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About the Director

Chinonye Chukwu

Biography: Chinonye Chukwu is a Nigerian-born, Alaskan-raised screenwriter, producer and director. A recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award, Chinonye’s short, The Dance Lesson, premiered at the Ritz Theater of Philadelphia and was later acquired by MindTV for regional network distribution. The film was also a Regional Finalist for the 2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts […]

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Lee Isaac Chung

Biography: Lee Isaac Chung is an award-winning, New York-based filmmaker. As an immigrant from South Korea, he grew up in Arkansas and attended Yale University. At Yale, he was exposed to art cinema, when he gave up his plan to go to medical school and pursued filmmaking. His first major film, Munyurangabo, was well received […]

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Souleymane Cissé

Biography: Born in Bamako, Mali in 1940, Souleymane Cissé went to high school in Dakar before winning a scholarship enabling him to attend the VGIK in Moscow. Upon his return, he became cameraman-reporter for the Ministry of Information’s film department. In 1975 he shot Den Muso (The Young Girl), the first full length Malian feature […]

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Issa Serge Coelo

Biography: Issa Serge Coelo was born in 1967 in Chad. He studied history in Paris and film at the Ecole Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle (ESRA) as a film director. Issa Serge Coelo started working as a cameraman for French TV channels M6, France 3, TV5 and CFI before working as a director on Un taxi […]

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Georges Collinet and Sheila Walker

Biography: Georges Collinet, a native of Cameroon,West Africa, based in the U.S., is one of the best-known and best-loved broadcasters on the African continent. Collinet’s French and English language music programs broadcast to Africa via the Voice of America. They have entertained millions of devoted fans. Wherever he travels in Africa, he is acknowledged by […]

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Georges Collinet

Biography: Georges Collinet, a native of Cameroon,West Africa, based in the U.S., is one of the best-known and best-loved broadcasters on the African continent. Collinet’s French and English language music programs broadcast to Africa via the Voice of America. They have entertained millions of devoted fans. Wherever he travels in Africa, he is acknowledged by […]

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Philippe Cordey

Biography: Philippe Cordey is an eclectic and multi-talented cinematographer, filmmaker, and photographer. As a cinematographer, he has photographed numerous European award winning feature films, documentaries, commercials, and corporate films over the last 20 years. Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:  Baudouin Mouanda: Congolese Dreams (2014). Filmography:  Baudouin Mouanda: Congolese Dreams (2013). […]

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Yara Costa

Also Known As: Yara Costa Pereira Biography: Yara Costa is a journalist/director from Mozambique. After living in Angola and South Africa and working in Brazil as a reporter, she decided she wanted to tell the untold stories of Africa and help to counter the negative stereotypes that so often characterize the continent in Western media. […]

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Daouda Coulibaly

Biography: Daouda Coulibaly is a Malian French director. He grew up in Marseilles, France. After a few years in audiovisual editing, he opted to be a director, and then he made his first short film, A History of Independence, inspired from a traditional tale. Further to the good impression made by A History of Independence, […]

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Tânia Cypriano

Also Known As: Tania Cypriano Biography: Tânia Cypriano has been working between the United States and her native Brazil for decades. Her films and videos have won international awards including Best Documentary at the Joseph Papp’s Festival Latino in New York, the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, and Fespaco in Burkina Faso. They […]

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Carlos Da Silva

Biography: Carlos da Silva was born in Setubal, Portugal. He studied in Paris under the direction of Luchino Visconti. He later worked in production in European cinema and was director of the MIPTV – the television market that takes place annually in Cannes. He left an unfinished movie, The Last Smuggler. Da Silva was a writer and […]

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Tsitsi Dangarembga

Biography: Tsitsi Dangarembga was born in Mutoko, Zimbabwe in 1959. She first made her name as a theatre writer/director and a novelist. She studied medicine at the University of Cambridge and psychology at the University of Zimbabwe before attending the German Film and Television Academy, Berlin. Her first novel, Nervous Conditions, was hailed by Doris […]

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Abdoulaye Dao

Biography: Abdoulaye Dao was born in Burkina Faso and graduated in film directing from the INAFEC (Institut Africain d’Éducation Cinématographique) in Ouagadougou, then from the INA (Institut National Audiovisuel) in Paris, and also specialized in Cairo and Dakar. He then worked for over ten years for the Télévision Nationale du Burkina Faso, before becoming head […]

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Julie Dash

Biography: The Library of Congress has placed Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust in the National Film Registry; her feature film joins a select group of American films preserved as National Treasures. Julie Dash was born and raised in New York City; she has toured nationally and internationally with her work, and she has received […]

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Alan Dater

Biography: Alan Dater graduated from Goddard College in 1965 with a B.A. in Philosophy. He began his film career in New York City shortly thereafter working on documentaries as a freelance soundman and later as a director/cameraman. Many of these productions were broadcast on the major U.S. networks and include: span, an Emmy Award-winning medical […]

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Ossie Davis

Biography: Civil rights activist, actor and director Ossie Davis was born on December 18, 1917, in Cogdell, Georgia. He studied both at Howard and Columbia University. Most of his career was spent acting, and he started that career in 1950, with the film No Way Out, which also starred Sidney Poitier. He was one of […]

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Peter Davis and Daniel Riesenfeld

Biography: Peter Davis founded Villon Films, which has been independently producing and distributing award-winning films since 1970. With a strong focus on socio-political documentary, the collection spans such issues as government, history, ecology, culture, health and science, women’s issues, biography, and the apartheid period of South African history. Peter Davis has written, produced, and directed […]

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Peter Davis

Biography: Peter Davis founded Villon Films, which has been independently producing and distributing award-winning films since 1970. With a strong focus on socio-political documentary, the collection spans such issues as government, history, ecology, culture, health and science, women’s issues, biography, and the apartheid period of South African history. Peter Davis has written, produced, and directed […]

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Eliane de Latour

Biography: Eliane de Latour, research director at the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), anthropologist and film director began making documentary films after completing her thesis, alternating shoots in France and Africa whilst continuing to write. She then turned to fiction, tackling various illegal worlds–prisons, ghetto, clandestine existence–also writing a novel, Malik Ambar. Through […]

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Felix De Rooy

Biography: Felix De Rooy was born in 1952 in Curaçao, the Dutch Antilles and was raised in Curaçao, Suriname and Mexico. He was educated at the Free Academy of Psychopolis in The Hague, Netherlands and received a Master of Arts in Film Directing from New York University in 1982. He is a visual artist, a […]

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