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About the Director

Gregg Champion

Biography: After attending the USC School of Cinema, Gregg Champion apprenticed with several directors including Blake Edwards, Nicholas Roeg, and John Badham, with whom he shared an eight-year association. Champion’s feature producing credits include Blue Thunder,  Short Circuit and Stakeout. Champion also served as the Action-Director on those films as well as the Warner Bros. bicycle […]

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Mehdi Charef

Biography: Mehdi Charef is a novelist and filmmaker born in 1952 in Maghnia, Algeria, where he lived until his family left in the early 1960s to live in France, where he was trained as a mechanic and worked in a factory. In 1983, his first novel Le Thé au harem d’Archimède (Tea in the Harem) […]

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Navan Chetty and Eric Miyeni

Biography: Navan Chetty, a Fine Art and Photography graduate, first worked as set/costume designer at the Asoka Theatre (UNDW), then as an artist in residence at The Printmaking Workshop in New York. Back in SA he was an on-air presenter (SABC) and short and directed a range of programes in the lifestyle, travel, and youth […]

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Navan Chetty

Biography: Navan Chetty, a Fine Art and Photography graduate, first worked as set/costume designer at the Asoka Theatre (UNDW), then as an artist in residence at The Printmaking Workshop in New York. Back in SA he was an on-air presenter (SABC) and short and directed a range of programes in the lifestyle, travel, and youth […]

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Isabelle Christiaens

Biography: 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 […]

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Emma Christopher

Biography: Emma is an academic historian, writer and anti-slavery campaigner who is on the faculty at the University of Sydney and currently holds a five-year Australian Research Council Fellowship. She has previously held fellowships at Yale University and Monash University, and has worked extensively in West Africa. Her first book, Slave Ship Sailors and their Captive […]

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Jim Chuchu

Biography: Jim Chuchu is a visual artist, filmmaker and musician from Nairobi, Kenya. He is also co-founder and Creative Director at the NEST – a multidisciplinary art space in Nairobi, and a member of the NEST Collective. He first came to attention as a member of Kenyan music group Just A Band and subsequently as director of […]

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Chinonye Chukwu

Biography: Chinonye Chukwu is a Nigerian-born, Alaskan-raised screenwriter, producer and director. A recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award, Chinonye’s short, The Dance Lesson, premiered at the Ritz Theater of Philadelphia and was later acquired by MindTV for regional network distribution. The film was also a Regional Finalist for the 2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts […]

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Lee Isaac Chung

Biography: Lee Isaac Chung is an award-winning, New York-based filmmaker. As an immigrant from South Korea, he grew up in Arkansas and attended Yale University. At Yale, he was exposed to art cinema, when he gave up his plan to go to medical school and pursued filmmaking. His first major film, Munyurangabo, was well received […]

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Souleymane Cissé

Biography: Born in Bamako, Mali in 1940, Souleymane Cissé went to high school in Dakar before winning a scholarship enabling him to attend the VGIK in Moscow. Upon his return, he became cameraman-reporter for the Ministry of Information’s film department. In 1975 he shot Den Muso (The Young Girl), the first full length Malian feature […]

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Issa Serge Coelo

Biography: Issa Serge Coelo was born in 1967 in Chad. He studied history in Paris and film at the Ecole Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle (ESRA) as a film director. Issa Serge Coelo started working as a cameraman for French TV channels M6, France 3, TV5 and CFI before working as a director on Un taxi […]

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Georges Collinet and Sheila Walker

Biography: Georges Collinet, a native of Cameroon,West Africa, based in the U.S., is one of the best-known and best-loved broadcasters on the African continent. Collinet’s French and English language music programs broadcast to Africa via the Voice of America. They have entertained millions of devoted fans. Wherever he travels in Africa, he is acknowledged by […]

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Georges Collinet

Biography: Georges Collinet, a native of Cameroon,West Africa, based in the U.S., is one of the best-known and best-loved broadcasters on the African continent. Collinet’s French and English language music programs broadcast to Africa via the Voice of America. They have entertained millions of devoted fans. Wherever he travels in Africa, he is acknowledged by […]

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Philippe Cordey

Biography: Philippe Cordey is an eclectic and multi-talented cinematographer, filmmaker, and photographer. As a cinematographer, he has photographed numerous European award winning feature films, documentaries, commercials, and corporate films over the last 20 years. Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:  Baudouin Mouanda: Congolese Dreams (2014). Filmography:  Baudouin Mouanda: Congolese Dreams (2013). […]

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Yara Costa

Also Known As: Yara Costa Pereira Biography: Yara Costa is a journalist/director from Mozambique. After living in Angola and South Africa and working in Brazil as a reporter, she decided she wanted to tell the untold stories of Africa and help to counter the negative stereotypes that so often characterize the continent in Western media. […]

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Daouda Coulibaly

Biography: Daouda Coulibaly is a Malian French director. He grew up in Marseilles, France. After a few years in audiovisual editing, he opted to be a director, and then he made his first short film, A History of Independence, inspired from a traditional tale. Further to the good impression made by A History of Independence, […]

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Tânia Cypriano

Also Known As: Tania Cypriano Biography: Tânia Cypriano has been working between the United States and her native Brazil for decades. Her films and videos have won international awards including Best Documentary at the Joseph Papp’s Festival Latino in New York, the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, and Fespaco in Burkina Faso. They […]

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Carlos Da Silva

Biography: Carlos da Silva was born in Setubal, Portugal. He studied in Paris under the direction of Luchino Visconti. He later worked in production in European cinema and was director of the MIPTV – the television market that takes place annually in Cannes. He left an unfinished movie, The Last Smuggler. Da Silva was a writer and […]

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Tsitsi Dangarembga

Biography: Tsitsi Dangarembga was born in Mutoko, Zimbabwe in 1959. She first made her name as a theatre writer/director and a novelist. She studied medicine at the University of Cambridge and psychology at the University of Zimbabwe before attending the German Film and Television Academy, Berlin. Her first novel, Nervous Conditions, was hailed by Doris […]

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Abdoulaye Dao

Biography: Abdoulaye Dao was born in Burkina Faso and graduated in film directing from the INAFEC (Institut Africain d’Éducation Cinématographique) in Ouagadougou, then from the INA (Institut National Audiovisuel) in Paris, and also specialized in Cairo and Dakar. He then worked for over ten years for the Télévision Nationale du Burkina Faso, before becoming head […]

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