Teco Benson and Jakob S. Boeskov

tecobensonBiography: Teco Benson has maintained a very strong track record in the movie industry since 1997 when his directing career began. Originally a civil servant, Benson came into the movie industry in 1994 as an actor and then went into script writing and film production in 1995, and now focuses on directing. Part of the federal government delegation via the Nigerian Film Corporation, he represented Nollywood in Ghana in 2005, as well as being a part of the five-men delegation that represented Nigeria at the 32nd Cairo International Film Festival. In 2006, his movie Explosion was chosen to represent Nollywood in Israel. His 35mm film, Mission to Nowhere, introduced Nollywood to international screens.

jakobboeskov

Biography: Jakob S. Boeskov is a Danish-Icelandic artist and filmmaker. He was born in Elsinore, Denmark in 1973. Since his debut in the middle of the 1990s with his comic strip Flax Letter, Boeskov has exhibited at many venues both at home and abroad, including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Ileana Tounta Gallery in Athens, Frankfurter Kunstverein, ZKM in Karlsruhe, and The Thing in New York. He is best known for infiltrating a Chinese weapons fair in his ID Sniper project. Boeskov’s work includes drawings, paintings, video and film. His work has been described as humorous, poetic and political.

(Sources: – http://mubi.com/cast_members/214157http://en.goldenmap.com/Jakob_Boeskovhttp://www.smk.dk/en/about-smk/press/press-releases/artikel/new-exhibition-jakob-s-boeskov-at-statens-museum-for-kunst/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Dr. Cruel (2010, 2011).

Filmography:
Dirty Game (1998 – Teco Benson);
End of the Wicked (1999 – Teco Benson);
Broad Day Light (2001 – Teco Benson);
Formidable Force (2002 – Teco Benson);
Born 2 Suffer (2002 – Teco Benson);
Highway to the Grave (2002 – Teco Benson);
Power to Bind (2003 – Teco Benson);
Accidental Discharge (2003 – Teco Benson);
Danes for Bush (2004 – Jakob S. Boeskov);
War Front (2004 – Teco Benson);
War Front 2 (2004 – Teco Benson);
State of Emergency (2004 – Teco Benson);
State of Emergency 2 (2004 – Teco Benson);
Danger Signal (2004 – Teco Benson);
Danger Signal 2 (2004 – Teco Benson);
Blood Diamonds (2004 – Teco Benson);
Six Demons (2005 – Teco Benson);
Day of Atonement (2005 – Teco Benson);
Silence of the Gods (2006 – Teco Benson);
Silence of the Gods 2 (2006 – Teco Benson);
Explosion: Now or Never (2006 – Teco Benson);
Explosion 2: Now or Never (2006 – Teco Benson);
Explosion 3: Now or Never (2006 – Teco Benson);
Mission to Nowhere (2008 – Teco Benson);
Mission to Nowhere 2 (2008 – Teco Benson);
Empire North (2010 – Jakob S. Boeskov);
The Fake Prophet (2010 – Teco Benson);
High Blood Pressure (2010 – Teco Benson);
Dr. Cruel (2010).

Ali Benkirane

Ali BenkiraneBiography: Benkirane was born in 1975. Deeply influenced by his multi-cultural heritage (Moroccan and Spanish), Ali Benkirane was inspired to study cinema at the ESRA in Paris, where he received his graduate degree in 1998. Thereafter, he began his career working as an assistant editor and assistant director on several movies in Morocco. In 2004, he wrote and directed the short Amal, his first major film as a director, about a young Moroccan girl eager to learn at school in order to become a doctor, but whose parents don’t agree with her ambition. The film won many prizes in French and international festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand, Aix-en-Provence, Montreal, Rotterdam, Dubai and San Francisco.

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
http://www.arteeast.org/pages/events/352/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Amal (2006).

Filmography:
Vietnam Paradiso (2001);
30 ans de pêche hauturière au Maroc (2002);
Amal el badiya (2003);
Amal (2004);
Casa (2006);
Women Interrupted (2009).

