Born in Guinea in 1941, Henri Duparc studied film industry at Ecole de Cinmatographie de Belgrade (School of Cinematography Belgrade) and at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques (IDHEC) de Paris (Institute of Higher Cinematographic Studies of Paris). He then settled in Ivory Coast and created “Focale 13”, his film production and broadcasting company.
An emblematic figure of African cinema, he devoted the main part of his work to comedies which emphasized the social issues in a modern Africa. As a result he dealt with polygamy in Bal Poussière or the shock between African and western cultures in Une Couleur café or Le Sixième doigt.
On the occasion of his death, on April 18, 2006, the French minister of the Culture paid him a tribute that summarized the essentials of his career: With Henri Duparc we lose too early one of the big names of the African cinema and surely one of those who would have contributed the best to giving it its Patent of Nobility. He established… read more