Dora Bouchoucha has produced numerous Tunisian and foreign feature films with her company NOMADIS IMAGES, including “Red Satin”, “Les Secrets”, “A Tunisian Spring” and “Foreign Body” by Raja Amari and “Inhebbek Hedi” by Mohamed Ben Attia (Award for Best First Film Berlinale 2016).
Dora Bouchoucha created the Carthage Film Festival Workshop in 1992, Takmil in 2014 and the Scriptwriting Development Workshop SUD ECRITURE in 1997. For more than ten years she was a member of the CineMart-Rotterdam Film Festival’s Expert Committee and was a consultant for the Venice Film Festival to select Arab and African films from 2007 to 2011.
In 2010, she chaired the Fonds Sud and in 2012, the Aide aux Cinémas du Monde (CNC). She was Director of the Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage in 2008, 2010 and 2014. In 2017, she was a member of the International Jury of the Berlinale.
Jihan El-Tahri is an award winning director, writer, producer and visual artist. She is an Egyptian and French national. In 1990 she began directing and producing documentaries for the BBC, PBS, Arte and other international broadcasters. Her most recent is “Nasser” part of this year’s official selection at Toronto International Festival. She teaches documentary production at various international institutions. She served as treasurer of the Guild of African Filmmakers in the Diaspora, Regional Secretary of the Federation of Pan African Cinema, Advisor on Focus Feature’s Africa first Program. She is also a Mentor at the Documentary Campus.
Mama Keïta was born 1956 in Senegal as the son of a Vietnamese mother and a Guinean father. After studying law in Paris, he starts writing screen plays. Between 1981 and 1997 Keita directs five short films.
The documentary “David Achkar, une étoile filante” (1998) is a personal obituary for a deceased friend. His first feature “Le fleuve” (2002) receives the Press Award at the Paris Film Festival. In 2003 he directs “Le Sourire du Serpent” and in 2009, besides “L’Absence” he makes the short film “One more vote for Obama” as part of the Pan African short film project.
Moussa Sène Absa began his career in cinema by writing the screenplay for “The children of God”, then the short film “Le prix du mensonge”, that won a prize in Carthage in 1988. In 1991, he made a feature film in 16mm “Ken Bugul” and several short films, including “Jaaraama”. The following year, he directed the feature film “Ça Twiste à Poponguine”, that won sev-eral international awards. In 1994, he signed a short film “Yalla Yaana” and, in 1996, “Tableau Ferraille”, a feature film in 35mm that won several awards, including the best picture at FESPACO 1997.
In 2002, he directed “Madame Brouette”, who brought the Silver Bear to the Berlinale. His two last features, “Teranga Blues” was presented in competition of FESPACO in 2007, and “Yoole” in 2013.
Pedro Pimenta started his career with the National Film Institute of Mozambique in 1977. Since then, he has produced numerous short fiction, documentaries and feature films in Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and South Africa. He is a co-founder of Ebano Multimedia, leading in-dependent production company in Mozambique.
Pedro worked with the UNESCO Zimbabwe Film & Video Training Project for Southern Africa and was the Production mentor of “Africa & Pinocchio”, a professional training program for produc-ers in West Africa.
He is the founder and Director of DOCKANEMA Film Festival in Mozambique, and until November 2015, he directed of the Durban International Film Festival.
Graduated in Law, in film studies and in cultural management, Karim Aitouna is a film producer working between France and Morocco with HAUT les MAINS productions in Lyon and Waq Waq Studio in Tangier. In 2013, he was selected as Emerging Producer at the Jihlava DIFF. He produced among others productions : Anna Roussillon’s award-winning “I Am The People” (2014), David Yon’s “The Night And The Kid” (2015), Rä Di Martino “Contro Figura”, “Poisonous Rose”s by Ahmed Fawzi Saleh, awarded more than 16 international awards and Egypt Oscar nominated for 2020 and lately the documentaries “Dans La Maison” by Karima Saidi & “Gevar’s Land” by Qutaiba Barhamji, and “Europe” by Philip Scheffner.
Karim Aitouna is member of EAVE and EURODOC. He worked as lecturer and consultant for many funds, Labs and festivals ( IFFR Pro Days by Rotterdam IFF, Open Doors Pro by Locarno IFF, Alpi Film Lab by Torino Film Lab, Les Ateliers de l’Atlas by Marrakech IFF, Red Sea Film Fund, etc)
He is a teacher at the Institut supérieur de l’image et du son (ISIS) in Ouagadougou. A director and scriptwriter, he holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Ouagadougou and was trained at the School of Cinema and Television in Havana, Cuba, with a script option. His first film, “So Long as the Night”, which won a prize in Cannes in 1996, marked the beginning of a prolific career as a director and screenwriter. He has to his credit a dozen productions (fiction, documentaries, and series) as well as numerous scripts. He is the scriptwriter of many Burkinabe films.
Stefano was born in Johannesburg and studied in Italy where he co-founded Stefilm. Since 1988, he has produced several documentaries, such as “Vinylmania” (Goteburg IFF, Chicago Int. Movies and Music Festival, Rotterdam IFF…), “Char, no man’s island” (Golden Kapok Guangzhou, Special Mention DIFF- Dubai, Berlinale Forum 2013), “The queen of silence” (IDFA 2014; Doc Point – Helsinki 2015; Silver Horn best doc at Krakow IFF 2015; Golden Nanook – Grand Prix Best Doc Flahertia-na IDF Perm 2015; Best Doc Let’s Cee IFF Vienna 2015).
Founder member of FERT (Filming with a Euro-pean Regard in Turin), he directed 17 editions of the annual workshop Documentary in Europe. He chaired European Documentary Network and he is national coordinator for INPUT, Television in the Public Interest. He tutors on film produc-tion and pitching for organizations such as Ven-ice Biennale, Cannes Film Festival, Durban Film Mart, EAVE, Festival des 3 continents, Torino Film Lab…