Khaled Benaïssa

khaled bBiography: Khaled Benaïssa was born in 1978 in Annaba, Algeria. He spent much of his childhood in a theater alongside his father, an actor. He became passionate about set design while studying architecture, and during his studies he devoted much of his time to acting. While acting in short films, he discovered a passion for telling stories not only through his actions and words on screen, but also through a newfound desire to direct films. In 2006 he directed his first short film, Peur virtuelle, which was followed by Babel. He eventually studied cinema at the Université d’été de la Fémis in Paris. In 2007, together with Samir Messaoudi, he founded his own production company, PATIO.

(Source: Source: Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.88.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
They Stopped Speaking [Sektou] (2010).

Filmography:
Peur virtuelle (2006);
Babel (2006);
Où ? Quand ? Comment ? (2006);
Air France entre nous !
(2007);
Souvenir d’avenir (2008);
They Stopped Speaking [Sektou] (2008).

Neïl Beloufa

neil-beloufaBiography: Algerian and French, Neïl Beloufa was born in 1985 in Paris, France. He studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA) and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris, and was a member of the 2010 promotion of Le Fresnoy – National Studio for Contemporary Arts. He received several awards, notably the Prix Vidéoforme of Clermont-Ferrand 2009, the Grand Prix Indie Lisboa 2009 and the ARTE prize for a European Short Film at the 54th Oberhausen Film Festival. His work was shown in solo exhibitions in Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Paris and New York, and selected for several group exhibitions and projects since 2007 (12th Biennial of Moving Images in Geneva, Prague International Triennial, Momenta Art Brooklyn, the Netherlands Media Art Institute in Amsterdam, Espace Croisé in Roubaix, Beaux-Arts of Marseille). His films were screened in international festivals for video and documentary.

(Sources:
http://www.neilbeloufa.com/CV_NEIL_BELOUFA_.pdf
http://www.africultures.com/php/index.php?nav=personne&no=14986)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Kempinski (2010).

Filmography:
Kempinski (2007);
April the Second (2009);
Brune Renault (2009);
Tour (2010);
Untitled [Sans titre] (2011);
People’s Passion, Lifestyle, Beautiful Wine, Gigantic Glass Towers, All Surrounded by Water (2011);
The Analyst, the Researcher, the Screenwriter, the CGI Tech and the Lawyer (2011).

Fernando Belens

Fernando-BelénsBiography: Fernando Belens, a Bahian director and screenwriter, has made ​​19 films in super-8, 16, and 35mm starting from the early 70s. Among these stand out the experimental Anil (1989), a cine-poem about the work of Salvadorian washerwomen, which received the “Revolución y Cultura” prize at the XII Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano in Havana. Fiber (1986) a documentary about the mutilated sisal, and The Mother (1998), a portrait of Lucy D. Rocha, mother of Glauber , were both awarded in the Film Festival Lawn. The fictional Straight, Comedy (1994), a scathing deconstruction of prejudices concerning sexuality, was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Toronto Film Festival. Nappy (2000), was also considered the best film jury of the UNESCO Film Festival of Maranhão. Pau Brazil, his first feature film, obtained financing through the public notice Agnaldo Siri Azevedo, the Department of Culture and Tourism of Bahia. Fernando Belens is also a psychiatrist, director, and playwright, and was co-founder of “Crossroads Theater” group.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Anil (1999);
Pixaim (2000).

