African Filmmakers

A general list of African filmmakers.
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Adama Drabo
Writer, Taafé Fanga
Born in Bamako (Mali). He dreamed of making films ever since he was a boy, but when his country achieved independence in 1960, there was a great need for teachers. So, for ten years, he taught in various village schools. At the same time, he wrote plays including "Pouvoir de Pagne". In 1979, he obtained a place at the National Film Production Center (CNPC) in Mali...
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, which dealt with the life of a young renegade...
Flora Gomes
Director, Nha fala
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 Ecole Superieure d'Etudes Cinematographiques...
Haile Gerima
Director, Teza
Halie Gerima arrived in the United States from his native Gondar, Ethiopia, to study acting and directing at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, Illinois. He later transferred to the Theater Department at UCLA where he completed the Master's Program in Film. Afterward, he relocated to Washington, DC, to teach at Howard University's Department of Radio...
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...
Jean-Pierre Bekolo
Director, Les saignantes
Jean-Pierre Bekolo is a noted African film director from Cameroon. He already garnered attention at the Cannes Film Festival with his debut film Quartier Mozart (1992), with a style that is playful, comic, and sardonic became the representative of a new generation that has been working against the restrictive expectations of African cinema...
Moussa Touré
Director, TGV
Born in 1958 in Sénégal, Moussa Touré starts working early for the cinema. Debuting as a technician he soon turns to direction, with a first short in 1987 and a first feature in 1991, the multi-awarded Toubab Bi. As of 1987 he creates his own production firm "Les Films du Crocodile" through which he funds several documentaries...
Newton I. Aduaka
Director, Ezra
Born in Eastern Nigeria in 1966, Newton's family relocated to Lagos in 1970 at the end of the Biafran War. In 1985 he left for England to study Engineering but discovered Cinema and attended the London International Film School, graduating in 1990. In 1997 he established Granite Film Works. In 2001 Newton's debut feature film Rage...
Ousmane Sembene
Director, Black Girl
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 bricklayer...
Safi Faye
Director, Mossane
Tunde Kelani
Director, Saworoide
Tunde Kelani holds a Diploma in the Art and Technique of Filmmaking from the London International Film School, London. After many years in the Nigerian Film Industry as a Cinematographer, he now manages Mainframe Film & Television Productions, an outfit formed to document Nigeria's rich culture. Tunde...
Zola Maseko
Director, Drum
Kollo Sanou
Director, Tasuma
Jim Chuchu
Jim Chuchu is a Kenyan director, visual artist and musician known for his quirky, DIY aesthetic, unconventional music video work, Afrofuturist visual arts and alternative music projects. Jim Chuchu directed Stories of Our Lives - a Kenyan queer anthology film, which was banned in his home country for dealing with the topic of homosexuality.