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The Africa Project Part 3 guinea Bissau - Mauritius

by The Africa Film Project
The Africa Project Part 3 guinea Bissau - Mauritius by The Africa Film Project
The Africa Project Part 1: Algeria- Congo Brazzaville The Africa Project Part 2: Congo Kinshasa – Ghana The Africa Project Part 3: Guinea Bissau – Mauritus The Africa Project Part 4: Morocco – Sao Tome and Princpe The Africa Project Part 5: Senegal – Sudan The Africa Project Part 6: Swaziland – Zimbabwe GUINEA BISSAU Quick Overview To talk about a film industry in Guinea-Bissau is still an exaggeration. In a country with no cinemas and a film institute that due to a total lack of money is practically lifeless, the picture is depressing to say the least. However, the zeal of two Guinean directors, Flora Gomes and Sana Na N’Hada, has achieved… Read more

The Africa Project Part 1: Algeria- Congo Brazzaville
The Africa Project Part 2: Congo Kinshasa – Ghana
The Africa Project Part 3: Guinea Bissau – Mauritus
The Africa Project Part 4: Morocco – Sao Tome and Princpe
The Africa Project Part 5: Senegal – Sudan
The Africa Project Part 6: Swaziland – Zimbabwe

Quick Overview
To talk about a film industry in Guinea-Bissau is still an exaggeration. In a country with no cinemas and a film institute that due to a total lack of money is practically lifeless, the picture is depressing to say the least. However, the zeal of two Guinean directors, Flora Gomes and Sana Na N’Hada, has achieved something that many considered impossible. And not just that they have managed to make films: their works are well received by critics and have been awarded prizes in international competitions around the world.

Tree of Blood

Selected Films
- N’tturudu, Umban U’kset, 1986, Mortu Nega, Flora Gomes,1988, Udju Azul di Yonta, Flora Gomes, 1992, Xime, Sana Na N’Hada, A Mascara, Flora Gomes, 1995, Po di Sangui, Flora Gomes, 1996, My Voice, Flora Gomes, (France), 2002, Bafata Blues, Babetida Sadjo, 2006, Hepicat, Nuno Portugal, 2010

Flora Gomes

Important Filmmakers
- Flora Gomes
- Sana Na N’Hada

- An interview with Flora Gomes
- History of Cinema in Guinea-Bissau



Mortu Negu, Flora Gomes, 1988

- Poi de Sangui, Flora Gomes, Trailer
- Blue Eyes of Yonta, Flora Gomes, Trailer
- Nha Fala, Flora Gomes, Trailer
- Hepicat, Nuno Portugal, Trailer

Quick Overview
Guinean cinema-one of the earliest to develop in Africa south of the Sahara-seemed to have a bright future, but the country’s isolation from the rest of the world under the dark days of the sekou Toure regime killed the fledgling industry. The govemment straightjacketed directors, which was another factor in the demise of Guinean film. They were only allowed to make propaganda movies, dampening their creativity and deterring foreign investors. Today there are some promising directors such as Gahite Fofana and Cheick Fantamady Camara and while Guinea runs way behind other West African countries, there appears to be a revival in its fortunes.