Filmography:
Anônima Fragmentação (1971);
O Cemitério (1971);
Viva o cinema! (1973);
Crianças no morro da sereia (1974 – Fernando Belens, Carlos Melo);
Por exemplo, Caxundé (1976 – Romero Azevêdo, Fernando Belens, Eduardo Cabrera, Antonio Cury, Maria Edna Oliveira, Pola Ribeiro, Homero Teixeira);
Experiência I (1975);
Experiência II transformada (1975);
Experiência III (1975);
Experiência IV (1975);
O Discurso dos Mendigos (1976 – Fernando Belens, Dinorah do Vale);
Experiência V (1977);
Direitos, direito, humanos à parte (1977);
Experiência I-B (1978);
Cinema sem nome (1978 – José Araripe Jr., Fernando Belens, Edgard Navarro, Pola Ribeiro);
Em se plantando tudo une (1979);
Crianças de mundo novo (1980);
Ora bombas ou a pequena história do Pau. Brasil (1981);
Me diz que sou seu tipo (1981 – José Araripe Jr., Fernando Belens, Dudú Martinez, Edgard Navarro, Pola Ribeiro);
Pixado (1981);
Oropa Luanda Bahia (1983);
Fibra (1986); Anil (1990);
Heteros – A Comédia (1994);
A Mãe (1998 – Fernando Belens, Umbelino Brasil);
Pixaim (2000);
Feast of Titans [Ensaios Visuais: Teatro de Titãs] (2008);
Pau Brasil (2009).

Jean-Pierre Bekolo

bekoloBiography: Jean-Pierre Bekolo was born in Yaounde, Cameroon in 1966 and is now known to subvert the conventions and didacticism of African film and literature with an aesthetic that “tosses it all merrily together”. He has taught film at Virginia Tech, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and at Duke University. In the late 80’s Bekolo trained as a television film editor in France at INA. He returned home shortly thereafter and worked for Cameroonian television, where he was responsible for editing short films. During this time, he was also involved in the production of films, such as Boyo, Un Pauvre Blanc, and Mohawk People, as well as video clips for Les Têtes Brûlées and Manu Dibango. His first feature film was the award-winning Quartier Mozart (1992), which won prizes at film festivals in Cannes, Locarno, and Montreal and was nominated, in 1993, for a British Film Institute award. The film mixes sorcery and urban realities in a satire of male and female roles. Aristotle’s Plot was the African entry in the British Film Institute’s series of films commemorating the centenary of cinema. Part meditation on the trials of African filmmaking, part action movie, and parody of Aristotelian and African preoccupations, it shows his skill as an “increasingly fearless trickster”. Other feature-length films include Have you seen Franklin Roosevelt? (1994) and Les Saignantes (2005).

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
Through African Eyes – Dialogues with the Directors, BONETTI Mahen and REDDY Prerana (Editors), 2003, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.80.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Quartier Mozart (1993, 2006);
Aristotle’s Plot (2006);
La Grammaire de ma grand-mère [Grandma’s Grammar] (2006);
Les Saignantes [The Bloodettes] (2006, 2007).

Filmography:
Quartier Mozart (1992);
Have you Seen Franklin Roosevelt? (1994);
Aristotle’s Plot (1996);
La Grammaire de ma grand-mère [Grandma’s Grammar] (1996);
Les Saignantes [The Bloodettes] (2005);
Imagine Afrika (2007);
Les Pieds nickelés à l’Elysée (2010);
Et si l’Afrique lui ressemblait ? (2010);
Les Origines de la Françafrique (2010).

Jan-Hendrik Beetge

beetgeBiography: Jan-Hendrik Beetge is a passionate and dedicated commercials and narrative filmmaker, writer and photographer. After the international success of his first film, Triomfeer, Beetge became esteemed in the industry as a director truly dedicated to his craft and vision. In 2009 he wrote, directed and co-produced his second film, The Abyss Boys, a story of two brothers caught in the underground world of illegal abalone poaching–a world from which they cannot escape–and once again the awards and nominations came in. Being a true visual storyteller at heart, Jan-Hendrik Beetge’s cinematic strengths lie in precise and distinctive visuals combined with sincere and compelling characters that live harmoniously within a vividly emotional story. His deep love for photography and his determined search for that one frame that encapsulates it all are evident in all his work.

(Source: http://www.flifilms.com/About.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Abyss Boys (2010).

