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About the Director

Patricia van Heerden

Biography: Patricia Van Heerden grew up on a cattle farm in the Northern Cape of South Africa. She completed her Bachelors’ degrees in social science and teaching at the University of Cape Town, and she completed her Masters in history and documentary film. Now she is currently working to finish a Ph.D. at New York […]

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Joop van Wijk

Biography: Joop van Wijk was born in 1950 in the Netherlands, studied medicine in Utrecht, became an MD in 1975, and worked as a doctor in Africa and the Netherlands. In 1978 he took up filmmaking with partner Hillie Molenaar in the independent production company Molenwiek Film, Amsterdam in 1978. Films Shown in AFF, Inc. […]

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Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Also Known As: Chai Vasarhelyi Biography: Vasarhelyi is an award-winning director and producer. Her first film A Normal Life won Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2003. Her second film, Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love, was released in theaters in the U.S. and internationally. The film premiered at the Telluride and […]

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Remi Vaughan-Richards

Biography: Remi is vibrant and versatile director covering commercials, documentary and drama. She has recently directed an award winning docu-drama, One Small Step featured in the New York African Film Festival and went on tour in the USA; Scent of the Streets, a documentary on Area Girls for BBC News as well as the groundbreaking […]

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Dina Velikovskaya

Biography: Dina Velikovskaya was born in Moscow in 1984. In 2005, she graduated from State Art School with a specialization in scenic design. In 2011, she graduated from the Russian State University of Cinematography. She is currently a student of the animation school, School-Studio “SHAR” (Moscow). Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs: About A Mother (2016) Filmography: […]

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Fernando Vendrell

Biography: A graduate in Film Production of the Lisbon Film School in 1995, Fernando Vendrell worked for several years as an assistant director before he established his own Lisbon-based production company, David & Golias in 1992. Since then, he has developed new film projects as a producer, director and screenwriter. Films Shown in AFF, Inc. […]

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François Verster

Biography: François Verster, a South African director, has been working successfully in film for the last 10 years, winning several international prizes. Verster was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa, on February 12, 1969. Verster has a wide background in writing, music, academia and film. After studying in Cape Town he worked with Barenholtz Productions in […]

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Paulin Soumanou Vieyra

Biography: Paulin Soumanou Vieyra was born in Porto-Novo, Benin in January of 1925, but grew up in Senegal. He was both a director and historian of African cinema. His film Afrique sur Seine is credited as being one of the first francophone African films to ever be released. He later went on to found the “Fédération […]

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Victor Viyuoh

Biography: Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Independent Filmmakers to watch, Victor Viyuoh wrote and directed the short film Mboutoukou which was filmed entirely in Cameroon, Africa. In one year on the circuit, Mboutoukou played at over 100 festivals including Venice in Italy, New Directors/New Films and Rotterdam. Beginning with its nomination for the […]

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Frantz Voltaire

Biography: Frantz Voltaire was born in Haiti in 1948. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History at Universidad de Chili, a Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science at Flacso in Chili, a Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations at Université du Québec (UQAM) in Québec, Canada, and Doctoral studies at the […]

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Charlie Vundla

Biography: Charlie Vundla is a South African Movie Director. He started his career as a soccer reporter. Vundla is a native New Yorker. He moved to Johannesburg as a child, and then returned to America to complete his tertiary education. He directed the award-winning movie How to Steal 2 Million, which was released in 2011. […]

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Ntshaveni Wa Luruli

Biography: Ntshaveni Wa Luruli was born in 1955 in Johannesburg, South Africa. After completing a BA in Dramatic Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, Ntshaveni went on to study a Masters of Fine Arts in Screenwriting and Directing at Columbia University, USA under the tutorship of Milos Forman. Winning the Paramount […]

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Mansour Sora Wade

Biography: Mansour Sora Wade was born in Dakar, Senegal in 1952. After majoring in film studies at the University of Paris, he worked with various cultural agencies before beginning a career in 1976 directing television films. Among his films are Fary l’anesse and Aida Souka. His splendid Picc Mi won the 1993 Prix Afrique en […]

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Chad N. Walker

Biography: Chad N. Walker’s skills as a director were born out of ten years of editing everything from big budget Hollywood features to small, indie passion projects. He moves behind the camera on Copper Pot Picture’s docs and commercial shoots, pulling double-duty as director and editor. Chad honed his skills in the world of animation, […]

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Sheila Walker

Biography: Sheila Walker, Ph.D, cultural anthropologist and filmmaker, is Executive Director of Afrodiaspora, Inc., a non-profit organization that is developing documentaries and educational materials about the global African Diaspora. She has done fieldwork, lectured, consulted, and participated in cultural events in much of Africa and the African Diaspora. Her works include the documentary film, Slave […]

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Shannon Walsh

Biography: Shannon Walsh is a filmmaker, and an Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University Hong Kong. Her first feature documentary, H2Oil, was recognized by the Montreal Mirror as one of the top ten independent documentaries of 2009 for its urgent and poignant telling of the human and environmental devastation caused by […]

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Wanjiru Kairu

Biography: Wanjiru Kairu is a filmmaker based in Kenya whose main goal is to create films that are compelling, original and successful in promoting dialogue on social issues. She has successfully produced, directed and written for television and has a number of hit shows and award winning programs. Some of her work includes Weakness and her first […]

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Denzel Washington

Biography: Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at Fordham University intent on a career in journalism. However, he caught the acting bug while appearing in student drama productions and, upon graduation, he moved to San Francisco and enrolled at […]

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Electra Weston

Biography: Electra Weston has been traveling as an entertainer throughout Europe, Africa, and the United States for an important part of her life. Electra’s career continues to exploit her artistic training in music, theater, and dance. Her professional dance career has taken her classical formation into a variety of rhythmic styles and throughout the African […]

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Marco Williams

Biography: Marco Williams was born in 1956. He is a producer and director, known for Two Towns of Jasper (2002), Banished: How Whites Drove Blacks Out of Town in America (2006) and In Search of Our Fathers (1992). Williams is a professor of film production at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His […]

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