Naitou l’orpheline

Selection of Films
- Le sergent Bakary Woolen, Mohamed Lamine Akin, 1966, Huit et vingt, Costa Diagne 1967, Hyrde diama, Moussa Diakité, 1971, Les funérailles de Kwame Nkrumah, Moussa Diakite, 1972, Fidel Castro Travels To Guinea, Moussa Diakite, 1972, Hafia, triple champion d’Afrique, Moussa Diakite, 1978, Amok, Soheil Ben-Barka, 1982, Naitou l’orpheline, Moussa Diakite, 1982, Le chemin du combattant, Dansogho Camara, 1983, Baro Le Lac Sacre, Cheikh Doukoure, 1988, God’s Will, David Achtar, Julia Cameron, 1989, Konorofili, Cheik Fantamady Camara, 1990, Djembefola, Laurent Chevallier, 1991, Allah Tantou, David Achtar, 1991, Blanc d’ébène, Cheik Doukore, 1993, Denko, Mohamed Camara, 1993, Le ballon d’or, Cheik Doukore, 1994, Minka, Mohamed Camara, 1994, L’enfant noir, Laurent Chevalier, 1994, Tanun, Gahite Fofana, 1994, Temedy, Gahite Fofana, 1995, Dakan, Mohamed Camara, 1997, In Search of Africa, Manthia Diawara, 1997, Gang, Gahite Fofana, 1997, Balafola, Mohamed Camara, 2000, I.T. – Immatriculation temporaire, Gahite Fofana, 2001, Circus Baobub, Laurent Chevallier, 2001, Donka: X-Ray of An African Hospital, Thierry Michel, 2001, Paris selon Moussa, Cheik Doukore, 2003, Le fleuve, Mama Keita, 2003, Voyage Au Pays Peaux Blanches, Laurent Chevallier, 2003, Conakry Express, Manthia Diawara, 2004, Everyone’s Problem, Cheick Fantamady Camara, 2004, Hadja Moi, Laurent Chevalier, 2005, Early in the Morning, Gahite Fofana, 2006, Clouds Over Conakry, Cheick Fantamady Camara, 2007, Mamo Doyen, Laurent Chevallier, 2007, The African Experience, Laurent Chevallier, 2008

David Achkar

Important Filmmakers
- David Achkar
- Cheick Fantamady Camara
- Mohamed Camara
- Laurent Chevalier
- Moussa Diakite Kemoko
- Cheik Doukore
- Gahite Fofana
- Mama Keïta

Film Festivals
- Conakry Film Festival

- Cinema In Guinea

- Cinema of Guinea: Guinean Films, Dakan, Denko, List of Guinean Film, Llc

La Ballon D’or


Clouds Over Conakry, Cheikh Fantamady Camara, 2010

- le Ballon d’or, Chiek Doukore, Trailer
- Dakan, Mohamed Camara, Trailer
- Circus Baobab, Laurent Chevalier, Trailer
- Conakry Express, Manthia Diawara, Clip

Quick Overview
Côte d’Ivoire was one of the first African countries to embark on the path towards a national cinema. Today the country is one of the major film producers in Francophone West Africa, ranking with Senegal and Burkina Faso. Leading directors such as Henri Duparc and Roger Gnoan Mbala have helped shape this country’s industry and Cote d’Ivoire film has become reknowned for its gentle biting comedy.

Take Care France

Selection of Films
- I A Negro, Jean Rouch, 1958, The Human Pyramid, Jean Rouch, 1961,Korogo, Georges Keita, 1964, On the Dune of Solitude, Bassori Timite, 1964, The Goumbe of the Young Revelers, Jean Rouch, 1967, Concerto for an Exile, Desire Ecare,1968, The Woman with the Knife, Bassori Timite, 1969, À nous deux France, Desire Ecare, 1970, Abusuan, Henri Duparc, 1972, Amanie, Roger Gnoan M’Bala, 1972, The Hat, Roger Gnoan M’Bala, 1975, Black and White In Colour, Jean Jacques Annaud, 1976, L’herbe sauvage, Henri Duparc, 1977, Djeli, conte d’aujourd’hui, Fadika Kramo-Lancine, 1981, Dalokan, Moussa Dossa, 1983, Petanqui, Kozoloa Yeo, Ablakon, Roger Gnoan M’Bala, 1985, J’ai choisi de vivre, Henri Duparc, 1987, La Vie Platinee, Claude Cadiou, 1987, Faces of Women, Desire Ecare, 1987, Bouka, Roger Gnoan M’Bala, 1988, Dancing In the Dust, Henri Duparc, 1989, Le sixième doigt, Henri Duparc, 1990, Au nom du Christ, Roger Gnoan M’Bala, 1993, Wariko, le gros lot, Fadika Kramo-Lanciné, 1994, Rue princesse, Henri Duparc, 1994, Noirs dans les Camps Nazis, Serge Bile, 1995, Bouzie, Jacques Trabi, 1997, Une Coloeur Cafe, Henri Duparc, 1997, Woubi Cheri, Laurent Bocahut, Philip Brooks, 1998, Nadro, Ivana Massetti, 1998, Trois fables à l’usage des blancs en Afrique, Claude Gnakouri, Luis Marquès, 1999, La Jumelle, Lancine Diaby, 1999, Adanggaman, Roger Gnoan M’Bala, 2000, Le Dipri, Roger Gnoan M’Bala, 2001, Three Bracelets, Kozoloa Yeo, 2001, Hide and Seek With Love, Didier Aufort, Siriki Baïkro, 2001, Rues Libres, Sidiki Bakaba, 2002, Betting On Love, Didier Aufort, 2003, Caramel, Henri Duparc, 2004, Den’ko Affaires D’enfant, Kitia Toure, 2006, Return to the Land of Souls, Jordi Esteva, 2009, Abidjan, Alexander Etseyatse, 2010