Filmography:
Triomfeer (2001);
The Abyss Boys (2009).

Fritz Baumann

fritzbaumannBiography: Fritz Baumann was born in 1950 in Brannenburg, Germany. From 1973-1977, he studied at the Academy of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich. Since 1976, he has been working as an independent producer, director, recording supervisor and film editor. His films include: Mord (1974), Die Pensionierung (1975), Die Begegnungen (1976), co-direction on Let’s Not Talk About It (1978) and Dein Kopf ist ein schlafendes Auto (1981) with Werner Penzel, So frei wie der Loewe (1984), D’jubel Wies’n (documentary, 1985), Woman (documentary, 1989), The Journey of the Lion (Die Reise des Loewen, 1992) – winner of the Silver Plaque at Chicago in 1993 and the New York Times Film Critics’ Award in 1994, Eisen (1996), six documentary episodes of Bonn packt (1999) and Anansi (2002), among others.

(Source: http://www.german-films.de/filmarchive/browse-archive/view/person/person/baumann-4/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Journey of the Lion [Die Reise des Loewen] (2001).

Filmography:
Mord (1974);
Die Pensionierung (1975);
Die Begegnungen (1976);
Let’s Not Talk About It (1978);
Dein Kopf ist ein schlafendes Auto (1981);
So frei wie der Loewe (1984);
D’jubel Wies’n (1985);
Woman (1989);
The Journey of the Lion [Die Reise des Loewen] (1992);
Eisen (1996);
Spell of the North (1998);
Bonn packt (1999);
Anansi (2002);
Deutsche in Amerika (2005).

Axel Baumann

axel-baumannBiography: Axel Baumann is an Emmy Award-winning cinematographer and director who lives in New York City. In 2005, Axel received his first Emmy nomination for Liberia: An Uncivil War, directed by Jonathan Stack and broadcast on Discovery/Times. In 2008, Axel was awarded an Emmy for Carrier, a 10-part series for PBS on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, produced by Icon Films and directed by Maro Chermayeff. Axel’s filmography as a cinematographer also includes Herb and Dorothy, an audience award winner at Silverdocs released by Arthouse Films, as well as a biography on Thomas Jefferson for the History Channel, and War against War, a film on UN Peacekeeping directed by Oscar winner Fisher Stevens. In 2011, Axel Baumann directed The Dance of King David, a film based on a dance King David performed in front of the Ark over 3000 years ago and which is still practiced today during the Jewish festival of Simchat Torah and the festival of Timkat in Ethiopia.

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
http://axelbaumann.com/about-axel-baumann.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Dance of King David (2012, 2016).

Filmography:
The Dance of King David (2011).

Moussa Yoro Bathily

Also Known As: Moussa Bathily

Biography: Moussa Yoro Bathily was born in 1946 in Bakel, Senegal. He made several provocative documentaries, including award-winning films Tiyabu Biru (Circumcision) in 1978, and Le Certificat d’indigence (1981). He also worked as an assistant to Ousmane Sembène.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Tiyabu Biru [Circumcision] (1993).

Filmography:
Des sites et des monuments (Date unknown);
Dakar, capitale et ville carrefour (Date unknown);
Biliyaanne (Date unknown);
L’Art contemporain au Sénégal (Date unknown);
Centre international de Dakar (1974);
Ndakkaru, impressions matinales (1975);
Personnages encombrants (1976);
Tiyabu Biru [Circumcision] (1978);
Le Certificat d’indigence (1981);
Petits blancs au manioc et à la sauce gombo (1987).

Jean-François Bastin

bastinBiography: Jean-François Bastin was born in 1948, and has a degree in Roman Philosophy and History of Art. He worked in the Belgian Radio and Television of the French Community (RTBF) for 28 years as a jounralist and documentary filmmaker. Jean-François Bastin and Isabelle Christiens founded the report magazine story L’Hebdo in 1993.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Kongo: 50 Years of Independence of Congo – The Failed Giant [Le Géant inachevé] (2012 – Jean-François Bastin, Isabelle Christiaens).

