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About the Director

Jacques de Villiers

Biography: Cape Town born de Villiers is a film editor, music-maker, occasional film lecturer/teacher and very occasional director. He is very active as a musician, having released the album sleepsongs and the More Wind For Lonely Suburbs EP. He is currently at work on a new album and the completion of a long-term video installation project, In Memoriam: Eulogies to Lost […]

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Jacques de Villiers and Laura Gamse

Biography: Cape Town born de Villiers is a film editor, music-maker, occasional film lecturer/teacher and very occasional director. He is very active as a musician, having released the album sleepsongs and the More Wind For Lonely Suburbs EP. He is currently at work on a new album and the completion of a long-term video installation project, […]

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Bentley Dean

Biography: After making a number of award-winning powerful social documentaries Bentley Dean teamed up with Martin Butler in 2009 to make Contact – a film about the last desert peoples in Australia. They made the four-part documentary series First Footprints about Australia’s 50,000-year Aboriginal history in 2013. Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs: Tanna (2016). Filmography: […]

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Luiz DeBarros and Andile Genge

Biography: Luiz DeBarros is a South African award-winning filmmaker, writer, photographer, designer and creative director. He is a respected, multi-talented creative, working both in the entertainment and marketing fields, with considerable experience across multiple media; including film, television, internet, print and other platforms. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with an Honours Degree […]

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Clarence Delgado

Biography: Clarence Delgado was born in Dakar, Senegal in 1953. After studying cinematography in Algeria and Portugal, he worked as the assistant to Ousmane Sembène, and most recently as assistant director on Guelwaar. Niiwam, his first feature film, won the prize for best first film at the 1992 African Film Festival in Milan. (Source: AFF, […]

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Christine Delorme

Biography: Christine Delorme is a screenwriter, filmmaker, and producer for the French radio station, France Culture. Her work interrogates different worlds, with no apparent ties, that she succeeds in bringing together to reveal unexpected connections. Her meeting with Ousmane Sembène at FESPACO (Ougagadougou) in 1985 resulted in her film, Ousmane Sembène, tout à la fois; […]

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Yemane I. Demissie

Biography: Yemane I. Demissie is an award winning independent filmmaker who has received numerous awards for his work including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Walter Mosley award for Best Documentary, the Locarno Film Festival Production Grant, the American Film Institute’s Filmmaker’s Grant, the Paulin Vieyra Merit Award for Outstanding Work in the Cinema, the […]

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Wondessen Deresse

Biography: Wondessen Deresse was born in 1978 in Northern Ethiopia, otherwise known as Wurgessa, and grew up in the capital, Addis Ababa. He completed high school in 1998 and joined Gem TV to train to be a filmmaker. He studied for 5 years and graduated with a diploma (with distinction) from UK City and Guilds […]

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Rehad Desai and Anita Khanna

Biography: Rehad Desai is a former political exile from South Africa, who returned to his home country in 1990. Desai entered the television and film industry as a producer and director in 1996. In 1997, he completed his master’s degree in social history at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; he then completed a […]

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Rehad Desai

Biography: Rehad Desai is a former political exile from South Africa, who returned to his home country in 1990. Desai entered the television and film industry as a producer and director in 1996. In 1997, he completed his master’s degree in social history at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; he then completed a […]

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Mamadou Dia

Biography: Mamadou is a Senegalese director based in New York. He is completing a Master in Filmmaking at the Tisch School of the Arts (NYU). Before moving to the US he worked as a videojournalist and camera operator in Senegal for more than eight years. His short film, Contained, is based on true events that happened in […]

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Lydie Diakhaté

Biography: Lydie Diakhaté is an independent film producer and art critic specializing in the arts and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. She is the founder of K’a Yelema Productions in Paris and New York and co-founder and director of the Real Life Documentary Festival in Accra, Ghana (2006-2011). One Bright Morning is her […]

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Ladji Diakité and Adama Drabo

Biography: Ladji Diakité was born in Bamako, Mali and holds a master’s degree in literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure. He also studied at the National Centre for Film Production. Diakité’s films include La Rencontre des chasseurs (2001), Duel à Dafa (2007) and Fantan Fanga (2009). Biography: Adama Drabo was born in Bamako, Mali in […]

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Ladji Diakité

Biography: Ladji Diakité was born in Bamako, Mali and holds a master’s degree in literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure. He also studied at the National Centre for Film Production. Diakité’s films include La Rencontre des chasseurs (2001), Duel à Dafa (2007) and Fantan Fanga (2009). (Source: http://www.biff.kr/eng/html/archive/arc_search_view.asp?idx=14190&target=search&c_idx=15&m_entry_year=2009) Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs: Fantan […]

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Rokhaya Diallo

Biography: Rokhaya Diallo is a writer, journalist, film director and an activist. Born and raised in Paris, she became involved early on in local politics, presiding over the Youth Council of the City of La Courneuve (a suburb outside of Paris), while at the same time participating actively in the anti-sexist organization Mix-Cité. In 2007, she […]

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Manthia Diawara

Biography: Manthia Diawara has been published widely on the topic of film and literature of the Black Diaspora. He is the author of Black-American Cinema: Aesthetics and Spectatorship (1993), African Cinema: Politics and Culture (1992), and In Search of Africa (1998). Manthia Diawara has collaborated with celebrated author Ngûgî wa Thiong’o in making the documentary […]

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Carlos Diegues

Biography: Carlos Diegues (born May 19, 1940 in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil) studied law in Rio de Janeiro, whilst also running film clubs. He became a film critic and directed short films imbued with social realism. A pioneer of Cinéma Novo, in particular with Glauber Rocha, he sought to imprint Brazilian filmmaking on the national consciousness. […]

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Massaër Dieng and Marc Picavez

Biography: Massaër Dieng was a Senegalese director. A Dess (Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées) in Audiovisual and Cinema, it was in 2000, in a hallway at the University of Nantes that Massaër Dieng, met a young French student named Marc Picavez. Three years later, Bul Déconné! took shape. In 2005, Massaër Dieng experienced his first job as chief […]

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Massaër Dieng

Biography: Massaër Dieng was a Senegalese director. A Dess (Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées) in Audiovisual and Cinema, it was in 2000, in a hallway at the University of Nantes that Massaër Dieng, met a young French student named Marc Picavez. Three years later, Bul Déconné! took shape. In 2005, Massaër Dieng experienced his first job as chief operator of […]

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Jean-Pierre Dikongué-Pipa

Biography: Born in 1940 in Douala, Cameroon, Jean-Pierre Dikongué-Pipa is a film director and writer. He produced Cameroon’s first full-length feature film, Muna Moto, in 1974. Dikongué-Pipa’s films deal with the relationships between elements of traditional Cameroonian culture and the wider world. He became a filmmaker through theater, studied at the Cinema Conservatory in Paris. […]

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