of 16 joined the French Far East Expeditionary Corps as a soldier … read more»

Ababacar Samb-Makharam

Biography: Ababacar Samb-Makharam, director of Jom, The Story of a People, was born in Dakar, Senegal, in 1934 and trained as an actor at the Centre d’Art Dramatique de la rue Blanche in Paris. From 1959 to 1962 he … read more»

Kollo Daniel Sanou

Biography: Kollo Daniel Sanou was born in 1949 in Borodougou in Burkina Faso. He studied at the Institut National des Arts in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français in Paris, France. He has made over … read more»

Cilia Sawadogo

Biography: Cilia Sawadogo studied communication, specializing in cinema animation at Concordia University in Montréal. She started her career in 1989, and made many cartoons for Sesame Street. She made her first animated film, La femme mariée à trios hommes, read more»

Jurgen Schadeberg

Biography: Jürgen Schadeberg was born in Berlin in 1931. In 1950, he moved to South Africa to rejoin his family and joined Drum magazine as official photographer and layout artist.
Schadeberg became a teacher and mentor to some of the … read more»

Micah Schaffer

Biography: After studying history and anthropology at Stanford University, Micah worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, West Africa. While attending the Pan-African Film Festival (FESPACO), he was inspired to become a filmmaker. Upon returning to the United States, … read more»

Marco Schiavon

Biography: Marco Schiavon is a Brazillian director and writer. His directorial work includes O Xadrez das Cores (2004) and O Farol de Santo Agostinho (2005). He also wrote the film Aparecida – O Milagre (2010).

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