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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 … read more»

  • 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 … read more»

  • Alan Dater and Lisa Merton
  • Biography: Alan Dater and Lisa Merton have been working together on the production of documentary films since 1989. Their productions include: Home to Tibet, a film about a Tibetan refugee’s return to his homeland, shown on many PBS stations, … read more»

  • 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, … read more»

  • 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, … read more»

  • 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, … read more»

  • 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 … read more»

  • 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 … read more»

  • 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 … read more»

  • 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 … read more»

  • 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 Footprintsread more»

  • 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 … read more»

  • 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, … read more»

  • 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 … read more»

  • 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 … read more»

  • 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 … read more»

  • 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 … read more»

  • 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 … read more»

  • 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 … read more»

  • 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 … read more»