Filmography:
Escale à Gao (1985 – Jean-François Bastin, Didier Lannoy);
Kin 85 (1985 – Jean-François Bastin, Didier Lannoy);
La Longue Marche des Barundi (1989 – Jean-François Bastin, Jean-Jacques Péché);
PCF : L’Optimisme de la volonté (1990);
Le Léopard blessé (1991);
Ailleurs au Congo – Les Orphelins du Katanga (1991 – Jean-François Bastin, Jean-Michel Germys);
Mitterrand : Le Pouvoir du temps – Le Temps du pouvoir (1991 – Jean-François Bastin, Isabelle Christiaens, Hugues Le Paige);
La Macédoine de Mélina (1992);
Au bout de l’exil (1993);
La Métamorphose du pouvoir (1993 – Jean-François Bastin, Isabelle Christiaens, Hugues Le Paige);
Monseigneur a les yeux bleus (1994);
Le Rêve évanoui (1994 – Jean-François Bastin, Isabelle Christiaens);
Maréchal, revoilà ! (1994 – Jean-François Bastin, Isabelle Christiaens);
L’Insoutenable Liberté de la presse (1994 – Jean-François Bastin, Pierre Stine);
François de Jarnac – Portrait en surimpressions (1994 – Jean-François Bastin, Isabelle Christiaens, Hugues Le Paige);
Les Jours fauves (1994 – Jean- François Bastin, Pascale Preumont);
La Dernière Carte (1995 – Jean-François Bastin, Isabelle Christiaens);
Notre ami Mobutu (1997 – Jean-François Bastin, Isabelle Christiaens);
Missionnaire chez les blancs (1998 – Jean-François Bastin, Isabelle Christiaens);
Autopsie d’une enquête (1999 – Jean-François Bastin, Wilbur Leguèbe);
Indépendance cha cha (2000 – Jean-François Bastin, Isabelle Christiaens);
Je vous haime (2001 – Jean-François Bastin, Isabelle Christiaens);
L’Écume des villes – Bruxelles, la capitale belge par ses habitants (2001 – Jean-François Bastin, Isabelle Christiaens);
L’Écume des villes – Kinshasa (2002 – Jean-François Bastin, Isabelle Christiaens);
Regards sur guerre (2003);
Les Dubié-Dubié : Je dirais même plus ! (2004 – Jean-François Bastin, Isabelle Christiaens);
Léon Degrelle ou la Führer de vivre (2009 – Jean-François Bastin, Isabelle Christiaens);
Kongo: 50 Years of Independence of Congo – The Failed Giant [Le Géant inachevé] (2010 – Jean-François Bastin, Isabelle Christiaens).

Jean-François Bastin and Isabelle Christiaens

bastinBiography: Jean-François Bastin was born in 1948, and has a degree in Roman Philosophy and History of Art. He worked in the Belgian Radio and Television of the French Community (RTBF) for 28 years as a jounralist and documentary filmmaker.

isabelleBiography: Isabelle Christiaens worked as a director for 25 years at Belgian channel RTBF. She graduated from IAD (Ecole Supérieure des Arts) in Belgium in 1985. Then she began her career in television news and produced many reports for shows such as C’est à voir, Plein cadre, Droit de cité (Belgium, France, Africa, USSR, Former Yugoslavia …).

(Source: http://www.eklektik.be/basic_pages.php?pID=39&type=page&language=en)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Kongo: 50 Years of Independence of Congo – The Failed Giant [Le Géant inachevé] (2012).

