An independent creative professional who specializes in documentary film. Brimming with ideas, he brings bags of energy and enthusiasm to everything he is involved in. His network of contacts in the UK, Africa, and internationally ranges from musicians and activists to entrepreneurs and politicians. He will be screening his film I Shot Bi Kidude at then festival.
Former Senior Lecturer of Drama and Television at King Alfred’s University College, Winchester, England, and Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Mount Holyoke College. Author of Theatre and Postcolonial Desires, London: Routledge, 2003 and forthcoming Archetypes, Stereotypes and Polytypes: Theatres of the Black Atlantic. Director of film documentaries such as Winds Against Our Souls, Its All About Downtown, National Images and Transnational Desires, and feature film Wazobia! Author of several articles in books and journals on Modernisms in Theatre, Postcolonial theatre, Black Atlantic Issues, and Film studies.
She studied communication, social and political science and attained a Master’s degree in International Politics at the University of Wales, UK.Besides having worked many years as project manager she is writing as freelance journalist mainly about Africa on a broad range of issues. Her research trips lead her toBurkina Faso, Ghana, South Africa, Mozambique and the Caribbean. She has lived and worked in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and also extensively travelled the country asa tour guide. Since 2013 she is project manager of the Africa section of the International Documentary Film Festival DOK.fest in Munich.
Experienced, creative TV and multi-media programming executive with a reputation for breaking new ground. She works effectively with international and UK media companies and not-for-profits to develop strong brands and content. She is presently the Managing Director, beechtobeach Ltd, a media.
Malian writer, filmmaker, culture theorist, scholar, and art historian. He holds the title of University Professor at New York University, where he is the Director of the Institute of Afro-American Affairs. He is the Professor of Comparative Literature and film, and director of the Institute of African American Affairs at New York University. Diawara’s documentary films include the widely acclaimed Rouch In Reverse, In Search Of Africa, Diaspora Conversation, Bamako Sigi-Kan, Conakry Kas, Maison Tropicale, Edouard Glissant: One World In Relation to mention a few. Prof. Manthia Diawara will deliver a keynote speech, and his latest film Negritude: A dialogue between Wole Soyinka and Senghor, will be screened at the festival
He is the E. Desmond Lee Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Media Studies at the University of Missouri, Saint Louis. He has directed over fifty major stage productions around the world. He is the founding artistic director of the African Arts Ensemble in NYC, and has served as Artistic Director-in-residence for several theatre companies ranging from the National Theater of Nigeria; K3 Theatre in Malmo, Sweden; Black Box Theatre in Hamilton, Bermuda. His film credits include; The Black 14 for FERPA PBS in 1995, Black Studies USA, Pennies for the Boatman, won Best Screenplay at the 2012 Madrid International Film Festival and was a finalist for Best Director and Best Film. His latest documentary film “Ota Benga: Human at the Zoo” will be screened at the iREP Film Festival.
Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Photographer and Creative facilitator with vast experience in filming and photography in Nigeria and across Africa. He works in a diverse range of documentary projects, television shows, local and International concerts, corporate videos, International News features, award winning short and feature films. His company and platform ‘MypassionMylife Media Limited, is an inspiring platform for young Nigerian creative entrepreneurs which won the 2012 vendor of the year at The Nigerian Events Awards. In 2010 February, Ubanatu led a technical team of over 20 Nigeria creative personnel across the desert along side Dr Newton Jibunor on a project on Climate change and desertification.
South African film and television producer. He has produced, co-produced and executive-produced features, documentaries and short films including the acclaimed “Boy called Twist”, “Behind the Rainbow” and “Viva Riva!” Since 2007, he has worked all over Africa producing documentary series and fiction. Markovitz is the co-founder of “Encounters”, the South African International Documentary Film Festival, and the Close Encounters Documentary Laboratory, now in its 16th year.
Paul Rieth works as a freelance Crowdfunding & Marketing consultant and filmmaker based in Berlin, Germany. He consults and supervises crowdfunding campaigns for his clients and develops individual marketing strategies. Besides that he produced films (non-fiction film & corporate) as a writer, director and cinematographer. After his studies of Media and Communication and Sociology at the Martin-Luther-University Halle -Wittenberg focusing on film and new media, he graduated from the Professional Media Master Class (PMMC) and extended his knowledge and skills in the field of professional documentary production. At the moment he finishes his first book „DOK&CROWD“ about financing and distributing documentary films in Germany.
Julian Reich was born in Rochester, NY. His German parents moved back to Germany when he was seven. He began his film career as an assistant editor on such films as „Beyond Silence” (dir.: Oscar winner Caroline Link) and „Life is a construction site” (dir.: Oscar winner Wolfgang Becker). He studied film at the prestigious Art Center College Of Design in Pasadena, CA. Since 2004, Julian lives in Berlin and has since directed music videos for such clients as SonyBMG & Universal and documentaries for ZDF, ARD and SAT1. His work has been honored with both the Grimme Award and the German TV Award. The documentary Warrior Father King is his feature film directing debut.
Popularly known as TK, the storyteller, director, photographer, cinematographer and producer, in a career spanning more than four decades, TK specializes in producing movies that promote Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage and have a root in documentation, archiving, education, entertainment and promotion of the culture. He is also known for his love of adaptation of literary material into movies as most of his works have followed that style of filmmaking including Ko se Gbe, Oleku, Thunder Bolt, The Narrow Path, White Handkerchief, Maami and Dazzling Mirage.