Roger Gnoan Mbala

Important Filmmakers
- Didier Aufort
- Sidiki Bakaba
- Henri Duparc
- Desire Ecare
- Roger Gnoan M’Bela
- Fadika Kramo-Lancine
- Bassori Timote
- Kosoloa Yeo

Film Festivals
- International Short Film Festival of Abidjan

- Ivory Coast Cinema
- Blog d’Isabelle Boni-Clavirie


- Le cinéma en Côte dIvoire, Victor Bachy, OCIC

Return To the Land of Souls

- Noirs Dans Les Camps Nazis, Serge Bile, 1995

Bal poussiere, Henri Duparc, 1988, No subs

- Adanggaman, Roger Gnoan M’Bala, Trailer
- Au Nom du Christ, Roger Gnoan M’Bala,Trailer
- Djeli, Fadika Kramo-Lancine, 1981, Trailer
- Abidjan, Alexander Etseyatse, 2010, U.S/ Ivory Coast production, Trailer
- Return to the Land of Souls, Jordi Esteva, Clip

Kenya is situated in of the most violent aera’s in the world, East Africa. The country is poor, government priorities are not focussed on building a local film industry. Since independence in 1963 Kenyans have been producing films at the average rate of one feature film every four years. Despite the fact that there are many Kenyan film professionals, the development of this industry is hampered by problems such as piracy, lack of finance and poor post production facilities. There are a number of new exciting filmmakers working in Kenya and production has increased rapidly in the last few years. Women directors have been particualrly successful here such as Wanuri Kahiu, Hawa Essusman, Judy Kibinge and Jane Munene. Kenya is a certianly a new exciting addition to the leading African cinema nations.


Selection of Films
- Mzima: Portrait of a Spring, Alan Root, 1952, Balloon Safari, Alan Root, 1975, Rise and Fall of Idi Amin, Shared Patel,1981, The Struggle of the Holy Tree, Wanjiru Kinyanjui, 1994, Saïkati, Anne Mungai, 1999, Flip Flotsam, Lucy Bateman, Etienne Oliff, 2003, The Price of a Daughter, Jane Munene, 2003, The Aftermath, Judy Kibinge, 2004, Oath, Nathan Collett, 2004, Chokora, Joe Louis, 2005, Kibera Kid, Nathan Collett, 2006, I Want To Be A Pilot, Diego Quemada Diaz, 2006, Mo and Me, Roger Mlls, Murad Rayani, 2006, Ras Star, Wanuri Kahiu, 2006, Money and the Cross, Martin Munyua, 2006, Malooned, Bob Nyanja, 2007, Sex To Survive, Nathan Collett, 2007, Charcoal Traffic, Nathan Collett, 2008, Iseta: Behind the Roadblock, Juan Reina, 2008, Subira, Ravneet Chadha, 2008, Coming of Age, Judy Kibinge, 2008, Pumzi, Wanuri Kahiu, 2009, Killer Necklace, Judy Kibinge, 2009, From a Whisper, Wanuri Kahiu, 2009, Soul Boy, Hawa Essuman, Tom Tykwer, 2010, Monica Wangu Wamwere, the unbroken spirit Jane Munene, 2010, Togetherness Supreme, Nathan Collett, 2010, Ghettomoto, Izzy Brown, Kosa na Kosa, Clifford Okumu, 2010, Silent Drum, Lisa Schaffner, 2010, The First Grader, Justin Chadwick, 2010, Ni Wakati (It’s Time), Michael Wanguhu, 2010, A Small Act, Jennifer Arnold, 2010, Captain of Nakara, Bob Nyanja, 2011, Muigwithania, Amit Tyagi, 2011

