Essays & Articles

Since the first NY African Film Festival in 1993, AFF has cultivated an international network of industry professionals and media scholars to contribute insights to the historical and aesthetic significance of works by filmmakers in Africa and the Diaspora. Our collection of literature complements audience experiences of African cinema with the cultural contexts and production values that inform a finished work. It reflects the aspirations of AFF contributors as well as the directors themselves through interviews, film reviews, essays, and film industry observations.

Interview with Jean-Marie Teno

Directing both documentary and fiction, Jean-Marie Teno frequently shoots his films himself, often in the reflexive and provocative style of the first person narrative. Born in 1954, in Famleng, Cameroon, Teno studied communication at the University of Valenciennes and graduated … read more»


  • A Matter of Style
  • By Patty Chang
  • Among the noteworthy films featured this year at the New York African Film Festival at Lincoln Center was George Amponsah and Cosima Spender’s documentary, The Importance of Being Elegant, which examines the Congolese subculture centered around the worship of clothes … read more»

  • Universal Refugees
  • By Oliver Barlet
  • Interview with Cheick Fantamady Camara about Little John (working title)

    Amiens, November 2003

    Q: The film is insisting on the fact that the UN-managed refugee camp remains a no-go area, inaccessible to the police where juvenile delinquents cannot be more»

  • Interview with Jean-Marie Teno
  • By Horst Rutsch
  • Born in 1954 in Famleng, Cameroon, Jean-Marie Teno studied communication at the University of Valenciennes.  Since graduating in 1984 with a degree in filmmaking, he has been living and working in France.  Directing both documentary and fiction, Teno frequently shoots … read more»