My favourite African filmmakersby Koyaanisqatsi4 | created - 19 Feb 2017 | updated - 19 May 2018 | Public
Director | Moolaadé
The first film director from an African country to achieve international recognition, Ousmane Sembene remains the major figure in the rise of an independent post-colonial African cinema. Sembene's roots were not, as might be expected, in the educated élite. After working as a mechanic and ...
Director | Yaaba
Idrissa Ouedraogo was born on January 21, 1954 in Banfora, Upper Volta. He was a director and writer, known for Yaaba (1989), The Law (1990) and Samba Traoré (1992). He died on February 18, 2018 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Director | Touki-Bouki
Born the son of a Muslim cleric in Colobane, near Dakar, Senegal, Djibril Diop Mambéty received no formal training in filmmaking. He experimented with theater, but in 1968, he was asked to leave an avant-garde theater group. Shortly thereafter, he made his first film short called Badou Boy (1970), ...
Director | Zan Boko
Kabore started out as a history student at the Centre d'Etudes Superieures d'Histoire d'Ouagadougou and continued his studies in Paris where he received an MA. During his studies he became interested in how Africa was portrayed abroad, which then led him, in 1974, to study cinematography at the ...
Director | Yeelen
Editor | Samt el qusur
Was raised in Tunisia in a tradition-oriented family. It was in high school, thanks to her philosophy teacher, who ran a film club, that she developed a taste for the cinema. After graduating from the IDHEC film school in 1968, in the editing department, she went back to live in Tunisia in 1972. ...
Director | Timbuktu
9. Nacer Khemir
Director | El-haimoune
Nacer Khemir was born in 1950 in Korba, Tunisia. He is a director and writer, known for Wanderers of the Desert (1984), The Dove's Lost Necklace (1991) and Bab'Aziz: The Prince That Contemplated His Soul (2005).
10. Youssef Chahine
Director | Iskanderija... lih?
Youssef Chahine (born in Alexandria, Egypt, 1926) started studying in a friars' school, and then turned to English College until the High School Certificate. After one year in the University of Alexandria, he moved to the U.S. and spent two years at the Pasadena Play House, taking courses on film ...
11. Jean-Marie Téno
Director | Clando
Jean-Marie Teno, Africa's preeminent documentary filmmaker, has been producing and directing films on the colonial and post-colonial history of Africa for over twenty years. Films by Jean-Marie Teno have been honored at festivals worldwide: Berlin, Toronto, Yamagata, Cinema du Reel, Visions du Reel...
Director | Guimba, un tyran une époque
Born in 1945 in San (in Ségou, the 4th region of Mali). Has studied filmmaking at the Ecole Nationale Louis Lumière (National School Louis Lumière), Paris. Worked as filmaker at the Centre National de Production Cinématographique (CNPC) in Mali, when he returned. Has created, with other young ...
Director | Daratt
14. Moussa Sene Absa
Director | L'extraordinaire destin de Madame Brouette
15. Med Hondo
Director | Sarraounia
Med Hondo was born on May 4, 1936 in Atar, Mauritania as Abid Mohamed Medoun Hondo. He was an actor and director, known for Sarraounia (1986), Oh, Sun (1967) and Les Bicots-Nègres vos voisins (1974). He died on March 2, 2019 in Paris, France.
Director | Faraw!
17. Muhammad Camara
Actor | Dakan
Director | Nelisita
19. Djo Munga
Producer | Viva Riva!
Djo Tunda wa Munga was born in 1972 in Kinshasa, DR Congo where he spent his childhood. At the age of 10 he left for Belgium. He studied art school. Later he joined the National Film School of Belgium, INSAS. After completing his studies he returned to Kinshasa where he worked as producer and ...
Democratic Republic of the Congo
21. Ralph Ziman
Director | Jerusalema
Ralph Ziman was born in 1963 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a director and writer, known for Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema (2008), Hearts & Minds (1995) and The Zookeeper (2001). He is married to Maria. They have two children.
22. Gavin Hood
Director | Tsotsi
Gavin Hood was born on May 12, 1963 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is an actor and producer, known for Tsotsi (2005), Eye in the Sky (2015) and Official Secrets (2019). He was previously married to Janine Eser.