Hawa Essuman

Important Filmmakers
- Nathan Collett (U.S born)
- Hawa Essuman
- Wanuri Kahiu
- Judy Kibinge
- Anne Mungai
- Jane Murago Munene
- Bob Nyanja

Film Festivals
- Kenyan Film Festival

- Kenya Film Comission
- Kenyan film school gives slum dwellers a chance
- Kenya: A people’s Film Industry
- Kalsaha Awards, Kenya’s Oscars

- Cinema of Kenya, Llc

Togetherness Supreme


Pumzi, Wanuri Kahiu, 2009

- From A Whisper, Wanuri Kahiu, Trailer
- Kibera Lad, Nathan Collett, Trailer
- Soul Boy, Hawa Essuman, Tom Tykwer, News report
- Ghetto Motto, Izzy Brown, Trailer
- Malooned, Bib Nyanja, Trailer
- Kenya’s Film Industry

Quick Overview
Lesotho has no recorded cinematic history until recently. Allthough some foreign filmmakers have made documentaries subjecting the country, no local film has been produced until recently. There are very few film-producing companies and filmmakers in the country. There is a significant amount of video production with at least two video editing facilities in Maseru. Lesotho is crippled by poverty and has one of the largest HIV populations in Africa. This small landlocked mountainous country controlled by a egomanic King is currently on the brink of economic ruin and any hope of cinematic development seems many years away.

Mapule’s Choice

Selection of Films
- Lessons From Lesotho, Tina Viljoen, 1983, Goldwidows: Women in Lesotho, Don Edkins, 1991, Ask Me I’m Positive, Teboho Adkins, 2004, Mapule’s Choice, Kaizer Matsumunyane, 2008, Tears of Blood, Jeremiah Mosese, 2010,

Filming in Lesotho

Important Filmmakers
- Kaizer Matsumunyane

Film Festivals
- Golden Lion Festival

- Lesotho, MUBI list by Kenji
- First Local Film To Be Screened in Lesotho
- Cinema of Lesotho
- Synopsis Mapule’s Choice

Ask Me I’m Positive


Tears of Blood, Jeremiah Mosese, 2010, Trailer

Quick Overview
Devastated by ongoing wars Liberia until recently was one of the most violent countries in the world today. The full feature movie “Tomorrow Never Dies” (2001) was produced in Liberia presenting Liberian actors and actresses. The film met with some success in Nigerian screenings. Allthough the government stresses the importance of a local film and video industry in Liberia, actual funding remains a faint dream.

Johnny Mad Dog

Selection of Films
- Tomorrow Never Dies, 2001, Iron Ladies of Liberia, Daniel Junge, Siatta Scott Johnson, 2007, Johnny Mad Dog, Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, 2008, Back To Christopolis, Klaus Pas, 2008, I Have Something to Tell You, Loch Phillips, 2009, Son of None, Todd Looby, 2010, Rainbow Town, Lauren Selman Roberts, 2010, The Redemption of General Butt Naked, Daniele Anastasion, Eric Strauss, 2011

Siatta Scott Johnson

Important Filmmakers
- Siatta Scott Johnson

- Guardian Review Johnnie Mad Dog
- History of Cinema in Liberia

Iron Ladies of Liberia


Iron Ladies of Liberia, Daniel Junge, Siatta Scott Johnson, 2007

- Johnny Mad Dog, Jean Pierre Sauvaire, 2008
- Child Soldiers Cry, Documentary

Brief Overview
Libya’s cinematic history is rather sparse. In the 1970’s Colonel Gadaffi’s regime partially sponsered Moustapha Akkad’s Islamic religious epics such as the Message. After these films Gadaffi has taken very little interest in cinema and maintained tight control over all media in his country for the next few decades. In 2011 Libyan rebels with help from NATO toppled the regime. A new chapter begins in Libya’s history and maybe in the next decade we may see a new cinema emerging from this North African country.

