Interviews

  • Ousmane Sembene’s London Season
  • By Toyin Falola
  • Offerring its highest honour on Ousmane Sembene last month, the British Film Institute (bfi) said the 82-year-old is “the Patron Saint of Black Cinema – to call him a director is a misnomer.” Sembene became the 58th recipient of the … read more»

  • “Filmmaking can show the way”
  • By Olivier Barlet
  • Interview with Souleymane Cissé

    Ten years have gone since Waati, your last big movie. What are your perspectives for filmmaking today in 2005?

    Filmmaking with a big F is taking a break, not because of the filmmakers, but because … read more»

  • Camera Q&A: Deborah Perkin on Bastards and Morocco
  • By Christian Niedan
  • Deborah Perkin is a British documentary filmmaker based in Wales, and a former-producer for the BBC. It was while working there that Perkin first pitched a story about Morocco’s family court system, and the unique charity that helps single mothers … read more»

  • Camera Q&A: Kenneth Gyang on Confusion Na Wa
  • By Christian Niedan
  • Kenneth Gyang is a Nigerian filmmaker from the city of Jos, where he attended the National Film Institute. In 2012, he made his directorial debut with Blood and Henna, and followed it with 2013′s Confusion Na Wa — a … read more»

  • “Why shouldn’t everyone hear?”
  • By Alonzo Rico Speight
  • …In your documentaries, you have this ability to extract truth from all these personalities and personages, that’s what’s so emblematic of your work. You’re getting these people to open up—how is that? Is it just because you come from a read more»

  • “I, myself, will never finish learning.”
  • By Mbye Cham
  • …I think that what I have done is that I have carried on this way of telling stories around the fire, with the soundtrack of the crackling fire and the crickets—this notion of how memory is transmitted from one generation … read 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»

  • The Trees of Specificity: Gaston Kaboré
  • By Jude Akudinobi
  • Jude G. Akudinobi: How would you define African cinema?

    Gaston Kaboré: When I speak about African cinema, I am addressing the historical context of the birth of a cinema in Africa, the conditions in which filmmakers across the continent are … read more»

  • Sembène the Ceddo*
  • By Olivier Barlet
  • Young Ousmane was not predisposed to become the master of African cinema. His family, fishermen from Zinguidor, wasn’t wealthy or from a noble background. But when he was born in 1923, Casamance had just been “pacified”, after three centuries of … read more»

  • Interview with Branwen Okpako
  • By Andrew Dosunmu
  • AD: What do you want people to take out of your themes? And what experience do you want people to get?

    BO: Okay, let me not be vain about it. I want people to leave Dirt for Dinner having learned … read more»

  • Interview with Jean-Marie Teno
  • By Horst Rutsch
  • 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»

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