Filmography:
Escale à Gao (1985 – Jean-François Bastin, Didier Lannoy);
Kin 85 (1985 – Jean-François Bastin, Didier Lannoy);
Lumières sur l’oubli (1986 – Isabelle Christiaens, Hugues Le Paige);
La Longue Marche des Barundi (1989 – Jean-François Bastin, Jean-Jacques Péché);
PCF : L’Optimisme de la volonté (1990 – Jean-François Bastin);
Le Léopard blessé (1991 – Jean-François Bastin);
Ailleurs au Congo – Les Orphelins du Katanga (1991 – Jean-François Bastin, Jean-Michel Germys);
Mitterrand : Le Pouvoir du temps – Le Temps du pouvoir (1991 – Jean-François Bastin, Isabelle Christiaens, Hugues Le Paige);
La Macédoine de Mélina (1992 – Jean-François Bastin);
Au bout de l’exil (1993 – Jean-François Bastin);
La Métamorphose du pouvoir (1993 – Jean-François Bastin, Isabelle Christiaens, Hugues Le Paige);
Monseigneur a les yeux bleus (1994 – Jean-François Bastin);
L’Insoutenable Liberté de la presse (1994 – Jean-François Bastin, Pierre Stine);
Les Jours fauves (1994 – Jean- François Bastin, Pascale Preumont);
Le Rêve évanoui (1994);
Maréchal, revoilà ! (1994);
François de Jarnac – Portrait en surimpressions (1994 – Jean-François Bastin, Isabelle Christiaens, Hugues Le Paige);
La Dernière Carte (1995);
Notre ami Mobutu (1997);
Nous vieillirons ensemble (1998 – Isabelle Christiaens, Gérald Vandenberghe);
Missionnaire chez les blancs (1998);
Autopsie d’une enquête (1999 – Jean-François Bastin, Wilbur Leguèbe);
Indépendance cha cha (2000);
L’Écume des villes – Bruxelles, la capitale belge par ses habitants (2001);
Je vous haime (2001);
L’Écume des villes – Kinshasa (2002);
Regards sur guerre (2003 – Jean-François Bastin);
Les Dubié-Dubié : Je dirais même plus ! (2004);
Bye Bye Belgium [Tout ça (ne nous rendra pas la Belgique)] (2006 – Isabelle Christiaens, Philippe Dutilleul, Nathalie Jacobs, Patrick Lemy, Bernard Sauvenier, Edith Van Hove, Didier Verbeeck);
Léon Degrelle ou la Führer de vivre (2009);
Kongo: 50 Years of Independence of Congo – The Failed Giant [Le Géant inachevé] (2010).

Jenna Bass

Also Known As: Jenna Cato Bass

jennaBiography: Jenna Bass is a director, writer, and photographer born in 1987 and living in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a graduate (2007) of AFDA film school, Cape Town. She has worked as a director, writer, cinematographer, photographer and magician. She has directed over ten short films, and seven music videos. Her video, Hold the Sorrow, was accepted into the 2008 ViMus International Music Video Festival. Her 25min film, The Tunnel, was selected for the Focus Features Africa First Program. Her work has run the spectrum of sci-fi (So Long to the City), experimental (Jellyfish), teenage coming of age (Already Gone) and historical magical realism (The Tunnel).

(Sources:
http://completionfilms.com/?page_id=149
http://thetunnelmovie.wordpress.com/the-crew/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Tunnel (2010)
Love the One You Love (2015).

Filmography:
So Long to the City (Date unknown);
Jellyfish (Date unknown);
Already Gone (Date unknown);
Hold the Sorrow (2008);
The Tunnel (2009)
Love the One You Love (2014).

Mariano Bartolomeu

marianobartolomeuBiography: Originally from Angola’s capital city, Luanda, Mariano Bartolomeu has lived in a handful of different countries, including Italy, Cuba, and the United States. In 1991, he graduated with a BA in Film and Television as director at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión in San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba, an institution sponsored by the Latin American Foundation for New Cinema. He then worked on film and television in Italy and Angola. In Angola, he co-founded Dreadlocks Productions, a leading production company, and directed several miniseries for local TV. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from Ohio University and is a Fulbright alumnus.