Last Jews of Libya

Selection of Films
- Lorsque le destin s’acharne, A Zarrouk, Al Traiq, Yousef Shaaban Mohammed, 1975, Al-risâlah, Moustapha Akkad, 1976, the Message, Moustapha Akkad 1977, Lion of the Desert, Moustapha Akkad,1981, Shadows of a Leader: Qaddafi’s Female Bodyguards, Rania Ajami, 2004, Last Jews of Libya, Vivienne Roumani-Denn, 2007, Sharing, Salah Ghuweder, 2010

Former dictator Colonel Gadaffi, and financial backer of The Message and Lion of The Desert

Important Filmmakers
- Moustapha Akkad, (Syrian)

- Last Jews of Libya Synopsis
- Darkened screens at Benghazi multiplex await war’s end
- Media will play an important role in Libya future

Al Risalah


Lion of the Desert, Moustapha Akkad, 1981

- The Message, Moustapha Akkad, 1977
- Documentary on Mustapha Akkad
- The Last Jews of Libya, Vivienne Roumani-Denn, 2007, Trailer

Quick Overview
The fall of the Communists liberalized the Malagasy cinematic landscape, nevertheless the political uncertainty in the following years prevented a structural film industry to develop. Finally in 1998 some legaslation was enacted reviving local production and opening the long lost movie theaters. Due to the rapid distribution of TV and video the theaters were all closed in 1980. The nineties are considered the new dawn of Malagasy audi and visual production. In 2003 over 200 radio stations air their music, news and opinions. Video and TV take their part of the public’s leisure budget as does the local tourist industry. There are a number of high profile Malagasy filmmakers working today and directors such as Alexander Abela have taken an interest in the island. While the cinema is small a handful of films (most short) every year make it to international festivals.


Selection of Films
- Vero Remby, Solo Randrasana, 1974, Fitampoha, Jacques Lombard, Jean-Claude Rahaga, 1980, Dahalo, Dahalo, Benoit Ramampy, 1983, Ilo Tsy Very, Solo Randrasana, 1987, Le prix de la paix, Abel Rakotozanany, Benoît Ramampy, 1987, Tabataba, Raymond Rajaonarivelo, 1988, Angano…Angano… Tales From Madagascar, Cesar Paes, 1989, Quand les étoiles rencontrent la mer, Raymond Rajanarivelo, 1996, Justice, Olivier Ballande, 1998, Makibefo, Alexander Abela, 2001, Dadarabe, Jiva Eric Razafindralambo, Fabrice M. Razafindralambo, 2002, Souli, Alexander Abela, 2004, Mahaleo, César Paes, Raymond Rajaonarivelo, 2005, Like A God When He Plays, Paddy Bush, 2007, La Bulle, Mamihasina Raminosoa, 2008, Sambatra,Solo Randrasana, 2008, Malagasy Gospel, Virginia Camino, 2009, Have You Ever Been Stung By A Dead Bee?, Jonathan Rubin, 2010, Madagascar Carnet de Voyage, Bastien Dubois, 2010, Dzaomalaza and the Blue Sapphire, Mamihasina A. Raminosoa, Rado Andriamanisa, 2010

Solo Randrasana

Important Filmmakers
- Alexander Abela (British)
- Cesar Paes
- Raymond Rajaonarivelo
- Benoit Ramampy
- Mamihasina A. Raminosoa
- Solo Randrasana

