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About the Director

Elodie Lefebvre

Biography: Elodie Lefebvre is an artist and filmmaker born in Toulouse in 1974. She discovered an experimental video while studying at the Toulouse Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Her documentary films open up a space to share and exchange with other artists. Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs: Cassa Cassa! Danced Encounters Between Africa and its Diaspora (2014). […]

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Palesa Ka Letlaka

Also Known As: Palesa Letlaka-Nkosi / Palesa Ka Letlaka Nkosi Biography: Palesa Ka Letlaka is a documentary filmmaker, historian, and television commercials director working in South Africa. She trained under Spike Lee while in New York in the mid-eighties. The recipient of an artist’s development grant from the Beneton World School of Arts in Venice, […]

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Osvalde Lewat

Biography: Osvalde Lewat is an award-winning filmmaker who began making documentaries after several years as a journalist. She produced her first documentary, Upsa Yimoowin (The Pipe of Hope) in Toronto in 2000. That film denounces the sidelining of Native Americans. With Au-delà de la peine, Lewat tells the story of a prisoner who, after being […]

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Jack Lewis

Biography: Jack Lewis is a Cape Town-based producer and director. His documentaries, made by his production company Idol Pictures, have been broadcast locally and shown at numerous international film festivals. He has made several films on HIV/AIDS, including Beat It! Your Guide to Better Living with HIV/AIDS (produced and directed, 22 parts x 25 mins […]

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Goddy Leye

Biography: Born in 1965 in Cameroon, Goddy Leye lived and worked in Douala, district of Bonendal, where in 2003 he founded the development center for contemporary experimental creation, ArtBakery. Goddy was also a founding member of the Prim’Art and Dreamers collectives. From 1987 to 1992, after obtaining his Master of Arts at the University of […]

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Nemo Librizzi

Biography: Nemo Librizzi is a New York City filmmaker whose training came from working alongside such directors as Jim Jarmusch and Julian Schnabel. Librizzi’s feature-length documentary, Lay Down Old Man (2005), explores two of America’s most notorious gangs: the Crips and the Bloods. Nemo has also made several short art films that have been influential […]

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Jean-Christophe Lie

Biography: Jean-Christophe Lie was born in France in 1970. He studied at the art school École des Beaux-arts in Toulouse and at the film school CFT des Gobelins in Paris and subsequently worked as an animator at Walt Disney Studios in Montreuil. In 2008 he made his first short animation film, L’Homme à la Gordini, […]

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Jeff L. Lieberman

Biography: Jeff L. Lieberman is an award-winning journalist, producer and documentary filmmaker. His TV specials, news stories and documentaries have appeared on CBS, HBO, CNN, Fox and on the websites of Yahoo!, The New York Post, CBS Moneywatch and The Huffington Post. Jeff’s recent Academy Award-qualifying documentary film, RE-EMERGING: The Jews of Nigeria opened theatrically […]

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Leão Lopes

Biography: Born in 1948, in Cape Verde, Leão Lopes has created numerous documentaries about the arts of his home. He studied Visual Arts and Design at the Lisbon University of Art (Portugal) and later served as a Professor of Visual Education. He was a member of UNESCO’s INSULA 2000, an organization for the development of […]

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Rigoberto López

Also Known As: Rigoberto López Pego Biography: Rigoberto López, who is from Cuba, has directed many documentaries, short and feature films. His numerous works have been very successful both to the public and critically in Cuba as abroad and have garnered important national and international prizes. This prolific director has participated in numerous conferences, workshops […]

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Rigoberto López and Frantz Voltaire

Also Known As: Rigoberto López Pego Biography: Rigoberto López, who is from Cuba, has directed many documentaries, short and feature films. His numerous works have been very successful both to the public and critic, in Cuba as abroad and have garnered important national and international prizes. This prolific director participated in numerous conferences, workshops and […]

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Taieb Louhichi

Biography: Taieb Louhichi is Tunisian sociologist, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He studied sociology and film directing in Paris. His first feature, L’ombre de la terre, was screened at Cannes in La Semaine de la Critique.  In 2006 he was in a car crash which led him to lose feeling in his limbs. That never stopped him. Louhichi continues […]

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Sidney Lumet

Biography: Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors — and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York — he made over 40 movies, often emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Born on June 25, 1924, in […]

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Divita Wa Lusala

Also Known As: Dividi Divita Wa Lusala Biography: Divita Wa Lusula was born in Kinshasa, DRC on September 3, 1973. He worked for the Congolese state television station RTNC from 1996 to 1999 and for the private broadcaster AA1 from 1999 to 2009. Since 2009 he has been an editor and cameraman for Suka! Productions […]

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Shola Lynch

Biography: Born in 1969 in Austin, Texas, and a child actress on Sesame Street, Shola Lynch studied Liberal Arts at the University of Texas. She has a master’s degree in American History from the University of California, Riverside, and was for 15 years a track athlete. She became a protégée of documentarist Ken Burns on […]

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Roger Gnoan M’Bala

Biography: Roger Gnoan M’Bala was born in Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast, in 1943. He studied in Sweden and at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma in Paris. In 1970 he directed Koundoum, his first black and white documentary on traditional dance, and two years later his film Amanié won several prizes, including the FIFEF. Since then, he […]

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Flora M’mbugu-Schelling

Biography: Flora M’mbugu-Schelling was born in Tanzania and attended the Tanzanian School of Journalism in Dar es Salaam. She studied and trained in Germany and France. Her documentary films include Kumekucha (From Sun Up – 1987), which won a gold metal at the New York International Film Festival, and Shida and Matatizo (1993); These Hands […]

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Norman Maake

Biography: Born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1979, Norman Maake is a graduate of AFDA (the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) where he made the short film Home Sweet Home (1999), and the feature film Soldiers of the Rock (2003), winner of Best Screenplay at PAFF 2003 and the Mario […]

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Isaac Mabhikwa

Biography: The Zimbabwean director Isaac Mabhikwa was born in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, in 1962. After completing courses in business administration in 1984, he studied film technique and direction in Harare and Canada. For a time, he even supported himself as a stunt-actor in foreign films shot in Zimbabwe. Since 1987, he has worked as an assistant […]

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Sani Elhadj Magori

Biography: Sani Elhadj Magori was born in Niger in 1971. After graduating from high school in Agronomy Engineering in Algeria, he worked as a journalist for various French magazines and newspapers in Niger. In 2008 he completed a Master’s in Creative Documentary at the University Gaston Berger of Saint Louis (Senegal), before actively starting film […]

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