His short films have been selected for competition at a variety of international film festivals, including: Rimini Film Festival (Italy), Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland), Amiens International Film Festival and Cinema Du Réel (France) and at the Pan-African Film Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO – Burkina Faso), among others. His documentary The Sun Still Shines (1995), made for French TV channel Arte, won Best Documentary and the Fipresci Award at the Milan International Film Festival. He co-wrote and starred in the Italian feature Bell’Amico (2003), which won the Best Comedy Award at the Monte Carlo International Film Festival.

(Sources:
http://vimeo.com/marianao
http://wordswithwriters.com/2011/01/17/mariano-bartolomeu/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
A Clean and Well Lit Place (1997);
Quem Faz Correr Quim? [Who Makes Quim Run?] (1997);
The Sun Still Shines (1997).

Filmography:
Caribbeaning (1990);
A Clean and Well Lit Place (1991);
Quem Faz Correr Quim? [Who Makes Quim Run?] (1992);
The Sun Still Shines (1995).

Shelley Barry

Shelley-BarryBiography: Born and raised in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, Shelley Barry completed graduate studies in English and Drama at the University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape. She has worked extensively as a disability rights activist, following a shooting in the Cape taxi wars of 1996 that resulted in her being a wheelchair user. She worked as the Media Manager in the Office on the Status of Disabled Persons in the Presidency in South Africa. She initially worked in disability politics in South Africa’s Parliament as the National Parliamentary Policy Coordinator for Disabled People South Africa, during the Presidency of Nelson Mandela.

In the area of visual media, she has worked in television as a program compliance advisor for South Africa’s first independent television station, ETV, where she was instrumental in raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and disability through championing certain programming. She completed short training in video, including a short course by acclaimed director Mira Nair and training by Deutsche Welle TV. She was based as an intern for a brief period with the BBC’s Disability Production Unit in London. She was appointed as a Chief Examiner of the South African Film and Publications Board. Shelley also served on the board of Mediaworks, a community media organization and on the board of Children and Broadcasting Foundation for Africa. She is also an office bearer of an organization in South Africa: Art for Development, run by South Africa’s first black female feature filmmaker, Meganthrie Pillay. Shelley is an active anti-gun lobbyist and recently addressed the United Nations in NYC.

(Source: http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/profile/person?personId=213743200&targetid=profile)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Whole: A Trinity of Being (2007);
Selected Experimental Shorts (2010).

Filmography:
Str/oll (Date unknown);
Umbilical Cord (Date unknown);
Retrato/Portrait (Date unknown);
New York/New Brighton (Date unknown);
Cry like the Loons (Date unknown);
Where Are My Heels? (Date unknown);
Canvas (Date unknown);
Cellphone (Date unknown);
Whole: A Trinity of Being (2004);
Inclinations (2005);
Where We Planted Trees (2011);
The Traveling Poet (2011 – Shelley Barry, Delia Meyer).

Paola Barreto

Also Known As: Paola Barreto Leblanc

paolaBiography: Paola Barreto is a visual artist, researcher and lecturer. As a filmmaker she has received awards in Oberhausen and Buenos Aires and has exhibited her films at the Havana, It’s All True and São Paulo festivals. Her works have also been exhibited at the Institute of Contempory Arts (ICA), London and the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin. Born in 1971, she lives and works in Rio de Janeiro and has been designing video circuits for film, theatre, performance and exhibitions since 2002. In 2009 she obtained her Master’s degree in Technology and Aesthetics at UFRJ with the thesis Composition for Video Surveillance.

(Source: http://paoleb-ccvv.blogspot.fr/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Maré Capoeira (2007).

Filmography:
Agravo (1991 – Paola Barreto, Adriana Borges, Mauro Pinheiro Jr., Hsu Shien, Alejandra Vuotto);
O Mesmo (1993);
Me Erra! (2002);
O Sumiço do Amigo Invisível (2002);
O Filme dos Porquês (2003);
Elemento no Conjunto (2004);
Maré Capoeira (2006).