Film Festivals
- National Meeting Short Film Festival of Madagascar

- Mahaleo Website
- Marie-Clemence Paes interview
- History of cinema in Madagascar

- Cinema of Madagascar, Llc

Angano Angano, Tales From Madagascar


Tabataba, Raymond Rajaonarivelo, 1987

- Ilo Tsy Very, Solo Randrassana, 1987
- Quand Les Etoiles Rencontrent La Mer, Raymond Rajaonarivelo, trailer
- Mahaleo, Raymond Rajaonarivelo, Cesar Paes, trailer
- Angano, Angano, Tales From Madagascar, Cesar Paes, trailer
- Souli, Alexander Abela, trailer
- Malagasy Gospel, Virginia Camino, Clip

Quick Overview
Malawi has no recorded cinematic or even video producing history until very recently. There are no major local film-producing companies. In the forties and fifties the British government used films to educate peasants to grow tobacco. UNESCO has contributed to the use of Mobile Video Units (land rovers) mainly for health eductional purposes. 15% of the adult population is HIV infected. Charles Shymu Joyah made Malawi’s first feature film in 2008 with great success on the African video market. One hopes this can be a springboard for further cinematic endeavers from this small East African country.

Seasons of Life

Selection of Films
- Mystery Mountain, Villant Ndasowas, 2005, I Am Because We Are, Nathan Rissman, 2008 (USA), Seasons of Life, Charles Shemu Joyah, 2008, Thokozani, Gregory Collins, 2010

Charles Shymu Joyah

Important Filmmakers
Charles Shymu Joyah

Film Festivals
Malawi Film Festival

- I Am Because We Are Webpage
- Scotland – Malawi Partnership
- Interview with Charles Shymu Joyah
- Thokozani: the film

I Am Because We Are


I Am Because We Are, Nathan Rissman, Madonna written and narrated documentary.

Thokozani, Gergory Collins, Trailer

Brief Overview
Mali has a fairly strong and consistent filmmaking tradition. Most noteworthy scenario writes derive their scripts from the local storytellers (griots) stories, an old tradition . The country became independent in 1960 and after the usual turmoil in the first few years, cinema began to develop. From the late sixties until the mid seventies, cinema consisted primarly of documentary shorts films, mainly newsreels covering official events like the visit of international leaders or the opening of a factory. Souleymane Cisse is Mali’s leading filmmaker and has gained an international reputation for his short but highly acclaimed filmography. Manthia Diawara, Abdoulaye Ascofare, and Cheik Omar Sissoko are some other Malian directors of note.


