We are delighted to have a number of filmmakers in attendance at AiM 2007 to talk to audiences after screenings.
French/Ivorian filmmaker Isabelle Boni-Claverie studied script writing at the la Fémis film school in Paris. She lives in France where she works both in television and independent film. She has won several awards for her scripts. In 1998 she made a highly aclaimed short film, Le Génie d'Abou, which was followed by several documentaries. Her second short film, Pour la Nuit, will have its UK premiere at AiM. She is currently working on her first feature film, Heart of Blackness, produced and filmed in the United States. Visit Isabelle's homepage.
Zimbabwean director Rumbi Katedza has worked extensively in film and video in Southern Africa, writing, directing, producing and distributing numerous films and music videos. She was a part-time presenter/producer on Radio 3, Zimbabwe's all hit radio station, from 1996-2000, but her passion always lay in film. In 2002 Rumbi directed her debut short Danai for which she received a Zimbabwean National Arts Merit Awards nomination for Best Director. She also served as Festival Director of the Zimbabwe International Film Festival from 2004 to 2006. Rumbi is currently a Chevening Scholar at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her short film Asylum will be screened at AiM.
South African writer and director Teddy Mattera did his film studies in the USA, UK and Europe. The first film he worked on, as an intern, Hoop Dreams, was nominated for an Oscar in 1993. He has since worked on various documentaries for SABC (South Africa), BBC, Channel Four (UK), and other international broadcasters. He has also worked on a number of short films, commercials and music videos mainly as an Assistant Director. MNET selected ''Waiting for Valdez'', a short film written by Teddy, as part of the 2001 MNET New Directions series. His feature film Max and Mona will be screened at AiM.
South African filmmaker Vincent Moloi is part of a new breed of documentary filmmakers in South Africa exploring new styles in this medium. He has worked on several documentaries, including a series of eight documentaries called “Magic and Traditional Healing in Africa”; a documentary about children of the Maluti Mountains in Lesotho; and a film about the world-renowned South African writer, poet activist, Dr Dennis Brutus, entitled I am a Rebel. His documentaries has been screened at film festivals all over the world. Vincent worked as a trainee director on Hotel Rwanda under the mentorship of Terry George, as well as on several international commercials and educational programmes. Vincent will be presenting a master class on Friday, 2 Nov, and his latest documentary, A Pair of Boots and a Bicycle will have it UK premiere at AiM.
Mozambican director Gabriel Mondlane was trained as a sound engineer and has worked in the Mozambican film industry as sound engineer, writer, director and camera person. He has been active in the Mozambican film industry since 1978 and has written and directed more than ten documentaries. He is the chair of AMOCINE, the Mozambican Association of Filmmakers. AiM will screen his short documentary Voz Nocturna.
Malawian director Villant Ndasowa is an independent filmmaker and is amongst the few of the first professionally trained filmmakers in Malawi. She gained a BA (Hons) degree in Media Production (Film and Television) at Middlesex University and the University of Luton in the United Kingdom. After completing her studies in the UK in 2006 she returned to Malawi where she has been involved in pioneering efforts to develop the film industry. Villant has worked for Malawian Television for over 6 years, and has been involved in both local and international documentary productions for television. She has also worked on various film projects, including short film productions and experimental audio-visual work in Malawi and the UK. The screening of her film The Mystery Mountain at AiM will be the first Malawian film to be screened outside of Malawi.
Namibian writer, director and producer Richard Pakleppa has directed and produced documentaries and fiction films in Southern Africa since 1990. His work has been screened at international film festivals and broadcast on SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation), Finnish TV2, Canal + and the NBC. He is the winner of the Best Documentary Award of the Southern African Film Festival in 2000 and is a founding member and director of On Land Productions since 1992. His documentary Angola Saudades from the one who loves you will be screened at AiM.
born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in 1976. During her childhood, she
traveled over the world with her father who worked for the United
Nations. At 17, she enrolled at Emerson College in Boston, USA, and
received her bachelor in Media Art in 1998. From 1998 to 2001
she worked in Los Angeles in small independent films. She then
decided to return home to make films about her continent, Africa.
la Clarté de la Lune,
which will have its UK premiere at AiM 2007, is her fourth film.