My favourite African filmmakers

by Koyaanisqatsi4 | created - 19 Feb 2017 | updated - 19 May 2018 | Public

1. Ousmane Sembene

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 ...

Senegal

2. Idrissa Ouedraogo

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.

Burkina Faso

3. Djibril Diop Mambéty

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), ...

Senegal

4. Gaston Kaboré

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 ...

Burkina Faso

5. Souleymane Cissé

Director | Yeelen

Souleymane Cissé was born on April 21, 1940 in Bamako, Mali. He is a director and writer, known for Brightness (1987), Work (1978) and The Wind (1982).

Mali

6. Moufida Tlatli

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. ...

Tunisia

7. Abderrahmane Sissako

Director | Timbuktu

Abderrahmane Sissako was born on October 13, 1961 in Kiffa, Mauritania. He is a director and writer, known for Timbuktu (2014), Life on Earth (1998) and Waiting for Happiness (2002).

Mauritania

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).

Tunisia

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 ...

Egypt

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...

Cameroon

12. Cheick Oumar Sissoko

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 ...

Mali

13. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Director | Daratt

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun was born in 1961 in Abéché, Chad. He is a director and writer, known for Dry Season (2006), A Screaming Man (2010) and Abouna (2002).

Chad

14. Moussa Sene Absa

Director | L'extraordinaire destin de Madame Brouette

Moussa Sene Absa was born in 1958 in Dakar, Senegal. He is a director and writer, known for Madame Brouette (2002), Tableau ferraille (1997) and Teranga Blues (2007).

Senegal

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.

Algeria

16. Abdoulaye Ascofare

Director | Faraw!

Abdoulaye Ascofare was born on April 20, 1949 in Gao, Mali. He is a director and actor, known for Mother of the Dunes (1997), Zabou, mannequin des sables (2003) and Wamba (1976).

Mali

17. Muhammad Camara

Actor | Dakan

Muhammad Camara was born in 1959 in Conakry, Guinea. He is an actor and director, known for Destiny (1997), Denko (1993) and Minka (1994).

Guinea

18. Ruy Duarte de Carvalho

Director | Nelisita

Ruy Duarte de Carvalho was born on April 22, 1941 in Santarem, Portugal. He is a director and writer, known for Nelisita (1982), O Recado das Ilhas (1989) and Faz Lá Coragem Camarada (1977).

Angola

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.

South Africa

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.

South Africa

23. Mansour Sora Wade

Director | Ndeysaan

Mansour Sora Wade is a director and writer, known for The Price of Forgiveness (2001), Picc mi (1992) and Fire of Mansaré (2009).

Senegal



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