Selection of Films
- Wandyalanka, Alkaly Kaba, 1972, Five Days in a Life, Souleymane Cisse, 1973, Walanda, Alkaly Kaba, 1974, The Young Girl, Souleymane Cisse, 1975, Moko Dakhan, Sega Coulibaly, 1976, Wamba, Alkaly Kaba,1976, Work, Souleymane Cisse, 1978, Yèlèma donna kow la nankòròla, Abudulayi Sèk, 1978, Kasso Den, Sega Coulibaly, 1980, An Be Nodo, Issa Falaba Traoré, 1980, A Banna, Kalifa Dienta, 1980, Finye, Souleymane Cisse,1982, Le médecin de Gafire, Moustapha Diop, 1986, Nyamanton, Cheick Oumar Sissoko, 1986, Kiri Kara Watita, Issa Falaba Traoré, 1986, Yeelen, Souleymane Cisse, 1987, Finzan, Cheick Oumar Sissoko, 1989, Falato, Mamo Cissé, 1989, The Legend of Segou, Mamabaye Coulibaly, 1989, Mamy Wata, Mustapha Diop, 1990, Bamunan, Issa Falaba Traoré, 1990, Ta Dona, Adama Drabo, 1991, Yelema, Mamo Cisse, 1993, The Little Troublemaker, Kadiatou Konate, 1993, Tiefing, Djibril Konate, 1993, Lala ni Binefou, Mamo Cisse, 1993, Diallabougou massa, Mamo Cisse, 1994, Guimba the Tyant, Cheick Oumar Sissoko, 1995, Rouch In Reverse, Manthia Diawara, 1995, Waati, Souleymane Cisse, 1995, Macadam tribu, Zeka Laplaine, 1996, Taafé Fanga, Adama Drabo, 1997, Faraw! Mother of the Dunes, Abdoulaye Ascofare, 1997, Yelema 2, Mamo Cisse, 1997, Life on Earth, Abderrahmane Sissako, 1998, Genesis, Cheik Oumar Sissoko, 1999, Djandjon, Sophie Hoffelt, 1999, Battu, Cheik Oumar Sissoko, 2000, I’ll Sing for You, Jacques Sarasin, 2001, Kabala, Assane Kouyaté, 2002, Bamako Sigi-Kan, Manthia Diawara, 2003, Zabou, mannequin des sables, Abdoulaye Ascofare, 2003, Pas Assez De Volumes, Vincent Glenn, 2004, Knowledge For Life, Sander Francken, 2005, Bamako, Abderrahmane Sissako, 2006, Faro: Goddess of the Waters, Salif Traoré, 2007, Victim of Our Riches, Kal Toure, 2007, Maison Tropicale, Manthia Diawara, 2008, Daman Da, The Yellow Mirage, Kadiatou Konate, 2008, Tell Me Who You Are, Souleymane Cisse, 2009, Power of the Poor, Adama Drabo, Ladji Diakité, 2009, Drogba est mort, Moussa Diarra, Eric Rivot, 2010, Tinye So, Daouda Coulibaly, 2010, Messenger of the Great River, Noble Fox, 2011

Manthia Diawara and Jean Rouch

Important Filmmakers
- Abdoulaye Ascofare
- Mamo Cisse
- Souleymane Cisse
- Sega Coulibaly
- Manthia Diawara
- Adama Drabo
- Alkaly Kaba
- Assane Kouyate
- Cheick Oumar Sissoko
- Issa Falaba Traoré

Film Festivals
- Festival On the Niger

- Mali MUBI list by Kenji
- Cinema helps turn tide on female genital cutting in Mali
- Mali film puts West’s blueprint for Africa on trial
- Malian – Danish Alliance bears fruit

- Cinema of Mali, Llc
- Le cinéma au Mali (Cinémédia. les cinémas en Afrique noire), Victor Bachy, Éditions OCIC

Zabou, Mannequin des Sables

- Genesis, Cheick Oumar Sissoko, 1999
- Yeelen, Souleymane Cisse, 1987

Den Muso, Souleymae Cisse, 1975

- Faraw Mother of the Dunes, Abdoulaye Ascofare, Trailer
- Ta Dona, Adama Drabo, Trailer
- Taafe Fanga, Adama Drabo, Trailer
- Bamako, Abderrahmane Sissako, Trailer
- Life On Earth, Abderrahmane Sissako, Trailer
- Djandjon, Sophie Hoffelt, Trailer
- Rouch In Reverse, Manthia Diawara, Trailer

Select Overview
There is no Mauritanian national cinema as such, but a number of Mauritanians such as Med Hondo and Abderrahmane Sissako are actively involved with cinema, working largely from exile in Europe and elsewhere in Africa. Med Hondo is a respected actor and also is the recognisible voice of many French dubbed films. He is best known as the voice for Eddie Murphy. It remains to be seen what happens after this generation of filmmakers has passed as little new work by filmmakers is being produced.