Sean Barlow

alg-sean-barlow-jpgBiography: Sean Barlow is the creator and producer of public radio’s Afropop Worldwide, the first nationally syndicated series in the US media to introduce the American public to the music and culture of contemporary Africa and the African Diaspora. Afropop Worldwide is distributed by Public Radio International to over 110 stations in the U.S. and by XM satellite radio. Sean and the Afropop team also produce the acclaimed afropop.org website, a weekly e-Newsletter, the Annual Afropop Hall of Fame Awards ceremony and an embryonic film series.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Festival in the Desert: The Tent Sessions (2006 – Sean Barlow, Banning Eyre).

Filmography:
Festival in the Desert: The Tent Sessions (2003 – Sean Barlow, Banning Eyre).

Sean Barlow and Banning Eyre

alg-sean-barlow-jpgBiography: Sean Barlow is the creator and producer of public radio’s Afropop Worldwide, the first nationally syndicated series in the US media to introduce the American public to the music and culture of contemporary Africa and the African Diaspora. Afropop Worldwide is distributed by Public Radio International to over 110 stations in the U.S. and by XM satellite radio. Sean and the Afropop team also produce the acclaimed afropop.org website, a weekly e-Newsletter, the Annual Afropop Hall of Fame Awards ceremony and an embryonic film series.

banningBiography: Banning Eyre has written about international music, especially African guitar styles, since 1988. He comments and reports on music for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and contributes regularly to The Boston Phoenix, Guitar Player, Rhythm, Folk Roots, The Beat, CD Now, CMJ, New Music Monthly, and the Music Hound and All Music Guides. He has traveled extensively in Africa and has produced many programs for the public radio series Afropop Worldwide. In 1995, Eyre co-authored AFROPOP! An Illustrated Guide to Contemporary African Music with Sean Barlow. Eyre’s book focussed on Malian guitar styles, In Griot Time, An American Guitarist in Mali, was released by Temple University Press (2000) and in the UK on Serpent’s Tail (2002). The companion CD Eyre compiled, In Griot Time, String Music from Mali, is out on Stern’s Africa.

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
http://www.banningeyre.com/pages/about_banning.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Festival in the Desert: The Tent Sessions (2006).

Filmography:
Festival in the Desert: The Tent Sessions (2003).

John Barker

johnbarkerBiography: John Barker was born in Durban, South Africa. He studied graphic design at ML Sultan in Durban. After working as a graphic designer in Cape Town, he made a career change and began working in the film industry. He has directed various productions, such as the sketch comedy show, The Pure Monate Show (2003), the South African Music Awards, and South Africa’s first mockumentary, Blu Cheez (2002).

(Source: http://www.linktv.org/programs/gl_bunnychow)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Bunny Chow [Bunny Chow: Know Thyself] (2008).

Filmography:
Blu Cheez (2002);
The Pure Monate Show (2003);
Bunny Chow [Bunny Chow: Know Thyself] (2006);
The Umbrella Men (2009);
Die Antwoord Mega Zef Rave Rap Jol: Vol. 1 (2010);
Soccer: South of the Umbilo (2010);
31 Million Reasons (2011).

Edouard Bamporiki

BamporikiBiography: Edouard Bamporiki is an award-winning filmmaker, actor and poet. As a young Rwandan artist, he has received national and international attention for his stories of hope, unity and reconciliation. Bamporiki was born in a small village in the Western province, educated in Rwandan schools, and lives in the capital city of Kigali. His feature debut in Lee Isaac Chung‘s Munyurangabo yielded him a Best Actor nomination in Cannes. In 2008, he wrote, directed, starred in, and produced Long Coat, which won first prize in African Film at the Focus Future Film Festival in New York. In 2011, he has been featured in Kinyarwanda (as Emmanuel) alongside Cassandra Freeman.

(Source: http://www.africultures.com/php/index.php?nav=personne&no=24625)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Long Coat (2010).

Filmography:
Long Coat (2009).