Selection of Films
- Soliel O, Med Hondo, 1967, Arabs and Niggers, Your Neighbours, Med Hondo, 1974, Nationalité immigré, Sidney Sokhona, Sahel la faim pourquoi, Med Hondo, Théo Robichet, Faisons ensemble la patrie mauritanienne, Mohamed Ould Saleck, 1976, Nous aurons toute la mort pour dormir, Med Hondo, 1977, Safrana ou le droit à la parole, Sidney Sokhona, 1978, West Indies, Med Hondo, 1979, Sarraounia, Med Hondo, The Game, Abderrahmane Sissako, 1991, October, Abderrahmane Sissako, 1993, La vie sur terre, Abderrahmane Sissako, 1998, Rostov-Luanda, Abderrahmane Sissako, 1998, Watani, un monde sans mal, Med Hondo, Waiting for Happiness, Abderrahmane Sissako, 2002, Fatima, l’Algérienne de Dakar, Med Hondo, 2004, Chercheuses de Pierres, Meriem Mint Beyrouk, 2010

Med Hondo

Important Filmmakers
- Med Hondo
- Abderrahmane Sissako
- Sidney Sokhona

Film Festivals
- Senaf Film Festival, Noukachoutt

- Med Hondo, Wikipedia
- Abderrahmane Sissako, Wikipedia
- Interview with Mauritanian filmmaker Abderahmane Ould Ahmed Salem
- Mauritanian Young Filmmakers Voice the Nation

- Cinema of Mauritania, Llc

Waiting For Happiness

- Soleil O, Med Hondo, 1967

Safrana, Sidney Sokhona, 1978

- Waiting For Happiness, Abderrahmane Sissako, Trailer
- Interview with Abderrahmane Sissako

Quick Overview
Hardly any information is available on Mauritian cinema. In 1987 the Mauritius Film Development Corporation was established to boost a Mauritian film industry. Locally very few films had been recorded up to the last century. The MDFC has funded some cinema’s to satisfy cinemagoers, some 17 theatres are now screening mostly American and Hindu productions. Initiatives were taken to set up a local Audio Visual Training Centre to promote local filmmaking and a Film Industry Development Fund was started which in recent years has increased the number of films being produced. Young filmmakers are beginning to break through and feature in international festivals. Mauritius has recently been encouraging Bollywood films to film on the island due to the close proximity and the amazing landcsapes.


Selection of Films
- L’embarras du choix, Ramesh Tekoit, 1972, Île Maurice, perle de l’océan indien, Ramesh Tekoit, 1973, Bikhre Sapne, Brijmohun, 1975, La charrette, Kenneth Noyau, 1977, Tara, Brijmohun, 1978, Maîtres de leur destinée, Kenneth Noyau, 1978, Nomade, Brijmohun, 1978, Et le sourire revient, Ramesh Tekoit, 1980, Trou d’eau douce, Gaeten Esso, 1980, Le portrait d’un chef d’état, Ramesh Tekoit, 1982, Goodbye My Love, Ramesh Tekoit, 1986, Khudgarz, Brijmohun, 1986, Objectif energie, Hiren Ramdoyal, 1987, Invitation au voyage, Ramesh Tekoit, 1990, Le cavadée à l’île Maurice, Ramesh Tekoit, 1990, A Lucy, Radhaa-Rajen Jaganathen, 1993, Diego, the Forbidden Island, David Constantin, 2002, Benares, Barlen Pyamootoo, 2004, The Cathedral, Harikrishna Anendan, 2005 Bisanvil, David Constantin, 2005, Eros, Wassim Sookia, 2005, Rouzblezonnver, Wassim Sookia, 2009, Once Upon A Train, Wassim Sookia, 2009, Made In Mauritius, David Constantin, 2007, Bella’s Notes, David Constantin, 2007, Eve De Ses Decombres, Harikrishna Anendan, 2009, Baraz, Gaston Valayden, 2010

Wassim Sookia

Important Filmmakers
- Harikrishna Anenden
- Brijmohun
- David Constantin
- Barlen Pyamootoo
- Wassim Sookia
- Ramesh Tekoit

Film Festivals
- Mauritus Short Film Festival

- Mauritius Film Development Agency
- Mauriwood
- Sun, sand and scripts — Mauritius woos Bollywood

Eve De Ses Decombres

- Once Upon A Train, Wassim Sookia, 2009

Paradi An Dey, Documentary on drugs in Mauritius

- Roublezonnver, Wassim Sookia, Trailer
- Zafair Kaya, Music documentary, Clip

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